Acquisition and Contracting

September 18, 2017

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.

September 15, 2017

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).

September 15, 2017

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.

September 15, 2017

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.

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Panelists discuss acquisition during a session at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference.

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.

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the Homeland Security Conference, panelists discuss how small companies can do business with DHS.

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.

September 13, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, (l-r) Robert Gearhart, Dr. Douglas Maughan, Jeff Finan, Josh Wells, Bob Baxley and Michael Gormley discussed the DHS Science and Technology Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

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.

September 13, 2017

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).

September 12, 2017

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $34,636,585 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract (HQ0147-17-C-0045), SAIC will work with Missile Defense Agency to evolve analysis capability to model the Ballistic Missile Defense System's (BMDS) expected performance in support of the director for engineering's Quick Reaction Team (QRT) support and analysis effort. The effort supports research, development and testing of the BMDS. The analytical support for the QRT will create products used by the Missile Defense Agency director; the National Command Authority; the combatant commands; and the U.S.

September 12, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $9,540,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 18 Intermediate Level Operational Test Program Sets for the MH-60R/S Multimode Radar and Advanced Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination work replaceable assemblies.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,540,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey

September 12, 2017

Engility Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. The contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with the ordering period expected to be complete by August 31, 2022. This is a competitive award under broad agency

September 12, 2017

CSRA LLC of  Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,357,125 blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide cloud computing services for the Department of Navy (DON) Research and Development Enterprise (NR&DE). The BPA will support a DON Cloud Services pilot program conducted by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on behalf of 16 DON warfare centers to create a NR&DE Cloud Brokerage. The one-year BPA includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value to $34,698,390. Work will be performed Fairfax, Virginia, and work is expected to be completed September 7, 2018.

September 12, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Claire Grady, senior officer performing the duties of the deputy secretary and under secretary for management, addresses the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the middle of responding to two unprecedented weather events, working with state and local governments. But very important for success has been the work and collaboration of the industrial sector, said Claire Grady, senior officer performing the duties of the deputy secretary and undersecretary for management, DHS. Industry has provided visibility, traceability and communications across the response area, and this shows what we as Americans can accomplish together, she emphasized.

September 11, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects to enhance mobile applications security (MAS) for the government. The DHS S&T Mobile Security R&D program, part of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, will mahange the projects. The recently launched MAS project will focus on continuous validation and threat protection for mobile apps and integrating security throughout the mobile app lifecycle.

September 5, 2017
Rockwell Collins to provide helmet cueing system support.

Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $108,649,349 fixed-price requirements contract with prospective redetermination for various Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System consumable and depot-level reparable spares in support of F-15, F-16, and F-18 aircraft. This was a sole-source acquisition. The contract is a three-year base contract with one three-year option period. Locations of performance are Texas, Oregon, and Israel, with an August 31, 2022, performance completion date. Using customers are Air Force, Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers.

September 5, 2017

UltiSat Incorporated of Gaithersburg, Maryland announced that it has been awarded a NATO Framework Agreement, under which the company will provide consulting services in support of NATO's technical support program. The services include subject matter expert staffing in support of NATO missions. “UltiSat is honored to have been selected as a partner for this important project,” said M.G. Abutaleb, CEO of UltiSat. “We bring relevant past performance in the provision of high-touch professional services to mission-critical programs such as required under this Framework Agreement, including significant in-theater operations support.

September 5, 2017

The Navy is awarding Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems of Manassas, Virginia a not-to-exceed $71,457,135 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action (UCA) modification to previously awarded contract N00024-09-C-6247 for electronic warfare equipment in support of Virginia-class submarines. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York (49 percent); Fairfax, Virginia (40 percent); Germantown, Maryland (5 percent); Van Nuys, California (3 percent) and Buffalo, New York (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 2020. The UCA is expected to be definitized by February 2018.

September 5, 2017

The Army is awarding Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation of Herndon, Virginia a $116,916,350 cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, and fixed-price-incentive contract for logistics support services for government-owned fixed wing fleet performing special electronic mission aircraft missions. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work will be performed in Herndon with an estimated completion date of February 28, 2027. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $30,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-17-C-0014).

 

September 5, 2017

Catapult Health Technology Group, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,111,130 modification (P00015) to contract W911QX-15-F-0014 for information technology services and support for the Army Research Laboratory, the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Network Enterprise Center. Work will be performed in Adelphi, Maryland; White Sands, New Mexico; Aberdeen Maryland; and Durham, North Carolina, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 and 2017 research, development, test and evaluation; and operations maintenance (Army) funds in the combined amount of $3,372,608 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

September 5, 2017

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $36,913,696 noncompetitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract, Draper will provide technical and analytical support for Missile Defense Agency related to evaluation, maturation, integration, test and demonstration of leading edge Guidance, Navigation and Control technologies. The effort also includes research analysis on sensors, modeling and simulation, radiation hardening and survivability and precision targeting as well as weapons development. The work will be performed in Cambridge and Huntsville, Alabama with an expected completion date of July 31, 2022. The period of performance is from August 2017 to July 2022.

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