Paradigm Technologies, Inc. (Paradigm) recently received a $15.7 million Task Order to provide Business and Financial Management Support Services to the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Joint Program Office in Quantico, Virginia. The Task Order, awarded through the Naval Sea Systems Command’s SeaPort-e, includes a base year and 4 one-year options.
The MRAP Vehicle Program fits with a strong international trend, and seeks to replace vulnerable, flat-bottomed Hummers with vehicles designed from the ground up to resist land mine blasts. It is a Joint, Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1D program that is currently the number 1 Department of Defense priority program, with a DX priority rating for materials that is usually reserved for items like nuclear submarines. The program is currently in the procurement phase, and is valued at about $25 billion over Fiscal Years 2007 – 2009. The Joint Program Office (JPO) is led by Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia.
Under this contract (N00178-05-D-4486-EH02), Paradigm is teamed with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to provide comprehensive Business and Financial Management support to the MRAP JPO, in order to support the successful execution of the MRAP Vehicle program. This kind of support usually comes from professionals with domain experience – in this case, business and financial management support personnel with extensive ACAT 1 program experience. For further background context, see also the recent US GAO report covering the Pentagon’s use of contractors for acquisition assistance, and likely trends in this area.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Philadelphia, PA gave Naval Automation Group in Norfolk, VA a $19.8 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Tank Level Indicating (TLI) Systems which are to be installed on various classes of Naval ships. You need it in your car. they need it in their ships.
Work will be performed in Norfolk, VA and work is expected to be complete by June 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $2.5 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities website, with 1 offer received (N65540-08-D-0003).
Applied Engineering Management Corp. received a not to exceed $36.2 million firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded contract (N00178-05-D-4183, #JN01) to provide maintenance for Electronic Navy Housing (eNH). eNH is an integrated enterprise system that supports housing business processes and program management throughout the Department of the Navy housing enterprise, and is compliant with Navy information technology specifications including the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.
The firm will also provide on-site systems analyst and program management support for CNIC (Commander, Navy Installations Command) Housing, and providing contractor technical support representatives and systems integrators to offer technical and project management support for eNH’s mission critical human resource management, baseloading and Inventory and Utilization (I&U) modules.
Work will be performed in Virginia (90%); California (8%); and Colorado (2%), and is expected to be complete in March 2009 (March 2013 if all options are exercised). This task order was initially sent out only to small businesses, with only 1 proposal received at almost 3 times the government estimate. It was then solicited to both small and large businesses, with 2 offers received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic in Norfolk, VA issued the contract.