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Rep. Mac Thornberry Releases FY20 NDAA Proposals on Acquisition, Industry Participation

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, introduced two proposals for inclusion in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to improve acquisition procedures and promote industry engagement, the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday. Thornberry, a ranking member of the committee, noted that his reform proposals set out to “improve agility, cut bureaucracy, promote justice, provide better benefits, and save the taxpayer billions.”

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DOE Announces $95M Funding for SBIR, STTR Phase II

The Department of Energy intends to award $95 million in 86 grants across 74 firms under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The grants cover phase II of the programs and would finance projects that passed technical feasibility qualifications during the first phase, DOE said Monday. Each awardee would receive a grant valued around $1 million covering a two-year research and development period for prototyping.

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GAO: DoD Should Provide Guidance on User Involvement in Software Dev’t for Space Systems

The Government Accountability Office evaluated four software-intensive space programs of the Department of Defense and found the initiatives are struggling to involve end users in software development efforts. The reviewed programs are the Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center Mission System Increment 2, the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, Space-Based Infrared System and the Next Generation Operational Control System, according to a GAO report published Monday

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Air Force Conducting Pitch Day in March to Foster Rapid Acquisition Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is slated to commence its first “pitch day” as part of its Small Business Innovation Research program in March, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Fifty-nine companies will deliver pitches to Air Force officers in areas such as special forces, digital technology and command, control, communication, intelligence and networks.

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USAF Revamps Technology Transfer Program With New Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is accelerating the transition of new technologies to warfighters with new efforts under the branch's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The renewed program includes an upcoming STTR-focused workshop and expanded coverage of contributors, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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GAO: FY 2015-2018 Awards to Small Businesses Majority-Owned by Investment Firms, Funds Totaled $43.6M

The Government Accountability Office has found that only three out of 11 federal agencies that take part in the Small Business Innovation Research program awarded grants and contracts to small firms owned by venture capital companies, hedge funds and private equity firms in the past four fiscal years. Those three agencies are the Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, GAO said Friday.

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DOE Announces Second Wave of Small Business R&D Funds

The Department of Energy announced $37M available in funding to support small business innovation research and small business technology transfer efforts. This is the second SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announced for fiscal 2019 that finances multiple small business-led research and development efforts in support of nine DOE offices, the department said.

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National Center for Medical Readiness Supports Small Business Training, Testing

The National Center for Medical Readiness leverages U.S. Air Force small business support funds to train personnel and test technologies for use in national security missions. The Wright State Research Institute manages the Ohio-based center to provide small businesses with an environment for testing new technologies, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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