What goes well with putting up your holiday decorations and crazy shopping sales? Our Industry Expose'!

The Pulse Industry Exposé is our bread and butter. It is this kind of knowledge sharing that inspired The Pulse in the first place. We have kept our eyes open and our ears to the ground to identify the status (whether they are cancelled, pre-solicitation, active, or awarded) of impactful contracts across the Federal Government. We have also identified past and upcoming industry conferences and events. This information is not exhaustive, but it is contextual. We are not only telling you the what - we strive to make connections that provide you with the why. 

We have provided a very small snapshot of what you can expect to see in our November 30th report. DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE for our full exposé including way more contracts, our analysis (the best part!), links, solicitation numbers, contract values, and important dates for multiple upcoming holiday parties, events & industry days.


We picked our top seven events to summarize here, but we cover eighteen more in our full exposé - download for free here.

December 4, 2017. NCMA Government Contract Management Symposium (GCMS). 

The Government Contract Management Symposium (GCMS) is held annually by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) in the Washington, DC metro area. Formerly intended for those in the federal sector, it has grown to provide training for professionals in both government and industry contracting. This year's symposium consists of keynote addresses from the defense, cybersecurity, and technology leaders; nontraditional panel discussions; 30 breakout sessions; and many networking opportunities with 1,000+ contract management professionals.

December 5, 2017. OPM Program Management and Technical Support Services (HR LOB) Pre-Solicitation Conference.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will conduct a pre-solicitation conference (Industry Day) for organizations/entities interested in receiving information regarding a future OPM procurement requirement for the Human Resource – Line of Business (HR LOB) requirement.

December 6, 2017. HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon.

Using criteria including design, the potential for impact, technical achievement and innovation, this HHS coding competition is focused on creating innovative solutions related to opioid use and treatment, usage and prevention challenges.

December 6, 2017. The ABSC 2017 Holiday Charity Bash.

The Holiday Charity Bash™ powered by The American Small Business Coalition (or simply The Bash) is an event well worth your personal and professional time! Since 2009 The American Small Business Coalition and our sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers, have joined forces to donate nearly $100,000 to support our active duty military, veterans and Wounded Warriors and their families.  We have raised money to retrofit housing for injured and disabled veterans, fund education scholarships for veterans, spouses, and dependents and provide for the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of America’s heroes and their families. 

December 12, 2017. 5th Annual HIMSS NCA Ugly Sweater Holiday Party (Toys for Tots Charity Event).

This annual HIMSS NCA holiday party invites you to bring a toy and show off your ugliest sweater for with opportunity to network and support a great cause.

December 13, 2017. HUD IT Industry Day.

Federal contract opportunity HUD_IT_Industry_Day for computer systems design services at OCPO, FHA, Single Family GNMA Support. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in conjunction with The Office of The Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will be hosting an Industry Day for vendors who may be interested in FY 2018 IT opportunities with the agency. The event will take place in HUD’s auditorium located at 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410, on December 13, 2017 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm EST.

January 31, 2018. FAA SB Development Program, Ft. Worth, TX.   

Learn About FAA’s requirements and assist in identifying qualified Small Business capabilities to support the FAA Mission. Other agencies participating include the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Air Force, University of North Texas, Cross Timbers Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Houston Airports and City of Dallas, Love Field. Limited Attendance 25 Small Business Firms (2 Representatives per Firm, First Come- First Served)-Respond by Close of Business December 29, 2017.


We picked our top three cancelled bids to summarize here but we cover five more in our full exposé - download for free here.

USAF Space Command Shop Towels/Rags

Walmart? Anyone? GSA FSS?

GSA PBS Management, Operation & Maintenance of the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Center (ITC)

GSA is seeking new management for International Trade Center

DOL OASAM Nurse and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NVRS) Procurement

On June 15, 2017, President Trump signed the executive order expanding apprenticeship programs and vocational training. On November 15, U.S. DOL Secretary Alex Acosta spoke at length on his (there is no “I” in team, Alex) apprenticeship initiatives before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce arguing federal regulation (aka Fair Labor Standards Act and Fiduciary Rule) too often comes between willing workers and vocational training. Two days ago, DOL announced it was delaying the effective date of three major sets of DOL fiduciary rule compliance regulations by 18 months. And even though the rule is still there and functioning (think of ignoring a small fire in your kitchen) – and this technically concerns DOL EBSA – we can’t help but notice this is one of many DOL vocational cancelations since January which also happens to touch on each one of the points above. In the words of Alanis Morsette, isn’t it ironic?


