Small Business

January 12, 2021
 

Advanced Computer Learning Co. LLC,* Fayetteville, North Carolina, is being awarded an $8,207,152 single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development of curriculum material and the instruction on the use of unique networks in the Joint Staff Joint Tactical Operations Interface Training Program and the U.S. Message Text Formatting Training Program in support of the Joint Staff, Joint Interoperability Division at the Joint Multi-Tactical School. The contract will include an 11-month base ordering period with an additional three consecutive one-year ordering period options, which if exercised, will bring the total value to $33,207,839.

January 12, 2021
 

Atlantic Signal LLC,* Topeka, Kansas, is awarded a $45,128,388 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of up to a combined maximum quantity of 233,736 units inclusive of hearing enhancement devices, cables, push-to-talks, hygiene kits and helmet adapters. Work will be performed in Topeka, Kansas, and is expected to be complete by September 2025. Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $9,999,420 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will expire on March 19, 2021. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.SAM.gov website, with seven offers received.

January 11, 2021
 

American Superconductor Corp.,* Devens, Massachusetts, is awarded a $14,940,659 hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in support of the supplies and services required to deliver a high temperature superconducting degaussing system (HTS).

October 14, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
(Credit: Shutterstock/Jaroslaw Grudzinski)

The Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) is adopting a new approach to information technology contracting that could be a boon to small businesses, according to the acting director of its contracting agent. The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), the federal executive agent for four GWACs covering information technology services and commodity solutions, has issued a draft request for proposal (RFP) for CIO-SP4 that could be worth up to $40 billion over its lifetime.

December 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Carlen Capenos (top l), director, DISA Office of Small Business Programs; Debra Daniels (r), Vice Procurement Services executive; and Douglas Packard, Procurement Services executive and director of the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, provide the DISA Small Business Forecast to Industry at AFCEA TechNet Cyber on December 3.

As a combat support agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, provides and operates key command and control, information, communication, and computing technologies for joint warfighters, national leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the Defense Department. To provide such support, the agency relies on industry partners, and in particular, has specific contracting set-aside measures for small businesses, including small disadvantaged companies, women-owned firms, service-disabled veteran-owned corporations and historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).

December 2, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
The TSA awarded Lavi Industries a sole-source small business contract for acrylic barriers and associated equipment at 37 airports throughout the United States in August 2020.

The Transportation Security Administration is in the market for small businesses that offer security technology. Because large companies quickly buy out a great deal of startups, the organization’s Small Business Programs office is looking at new ways to diversify this marketplace by facilitating investments.

Adequate funding is one of the biggest roadblocks for entrepreneurs who want to sell to government agencies as well as the tallest hurdle for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) program to overcome. Many small businesses just don’t have sufficient capital to keep their doors open through the lengthy process between requests for information and contract awards.

November 23, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Donald Pekoske (l), administrator, Transportation Security Administration, speaks with Federal Air Marshal’s Executive Assistant Administrator Michael Ondocin at the TSA 23rd virtual employee town hall meeting. Credit: TSA photo

Because of its overall mission and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers industry numerous new ways to provide both standard and innovative solutions. The organization has published several documents that outline immediate and long-term plans and provide insights into where it will invest its limited resources. The information gives companies a better idea of where to devote their research and marketing dollars so they can partner with the agency.

October 27, 2020
 

a.i. solutions Inc.,* Lanham, Maryland, is being awarded a $203,204,319 competitive, cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract with a three-year base value of $77,728,390 and two one-year options for quality and mission assurance advisory and assistance services. The work will be performed in the National Capital Region; Dahlgren, Virginia; Huntsville, Alabama; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort Greely, Alaska; Orlando, Florida; Moorestown, New Jersey; Tucson, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Promontory, Utah; Joplin, Missouri; and other locations as directed, with an estimated completion date of December 2025. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the beta.SAM.gov website with two proposals received.

October 7, 2020
 

Radiance Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $120,784,794 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical assistance support to the U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office. Bids was solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of September 29, 2023. Fiscal year 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $2,794,694 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W50RAJ-20-F-0014).

