In case you ever find yourself inside an Olive Garden with your customer and you get offered a kickback for future contracting efforts, know that the right response is always to report everything as soon as possible. This week, a former civilian employee for the U.S. Army was sentenced for two years in prison for his kickback scheme. Ephraim Garcia supported Camp Arifjan, a U.S. Army base in Kuwait. Back in July, Garcia pleaded guilty, and this week, he was sentenced for time in prison for his attempt to steer contracts to Gulf Link Venture Co. W.L.L. Garcia had a position that gave him access to the solicitation, award, and management of the facilities support contract. Back in 2015, at an Olive Garden, Garcia approached an employee of the prime contractor that conducted base support services in order to see if he would steer subcontracts to Gulf Link. This employee decided to only enjoy the breadsticks and salad instead of getting extra cash for his efforts, and he reported the offer to authorities. This employee is a perfect example of what to do in a scenario like this.
Contract Opportunities to Watch
|Leidos||If you want to get an OCONUS job, Leidos was recently awarded a three-year (with optional 4th year) contract by the MOD (worth up to £70M with all options) to deliver GEOINT capability in support of the UK’s National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence as part of the PICASSO programme.
PICASSO is an enduring capability programme that provides UK Defence with an integrated information environment for the exploitation, production and dissemination of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT)1. PICASSO outputs enable UK Armed Forces and Partners across Government (PAG) to undertake informed decision making to fulfil their role in a safe and legal manner in support of national security tasks. A collection of legacy systems, the programme is gradually being moved to a common service management model delivered with industry standard approaches to service management, agile development and delivery.
Through this award, Leidos will introduce a number of modernisation initiatives to improve service delivery, user experience, agile change and overall programme transparency. Specifically modernising infrastructure, storage and end user access will be carried out in an agile manner, in collaboration with the MoD’s internal service provider community.
“We’re proud to continue our support of the UK and Five eyes community – providing innovations and deploying efficient and effective capabilities and technologies,” said Simon Fovargue, Chief Executive, Leidos UK & Europe. “By leveraging our technical, engineering and software expertise, our teams will work to advance the MOD’s agile and modernization efforts, providing our nation’s leaders, military and allies with actionable intelligence and critical information to protect and defend our military, government and international partners.”
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Boeing recently agreed to a follow-on contract for future sustainment support of military services across multiple Boeing platforms, enabling Boeing and DLA to continue support through the extension of existing programs up to a ceiling value of $15 billion over 10 years. Boeing will continue to provide an inventory of parts and logistics support and services to maintain nearly every Boeing military platform, including the KC-46 Tanker, AH-64 Apache, F-15, and F/A-18.
This is the second contract under the Boeing Captains of Industry (BCOI) program, which was stood up in support of DLA’s initiative to create a more efficient defense supply chain. Rather than having thousands of contracts for individual parts, Boeing and DLA collaborate to forecast the need for common parts and components across platforms, which are then pooled under a single contract.
“This contract will help us to serve our customers more efficiently, and supports the health and readiness of our supply chain for the next decade,” said Dan Gillian, vice president of U.S. Government Services for Boeing. “Moving forward, we aspire to further enable our supply chain processes by connecting Boeing’s analytics capabilities with customer data to better predict where and when parts will be needed.”
Boeing has a large and diverse global supply chain network supporting both proprietary parts and common consumables for a wide variety of Boeing and non-Boeing platforms and products. Boeing is also utilizing its digital capabilities to provide enhanced supply chain solutions. Additionally, Boeing leverages its global distribution business to expand its offerings across commercial and government markets, which requires experience with Federal Aviation Agency rules and procedures – particularly for commercial derivative aircraft like the KC-46.
Since the first BCOI contract was awarded in 2014, the U.S. Government has awarded Boeing more than $6 billion in supply chain support contracts.