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Dept. of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program update

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January 2018 update on the Dept. of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program:  Good news especially for small, innovative companies who want to perform final development and testing and sell the resulting product to the DOD:  Section 213 of the FY17 NDAA removed the RIF program sunset clause, providing permanent authority for the program.  While the FY18 defense appropriation is still pending, and a RIF plus up is necessary, OSD is gearing up for an FY18 RIF BAA in the Feb/March 2018 timeframe, which will include topics from all the defense services.  Typical service-wide RIF funding available is $200-250M.  The full BAA schedule and latest info is at http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil/rif.html.

 

Government TPOCs can talk openly now; communications become restricted upon BAA release.  Historically, about 2/3 of Dept. of Navy RIF awards go to fund projects which derive from the SBIR program.  It’s easy to apply for RIF (three page white paper + quad chart), but the competition is quite fierce (~4% of white papers result in a full proposal invite).  Interested companies may want to review the FY17 BAA-Amendment 2 (Dept. of Navy topics on pages 45-69) now as many of the topics represent persistent Dept. of Navy needs.  This National Defense Magazine article provides sound advice.

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Brenda Pickett
Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph St.
ONR Code: 00SB
Attention: Brenda Pickett
Arlington, VA 22203-1995
Tele: 703-696-2607
Email: brenda.pickett@navy.mil

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BUCHANAN & EDWARDS to be GOLD Sponsor of the Department of State / Virginia PTAP Government Contracting Conference

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May 23, 2016 – For Immediate Release: BUCHANAN & EDWARDS, INC. to be Gold Sponsor of the US Department of State / Virginia PTAP Government Contracting Conference

Fairfax, Virginia: The U.S. Department of State is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at George Mason University (GMU) to host the inaugural, 1st Annual Small Business Overseas Government Contracting Conference.  The goal of the conference is to enable small businesses to help the U.S. Department of State meet its overseas missions.

“We appreciate Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. (BE) for giving back to the small business community by supporting the mission of the U.S. Department of State and Virginia PTAP.  As a successful State Department small business contractor and PTAP client, BE’s participation in the event is a wonderful example of the mutually beneficial, collaborative environment between industry and government.” Said Virginia PTAP Director, Anna Urman.

BE’s State Department work dates back to the founding of the company: “From our beginning supporting one Department of State Bureau in 1998, BE’s customer base has growth to 26 Bureaus, including all regional bureaus. Within the U.S., we provided system architecture design and modernization for the Bureau of Human Resources’ Foreign Service Bidding Application (FSBid) to improve system functionality and enhance the overall user experience. For the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) Systems Integration Office (SIO), we support the world’s largest Government SharePoint implementation.  We have developed automated scripts that enable us to create a new SharePoint server farm within hours. Globally, we developed a solution for the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa that streamlines the invoice approval process, improves management visibility and reporting, and minimizes the risk of lost invoices and late payments.  Our leading edge solutions include implementations that have been deployed on-premises as well as to the cloud.  These solutions were for R/PPR and ECA.  For R/PPR, we were trailblazers in regards to deploying secure solutions to the cloud as policies regarding cloud were and continue to be crafted by the Department. We also provide SharePoint support for the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. Through our support of other DoS programs, such as the Human Resources Knowledge Center, we touch the daily work of DoS employees around the world.”

The inaugural conference is currently SOLD OUT at over 300 participants, including small businesses, large primes, and several government agencies that operate in the international space, including USIAD, Department of State, and the Department of Commerce.

For more information about the event, please visit http://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/events/1661.

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SAHOURI Insurance & Financial GOLD Sponsor of State Dept / PTAP Government Contracting Conference

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May 23, 2016 – For Immediate Release: SAHOURI INSURANCE &FINANCIAL to be Gold Sponsor of the US Department of State / Virginia PTAP Government Contracting Conference

Fairfax, Virginia: The U.S. Department of State is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at George Mason University (GMU) to host the inaugural, 1st Annual Small Business Overseas Government Contracting Conference.  The goal of the conference is to enable small businesses to help the U.S. Department of State meet its overseas missions.

“Thank you Sahouri for supporting the mission of the U.S. State Department and Virginia PTAP by signing on as Gold Sponsor. We appreciate your commitment to the small business community; your contribution will enable us to share much needed resources and information with the government contracting community.” Said Virginia PTAP Director, Anna Urman.

Since 1970, SAHOURI INSURANCE has been dedicated to helping government contractors and overseas operations succeed with cost-effective insurance, risk management, and employee benefit solutions. SAHOURI created BASE, an exclusive Defense Base Act Insurance program designed to provide the cost effective coverage that overseas government contractors need.

