LPTA bill in Congress; 15 new members of ISOA; Happy 4th of July

Dear Leaders,

As we gear-up to celebrate the 241st birthday of our great nation this coming week, I wanted to leave you with a few pearls.

We are happy to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), who spoke at the ISOA Business-Breakfast-Forum on February 1st, sponsored a bill in Congress along with Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), to prevent the improper use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) for federal procurements. Reps. Meadows and Beyer introduced the Promoting Value Based Procurement Act. The bill would apply to provisions in the 2017 Defense Authorization Act that limit LPTA for professional services in the Defense Department to civilian agencies. The new bill would apply the same five criteria to civilian agencies' procurements, including a justification from the contracting officer. For more, go to: www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3019.

To show how our Stability Operations Association continues to grow, here are 15 new corporate members who have joined ISOA since January 1:

  • Strategic Aviation
  • IG Solutions
  • Zehirut Group
  • Red Duke Strategies
  • Tier 1 Group
  • Ward & Berry
  • Chaintegrity
  • Weatherhaven
  • Velox Visa and Passport Services
  • Planate Management Group
  • Scott Advocates
  • Obsidian Solutions Group
  • Guardian Centers
  • DGC International
  • Taylors International

 

Time is getting short if you haven't signed up yet for the July 5th ISOA Members-Only Party Suite (no charge) for a Nationals baseball game vs. the New York Mets. This will be held in the Silver Slugger suite, which is the premiere suite at Nats Park. The game time is 7pm, but you can arrive at 5:30pm to begin the festivities. Spots are limited. Please sign up now so you don't miss out. Go to this link to sign up: stability-operations.org/events/2017/nationals.

Another free event is our Summer Happy Hour to be held on July 26, from 5-7pm, hosted by The Spectrum Group and Velox Visa & Passport Services. The location is: 11 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314. This is a beautiful spot overlooking the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. Sign up at: stability-operations.org/events/2017/happy-hour.

Sign-up now as a new ISOA corporate member, so you can enjoy the many benefits of belonging to this great organization. Please visit our website, stability-operations.org, to fill out the on-line membership application.

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your holiday celebration.

Howard R. Lind

President and Executive Director
International Stability Operations Association
1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
703-336-3940
howielind@stability-operations.org
www.stability-operations.org

ISOA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:

Weatherhaven

SHELTERING TROOPS, WHEREVER THEY'RE DEPLOYED

Since 1981, Weatherhaven has been producing a variety of portable, rugged and comfortable shelter systems for commercial, military, peace keeping, and other scientific and government customers located globally. The company has established itself as a world leader in all aspects of remote-site deployments, including integrated design, manufacturing, transport logistics, installation, demobilization, life-cycle maintenance, repair and overhaul (R&O), and storage. Weatherhaven provides all these products and services while delivering the highest quality of life for personal and ensuring a secure environment from the elements.

Weatherhaven's products and services are best showcased in installations that face challenging transportation logistics or require a high degree of mobility, performance and utility. Typically, Weatherhaven camps are one-third the weight and one-seventh the volume of portable buildings. This makes it possible to airlift full turnkey camps into remote and hostile locations using a wide variety of fixed wing or rotary wing air assets. This transport flexibility, as well as Weatherhaven's worldwide supplier network, far-reaching manufacturing capacity, globally experienced installation crews, and reputation for fast efficient delivery, has led to hundreds of remote-site installations around the world.

Weatherhaven shelters are deployed on all seven continents in the harshest environments on the planet and are considered to be an essential life-support system by many clients. Thermal efficiency, yielding reduced energy consumption, combined with zero-trace deployment capability are critical to Weatherhaven's Global Environmental Policy.

Weatherhaven has an active and intensive Research and Development Program that continually updates existing products and searches for new and innovative shelter solutions to meet end user requirements. Examples of this innovation include patented products such as the Mobile Expanding Container Configuration" (MECC"), Extended Height MECC (EHMECC"), and the Tactical Redeployable Expanding Container Capability (TRECC").

Other Weatherhaven branded products include the Series 2M, Series 4, Series 8, MEX-26, Base Transient Shelter (BTS), Endurance, Modular Tentage System (MTS-3), Polarhaven, Polar Chief, HERCon" Rapidly Deployable Floor System (RDFS), Interconnectors and Solarshades.

Weatherhaven provides R&O services for a variety of soft wall and expanding shelters, as well as associated systems, including refrigeration units and HVAC. R&O functions include, but are not limited to handling, repairs, overhauls, modifications, conversions, upgrades, storage, equipment configuration management, technical data management, integrated logistics and maintenance support.

