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By Debbie Gregory.

Having electronic health records vs. previous hard copy records will go a long way in saving money, buy information pills time, and lives.

After a two year search, the Defense Department awarded a $4.3 billion contract to Leidos, Inc.

Previously known as Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos is an American company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services.

The new contract will cover more than 9.5 million Defense Department beneficiaries and the more than 205,000 care professionals who provide them with support.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, called electronic health records “a critical enabler for supporting and maintaining medical readiness” around the world. The new system is global, and must operate in remote places like Afghanistan, in addition to DoD’s 55 hospitals and more than 600 clinics, according to Woodson.

“Even apart from the wartime requirements, the patients we serve are frequently on the move, as are our caregivers, so it is very important to have a highly integrated system that is portable to serve the needs wherever they may be required,” he said.

The DoD and the VA are interoperable now, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, but this contract ensures it will continue by including future software upgrades.

Training is also included in the contract, he said.

“The trick … in getting a business system fielded isn’t about the product you’re buying, it’s about the training, the preparation of your people, it’s about minimizing the changes to the software that you’re buying,” Kendall said. “We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that our users … are prepared to take on this product and use it.”

The next big hurdle is testing the software to ensure it is secure and does what is needed. This will be carries out at eight locations in the Pacific Northwest late next year. Ultimately, the system will be fielded at more than 1,000 locations worldwide. The cost over 18 years was placed at $11 billion, but new figures suggest the ultimate cost will be below $9 billion, Kendall said.

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 CoachingContracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

Leidos, Inc Wins DoD Contract: VAMBOA: By Debbie Gregory

 

military connection: ffvBy Debbie Gregory.

The Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) program may not be totally down for the count. The Army has awarded two contracts, worth more than $28 million each, to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to develop design concepts for the FFV.

The effort is meant to determine whether the Army will produce an entirely new vehicle or a modern armed and armored personnel carrier to replace the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The Bradley, which the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program was to replace, has been in service since 1981, and is expected to remain in the Army inventory perhaps for decades in the future.

In October, Brig. Gen. David Bassett, commander PEO Ground Combat Systems, said the FFV program was largely a science-and-technology development effort, meant to help the Army explore its options while it pursues various engineering-change proposals for its existing armored vehicles.

The Army is asking BAE Systems and General Dynamics to study technologies, costs, and risks against future infantry fighting vehicle requirements for a FFV system.[Native Advertisement]

From their GCV work, BAE Systems engineers will try to recycle integrated hybrid-electric propulsion and mobility subsystems, automotive test rigs, and hybrid-electric integrated propulsion subsystems.

Due to the use of a hybrid-electric propulsion, the company will design and implement calibration maps for all components within their hybrid systems to test component efficiencies within integrated propulsion systems.

The Army’s other vehicle efforts include its pursuit of a Humvee replacement, the joint light tactical vehicle, and M113 infantry carrier replacement, the armored multipurpose vehicle, along with upgrades to the Abrams, Stryker and Paladin.

Currently in the development stage is a light vehicle that’s designed to enable airborne troops to move quickly to an objective after they’ve parachuted in. On May 28, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said the service is exploring the needs for a vehicle that provides mobile protected firepower, an infantry fighting vehicle and a light tank, using 20 collaborative war-fighting challenges to identify capability gaps — with near-, mid- and long-term solutions.

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VAMBOA: US Army Awards Contracts for FFV Designs: By Debbie Gregory

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.