The inaugural conference is currently SOLD OUT at over 300 participants, including small businesses, large primes, and several government agencies that operate in the international space, including USIAD, Department of State, and the Department of Commerce.

For more information about the event, please visit http://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/events/1661.

 

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Virginia PTAP Announces RTI International as Gold Sponsor of Veterans International Small Business Conference

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November 6, 2015

Fairfax, Virginia: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at George Mason University (GMU) this year to host the 2nd Annual Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC).  The VISBOC conference is specifically designed to benefit Veteran owned small businesses.  This conference will take place on November 10, 2015 in Arlington, VA.

“We are proud to announce that RTI International is partnering with us to be a Gold Sponsor for the VISBOC Conference. We appreciate their commitment to supporting veteran-owned small businesses,” said Virginia PTAP Director, Anna Urman.

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. RTI’s supplier diversity initiative fosters economic growth and is designed to engage the suppliers that provide the needed expertise and best value solutions. RTI engages and empowers staff members to embrace and expand utilization of veteran owned-, service disabled veteran owned-small businesses. “The viability of small business concerns is an integral element of domestic and international economic development, and we hope to expand our utilization of Veteran Owned-, Service Disabled Veteran Owned-Small Businesses,” said Hudson Oliveira, Director – Supplier Intelligence and Monitoring, RTI International.

This year, VISBOC will draw over 200 participants, including small businesses, large primes, and several government agencies that operate in the international space, including USAID, Department of State, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

To register for the conference, please visit http://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=1464

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Virginia PTAP Announces Tetra Tech as Gold Sponsor of Veterans International Small Business Conference

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November 3, 2015

Fairfax, Virginia: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at George Mason University (GMU) this year to host the 2nd Annual Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC).  The VISBOC conference is specifically designed to benefit Veteran owned small businesses.  This conference will take place on November 10, 2015 in Arlington, VA.

We are proud to announce that Tetra Tech signed on as Gold Sponsor for the VISBOC Conference. We appreciate their commitment to supporting veteran-owned small businesses,” said Virginia PTAP Director, Anna Urman.

Tetra Tech has been a leading provider of consulting, technical assistance, engineering, program management, staff support, and capacity-building services to the U.S. government since its founding in 1966. They operate in more than 100 countries and territories, with approximately 13,000 employees, over 300 offices worldwide (including several in the National Capital Area), and an annual revenue of over $2.5 billion.  Tetra Tech has a strong record of supporting USAID’s mission in steady-state, austere, contingency, post conflict, and high threat environments for nearly 40 years.  For more information on their international development assistance, please visit http://www.tetratech.com/en/international-development, and this link will provide information on becoming a partner or vendor http://www.tetratech.com/en/suppliers-and-partners.

Tetra Tech also has a strong history of assisting small business and veteran-owned small businesses. As Jan Auman, President of Tetra Tech’s International Services Division, notes, “We are proud of our relationships with small business and veteran-owned small businesses.  Over the past five years, we have subcontracted roughly $1.25 billion to small businesses, with more than 10 percent going to veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. We are also increasingly subcontracting to many of the same small businesses who are more frequently serving as a prime contractor. Sponsoring events like VISBOC is another way we are able to help give back to veterans, support the growth of small business, and support USAID’s efforts to facilitate the development of more veteran-owned small business implementing partners.”

This year, VISBOC will draw over 200 participants, including small businesses, large primes, and several government agencies that operate in the international space, including USAID, Department of State, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

To register for the conference, please visit http://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=1464

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Virginia PTAP Announces Chemonics as Gold Sponsor of Veterans International Small Business Conference

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November 2, 2015

Fairfax, Virginia: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at George Mason University (GMU) this year to host the 2nd Annual Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC).  The VISBOC conference is specifically designed to benefit Veteran owned small businesses.  This conference will take place on November 10, 2015 in Arlington, VA.

“We are proud to announce that Chemonics International signed on as Gold Sponsor for the VISBOC Conference. We appreciate their commitment to supporting veteran-owned small business.” Said Virginia PTAP Director, Anna Urman.

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For nearly 40 years, they have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.  Chemonics’ experience in more than 150 countries implementing successful projects that range from agriculture and private sector development to health and education will be a welcome and valuable addition to the VISBOC Conference.

Chemonics President and CEO Susanna Mudge said, “We are honored to be gold sponsors at the Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference and meet with veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Chemonics is committed to providing meaningful partnership opportunities to small businesses and working together to build lasting relationships.”

This year, VISBOC will draw nearly 200 participants, including small businesses, large primes, and several government agencies that operate in the international space, including USIAD, Department of State, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

To register for the conference, please visit http://vaptap.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=1464

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