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By Debbie Gregory.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), approved in an attempt to improve the disability examination experience for veterans, page has awarded twelve major contracts to improve the deliverability of timely disability benefits claims decisions.

The contracts, worth $6.8 billion, are being awarded for a period of 12 months with four 12-month options.

The VA awarded the contracts to VetFed Resources, Veterans Evaluation Services and QTC Medical Services through the Medical Disability Examination Program in support of the MyVA initiative.

“The goal will be to reduce the veteran’s wait times for examinations as much as possible thereby providing faster claims decisions and enhancing veterans’ experience in a positive way,” said Tom Murphy, acting principal deputy undersecretary for benefits at the VA.

The Medical Disability Examination Program will see the consolidation of the contracts under a single program management initiative, with representation in the central management group from both the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

“This will be a major accomplishment for veterans going forward, not only for the efficiencies and additional oversight, but VA can now maximize the capacity of inherent capability and leverage the contract expertise and capacity as needed,” said Murphy. “The goal will be to reduce the veteran’s wait times for examinations as much as possible thereby providing faster claims decisions and enhancing Veterans’ experience in a positive way.”

Up until now, contracts for medical examinations have been managed by both administrations with varying degrees of efficiency and delivery time of exam reports, which are critical to veterans’ disability determinations supporting their compensation and pension claim.

The new program management and delivery process will also continue to ensure broad national and international coverage of medical examination requirements to meet veterans’ needs world-wide.

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.

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!

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

SBA Colorado District Office

This class covers Federal Contracting Small Business Certifcations. The Federal government has spent between $450 and 500 billion per year over the last several years on contracts. There is a goal to spend 23% of this with small business. Learn about small business contracting goals and set-aside programs related to Federal government contracting. Topics include:

  • 8(a) Business Development program
  • Women Owned Small Business Program
  • HUB Zone Program
  • Small Business self-certification
  • Requirements and Eligibiltiy for these programs

Speaker: Mia Fagley ~ US Small Business Administration

WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014  9am to 11:30 am

WHERE:  Mi Casa Resource Center,  360 Acoma Street, Denver, CO

HOW: Registration is free, but required: email [email protected]

Is the federal government your customer?   Would you like to learn more about what and how the government buys? 

Please join us for our next in a series of webinars “Live Chats with Federal Buyers– “How to Do Business with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)”

Hosted by:  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont District Offices

Presenters:  Mr. Jerry Smith, Director and Ms. Deborah Tarleton, Business Specialist, GSA Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU), New England Region 

What: This FREE webinar will give participants an opportunity to hear directly from the small business office of GSA – New England Region about how and what the agency procures, upcoming projects, and how to navigate their website to keep up to speed on potential opportunities.  There will also be time for open discussion to answer any questions.

When:         Wednesday, September 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

How:          To join the webinar simply click this link:  https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87597705

 When prompted, enter the meeting access code:  7597705#

When asked how you would like to join, click on “join as web participant

When asked to join the audio portion (this will be via telephone), click “call me” and enter your phone number.  The system will automatically call you and you can quickly join the call.

 Please mute your phones to cut down on the background noise.

 If you have any questions, please contact William Card at [email protected]

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Quick Guide to Doing Business with GSA:

            http://www.gsa.gov/portal/mediaId/169031/fileName/2013_DB_AQuickGuideEngishFINAL.action

GSA created the Vendor Tool Box Readiness Assessment: https://vsc.gsa.gov/RA to assist you in determining if applying for a GSA MAS contract is right for your company.

Money: It’s one of the biggest factors in starting a business. How much do you need and what types of financial products does the U.S. Small Business Administration offer? Join Alexandra Piotrowski, Economic Development Specialist from the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, as she talks about SBA financial products during a panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Food and Beverage Industry Symposium and Expo on August 25, 2014. In addition, she will answer questions from prospective and current entrepreneurs.

Date: August 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

For more information, visit www.entreedc.com or contact Claudia Herrera or Jacqueline Noisette

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