DoD Small Business Strategy Submitted to Congress

Jan. 24, 2020 —

In December, the Office of Industrial Policy’s Small Business Program submitted the DoD Small Business Strategy to Congress.  The Strategy focuses on three strategic goals: creating and implementing a unified management structure across the Department’s small business workforce; aligning the Department’s small business activities with the National Defense Strategy (NDS), National Security Strategy, and Executive Order 13806; and strengthening DoD’s ability to support the warfighter and serve small businesses.

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Introduction to Proper Handling of DOD Export Controlled Technical Data Training”

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has instituted a single process for accessing technical data subject to export control under either the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). DLA maintains these data in its Collaboration Folders (cFolders). For automated solicitations issued on or after February 14, 2020, the offeror and any source(s) of supply it will use for contract performance must have an active US/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) certification; have completed the “Introduction to Proper Handling of DOD Export Controlled Technical Data Training” and the DLA “Export-Controlled Technical Data Questionnaire”; and have approval from the DLA controlling authority to access export-controlled technical data in cFolders. Prospective offerors can find detailed instructions for obtaining access to export-controlled technical data at:  Please contact Marc Violante at / 920-456-9990 or Jean Polka at / 920-285-4442 for assistance.

U.S. Army Announces Small Business-Targeted Contract Awards for Ground Vehicle Technologies



Story by Douglas Halleaux

CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center

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DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — U.S. Army researchers in early Fiscal Year 2020 selected a handful of proposals for funding through its Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) and Small Business Innovation Fund (SBIR) efforts, targeting technology advancements in vehicle protection, survivability, and maneuverability, vehicle-based fuel cells, and autonomy.
The announcement comes from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), the Army’s Research, Development and Technology Integration hub for its combat and tactical vehicles.
Pratt & Miller (New Hudson, Michigan) was selected through the RIF for advances in Fuel Cell Mission Extension for Trackless Moving Targets-Vehicle (TMT-V).
RIF is a program that is designed to meet an operational or national security needs through accelerating or enhancing military capability and stimulate innovative technologies. RIF, as a program, is designed to reduce acquisition and life cycle costs while improving timeliness and thoroughness of test & evaluation outcomes.
RIF contracts are typically no longer than two years and don’t exceed $3 Million. The terms of this RIF contract are negotiated after initial selection.

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U.S. DOT SBIR’s FY20 Phase I Solicitation is Now Open

This solicitation will close at 5:00 pm ET on March 9, 2020.

For more information about the solicitation and how to submit an offer, please visit our website.

A pre-offer webinar for small businesses interested in applying to the U.S. DOT SBIR FY 2020 solicitation will be held on Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 pm ET. Register here.

FY20 Research Topics

Full descriptions of the research topics are included in Section VIII of the Solicitation.

The proposed topic list shared during the pre-solicitation has been amended for the U.S. DOT FY20 Phase I Solicitation as follows:

·       Topic FA1, Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Critical Nickel Turbine Engine Parts, has been withdrawn. No offers will be accepted on this topic.
·       Topic FH2, Innovative Layered Composite Metal Deck System, has been updated with clarifications.
·       Topic FR2, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Aided Machine Vision for Grade Crossing Safety, has been updated with clarifications.

The FY20 topics are: 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

·       20-FH1: Physical Intervention System for Wrong-way Driving on Ramps
·       20-FH2: Innovative Layered Composite Metal Deck System
·       20-FH3: Real-time Monitoring and Modeling of Scour
 Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
·       20-FR1: Autonomous Track Inspection Technology
·       20-FR2: AI-Aided Machine Vision for Grade Crossing Safety
·       20-FR3: Platform Edge Proximity Detection to Prevent Inadvertent Passenger Car Door Opening
·       20-FR4: Crushed Aggregate Gradation Evaluation System
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

·       20-NH1: In-Vehicle Occupant Detection System Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
·       20-PH1: Development and Validation of Inline Inspection (ILI) Technologies for Circumferential Anomalies and Bending Stresses
·       20-PH2: Internal Repair of Steel Transmission Pipelines
·       20-PH3: Geohazard Identification and Quantification for Pipeline Risk Models
·       20-PH4: Scaling up of Composite Metal Foam Manufacturing for HazMat Packaging