The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded a total of $4,479,195.95 in competitive research contracts to 30 small businesses across the United States to participate in Phase I of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The topics for the DHS SBIR 22.1 Solicitation, released in December 2021, were developed in collaboration with program managers and stakeholders across DHS to address homeland security research and development needs.

“Small businesses continue to be a source of ingenuity and an agile tool for DHS to develop innovative technologies that have a lasting impact for our components, end users and society at large,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, DHS S&T Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “I congratulate these 30 small businesses as they begin their journey with the SBIR program and work to provide solutions for homeland security challenges.”

In this first phase, each project will receive up to $150,000 from the DHS SBIR program to conduct proof-of-concept research over a five-month period to address specific homeland security technology needs.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Jacobs

NASA has awarded the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) II contract to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, to provide engineering and scientific products, technical services and related services for the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, other NASA centers and government agencies.

The cost-plus award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a potential base value of $1.8 billion. The contract contains an option to convert to a cost-plus fixed-fee contract, and the ability to issue firm-fixed-price task orders. The contract begins Oct. 1, with a five-year base period, followed by two two-year option periods and one one-year option period, which increase the potential value to $3.9 billion. The contract has a total potential performance period of 10 years.

Under the scope of work, Jacobs will be responsible for providing engineering design, development, sustaining engineering, analysis, assessment, technology development, test services, and laboratory/facility operation and maintenance for Johnson’s Engineering Directorate. The scope also includes planetary mission and physical science research, astromaterial curation, and laboratory/facility operation and maintenance for Johnson’s Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, as well as engineering and related services for other NASA centers and government agencies.

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The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) elected new members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors during the FMA Annual Meeting on June 16, 2022 held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.

Board Members elected to the Executive Committee are Joe Pacileo of IronNet, Inc. as FMA President, Diana Gresham of Tectonix, LLC as FMA Vice-President, John McBeth of John McBeth, Inc. as FMA Treasurer and Roxanne Wood of Boeing Intelligence & Analytics. Will Metts of Amazon Web Services was re-appointed as FMA Secretary.

The remaining Board Members of the Executive Committee are FMA Foundation President Deon Viergutz of Lockheed Martin Corp., Jay Baldwin of Atlantic Union Bank, Steven Tiller of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Immediate Past President, Doreen Harwood of DeHarwood, LLC who will join Tim O’Ferrall as an Ex-Officio member of the Board.

New Board Members elected to a three-year term are Bill Dunahoo of Nexxis Solutions, Ryan Haussmann of Sandy Spring Bank and Mike Sellman of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Board Members re-elected as Directors are Paul Gentile of Panther, LLC, Dawn Lindsay of Anne Arundel Community College, Ken McCreedy of the U.S. Army (Retired), Maureen McMahon of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Greg Prossner of Corporate Office Properties Trust and Larry Twele of Howard County Economic Development Authority.

The remaining Board Members are Kathy Castellano Burk of Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation, Mike Cameron of Farfield Systems, Inc., Shana Cosgrove of NYLA Technology Solutions, Inc., Jennifer Crockett of Kennedy Krieger Institute, Kirkland J. Murray of Anne Arundel County Development Corporation, Kendra Parlock of NPower Maryland and Jack Terry of Leidos.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.