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Final offshore oil auction under Trump shows Gulf’s ‘long future’-officials

The sale was the last before the January inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat who has pledged to ban new drilling on federal lands and waters The Trump administration’s final sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico generated nearly $121 million in high bids on Wednesday, an improvement from the last government auction held just as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning ...

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Press Release: Mayor Bowser Announces Request for Proposals for Disparity Study on Use of Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in DC Government Contracting

News Release — Executive Office of the Mayor and DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2020 CONTACT: LaToya Foster (EOM)Shayne Wells (DMPED) Data Will Help the District Enhance Equity for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic ...

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NAVSEA Issues Draft RFP For Submarine-Launched ‘Snakehead’ LDUUV

A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) is submerged in the water in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy’s Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash. in December 2015. US Navy Photo. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has issued the draft request for proposal (RFP) ...

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GSA’s Polaris vehicle to have CMMC requirements

NOTE: This article first appeared on FCW.com. Another of the General Services Administration’s emerging next-generation IT acquisition contracts will contain the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements, according to agency officials. GSA’s developing Polaris small business governmentwide contracting vehicle, which will eventually replace the canceled Alliant 2 Small Business contract, will include CMMC requirements, said Carlton Shufflebarger, acting director of GSA’s Office ...

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Alliant2 replacement will have CMMC requirements

Another of the General Services Administration’s emerging next-generation IT acquisition contracts will contain the Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements, according to agency officials. GSA’s developing Polaris small business governmentwide contracting vehicle, that will eventually replace the canceled Alliant 2 Small Business contract, will include CMMC requirements, said Carlton Shufflebarger, acting director of GSA’s Office of Information Technology Category in remarks during ...

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Two RFIs From The Space Development Agency For Launch Services + Satellites

Space Development Agency (SDA) has posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for launch services to deliver its Transport and Tracking Tranche 0 capabilities to orbit earlier this month. The scope of the RFP includes delivery of up to 28 spacecraft — SDA’s initial Transport and Tracking satellites. The launch requires delivery of two, circular, 950 km, near-polar orbits, with the first ...

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NITAAC CIO-SP4 on track

The National Institute of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is still on schedule to issue its request for proposals for the CIO Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) contract vehicle in late December, Brian Goodger, the center’s acting director told FCW in an Oct. 20 interview. Plans for the new contract haven’t been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft RFP for ...

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NASA Sets Mid-November Deadline for $688M ‘AEGIS’ Bids

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is extending the deadline to submit bids on its next-generation space telecommunications contract, known as Advanced Enterprise Information Technology Solutions (AEGIS), according to an Oct. 7 announcement. NASA posted a final request for proposal for AEGIS at the end of September and had initially set an Oct. 30 deadline for submissions. Officials issued an amendment ...

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Events D.C. rescinds award to demolish RFK Stadium, will reissue the RFP

Events D.C. will issue a new RFP to demolish RFK Stadium after two unsuccessful bidders submitted protests. Events D.C. has rescinded a contract it awarded just last month for the demolition of RFK Stadium, planning to issue a new request for proposals early next week. Two of the five unsuccessful bidders filed protests with Events D.C. regarding the $14.22 million contract awarded ...

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Groundswell, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance partner to localize benefits of corporate solar power purchases

Groundswell and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) are joining forces to accelerate an equitable clean energy future for all by leveraging corporate renewable energy purchases to deliver local community benefits alongside clean energy. Connecting these large corporate purchases to community-defined clean energy priorities through tools such as Request For Proposal (RFP) language and community engagement processes holds the potential ...

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NASA opens bidding on expanded billion-dollar enterprise IT contract

NASA issued a request for proposals Friday for the next generation of its enterprise IT contract, which could be worth more than $1.5 billion. Called Advanced Enterprise Global IT Solutions (AEGIS), the 10-year contract comes “during a period of significant transformation for NASA” and will evolve the scope of its predecessor — the NASA Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract — to add ...

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Looking for marketers of Dominican avocados

The International Executive Service Corps, or IESC, has issued a Request For Proposals from companies who want to help US importers and distributors of Dominican avocados market the avocados in the US. Chad Ford, IESC Associate Vice President, explains: “The selected company will create a virtual marketing platform to include a Consumer Website and a Retail Resource Portal to be ...

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Starts:  Sep 9, 2020 9:00 AM (ET)Ends:  Oct 15, 2020 5:00 PM (ET)Associated with  Academy The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is looking for expertise in association leadership development to design a curriculum for ethnically diverse women ($50,000 – due Oct. 15, 2020, to diversity@aia.org). If possible, please share this opportunity broadly and thank you in advance for your help.  Next2Lead is an AIA Leadership Pilot ...

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Employers Unaware of How to Compare Health Plan Quality Measures

Employers not only struggle to assess health plan quality measures, but are also discontented with the plan selection process overall. Source: Getty Images / Xtelligent Healthcare Media Employers find the health plan selection process cumbersome and are not aware of how to compare health plan quality measures using the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) tools, two NCQA surveys recently ...

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Mayor Bowser Announces Upcoming Equitable Development Opportunities East of the River

Vacant Lots to be Turned into Affordable Housing and Homes for Sale WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced two forthcoming Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that will transform formerly vacant lots into affordable rental and homeownership opportunities as well as prioritize equity inclusion in the selection of development teams. Mayor Bowser and DHCD ...