We picked our top six pre-solicitation bids to summarize here but we cover five more in our full exposé - download for free here.


Lockheed Martin is the only incumbent currently supporting this effort with an ultimate completion date of 2027. Lockheed Martin has received $3.8M+ in funding since 2008.  A Presolicitation Notice was issued on November 22, 2017. The Solicitation is expected to be released on or about December 7, 2017. The Solicitation will be available made available in the SMC GPS Technical Library/Bidders Library. A request must be submitted to Steven Schmidt-Lackner and Jonathan Hernandez to request access to the SMC GPS Technical Library/Bidders Library. 

DHRA DoD Travel Management Support Services.

HubZone ONLY! According to the draft RFP document, the solicitation is anticipated to be issued on December 15, 2017, with proposals due on December 29, 2017. The PoP is anticipated to commence on or about March 1, 2018. We will say this - if this comes out on December 15, 2017, with only a 14-day turn - then it is meant for someone else and might not be worth the B&P costs.

EXPRESS Evergreen Technical On-Ramp

Oops – AMCOM just realized that the SBA revision applies to them stating: “The NAICS codes for the EXPRESS program must be updated due to a Small Business Administration Final Rule published in the Federal Register Volume 78, Number 191, dated October 2, 2013, which changed 13 CFR 121.402(c)(2); to be implemented into the FAR”. The most impactful change is that NAICS codes are to be set at the IDIQ level and must tier down to the task order level affecting the size status of numerous contractors on EXPRESS. Meaning AMCOM can no longer get away with calling organizations like Torch Technologies and Intuitive Research a SMALL BUSINESS. EXPRESS is an A&A BPA which serves as ACC-Huntsville’s primary way of doing business. EXPRESS has run through GSA FSS for a long time and consists of 35 primes, 1,000+ subs, and four competitive domains (technical, programmatic, logistics, and B&A). This opportunity is for the technical on-ramp which consists of 15 not so small incumbents. The technical domain BPAs are in the process of being split into two BPAs (one under 541330, one under 541712) to ensure AMCOM doesn’t lose some of their incumbents. The Government intends to award more than three additional SB BPAs under 541330 to backfill their SB gap. Utilizing the SBA revision, EXPRESS has no 541330 SB Primes apart from one – GaN Corporation (Contact No.: W31P4Q15A0022) which has been awarded $0 throughout the PoP according to FPDS. Out of the other 14 incumbents, there are seven original “large” organizations (listed with their spend-to-date): Aviation & Missile Solutions ($590M), BAH ($7K), CAS Inc. ($0), COLSA ($38M), CSRA ($29K), SAIC ($794M), and Westar Aerospace and Defense Group ($118M); and eight original “small” organizations (listed with their spend-to-date): DCS Corporation ($15M), GaN Corporation ($0), Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation ($767M), Quantum Research ($6M), Radiance Technologies ($120M), SIGMATECH ($2M), Systems, Studies and Simulation Inc. ($67M), and Torch Technologies ($666M). EXPRESS scope includes 30+ functional areas and adds cybersecurity into the mix which may increase the size of the contracts. So go and gather 50 of your GovCon friends and get yourself a team because with the potential FY18 Defense Spending Bill which includes $581.3B in DoD funding + $64.9B in OCO funding + $4.5 in emergency funding for missile & defense enhancements + a Senate “candidate” (Roy Moore) representing Huntsville supporting more missile defense – this already $3B domain might see a large increase.


The Pulse provided a quick analysis summary in our “Top FY18 Opportunity List Comparisons” blog in October, where we anticipated the release to push pretty far right than the January industry prediction. GSA USCMCC ranked at #20 on GovWin’s Top FY18 Opportunity List and BGOV’s #16. The Contracting Office released a Modification on November 21, 2017, for the Industry Day announcement released on November 14, 2017. The purpose of the modification was to announce that the Contact Center Services (CCS) Industry Day scheduled for November 28, 2017, has been postponed and the government anticipates rescheduling the event in early January 2018. We will be keeping an eye on this one.

FDA Pharmacovigilance COTS solution and Associated IT Support Services.

Pharmacovigilance means drug safety. Don't worry, we had to use Google too. Capabilities Statements are due by 1:30 PM ET on December 12, 3017.

GSA FAS/NGA Commercial Unclassified Business Environment (CUBE).