October 6, 2020
Kimberly Underwood
The Space Development Agency has awarded contracts to L3 Harris and SpaceX for the tracking layer of National Defense Space Architecture for hypersonic glide vehicle detection. Credit: SDA

The Defense Department announced on October 5 that the year-old Space Development Agency had awarded two contracts to build the tracking layer of the National Defense Space Architecture, or NDSA. 

September 29, 2020
 

Aviation Systems Engineering Co., Inc.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is awarded a $94,875,560 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides contractor engineering services in support of the Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Platform Integration and Systems Engineering Branch. The engineering services provided are in support of legacy and new acoustic and non-acoustic sensors, systems and subsystems for naval air platforms and to improve existing maritime patrol and reconnaissance mission systems in support of Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued.

September 29, 2020
 

Sherpa 6 Inc.,* Littleton, Colorado, was awarded a $24,565,468 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop a variety of technologies to support research and development concept prototype components for dismounted Soldier mission command systems, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System and Nett Warrior.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Littleton, Colorado, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Army) funds in the amount of $2,100,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-20-C-0102). *Small Business

September 24, 2020
 

Physical Optics Corp.,* Torrance, California, is awarded an $84,917,868 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract procures Advanced Data Transfer System components for installations on the UH-1Y, AH-1Z, MH-60R, MH-60S, H-53K platforms for the Navy, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Torrance, California, and is expected to be completed in September 2025. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(5).

September 11, 2020
 

Analog Photonics LLC,* Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded a $10,266,430 modification (P00011) to exercise the Phase 3 option to previously awarded HR0011-16-C-0108 for the Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks (MOABB) research program. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $25,579,196. Work will be performed in Boston, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of May 2022.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,266,430 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

September 4, 2020
 

Technical and Project Engineering LLC,* Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $9,221,888 firm-fixed-price contract to provide computer programming support services to Headquarters, Department of the Army; U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; U.S. Army Special Operations Command; the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve; Army National Guard; and TRADOC Centers of Excellence. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 6, 2024. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,221,888 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

September 2, 2020
 

Compass Systems Inc.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is awarded a $7,690,800 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0698) against previously-issued basic ordering agreement N68335-18-G-0035. The order procures command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) technology advancement to enhance communication techniques with Operational Mapping and Networked Intelligence technology (OMNI). The order provides support to the Aircraft Prototyping System division to include continued OMNI research for technology enhancement, prototype development, test, evaluation and labor for integrating these new techniques into C5ISR sensors, sensor systems and aerial platforms.

September 2, 2020
 

Geospark Analytics Inc.,* Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five year ordering period for the Phase Three commercialization of their Small Business Innovation Research Phase One technology of Hyperion Artificial Intelligence. The enterprise-level contract provides near real time situational awareness capabilities to the entire U.S. federal government, enabling users to make better decisions faster. This is accomplished by identifying and forecasting emerging events on a global scale to mitigate risk, recognize threats, greatly enhance indications and warnings and provide predictive analytics capabilities.

September 1, 2020
 

Liqid Inc.,* Broomfield, Colorado, was awarded a $16,480,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Department of Defense high performing computing modernization programs. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2026. Fiscal 2020 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $16,480,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-20-F-0576). *Small Business

September 1, 2020
 

Blazar Technology Solutions,* Denver, Colorado (W52P1J-20-D-0039); Blue Tech Inc., San Diego, California (W52P1J-20-D-0041); Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0042); CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Illinois (W52P1J-20-D-0043); Countertrade Products, Arvada, Colorado (W52P1J-20-D-0044); Cypher Analytics/Crowne Point Systems,* San Diego, California (W52P1J-20-D-0045); DH Technology,* Leesburg, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0046); DLT Solutions, Herndon, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0047); Dynamic Systems Inc., El Segundo, California (W52P1J-20-D-0048); Enterprise Technologies Solutions,* Bethesda, Maryland (W52P1J-20-D-0049); Epoch Concepts, Highlands Ranch, Colorado (W52P1J-20-D0050); FedBiz It Solutions,* Leesburg, Virginia (W52P1

August 27, 2020
 

Nexagen Networks Inc.,* Morganville, New Jersey, is awarded a $45,970,509 single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide subject matter expertise in the areas of program management; development management; operation support; systems engineering support; systems administration; information assurance; network security; configuration management; service desk support; web application development and technical writing in support of the management and operation of the coalition and allied programs and the Naval Tool for Interoperability and Risk Assessment under Naval Information Forces.