To Learn More: Visit www.Weatherhaven.com

CONTRACT AWARDS:

500 Small Businesses Added to GSA STARS II 'Open Season' Vehicle
The General Services Administration has added approximately 500 small businesses to a list of contractors that won positions on the agency's 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services II open season contract. GSA said Thursday 8(a) STARS II is a government-wide acquisition contract designed to provide federal agencies access to information technology platforms and services that include computer programming, computer facilities management, computer systems design and other computer-related support. Mary Davie, GSA's assistant commissioner of the IT category, said the awarding of the 8(a) STARS II open season reflects the agency's commitment to provide agencies with a pool of IT contractors. "The ability to issue directed orders to firm's streamlines procurements and allows agencies to meet small business objectives while obtaining services faster than traditional open market acquisitions," added Davie. The ordering period for the multiple-award contract will run through Aug. 30, 2021, and the performance period will continue through Aug. 30, 2024.
Read More: GovCon Wire

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Immunity in Contingency Operations: A Proposal for US Contractors, Dr. Ellen "Elle" Klein
This article introduces the nuances of bilateral security agreements and status of force agreements (SOFA) in Afghanistan. Many agreements contain legal restrictions that complicate the ability of Long War contractors to provide advice and security during international missions.
Read More: Army War Collage

Acquisition reform prioritized in 2018 NDAA
The House Armed Services Committee wants to give the Department of Defense a check for $696 billion in fiscal year 2018, but it wants the Pentagon to do a better job of spending its allowance. The HASC mark of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act provides the DOD with a base budget of $631.5 billion -- $28.5 billion more than the Trump administration's request. Committee staff told reporters that the bill makes acquisition reform a priority again -- from the weapons systems procurement level down to how the DOD purchases basic goods and services. One new initiative is an attempt to eliminate duplication in the more than 30 different contracting procurement and solicitation management IT systems across the DOD.
Read More: FCW

DoD Requests Additional 5% for IT Budget
The Department of Defense is asking for $42.5 billion in IT funding, a 5.3 percent increase over last year. From that top line number, $9.3 billion is reserved for classified investments and expenses, with $33.2 billion going to unclassified investments and expenses, according to documents from the department's comptroller reveal. The Pentagon's IT budget request includes cyberspace operations as well as traditional IT infrastructure, and the documents reveal a number of the DoD's chief information officer's strategic goals, including a resilient cyber defensive posture, enhanced cyber situational awareness, a secure DoD cloud environment, survivability from sophisticated cyber-attacks, and "a modernized IT enterprise with enhanced network performance that is more secure and visible throughout." The Army requested $11 million for IT; while Navy came in at $9 million and the Air Force at $7 million. For acquisition, the DoD requested $549 million; $2.8 billion for battle-space networks, $14.9 billion for DoD IT infrastructure and $1.7 billion for health. Although the fiscal 2018 request represents a 5.3 percent increase over last year, the documents note that funding levels for 2018-2022 remain "relatively" consistent.
Read More: GovCon Wire

IRAQ

U.N. goes stealth to help rebuild ISIS-ravaged Iraq
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are close to tearing the city of Mosul out of ISIS' stranglehold. Once they do, the sprawling city will join dozens of other towns and villages that need to be rebuilt virtually from the ground up. A vast swath of northern Iraq is reeling from violence and destruction that has forced almost 900,000 people to flee their homes in the last year alone. Efforts to bring those Iraqis back home are robust -- and unique; the United Nations has more than 800 stabilization efforts underway across the country. However, in these rebuilding efforts, the U.N. equipment and supplies are not stamped with the instantly-recognizable blue globe insignia, and local Iraqi contractors are carrying out the work in the name of the Iraqi government, rather than foreign contractors. The U.N.'s new strategy is designed to minimize the promotion of its own work, and to instead quietly facilitate a "for the country, by the country" reconstruction.
Read More: CBS News

AFGHANISTAN

Top US military officer arrives in Afghanistan to finalize plans for troop increase
The U.S. military's top officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., arrived in Afghanistan Monday to finalize plans for adding several thousand more troops there. Two weeks ago, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress he will present a new plan for Afghanistan and the region in mid-July. "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible," said Mattis, who called the new plan a "fundamental change" from the Obama administration's policy. Defense officials say Mattis's authority from the president to increase troops is in the 3,000-5,000 range and not above that number. While not a blank check, the move would enable Mattis to make small changes without having to ask permission from the White House each time to speed up the process, officials say. There are roughly 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan right now. Unofficially, officials say that number is closer to 10,000.
Read More: Fox News

REGULATION

Defense Contractors will be Held to Higher Cyber Standards
Defense contractors will soon be held to the same cybersecurity standards that the Defense Department has implemented in recent years, according to a top IT official at the Pentagon. "The cyber threat is not going away; we have to defend our networks and systems, and you're part of that defense," acting DOD CIO John Zangardi said Friday. "DOD is facing the same threats that you are. And with these regulations, we are asking to implement some of the same defenses as we are implementing for the department's networks." "Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting, "a new DOD regulation, will go into effect for how contractors respond to and report cyber incidents., and defense contractors have until the end of calendar year 2017 to begin complying. Contractors will be expected to at minimum comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Special Publication 800-171, "Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations" for information held on their networks or systems, and follow cybersecurity guidance on multifactor authentication and cyber-incident response.
Read More: GovCon Wire

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