NGA is seeking a strategic solution that would more efficiently bring earth observation product buyers and suppliers together in order to exchange goods and services. To this end, NGA established a collaborative working partnership with the GSA to develop a shared solution that acts in creative ways to tap into the emerging commercial earth observation market. Through this cooperative partnership, GSA and NGA have formulated plans to develop the community of suppliers and provide an automated delivery mechanism between the Earth Observation Community of Interest and suppliers. RFI responses are now due no later than 10:00 AM ET on December 1, 2017.


We picked our top six awarded bids to summarize here but we cover six more in our full expoSé - download for free here.

IRS HR Connect

IRS almost never has these types of requirements and this has been over a year in the making. We are hoping this desperately needed service for the IRS isn't impacted by apparent budget cuts coming its way in 2018. Proposals are due December 5, 2017.

DHS Tactical Communications Equipment and Services II (TACCOM II)

DHS is re-competing their Tactical Communications (TacCom) equipment and services IDIQ which allows DHS to “promote competition while maximizing buying power, and ensure technical interoperability and compatibility with existing legacy system”. The cool thing about this IDIQ is that it acts more like GWAC - DHS allows eight other civilian agencies to use it: DOJ (14.86% usage), USDA (4.55% usage), DOI (2.85% usage), Treasury (0.03% usage), VA (0% usage), and the White House Communications Agency (0% usage). This makes sense in theory since it would be ideal that the Federal Government’s TacCom equipment is interoperable and compatible across the board – but obviously, that isn’t the case (see usage % above). Side note: We’re not sure how GSA feels about this re-compete since TacCom II is nowhere to be found on their Best-In-Class list. Awarded in 2012, TaCom II comes with 30 incumbents and funding totaled at $758M. Motorola Solutions is by far the leader of the pack with total funding of $330M+ and then a major drop to number two Eyak Corporation with $64M+. Other familiar incumbents include: Harris Corporation ($39M+), General Dynamics ($22M+), CACI ($23M+), and Vencore Inc. ($1M+). AT&T is also an incumbent and doesn’t seem to have stayed too competitive against its frenemies with only $10M+ in funding. We are wondering if that might change given the FirstNet crown placed proudly on their head. Proposals are now due NLT 4:00 PM ET on December 12, 2017.

DOE Prize Challenge Administration and Management

SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge (The Challenge) is a $5 million competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative and administered by State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. The goal is to expand solar access to underserved segments, specifically low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities; non-federal governments (i.e. state, local, and tribal); and non-profit organizations. The Challenge supports the creation, demonstration, and scaling of innovative, replicable, and sustainable business and financial models that can successfully unlock solar access to these underserved groups.  A $500,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that can most successfully demonstrate a scalable model to bring solar to low and moderate income markets. Teams will also compete for an additional $500,000 in Final Prizes, based on their achievements and potential to scale up. In addition to competing for Final Prizes, DOE will award selected teams a total of $2 million in seed awards and $3 million in technical assistance and services. Seed awards will be granted incrementally as teams complete critical milestones towards completion of their projects and programs during the 24-month performance period. Proposals are due December 12, 2017.

Department of the Navy (DON) electronic Procurement System (ePS)

SPAWAR is seeking a contractor to assist them with a major contract writing and acquisition system overhaul (aka the thing that Seaport-E uses to email you every second of every day). SPAWAR wants to provide the U.S. Navy with a COTS end-to-end (E2E) Electronic Procurement System (ePS), capable processing of contract requirements electronically from inception to closeout, while incorporating flexibility to interface with other electronic systems as necessary. The ePS is a modernization effort to replace the DON’s legacy Contract Writing Systems (CWS) and other ancillary procurement systems or portals, to include the Standard Procurement System (SPS) (i.e., the Navy substantiation of Procurement Desktop Defense (PD2)), Integrated Technical Item Management and Procurement (ITIMP), SeaPort-e, and PRISM systems. These procurement systems write and manage the majority of DON’s contracts under ten (10) Heads of Contracting Activity (HCAs). Consequently, ePS is targeted to consolidate the functional capabilities of multiple legacy systems into an integrated solution. No pressure to the lucky winner. Proposals are due December 12, 2017.