August 27, 2020
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment “Battlekings,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sit ready to fire at Fort Stewart, Georgia, September 11, 2014. Credit: U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley

A first-of-its-kind Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) pilot seeks to leverage small business innovators to help increase the rate of fire of self-propelled howitzer systems. A new program, the Special Program Awards for Required Technology Needs (SPARTN), is combining government and industry best practices to introduce a whole-of-Army, collaborative approach to solution innovation.

August 26, 2020
 

SeaLandAire Technologies Inc.,* Jackson, Michigan, is awarded a $9,706,013 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0456) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-20-G-1049. This order provides for continued advanced technology research and development efforts for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) products for airborne anti-submarine warfare systems under SBIR topic N010-014 titled, “High Gain Array of Velocity Sensors.”  Further development and research efforts will include systems engineering, modeling and analyses, measurement of target and environment data, architecture, fabrication, installation, test, maintenance, aircrew training and procurement activities.  Additionally, this order provides engineering serv

August 26, 2020
 

Radiance Technologies Inc,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $10,110,811 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research project for the Secure Advanced Framework for Simulation and Modeling (SAFE-SiM) program. SAFE-SiM seeks to build a government-owned and controlled, faster-than-real time modeling and simulation (M&S) capability for theater-wide, mission-level M&S. This capability would enable rapid analysis supporting senior-level decisions for concept of operations development, force structure composition, resource allocation and targeted technology insertion.

August 26, 2020
 

Management Services Group Inc.,* doing business as Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is awarded a $13,601,735 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-20-C-5608 for procurement of network, processing, and storage technical Insertion 16 (NPS), Modification 1 storage equipment, which will be incorporated into area storage area network cabinets during production. The NPS program consists of enterprise products in use across surface Navy combat systems which introduce powerful commercially available off-the-shelf processors as part of a general strategy to achieve a modular and open architecture design.

August 20, 2020
 

The Atlantic Group LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $16,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for photogrammetric and LiDAR surveying and mapping. Bids were solicited via the internet with 38 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 19, 2025. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, Missouri, is the contracting activity (W912P9-20-D-0023). *Small Business

August 19, 2020
 

Navatek LLC,* Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded a $9,653,744 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for systematic advances in asymmetric Naval forces and logistics. The contract provides for research to identify opportunities in our current operating fleet and operational methods where asymmetric concepts can be evaluated for further development.

August 18, 2020
 

First RF Corp.,* Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a maximum $24,900,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee completion orders for radio frequency electronic antenna cancellation/beamforming technology software/hardware prototypes. This contract provides for research, development, testing, evaluating and deploying advanced radio frequency (RF) systems. These systems may support any of the various RF functions such as radar, communications, electronic warfare, signals intelligence, direction finding, etc. Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed August 13, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

August 18, 2020
 

Nalej Corp.,* Arlington, Virginia, and New York, New York, has been awarded a $14,865,391 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a System of Systems Technology Integration Tool Chain for Heterogeneous Electronic Systems (STITCHES) Warfighter Applications Team (SWAT) development operations (DevOps) prototype. This contract provides for delivery of DevOps capabilities to the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) STITCHES platform managing DevOps toolchains in addition to providing a team dedicated to the effort.

August 17, 2020
 

Total Technology Inc.,* Cherry Hill, New Jersey (W15QKN-18-D-0073, P00001); Logisys Technical Services Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (W15QKN-18-D-0077, P00001); and Pioneering Decisive Solutions Inc.,* California, Maryland (W15QKN-18-D-0078, P00002), will compete for each order of a $92,992,323 modification for an automated test system testing/diagnostics and netcentric support program. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 20, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

August 4, 2020
 

The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) awarded a $31.9 million contract to Victor, New York-based REDCOM Laboratories, Inc.* REDCOM is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced tactical and strategic communications solutions in a small form factor that provide interoperability, flexibility, and ease of use. Under the five-year contract, the company will deliver tactical communications software for multiple Army programs as part of the PEO C3T’s network modernization effort.

