Tag Archives: small business

DISA Backs Small Businesses Via SETI Vehicle; Carlen Capenos, Christopher Riley Quoted

Carlen Capenos

The Defense Information Systems Agency initiated steps to remove barriers that restrict small businesses from competing for a potential 10-year, $7.5B contract vehicle for systems engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) support services. Carlen Capenos said the agency eliminated barriers to small business contracting by incorporating feedback during the development of the draft and final solicitation for the SETI contract.

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Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Acquisition Approach, Joint Warfighting Initiative

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told National Defense in an interview published Monday that JAIC has partnerships with two contracting vehicle organizations and that Congress is working on a bill to provide the center direct acquisition authority. Register here to attend ArchIntel’s first virtual event: AI in Competitive Intelligence Forum.

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Ellen Lord on Defense Industrial Base’s Health, Need for Appropriations

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to track the status of the defense industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lord said the DLA and DCMA help track approximately 20,000 contractors that are working with the Pentagon.

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Emily Murphy: ASTRO Contract Vehicle to Use Section 876 Authority

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the ASTRO master contract for unmanned, manned and robotic systems will be the first contract vehicle to use a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will require price as an evaluation criterion only at the task order level.

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NSF Seeks to Reach More Startups Through ‘Project Pitch’ Platform

NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is conducting a pilot of a new portal in the FastLane system that allows startups and small businesses to pitch their project concepts and receive responses within three weeks, FedScoop reported MondayKelly Monterroso, a communications specialist at NSF, said the Project Pitch platform allows NSF to streamline the scientific research grant application process for startups and entrepreneurs.

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SBA Launches PPP Tool to Connect Borrowers with Lenders; Jovita Carranza Quoted

Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza, Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator, has launched an online tool for small businesses and nonprofits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders and traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), SBA announced on Monday.  

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