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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: https://www.dla.mil/HQ/LogisticsOperations/EnhancedValidation/.  Please contact Marc Violante at marcv@wispro.org / 920-456-9990 or Jean Polka at jeanp@wispro.org / 920-285-4442 for assistance.

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

UNITED STATES

02.10.2020

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.

Continue reading: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/362359/us-army-announces-small-business-targeted-contract-awards-ground-vehicle-technologies

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

Prepare for Upcoming Mass Modification: Mass Mod Release Schedule

To facilitate a smooth rollout, the MAS Consolidation Mass Mod will be released during a two week period. Most Schedule contractors can expect to receive an email about the Mass Modification dated Jan. 31 to Feb. 14. If you belong to an excepted group please see special instructions below. Contractors must accept this Mass Mod by July 31, 2020 – failure to do so will result in offerings no longer being accessible on GSA eTools.

Mass Mod Timeline

Mass Modification Release DateLegacy Schedule Number
Friday, 1/31/2003FAC, 23V, 36, 48, 51V, 58I, 599
Monday, 2/3/2000CORP
Tuesday, 2/4/2000CORP continued
Wednesday, 2/5/2070
Thursday, 2/6/2070 continued
Friday, 2/7/2071,71 IIK, 72, 73,56, 66, 67
Monday, 2/10/20736, 738X, 75, 751
Tuesday, 2/11/2076, 78, 81 I B, 84 

Exceptions to Two Week Timeline

The following group of contracts will not be issued the Phase II Mass Mod until the dependent contract action is completed/resolved:  

  • Contracts with pending “Add SIN” or “Delete SIN” modifications: Contractors with pending add/delete SIN mods will not receive the Mass Mod until the add/delete SIN mod is reconciled (accepted, rejected, or withdrawn). We will issue the Mass Mod to contractors with pending Add/Delete SIN mods immediately AFTER these mods are reconciled.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Please send questions to MAS PMO at maspmo@gsa.gov.

FPDS.gov Reports to Transition to beta.SAM.gov Data Bank – Take Action Prior to Jan 31

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

By the end of the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS.gov) reports functions will be transitioned to the beta.SAM.gov Data Bank. Reporting capabilities available in FPDS.gov today will be available in beta.SAM.gov after the transition.

FPDS.gov is an Integrated Award Environment (IAE) system where users can perform procurement data research, procurement vehicle validation, and transaction modification. FPDS.gov is used heavily for running reports about government procurement, which we call “FPDS reports.” 

Those who use FPDS to run administrative, standard, or static reports are not required to take any action at this time or prior to the transition.  

However, if you use FPDS to run ad hoc reports, there is information you need to know.

Continue reading: https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/fpdsgov-reports-transition-betasamgov-data-bank-take-action-prior-jan-31

Defense CMMC training underway for auditors

Training of the third-party accreditors for the DOD’s upcoming unified cybersecurity standard will take place from now until June, according to the Defense Department’s acquisition head.

Ellen Lord, the defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters the final version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is set to publish by the end of January, and an independent accrediting body will begin training the auditors.

“The release is the end of this month for the CMMC model version one,” Lord told reporters during a Jan. 14 Defense Writers Group event in Washington, D.C. “The initial training is taking place of the assessors between now and June,” which is when the first requests for information including the standard are expected to roll out.

Continue reading at: https://fcw.com/articles/2020/01/14/cmmc-training-starts-lord.aspx?oly_enc_id=

Department of Energy Announces $32 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

158 Grants Will Support Innovation and Job Creation

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award 158 grants totaling $32 million to 118 small businesses in 32 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase I research and development.  

The Phase I grants will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Office of Science. Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $200,000.  Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in fiscal year 2021 that will allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1,100,000 and a duration up to 2 years.        

Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-32-million-small-business-research-and-development-grants