July 27, 2020
 

Government Marketing and Procurement LLC,* Wimberley, Texas, was awarded an $18,000,000 modification (P00005) to contract W912DY-18-D-0024 for Vocera wireless hands-free communications systems and supporting hardware/software infrastructure. Work will be performed in Wimberley, Texas, with an estimated completion date of August 1, 2023. Fiscal 2020 Defense Health Program funds in the amount of $18,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

July 27, 2020
 

The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded an One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business* Pool 3 contract to the joint venture between S4 Inc. and Solutions Development Corporation, called S4-SDC-JV. Under the multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, the two companies will provide professional service solutions through specific task orders. The scope of the contract includes: program management services; management solutions; logistics, engineering, scientific, and financial services; and information technology. *Small Business

July 21, 2020
 

Savi Technology Inc.,* Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $45,805,123 firm-fixed-price contract for active radio frequency identification transponder tags to track equipment worldwide. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. As part of the Internet of Things (IoT), the company's so-called aRFID infrastructure provides “always on” information on the location and condition of in-transit supplies and equipment to enable critical situational awareness for emergency response or military operations.

July 16, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Maj. Nadine Quashie, USA, prepares to ask a question during a breakout session at a contracting symposium the 408th Contracting Support Brigade hosted at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Waters, USA

Companies, especially small businesses, need to mix Best In Class contracts in their business development quiver if they hope to stabilize and grow in today’s government acquisition environment. Although it’s valuable to be on large contract vehicles, if for no other reason than to list them on a corporate website, small firms must be careful not to depend only on them for steady business income.

June 29, 2020
 

Techwerks LLC,* Arlington Heights, Illinois, was awarded an $8,685,042 modification (P00024) to contract W911QY-17-C-0101 for labor, other direct costs and travel in support of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Work will be performed in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of July 1, 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Army) funds in the amount of $178,340 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

June 18, 2020
 

Sigmatech Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $8,220,049 modification (000240) to contract W31P4Q-15-A-0028 for technical support for the unmanned aircraft systems project manager's office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of June 18, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,220,049 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

June 16, 2020
 

NIC4 Inc.,* Tampa, Florida, was awarded a $16,778,695 modification (P00002) to contract W91CRB-19-D-5001 to increase various line items due to additional scope and add additional services connected with Very Small Aperture Terminals services and equipment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

June 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which sits atop the federal contracting process, often has rules allowing flexibility in contracts that can be of assistance to small businesses confronting challenges during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has been a mixed bag for small business contractors working with the federal government. Some are facing unique challenges as they try to fulfill their contractual obligations amid site shutdowns, while others are able to meet their obligations relatively seamlessly under contracts designed for telework.

Small business problems range from workers’ compensation details to meeting contractual specifications when not allowed to work on government sites. These problems may be the tip of the iceberg as the government moves forward in the post-COVID-19 era, experts say.

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to 23 small businesses to participate in phase one of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s

June 9, 2020
 

Space Ground System Solutions LLC,* Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $29,596,469 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and prototype development of spacecraft electronics and space/airborne electronic systems and maintenance, development, enhancement and testing supporting mission operations of Department of Defense space assets. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. The Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST), located at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., is the designated lead laboratory for Navy space programs.

June 5, 2020
 

Novavax Inc.,* Gaithersburg, Maryland, was awarded a $21,952,384 cost-no-fee contract for the development and production of the Novavax nanoparticle vaccine against COVID-19. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of June 3, 2021. Fiscal 2020 Defense Health Agency Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds in the amount of $21,952,384 were obligated at the time of award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-20-C-0077). *Small Business

June 5, 2020
 

Trident Systems Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,000,000 maximum ordering amount, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price orders for Secure Collaborative Technology (SCTECH) software and hardware. This contract provides for the research, adaptation, enhancement and transition of critical Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) technologies to provide new capabilities which are secure and provide access between multiple levels of security domains and bridge between different chat protocols.

