Small Business

December 4, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Sailors assigned to Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command monitor, analyze, detect and respond to unauthorized activity within U.S. Navy information systems and computer networks.

The Defense Department is revamping its mentor-protege program to better match big and small business relationships so those partnerships better meet military needs, requirements and major defense acquisition programs, said Rob Stewart, the program’s manager.

Outreach efforts by individual services such as the Army and Navy adequately address issues of meeting mission needs, he said. But harnessing small business innovation—and connecting small businesses to larger businesses that can teach them the ropes—requires more of a concerted focus from higher levels within the department, Stewart said. 

December 11, 2015

Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,736,483 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6294 to exercise an option for engineering and technical services for information assurance (IA) solutions. Progeny Systems Corp. shall continue formulation of IA solutions and integrate them into commercial-off-the-shelf-based combat and network systems. The effort of this contract involves custom application of the generic IA tool-set to satisfy combat system configuration specific requirements.

November 20, 2015

Mercury Defense Systems, Inc., Cypress, California, is being awarded a $41,802,436 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for 200 miniaturized I/J band digital radio frequency memory modulators (Mini DRFMs) and their associated repairs and evaluations. The Mini DRFM is a state-of-the-art electronic and radio frequency device that produces high-fidelity threat simulator systems for test and evaluation and training missions.

October 15, 2015
By Maria C. Horton

Small businesses doing work for the U.S. Defense Department pose serious cybersecurity concerns, in part because of their limited resources to invest in technical and practiced security measures, according to a congressional oversight agency’s assessment.

October 21, 2015

KDH Defense Systems Inc.,* Eden, North Carolina (W91CRB-16-D-0003); and Point Blank Enterprises Inc., Pompano Beach, Florida (W91CRB-16-D-0004), were awarded a $14,601,731 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, contractor-shared contract for up to 35,000 Light Air Warrior systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 19, 2018. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

*Small business

October 9, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Breaking into the federal marketplace presents daunting challenges for small businesses, so panelists with inside know-how have offered tips to help smooth the arduous path for a business shot at government spending.

Hire talented proposal writers, learn the federal process, reach out to contracting officers for legitimate concerns and take advantage of agency small business directors, advised a panel of four experts.

Small business leaders must also invest time to draft and submit the otherwise burdensome requests for information, or RFIs, a process some said must fall into “a black hole” since rarely do they see any results.

September 30, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) has explored some options, such as online training videos, to integrate cybersecurity into its existing efforts, but as of July had not yet identified and disseminated cybersecurity resources in its outreach and education efforts to defense small businesses, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

September 23, 2015

Modern Technology Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $24,998,436 Small Business Innovation Research III sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Rapid Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Technology Integration Program effort. Contractor will extend the sensor resource management system developed in Phase I for the Missile Defense Agency and apply it to the integration of air, ground and space sensor systems and their associated platforms to provide ISR data products. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by September 17, 2019.

September 18, 2015

Scientific Systems Co. Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $6,600,242 firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research III contract for advanced navigation common capability (ANCC). Contractor will expand upon ANCC previous work by generalizing the process of integrating the technology into weapon systems. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by September 14, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $6,600,242 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 14, 2015

R.A. Miller Industries Inc., a woman-owned small business, Grand Haven, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $8,730,080 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of antenna long manpack assemblies. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a September 11, 2020, performance completion date. Using service is the Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-15-D-0021).

September 9, 2015
By Beverly Cooper

With 35 percent of the spending at the U.S. Department of the Treasury going to small companies, Jose L. Arrieta, director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Department of the Treasury, wants to challenge the Small Business Act. Arrieta is not questioning the importance of using small businesses or their ability to create jobs and provide value with low overhead, but he contends that the criteria used in evaluating these companies need to change.

September 2, 2015

Cleveland BioLabs Inc., Buffalo, New York, was awarded a $9,226,455 cost-plus-fixed-fee multi-year contract for advanced research into mitigating and treating the effects of ionizing radiation. Work will be performed Buffalo, New York; Bethesda, Maryland; and in Canada, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 45 received.  Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,226,455 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Frederick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-15-C-0101).


September 1, 2015

Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID Experts, Portland, Oregon, is being awarded a $133,263,550 firm-fixed-price contract for commercially available data breach recovery services in response to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach affecting 21.5 million individuals. Data breach recovery services include credit and identity monitoring services, identity theft insurance, identity restoration services, as well as website services and call center services.

August 17, 2015

Advanced IT Concepts Inc., Winter Springs, Florida, was awarded a $45 million firm-fixed-price contract for procurement, delivery, installation, and testing of hardware to promote total life cycle support at the combat training centers and Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 13, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet with eight received. Army Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-15-D-0006).


August 5, 2015

WisEngineering LLC, Dover, New Jersey (W15QKN-15-D-0074); Decilog Inc., Melville, New York (W15QKN-15-D-0075); Intelligent Decision Systems Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0076); SimIs Inc., Portsmouth, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0077); and Subsystem Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0078), were awarded a $49,778,189 firm-fixed-price contract for software development for the Tactical Effects, Protection and Interactive Technologies Directorate, Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

July 31, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Congress and the federal government have heard the clamor of small-business owners and want to ease the cumbersome federal-contracting process and level the playing field between small and large companies competing for government-contracting dollars, experts said during an AFCEA International program.

The massive fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which specifies the budget and expenditures for the Defense Department but sets the tone for a lot of federal spending, addresses some of the issues that distress small businesses and seeks more oversight on industry practices.

July 29, 2015

Trident Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $24,389,616 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research of persistent airborne data link communications components and systems. This effort will increase the effectiveness of small airborne systems by providing actionable real-time situational awareness information to the warfighter. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia (71 percent); and Raleigh, North Carolina (29 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020. Fiscal 2015 research development test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,273,280 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

July 20, 2015

Assurance Technology Corp., Carlisle, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $24,663,970 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award contract (N00173-15-F-6201) for research, development, and integration as it relates to software to develop software definable/reconfigurable systems (SDS) that respond to Navy, Defense Department, and national mission requirements with improved performance, capability, reliability, efficiency and life cycle cost.

July 20, 2015

Cask Technologies LLC, California, is being awarded a $25 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-15-D-4801) for program analytical and technical support for Marine Corps Total Force Information Technology Systems. The company also was awarded another $25 million contract (M67854-15-D-4803) for business analytics, cost analysis and portfolio support. Work for both contracts will be performed in Stafford, Virginia, and is expected to be completed May 19, 2020.  No funds will be obligated at the time of award.

June 29, 2015

Airtec Inc., California, Maryland, is being awarded an $80,661,914 modification against a previously issued firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68335-14-D-0030) for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a contractor-owned, contractor-operated Bombardier DHC-8/200 multi-sensor aircraft, with government-furnished property previously installed on the aircraft. Work will be performed in Bogota, Columbia (90 percent); and California, Maryland (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. No funds will be obligated at time of award.