F35The Department of Defense (DOD) contract watch for building F-35 fighter jets for the U.S. military has received a lot of publicity over the past several years. So far, the F-35 program has generated over $1 billion in contracts to companies involved with various components of the project.

On August 13, 2014, the Lockheed-Martin Corporation was given an additional $233 million to work on flight-training and maintenance simulators for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The contract increase calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems. The bulk of the money and the work for this contract will be done at Lockheed’s facilities in and around Orlando, Florida.

Lockheed’s Orlando training systems unit manages the F-35 flight training center at Eglin AFB. This division of the company also produces automated logistics computers for the stealth fighter jets. More than 500 jobs in Orlando are tied to the F-35 work, including weapons-targeting systems produced by Lockheed’s missiles group.

The F-35 program has survived scrapping from the DOD through frequent schedule delays, cost overruns and technical problems. One of the most notable incidents was an engine fire on June 23rd that temporarily halted the project. The DOD acknowledged that Lockheed has taken a number of measures to cut costs and address performance issues over the past year.

Last month, Lockheed and its F-35 partners unveiled a plan to reduce costs on each individual aircraft by the end of the decade. The plan calls for spending $170 million through 2016 to shave costs from each F-35 to $80 million, down from $100 million.

But with a projected overall price of $400 billion, the F-35 is still on track to become the most expensive U.S. weapons system in history, with 2,400 planes built for the U.S. military and its allies.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: DOD Expands F-35 Contracts:  By Debbie Gregory

Twitter webinarOne of the biggest challenges of starting a Veteran owned small business is getting the word out about your company. In order to survive, fledgling companies need suppliers, contacts, and most of all, customers. But many Veteran business owners haven’t yet figured out how to successfully get their brand front and center in front of the public.

Some of the most successful small businesses have utilized Twitter as a platform to raise brand awareness for their companies. Set-Aside Alert, a federal government contract information service provider, is providing a webinar to help Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran business owners utilize Twitter to help their small businesses succeed.

The webinar will be led by Set-Aside Alert editor Alice Lipowicz, who has been named one of the Top 70 Most Social US Federal Technology Pros on Twitter by the Huffington Post.

Small business owners can use Twitter to raise brand awareness, share and obtain information on upcoming federal contract opportunities, network with peers and government leaders, and help build a reputation for expertise in your field. The webinar will help put Twitter to work for your small business.

The “Twitter Training for Small Business Federal Contractors” webinar will be held online at 1 pm EDT on September 4, 2014. The fee for the 60-minute webinar is $25. The webinar is available at no charge for Set-Aside Alert’s paid subscribers.

If you are already on Twitter, just getting started on Twitter, or thinking of joining, you can get super ideas on how to make a positive impression, discover more opportunities,  and drive business growth.

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The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Twitter Webinar: By Debbie Gregory

VAMBOA goals metThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Friday, August 1, 2014 that the U.S. government achieved its small business federal contracting goal. The federal government awarded more than 23% of its federal contracts to small businesses, totaling more than $83 billion. This was the first time in eight years that the federal government has reached its contracting goal.

The announcement was made at a press conference that was held at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. She was joined by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Ben Cardin.

“When we hit our small business procurement target, it’s a win.  Small businesses get the revenue they need to grow and create jobs, and the federal government gets the chance to work with some of the most responsive, innovative and nimble companies in the U.S. while the economy grows,” Contreras-Sweet said.  “Thanks to the president’s leadership and a team effort among all federal agencies, we were able to meet this goal.”

While contract expenditures have gone down in all categories as a result of overall reduced federal spending, small businesses managed to secure a greater percentage of the contracts. This is due inpart to the SBA working with other federal agencies to help small businesses win federal contracts.

The SBA also facilitated the requirement for larger companies with substantial federal contracts to sub-contract with Veteran-owned small businesses.