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


FOR RELEASE AT
5 p.m. ET
No. CR-038-14
February 27, 2014

CONTRACTS
ARMY
VS2 LLC, Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $41,950,284 modification (0001) to contract W52P1J-13-G-0029 for logistics support services, at the Logistics Readiness Center, Fort Benning, Ga., to include materiel maintenance, supply and transportation services.  Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $41,950,284 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 27, 2019.  Work will be performed at Fort Benning, Ga.  Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity.
Diversified Construction of Oklahoma*, Edmund, Okla., was awarded a $22,500,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for minor construction, sustainability, repairs and maintenance to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Okla.  Funding and performance location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 25, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with 15 received.  Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, Okla., is the contracting activity (W912BV-14-D-0002).
BAE Systems Technology Solutions, Rockville, Md., was awarded a $21,391,241 modification (P00230) to contract W912CN-08-C-0085 for logistical support and services consisting of maintenance, transportation and supply on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $10,591,365 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 28, 2015.  Work will be performed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  Army Contracting Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
QED Systems LLC*, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was awarded a $7,443,765 cost plus-fixed-fee contract for program management, engineering, logistics, business, administrative, operations, and security service support for product manager meteorological and target identification capabilities.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $7,443,765 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 26, 2017.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received.  Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.  Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-C012).
Truestone, Herndon*, Va., was awarded a $6,685,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for reverse engineering, limited prototyping for exploitation, test and evaluation, and target validation.  The contractor shall provide program management, engineering, and technical support related to a wide range of technologies managed in the Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, Technical Characterization and Exploitation Branch, Cyber Offensive Operations Division.  Fiscal 2012 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $40,764; fiscal 2012 other procurement funds in the amount of $550,000; fiscal 2013 research, development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,258 and fiscal 2013 other procurement funds in the amount of $2,553,200 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Feb. 26, 2015.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received.  Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.  Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-A159).
Raytheon, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $6,651,471 modification (P00226) to contract W31P4Q-07-C-0088 to procure services for the improved target acquisition system for the Tube Launched, Optically Tracked, Wireless Guided Missile System.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $6,651,471 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Dec. 30, 2014.  Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, is the contracting activity.
NAVY
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $49,816,500 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0030) for the full rate production of 3,500 Precision Laser Guidance Set (PLGS) units and 5,000 kits to convert the PLGS units from the DSU-38/B configuration to the DSU-38A/B for the U.S. Air Force.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (57 percent); St. Charles, Mo. (17 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (12 percent); Greenville, S.C. (5 percent); Minneapolis, Minn. (4 percent); Glen Riddle, Pa. (3 percent); Danville, Va. (1 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2016.  Fiscal 2014 procurement of ammunition, Air Force funds in the amount of $49,816,500 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.
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00421-10-D-0005); Deloitte Consulting LLP, Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-0006); National Technologies Associates Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N00421-10-D-0007); and Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va. (N00421-10-D-0008), are each being awarded modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to exercise options for management, organizational, and business improvement services, financial and business solutions, and human resources services supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Corporate Operations and Comptroller offices.  The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these options is $17,665,000, and the companies will have the opportunity to compete on each individual task order.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., however, services also may be performed in the following NAVAIR locations:  Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division St. Inigoes, Md.; Lakehurst N.J.; Point Mugu, Calif.; China Lake, Calif.; Orlando Fla.; Cherry Point, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla., and North Island, Calif.  Work performed under these contracts is expected to be completed in February 2015.  No funds will be obligated at time of award.  Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
IAP World Services Inc., Cape Canaveral, Fla., is being awarded a $9,190,177 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40080-13-D-3003) to extend the contract completion date for base operating support services at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Webster Field Annex, Solomon’s Recreation Center Annex and Point Lookout, Md.  The work to be performed provides for base operating services including all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, and other items necessary to provide facility, refuse collection, swimming pools, wastewater, water and environmental maintenance services.  The total contract amount after award of this modification will be $41,151,389.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (91 percent); Solomons, Md. (five percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (two percent) and Point Lookout, Md. (two percent), and work is expected to be completed June 2014.  Fiscal 2014 working capital funds, Defense; fiscal 2014 health program, Defense; fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy; and fiscal 2014 non-appropriated funds contract funds in the amount of $6,790,177 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Public Works Department, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Avox Systems Inc., Lancaster, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $19,011,985 modification (P00101) exercising the first option year on a two-year base contract (SPM8EG-12-D-0006) with three one-year option periods for breathing apparatus.  This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract.  Location of performance is New York with a Mar. 27, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (Awarded Feb. 25, 2013)
Petro Star Inc.*, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded a maximum $7,939,809 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for fuel.  This contract is a competitive acquisition, and two offers were received.  This is a four-year base contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Alaska with a March 31, 2018 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-14-D-0058).
DEFENSE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICE
Immixtechnology, Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $7,843,432 modification (P00012) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0423-12-F-0028) to exercise the second option year to provide Business Activity Monitoring Services to identify improper payments across various payment systems.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and Atlanta, Ga, and is expected to be completed Feb. 28, 2015.  Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Contract Services Directorate, Columbus, Ohio is the contracting activity.
http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5232