June 5, 2020
 

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP),* Middletown, Rhode Island, is awarded a $26,643,618 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract for services to develop, upgrade and apply the Extensible Markup Language Test Data Analysis Tool (XTDAS). Work will be performed in Middletown, Rhode Island (55%); Newport, Rhode Island (25%); Port Canaveral, Florida (5%); Andros Island, Bahamas (5%); other contractor labs and facilities (5%); and on-board platforms and ranges (5%), and is expected to be complete by June 2025. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(b)(2) because the Systems Engineering Associates Corp.

June 2, 2020
 

Agile Defense Inc.,* Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $31,225,244 modification (P00052) to previously awarded task order HR0011-15-F-0002 for unclassified information technology services. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the task order from $176,513,865 to $207,739,109. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of February 2021. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $12,224,558 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

June 1, 2020
 

Ad Hoc Research Associates LLC,* Havre De Grace, Maryland (W91CRB-20-D-0017); Beshenich Muir and Associates LLC,* Leavenworth, Kansas (W91CRB-20-D-0018); Digiflight Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland (W91CRB-20-D-0019); Integrated Defense Applications LLC,* El Paso, Texas (W91CRB-20-D-0020); Joint Research and Development Inc.,* Stafford, Virginia (W91CRB-20-D-0021); Man-Machine Systems Assessment Inc.,* El Paso, Texas (W91CRB-20-D-0022); and Science and Technology Corp.,* Hampton, Virginia (W91CRB-20-D-0023), will compete for each order of a $249,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract to provide engineering and test support services across all directorates and divisions within the U.S.

June 1, 2020
 

Metron Inc.,* Reston, Virginia, is awarded a $32,199,767 ceiling increase and 36-month period of performance extension modification to previously awarded, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N65236-17-C-8000 for research and development of a mission planning and execution aid tool to support strategic fleet operations. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia (81%); and San Diego, California (19%), and is expected to be complete by May 2023. This modification brings the total cumulative value of the contract to $52,574,968. Fiscal 2020 research, development, testing and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,362,374 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.

May 27, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Cybersecurity experts emphasize it’s important for businesses, no matter their size, to have a plan to protect their data and systems as well as recover from an inevitable cyber attack. Credit: Den Rise/Shutterstock

Rapid changes in technology create new security vulnerabilities that require small businesses to expend resources to remain compliant. Lack of guidance, definitions or policies place these companies in positions that require them to make security investments without fully understanding the need or outcome of the resources they are spending.

While government information technology firms are better staffed from a security perspective, those that provide other services often do not have enough employees or the expertise to operate their internal computer systems at a high level of security. This situation makes them ideal targets for adversaries.

May 22, 2020
 

Innovative Defense Technologies LLC,* Arlington, Virginia, is awarded a $22,506,572 modification (P00007) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00014-19-C-1054 for the Cloud to Edge Environment. This modification adds Options 5 through 10, and exercises Options 5, 9 and 10, which increases the contract value by $22,506,572. Under this modification, the contractor will continue work to deliver a secure development and operations (SecDevOps) environment enabling cloud-based collaborative development, simulation, testing and certification of evolving Navy software systems. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia (68%); Mount Laurel, New Jersey (23%); Washington, D.C. (6%); Rhode Island (2%); and various places below 1%.

May 19, 2020
 

Palomar Display Products,* Carlsbad, California, was awarded an $89,237,780 firm-fixed-price contract for biocular image control units, assorted spares and engineering services and repairs. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-20-D-0006). *Small Business

May 19, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle-25 is used to secure a position during a combat readiness evaluation at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. The Marine Corps Systems Command foresees many opportunities for small businesses as it helps reshape the Corps for the future.

Small businesses can find many areas for doing business with the U.S. Marine Corps, if they research the field properly, says the head of a Corps small business office. Kyle Beagle, associate director of Marine Corps Systems Command (SYSCOM) Office of Small Business, told attendees at a virtual meeting of the AFCEA Small Business Committee that the Corps will be looking to boost contracting with small businesses in the coming year. But companies must be prepared to work with the Marine Corps early in the process if they are to be a contractor.

“Do your homework,” Beagle told audience members. “Know who you’re trying to target in the Marine Corps, and know what area you’re trying to target.”