Along with the announcement, the SBA released the FY 2013 Small Business Procurement Scorecard. These annual scorecard provides an assessment of each federal agency’s yearly small business contracting achievement against its goal, with 20 agencies receiving an A or A+.  Overall, the federal government received an “A” on the government-wide Scorecard.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-044-14
March 10, 2014

CONTRACTS
NAVY
Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Md., is being provided funding in the amount of $698,911,656 under previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2300) for construction of two fiscal 2014 littoral combat ships.  The three contract line items being funded for each ship are for the basic seaframe construction, selected ship systems integration and test, and selected ship systems equipment.  Work will be performed in Marinette, Wis. (56 percent), Walpole, Mass. (14 percent), Washington, D.C. (12 percent), Oldsmar, Fla. (4 percent), Beloit, Wis. (3 percent), Moorestown, N.J. (2 percent), Minneapolis, Minn. (2 percent), and various locations of less than 1 percent each totaling 7 percent, and is expected to be complete by August 2018.  Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy contract funds in the amount of $698,911,656 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being provided funding in the amount of $683,716,119 under previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) for construction of two fiscal 2014 littoral combat ships.  The three contract line items being funded for each ship are for the basic seaframe construction, selected ship systems integration and test, and selected ship systems equipment.  Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala. (51 percent), Pittsfield, Mass. (13 percent), Cincinnati, Ohio (4 percent), Baltimore, Md. (2 percent), Burlington, Vt. (2 percent), New Orleans, La. (2 percent), and various locations of less than two percent each totaling 26 percent, and is expected to be complete by June 2018.  Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy contract funds in the amount of $683,716,119 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Communications & Power Industries, Beverly, Mass. (N00164-14-D-GR39), and L-3 Communications, Williamsport Pa. (N00164-14-D-GR65), are each being awarded firm-fixed-price, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a cumulative value of $67,715,539 for the evaluation, rebuild and new production of double-duty cross field amplifiers utilized in the AN/SPY-1D(V) Radar System.  Double-duty cross field amplifiers are used on Navy destroyers and Aegis Ashore systems, and by foreign militaries for radar power amplification.  Initial delivery orders in the amount of $184,985 for Communications & Power Industries and $168,000 for L-3 will be awarded as the minimum ordering amount at time of award; subsequent orders will be competed between the two awardees.  This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (95 percent) and the governments of Australia (2 percent), Spain (1 percent), Japan (1 percent) and South Korea (1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  Work will be performed in Beverly Mass. (50 percent), and Williamsport Pa. (50 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2019.  Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $352,985 will be obligated at the time of the award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  These contracts were not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $57,167,957 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to the previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2101) for the planning and execution of the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) post shakedown availability (PSA).  Electric Boat will also procure long lead time material in preparation to accomplish the maintenance, repair, alterations, testing, and other work on the USS Minnesota during its scheduled PSA.  Work will be performed in Groton, Conn. (99 percent) and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2015.  Fiscal 2008, 2013 and 2014 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $37,575,000 will be obligated at time of the award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded a $43,488,133 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00174-09-D-0003) for the procurement and support of the transmitting set, countermeasures AN/PLT-5 to support explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel.  Joint service EOD forces have a requirement for man-portable equipment and support for the EOD Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program.  The EOD CREW program provides all military EOD services with an electronic warfare capability to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices.  Work will be performed in Sparks, Nev., and is expected to be completed by March 2015.  No funds will be obligated at the time of award and contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Laser Systems Inc., Apoka, Fla., is being awarded a $12,400,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for special operating force laser aiming marker (SOFLAM), ground laser target designator (GLTD), provision item order spares and repairs.  The SOFLAM/GLTD is a lightweight, integrated, highly specialized, laser target designator viewing device that provides the operator with a ruggedized system utilizing technology designed for terminal guidance of precision munitions.  The SOFLAM/GLTD provides the specialized capability of combining two distinct guidance choices; hand-off to aircraft or standalone terminal guidance.  This requirement not only supports the U.S. but also includes foreign military sales (FMS) to Romania (71.4 percent) and Lithuania (28.6 percent) though the support of Building Partnership Capacity programs.  Work will be performed in Apopka, Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 2018.  FMS contract funds in the amount of $2,366,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) as implemented by FAR 6.302-1 – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-14-D-JQ16).
Correction:  The Seaport-e rolling admission contract originally announced on Nov. 19, 2013 inadvertently left off seven winning companies.  Included in this announcement should have been ASG Solutions Corp., doing business as American Systems Group San Diego, Calif.; ANSOL Inc., San Diego, Calif.; BlueWater Federal Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Va.; CTI Resource Management Services Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.; GBL Systems Corp., Camarillo, Calif.; Roccomar Inc., Falls Church, Va.; and Hodges Transportation Inc., doing business as Nevada Automotive Test Center, Silver Springs, Nev.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp.*, Cypress, Calif., has been awarded a maximum $13,701,394 modification (P00007) exercising the third option period on a two-year base contract (SPM8EG-10-D-0001) with three one-year option periods for rigid concrete repair.  This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract.  Location of performance is California with a March 10, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
ARMY
Defense Engineering Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $12,313,615 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for enterprise data storage services for the U.S. Information Technology Agency, Storage Services Branch.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $10,813,615 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 28, 2019.  Twelve bids were solicited with five received.  Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.  Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-F-3003).
IBM Corp. Bethesda, Md. was awarded an $8,465,976 modification (2A0328) to contract W91QUZ-06-D-0010 to exercise option year three of the Army Learning Management System which delivers training around the clock training for soldiers and Army civilians.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $4,121,993 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is March 20, 2015.  Work will be performed at Fort Eustis, Va.  Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity.
*Small Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5238