USAID Procurement and Installation of the Software Component of an ERP System for National Medical Stores (NMS)

In FY17 the USAID Mission to Uganda signed an Implementation Letter (IL) with Uganda to establish the terms and conditions for the transfer, warehousing, distribution, tracking and reporting on the $8.6M worth of U.S. Government-funded ARVs to be provided to the public sector through the National Medical Stores (NMS). To put this into perspective, this specific requirement was seeded in 2006 and got real in FY16 and FY17. The solicitation was released back in July 2017 and because of the complex requirements, bidders have seen 6 amendments and a few extensions. However, we want to commend this USAID Contracting Office because they are listening, engaging and responding to bidders during the solicitation (all over FBO – not privately). They aren’t scared of the paperwork to fix their mistakes – its obvious they want to get this right. Case and point – in Amendment 6, USAID decided to change the contract type from Firm Fixed Price (FFP) to Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF). 


The Pulse provided a quick analysis summary in our “Top FY18 Opportunity List Comparisons” blog in October where we anticipated the release to be closer to the start of 2018 than the projected October 2017 industry prediction. November 21st seems like a good compromise. Ranked at #1 on GovWin’s Top FY18 Opportunity List and BGOV’s #4 – the fifth edition of LOGCAP has been getting a lot of attention. Out of the three incumbents, Fluor is the leader in the total funding competition with $11,608,568,475 over the PoP (last funding action was for $1M in August 2017); DynCorp follows with $7,345,225,140 in total funding (last funding action was for $13M in August 2017 for change order funding); and KBR Inc. is in the last place out of the funding competition with $ 2,418,396,732 (last funding action was for $851K in June 2017 for program management). Speaking of funding, it looks like it really took a hit in 2014 and has been steadily decreasing since. With the Administration's objectives and with the decrease in spending over the past three years, we will be interested to see if that $82B over ten years projection holds up. Proposals are due January 22, 2018.


We picked our top five awarded bids to summarize here but we cover eight more in our full exposé - download for free here.

EPA Navajo Area Uranium Mines Response Assessment and Evaluation Services for Regions 6 and 9

Tetra Tech, Inc. was awarded a contract for $100K to provide assessment and scientific/ technical support for R6 and R9, primarily at uranium mining-related sites that may have an impact on, or within, the Navajo Nation and Grants Mining District (located in USEPA Region 6 in New Mexico).

DHS CBP 18 Untrained Detector Canines for CCFR

For a total of $148K, Southern Police Canine and Alabama Canine are providing DHS CBP  with 18 canines that are suitable for training to assist CBP in behavioral detection.  CBP has the option to procure up to 25% for additional canines from the RFQ stated quantity. Canine acceptance criteria include: cannot be more than 36 months of age, can only have 16-25% of body fat; and good health records.

USACE Temporary Power for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

The Louis Berger Group Inc., Washington, District of Columbia, was awarded an $860,000,000 modification (P00011) to contract W911WN-15-D-0001 to support critically needed temporary power for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined by each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2018. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

DAU Task Order for Learning Asset Solution Support

American Systems was awarded a task order to support a number of training services for the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, VA. The four-year task order, valued at $27.4 million, was awarded under the General Services Administration’s Alliant contract vehicle. Under the terms of the task order, American Systems will be providing support for the Defense Acquisition University’s mission to provide learning assets in various forms such as:  Distance Learning and Continuous Learning, Facilitated Instructor-led Classroom learning solutions, Games and Simulations, Video-based learning assets, Rapid Deployment Training in classroom or online formats, and Performance Support Tools. American Systems re-claimed their seat on the new Alliant 2 GWAC along with 60 other winners a week ago. 

DOJ BOP Inmate Holiday Packages

Keefe Group was awarded a $45.9M contract to provide inmate holiday packages. Each gift bag includes: 1 Cheez-It Crackers (Hot & Spicy), 2 Maxwell House Coffee Single Serve Packs, 1 Moon Lodget Caramel Flavored Popcorn, 1 Otis Spunkmeyer Lemon Loaf Cake, 1 Grandma's Chocolate Brownie Cookie, 1 Austin Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter, 1 Mrs. Pure's Holiday Cookies, 2 Snickers Minis, 2 Twix Minis, 2 M&Ms Fun Size, 1 Chocolate Pudding, 1 Boyer Peanut Butter Cups, 3 Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 1 Herr's Hot Cheese Popcorn, 1 Quacker Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola Bar, 1 Grandma's Mini Sandwhich Cremes Vanilla, 1 Austin Pepper Jack Cracker Sandwiches, 1 Big Texas Jalapeno Cornbread, 2 Kool-Aid Surgar Free Drink Mix Tropical Punch, 1 Kings Peanut Almond Cashew Mix, 1 Herr's Creamy Ranch and Habanero Rippled Chips, and 1 Herr's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels. 


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