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Two DOD Organizations Partner to Engage Small Businesses in National Security Tech Programs

National Security

The Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) have agreed to create a joint annual program meant to encourage smaller contractors to participate more in the the national technology and industrial base. OSBP Director Farooq Mitha said the two organizations will develop initiatives that align with President Biden's Build Back Better recovery plan

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Excelicon Named to Inc. 5000 List; Tushar Garg Quoted


Excelicon announced Wednesday that the company has been named in the 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals list. The list includes the most successful independent small businesses in the Washington D.C. area. Inc. selected companies based in major metro areas, including Baltimore, Maryland, the Washington, D.C. area, and Richmond, Virginia, that brought in the highest revenue, 

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GAO: NIH Awarded Most SBIR Funding to Venture-Backed Companies in FY 19-20

SBIR Funding

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the departments of the Navy and Education awarded $31.6 million in obligations to nontraditional companies in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The three agencies issued a total of 45 SBIR awards in a push to drive innovation and research in topic areas that have seen limited private funding, the watchdog noted.

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Debra Daniels: DISA Funnels $7.6B to Support Small Business Suppliers in FY 2020

Debra Daniels

Debra Daniels, vice procurement services executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), said in an interview that the agency has obligated $7.6 billion to support small businesses in the defense industrial base this fiscal year. “DISA never shut down during the pandemic,” said Daniels, who also serves as deputy director of the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO).

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Gen. Charles Brown on Air Force Acquisition Reforms, Reducing Barriers for Small Businesses

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said he intends to work with small businesses and develop program incentives to help “break down barriers” in government contracting (GovCon). Brown noted that he considers expanding the use of Air Force procurement authorities to speed up the delivery of technologies by up to two years. 

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DoC Invests $2.3 Million to Support Business Development; Wilbur Ross, Morgan Griffith Quoted

The Department of Commerce’s (DoC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $2.3 million grant to the Economic Development Authority to construct the Floyd, VA Growth Center Building, secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced on Tuesday. 

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NASA Awards $104M to Small Businesses Under SBIR Program Phase II Funding to Develop Technologies; Jim Reuter, Jenn Gustetic Quoted

NASA has announced that the agency has selected 139 proposals for Phase II follow-on awards through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to provide approximately $104 million to 124 small businesses located across 31 states, NASA reported on Wednesday

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DoD Changes Sole-Source Contracts: $100M Do Not Need Justification


The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that contracting officers will not be required to issue a justification or obtain approval for the award of a sole-source contract under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program for awards up to $100 million, up from the prior $22 million limit, effective March 17, 2020. 

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