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-032-14
February 20, 2014

CONTRACTS
ARMY
Ameresco, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0036), Framingham, Mass.; Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0041), Hampden, N.H., were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for biomass technology.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 12, 2024.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with fifty-two received.  Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.
Ameresco, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0031), Framingham, Mass.; M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Assoc., (W912DY-14-D-0032), Dallas, Texas; *Infigen Energy US Development LLC (W912DY-14-D-0033), Dallas, Texas were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for wind technology.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 12, 2024.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with forty-five received.  Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.
Ameresco, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0016), Framingham, Mass.; Chevron Energy Solutions Co. (W912DY-14-D-0017), San Francisco, Calif.; Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0018), Baltimore, Md.; *Distributed Sun, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0019) Washington, D.C.; *Energy Ventures, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0020), Rockville, Md.; First Solar Development, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0021) San Francisco, Calif.; *FLS Energy (W912DY-14-D-0022), Asheville, N.C.; Linc Government Services, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0023), Hopkinsville, Ky.; RE Independence Co. LLC (W912DY-14-D-0024) San Francisco, Calif.; *Sun Edison Government Solutions, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0025), Beltsville, Md.; Sun Edison LLC (W912DY-14-D-0026), Beltsville, Md.; SunWize Technologies, Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0027), San Jose, Cal.; *TransGen Energy, Inc. W912DY-14-D-0028) Rockville, Md.; Victory Renewables, LLC: W912DY-14-D-0029), Juno Beach, Fla.; EDF Renewable Energy (W912DY-14-D-0030), San Diego, Calif. were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for solar technology.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 12, 2024.  Bids were solicited via the internet with 114 received.  Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.
NAVY
Engility, Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $24,882,608, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, multiple-award contract for engineering and technical support at the Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.  The contractor will advise and assist with various tasks in support of engineering support, system engineering and technical analysis, development of programs and improvised explosive device defeat technology.  Work will be performed in Indian Head, Md., and is expected to be completed by February 2017.  Fiscal 2014 Defense business operations funds in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity. (N00174-14-D-0005)
A-T Solutions, Fredricksburg, Va., is being awarded a $23,538,703 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract for engineering and technical support at the Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division.  The contractor will advise and assist with various tasks in support of engineering support, system engineering and technical analysis, development of programs and improvised explosive device defeat technology.  Work will be performed in Indian Head, Md., and is expected to be completed by February 2017.  Fiscal 2014 Defense business operations funds in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received.  Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-14-D-0004).
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,515,086 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083).  This modification provides for Netherlands-specific, non-recurring sustainment activities to include procurement of Autonomic Logistics Information Systems equipment and logistics support for non-recurring engineering activities.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2015.   International Partner funds in the amount of $4,757,543 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, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
AIR FORCE
APRO International, Inc., Vienna, Va. (FA4890-14-D-0001 for $38,306,747), Goldbelt Falcon LLC, Chesapeake, Va. (FA4890-14-D-0002 for $45,565,135), Science & Management Resources, Inc., Pensacola, Fla., (FA4890-14-D-0003 for $49,261,610), United Paradyne Corp., Santa Maria, Calif. (FA4890-14-D-0004 for $40,769,565),Y-Tech Services, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska (FA4890-14-D-0005 for $46,782,310), were awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-vendor award for Air Force Enterprise Contracted (AFEC) Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMEL).   This was a competitive acquisition with five bids received.  The contractor shall provide all management, personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, and other items and services necessary to perform the PMEL services as defined in the Performance Work Statement.  Work will be performed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Beale AFB, Calif.; Cannon AFB, N.M.; Dyess AFB, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Minot AFB, N.D.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Offutt AFB, Neb.; Royal Air Force (RAF) Feltwell, United Kingdom; and Whiteman AFB, Mo., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 2019.  Fiscal year 2014 operations and maintenance funds will be awarded subject to availability of funds.  Headquarters Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley AFB, Va., is the contracting activity.
* Small Business
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5227