The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded nearly $3.9 million in grants to 21 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 16 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The innovative products to be developed through the grants aim to solve specific technology challenges in collaboration and partnership, data and modeling, precision measurements, and systems. Phase I awardees receive up to $100,000 to establish the merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed research and development.
Acquisition and Contracting
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $49,215,810 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) to provide equipment upgrades and spares to the Aegis Weapon System baseline, systems engineering, and staging services in support of the Japanese Computer Program Test Site. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (97.8 percent); Yokosuka, Japan (2.0 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (0.2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2020. Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $49,215,810 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The cont
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, East Syracuse, New York, is being awarded a $16,838,188 firm-fixed-price contract for Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter multi-mode radar systems. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $118,529,109. Work will be performed in East Syracuse, New York (64 percent); and Gothenburg, Sweden (36 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2019.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded a $10,114,000 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026. The modification provides for the procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (38 percent); and Woodland Hills, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal year 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,114,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command,
The Air Force has tapped two universities to develop speech recognition technologies. One of the awards goes to the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, for $17,079,713, while the other award goes to Columbia University in New York, for $14,884,945. Both of the universities will perform research in developing and integrating agile and robust automatic speech recognition, machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, and summarization technologies into functional end-to-end systems. Work at USC and Columbia will be performed in Marina del Rey, California, and New York, respectivley, and should be completed August 22, 2021.
Raytheon Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,000,000 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract to support in-scope requirements which are required to ensure the Cobra Dane radar maintains operational capability. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019. No funds are being obligated at time of modification. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated on orders within the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity. Air Force Life Cycle Management Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8723-16-D-0001).
Lockheed Martin Sippican Incorporated of Marion, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $52,963,189 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-6412) to exercise option year one for the production of Mk 48 Mod 7 guidance and control sections, Mk 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) functional item replacement kits, factory test equipment, spares, production support material and related engineering services and hardware support for guidance and control sections and CBASS kits. The modification combines purchases for the Navy (65 percent); the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) via the PMS404 Joint Program Office’s (JPO) Armament Cooperation Program (ACP) (11 percent); and the governments of the Netherlands (23 percen
Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $23,389,938, firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract for B-2 antenna supplemental work. The contract modification provides for the purchase of one B-2 antenna tool aid being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 22, 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $23,389,938 are being obligated on a subsequent order after award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8119-17-D-0015).
The Department of the Navy has adjusted the award schedule of the Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete (NGEN-R) primary contracts, which are the evolutionary follow-on to the current NGEN contract.
Instead of awarding the two primary contracts by June 2018 as originally announced, the NGEN-R acquisition schedule has been modified for contract awards in late 2018. The end user hardware (EUHW) contract is now slated for a November 2018 award. The service management, integration and transport (SMIT) contract award will be in December 2018.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. The award was jointly announced by DHS and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Smart Communities Working Group in Arlington, Virginia. Awarded via S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement solicitation, the two-year effort is meant to foster collaboration at all levels of government in order to make the nation’s cities smarter and citizens safer.
Leidos, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,811,831 modification (P00018) to contract W909MY-15-C-0031 for operations and maintenance of the Aerial Optical Change Detection system. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia; and Bagram, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of January 25, 2018. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,811,831 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
AT&T Corporation of Oakton, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,796,074 firm-fixed-price contract to provide integrated voice, video, instant messaging/chat, presence, and screen sharing. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Oakton with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $35,796,074 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-17-C-0041).
The U.S. Army has awarded a five-year, $182 million managed cybersecurity services contract to Fairfax, Va.-based InfoReliance LLC and Reston, Va.-based McAfee to enhance and modernize host based security and analytic technologies across the Army’s Endpoint Security System (AESS). The capabilities will be delivered under a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model for "near real-time situational awareness on a global basis," according to the companies. "The new platform will minimize the Army’s attack surface, increase endpoint protection and drive the automation of key reporting metrics to the U.S.
SNA International LLC of Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $110,000,000 hybrid contract (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) for scientific, technical, administrative, and logistical support services for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Medical Research Activity, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-17-D-0034).
Irving Burton Associates (IBA) of Falls Church, Virginia, will provide research, scientific, management and technical support services for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), under a $11 million two-year contract with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). IBA will support USAMRMC intiatiives in the areas of Telehealth, medical simulation, medical robotics, unmanned systems, and mobile solutions. USAMRMC, headquartered in Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the Army’s medical materiel developer, responsible for medical research, development, acquisition and medical logistics management.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a $269 million contract to the Raytheon Company for support of NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) program. The AWIPS program is used by 140 National Weather Service (NWS) field offices in collecting and analyzing weather data, creating forecaster visualizations and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as hurricane watches and tornado warnings across the United States. Under the contract, Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business will provide operations and maintenance services, hardware, software, communications, and architecture improvement services for AWIPS to the NWS.
Unified solutions to the government’s acquisition challenges best serve the mission, and that is how DHS, GSA and other federal agencies are making progress in acquisition and procurement reforms.
Great thinking is going on in procurement, but more importantly agencies are coming together in business solutions, stated Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer, DHS, speaking on a DHS procurement panel at AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference.
“What we have focused on is coming together as a team and integrating our functions” as part of the department’s unity of effort push, she added.
By taking advantage of some tips and recognizing trends, small business can be more successful in contracting with DHS. A panel of procurement and acquisition professionals shared their advice to companies at AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference.
All DHS components do a forecast update for procurement for the year in the acquisition planning forecast system (APFS), and the Coast Guard takes the APFS seriously, stated Michael Derrios, senior procurement executive and head of contracting activity, U.S Coast Guard.
Four startup companies came together at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference to praise their experience with the DHS Science and Technology Silicon Valley Innovation Program. This program has reduced contracting decision timeframes from 18 months or more to one day. The companies originally did not plan on contracting with the government because of its slow and onerous processes, although they each had technology of value to DHS.
Persistent Systems, LLC of New York will supply 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) under a $8.9 million contract vehicle in support of the Army's Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).