US Military Sales to Allies Tops $34B in 2014

WASHINGTON — The US government helped facilitate the sale of $34.2 billion worth of defense equipment to allies during fiscal 2014, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Monday, a slight uptick from the roughly $30 billion in sales in 2013.

Sales were led by a few blockbuster deals that helped some of the largest US defense firms continue to post strong numbers despite the relative slowing of defense spending by the Pentagon.

Leading the list was the $11 billion purchase of 10 Patriot missile batteries by Qatar in July, a deal that included 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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8 Wisconsin Companies Win Marketplace Governor’s Awards

 Top minority, women and veteran-owned businesses honored for their success at annual Marketplace conference

MADISON, WI. Oct. 24, 2014 – Eight Wisconsin businesses received top honors in the 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans.

The awards were presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) on Thursday at Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, which was held at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: 18 businesses named finalists for 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards

18 Businesses Named Finalists for 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards
Winners in competition for top minority, women and veteran-owned businesses to be announced at Marketplace conference this week

MADISON, WI. Oct. 21, 2014 – Eighteen Wisconsin companies have been named finalists for the 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards, which honors outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans.

Nearly 200 businesses of all sizes and industries applied for the awards. Winners will be announced at a Thursday luncheon at Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, which will be held at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee.

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Army Corps of Engineers looks to private sector to hasten waterway improvements

America’s inland waterways need work and the Army Corps of Engineers is looking for new ways to fund a $60 billion backlog in recapitalization projects.

The Army Corps’ recapitalization appropriation is about $2 billion annually. Congress has already approved $8 billion for 26 inland waterway improvement projects. But, many of those projects won’t be completed for another 50 to 60 years.

Public private partnerships may hold the key to helping the Army Corps speed up those vital infrastructure improvements.

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31 ideas for reforming DoD contracting

How would you reform the Defense Department’s acquisition process? That’s what the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asked 31 acquisition experts recently. Earlier this month, the subcommittee released Defense Acquisition Reform: Where do we go from here?”, a series of essays written by the 31 experts with their ideas for reform.

While the respondents reached consensus on some issues — two-thirds said acquisition workforce training and recruiting need to be improved — they also added their own perspective on the acquisition reform debate. Below are some of their responses to the five topic areas covered in the report.

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Hagel Devises New Mission for Army: Coastal Defense Force

WASHINGTON — After two days of US Army top leadership extolling the virtues of putting US boots on the ground across Asia-Pacific to train and advise allies, both old and new, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday suggested a new Army mission at the annual AUSA convention: a coastal defense force.

In a speech to a military and industry audience that mostly shied away from program specifics, the secretary suggested the Army should try and “broaden its role by leveraging its current suite of long-range precision-guided missiles, rockets, artillery and air defense systems.”

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Photos: How the Government Is Confronting the Ebola Outbreak

The U.S. government is mobilizing more personnel to stop the advance of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leading the way, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Defense Department have joined the fray. This week’s announcement that CDC will assist Customs and Border Protection in airport screening brings even more agencies into the mix.

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Feds Buy Back USASpending Website After Contractor Bankruptcy

The government procured its own spending transparency website and the primary data system behind it on the same day last month the contract to manage the systems was set to expire, new documents show.

The move frees up previously contested federal contracting data, which will facilitate increased competition for future contracts, according to outside observers and the General Services Administration.

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200K Federal Contractors Are About to Get a Pay Raise

The Labor Department on Tuesday issued final rules for raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, setting the stage for all such workers on new contracts to earn at least $10.10 per hour starting Jan. 1.

The regulation follows an executive order issued by President Obama in February and will benefit around 200,000 employees, according to Labor. The minimum wage will apply to most construction, service, concession and federal property contracts signed on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Labor said it received comments from more than 6,500 labor organizations, contractors, associations, advocates, agencies, small businesses, workers and other stakeholders advising the agency on its final rule.

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SBA HUBZone Recertification Update

Dear HUBZone Community,

 Is your HUBZone-certified company up for recertification soon?

  • If your company was initially approved in 2001, 2004, 2007, or 2010, you will receive the request to recertify by the end of December 2014.
  • If your company was initially approved in 2002, 2005, 2008, or 2011, you will receive the request to recertify by the end of April 2015.

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