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5 p.m. ET
No. CR-037-14
February 26, 2014

CONTRACTS
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
BAE Systems, Aerospace & Defense Group, Phoenix, Ariz., has been awarded a maximum $79,972,510 modification (P00102) exercising the second option year on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-12-D-1027) with three one-year option periods for improved outer tactical vests and individual repair kits.  This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  Locations of performance are Arizona and Pennsylvania with a Feb. 27, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military services are Army and Air Force.  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.
Tennier Industries*, Boca Raton, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $15,709,270 modification (P00008) exercising the first option year on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1028) with two one-year option periods for extreme cold wet weather trousers.  This is a firm-fixed-price contract.  Locations of performance are Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with a Feb. 28, 2015 performance completion date.  Using military service is Army.  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.
CORRECTION:  The contract awarded Feb. 25, 2014 to Zodiac Aerospace, Alpharetta, Ga.,  should have read the amount as $7,029,909 and the contract number as SPRPA1-14-C-003W
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY
Lincoln Public Schools was awarded a $12,016,371 firm-fixed price contract modification exercising the second of four option periods of service contract number HEVAS6-12-C-0001.  The contract is for comprehensive education program services, grades pre-kindergarten through eight servicing eligible dependent children of Department of Defense personnel residing on Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.  The period of performance for this option is March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenancce funding were obligated.  The contracting activity is the DoDEA/Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, Peachtree City, Ga.
Caesar Rodney School District was awarded an $8,191,180 firm-fixed price contract modification exercising the first of four option periods of service contract number HEVAS6-13-C-0001.  The contract is for comprehensive education program services, grades kindergarten through 12 servicing eligible dependent children of Department of Defense personnel residing on Dover Air Force Base, Del.  The period of performance for this option is March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenancce funding were obligated.  The contracting activity for this action is DoDEA/Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, Peachtree City, Ga.
NAVY
Harris Corp., Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded an $11,164,184 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00039-13-C-0001) for Commercial Broadband Satellite Program Force Level Variant (FLV) terminal systems.  The Commercial Broadband Satellite Program FLV terminal system is used to provide the Navy with terminal-to-shore, space and terrestrial connectivity to significantly increase throughput of data; improve satellite communications reliability; and provide redundancy for military satellite communications.  The FLV terminal systems are deployed on CVN, LPD-17 class and T-AHs ships.  This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $37,497,686.  Work will be performed in Palm Bay, Fla., and is expected to be completed by February 2015.  If all options are exercised work could continue until February 2018.  Fiscal 2012 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy and fiscal 2013 and 2014 other procurement, Navy funds in the amount of $11,164,184 will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1).  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Environmental Management Inc.*, Idaho Falls, Idaho, is being awarded a $21,486,839 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N40085-10-D-0213) to exercise option four for facilities maintenance and heavy equipment repair services at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and other outlying areas in eastern North Carolina.  The work to be performed provides for all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other items necessary.  The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $108,929,969.  Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and work is expected to be completed March 2015.  Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance, Marine Corps contract funds in the amount of $18,673,268 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.
CORRECTION:   The contract awarded Dec. 20, 2013 to J. Walter Thompson, Atlanta, Ga., (M00264-14-D-0002) should have read the amount as $169,999,999.  Task order 0001 should have read the amount was not-to-exceed $77,433,499.
AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $10,185,912 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00017) for an existing contract (FA8682-12-C-0006) for Joint Air-to-Surface Strategic Missile anti-jam GPS receiver – Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Version 3 (JAGR-S V3) for development of the JAGR-S V3 and options for V3 Qualification Failure Review Board (FRB), V3 Flight Test FRB, and for the Transit Case Assembly.  Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2014 missile procurement funds in the amount of $10,185,912 will be obligated at time of award. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
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http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5231
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