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NASA Issues Final RFP for Potential $423M Software Engineering Services Recompete

Software NASA has released the final request for proposals for the agency’s follow-on award for software engineering services in support of its component that handles the operations of systems designed for on-orbit and decommissioning activities. In January, NASA issued the presolicitation notice for the SES III effort which has a ceiling value of $423.2M. According to the statement of work, the SES III indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract covers ...

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Navy issues RFP for $5B multiple award contract

Dive Brief: The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic has issued a Request for Proposals for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Global Contingency Construction (GCC) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) worth up to $5 billion in foreign and domestic construction projects. Proposals are due Oct. 5.NAVFAC plans on issuing four contracts under the MAC, and the winners will compete for task orders for ...

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Navy issues RFP for $5B multiple award contract

Dive Brief: The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic has issued a Request for Proposals for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Global Contingency Construction (GCC) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) worth up to $5 billion in foreign and domestic construction projects. Proposals are due Oct. 5.NAVFAC plans on issuing four contracts under the MAC, and the winners will compete for task orders for ...

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Energy Department Announces Funding to Advance Water Security

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) Hub (Hub), announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovations in intensified brine-management solutions for high-salinity streams. The RFP supports the Water Security Grand Challenge (WSGC), a White House-initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, ...

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UPDATE 2-U.S. resumes oil, gas lease auctions; bids weaker than pre-pandemic levels

The U.S. government’s first oil and gas lease sale in five months kicked off on Wednesday, attracting weaker bidding in New Mexico than auctions that occurred before oil prices crashed during the pandemic, according to results posted on an online auction site. The 2,800-acre sale was the Trump administration’s first since March, when lockdowns to fight the spread of the ...

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Vice Adm. Jon Hill on MDA’s Move to Pause Defensive Hypersonic Missile Design Program

Jon Hill Director MDA Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said MDA has decided to delay the defensive hypersonic missile design effort to focus on near-term options, Defense News reported Tuesday. “One of the reasons we took the pause and said, ‘We’ll get back to you later in the year,’ is we want to see what we can ...

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D.C. Releases New Development RFP With Emphasis On ‘Disadvantaged’ Bidders

D.C. is looking to make its development awards more equitable as it begins to roll out a series of requests for proposals. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration released a new RFP Wednesday for the site of two former elementary school buildings at 33-45 P St. NW in Truxton Circle.  The RFP is the first issued under a new set of priority rules aimed ...

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GAO Sustains NSA Award Protest Due to Unmet Security Clearance Requirements

In the Matter of M.C. Dean, Inc. decided last month by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the protestor (Dean) challenged the NSA’s contract award to PTSI Managed Services (PTSI). The award called for the maintenance, installation, and other services of the NSA’s enterprise physical security system. In other words, the awardee was to be hands-on involved in sustainment and upgrades of a classified facility ...

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GSA Releases 8(a) STARS III GWAC RFP; Emily Murphy Quoted

Emily Murphy Administrator GSA The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued the solicitation for the 8(a) STARS III governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), the agency announced Monday. “I am very proud of GSA’s work in developing the STARS III GWAC with a contract ceiling of $50 billion, more than twice the size of STARS II,” said Emily Murphy, administrator of GSA and 2020 Wash100 awardee. ...

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Senate Defense Authorization Amendment Looks to Advance More Secure Software Procurement

Defense officials would outline requirements and procedures with implications for all the federal government. A small nugget in the National Defense Authorization Act under debate on the Senate floor could have big implications by requiring Defense Department solicitations to include certain software security criteria.  “The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, in coordination with the Chief Information Officer ...

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GSA Opens Bids for Largest Governmentwide Small Business Contract to Date

The final request for proposals is out for GSA’s IT services-focused 8(a) STARS III contract, which will have a ceiling of $50 billion. Shortly after canceling one IT contract vehicle for small businesses and raising the ceiling on another, the General Services Administration released the final request for proposals for its largest small business governmentwide contract to date: the third iteration of ...

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NASA Posts Draft RFP for Follow-On CubeSat Launch Service Program

CubeSat NASA has drafted a request for proposals to determine potential commercial sources of a launch service offering for small satellites known as CubeSats. The space agency said in a draft RFP notice posted Thursday it will accept input from prospective offerors for the Venture Class Launch Service Demo 2 effort through July 14. According to NASA, it will offer contracting opportunities to companies that have the ...

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GSA Boosts Ceiling to $50 Billion on Upcoming STARS III Contract

The General Services Administration on June 22 issued a presolicitation notice for its 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services III (STARS III) government-wide acquisition contract, an IT vehicle that’s set aside for economically disadvantaged small businesses. GSA announced that the estimated ceiling value of STARS III has been increased to $50 billion from the $15 billion that was set in an ...

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Douglas Development scraps hotel plans for former DEQ building; now opting for apartments

Douglas Development is now planning to convert the building into apartments. The damage inflicted on the hotel industry by the coronavirus has led a prominent Washington, D.C.-based developer to shift gears on one of its already in-progress projects in downtown Richmond. Douglas Development is opting to convert the former Virginia Department of Environmental Quality building at 629 E. Main St. ...

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JP Morgan to Advise Freddie Mac in Planned Recapitalization, Conservatorship Exit

FHFA DIRECTOR MARK CALABRIA. Banking giant J.P. Morgan Chase has been tapped by Freddie Mac to advise the government-backed mortgage behemoth on its recapitalization and planned exit from federal conservatorship, a status it and its sister entity Fannie Mae have been under since September 2008.  J.P. Morgan was selected by Freddie Mac after a bidding war via a competitive request for proposal (RFP) that it had ...

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