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Weekly Roundup May 30 – June 3 2016: FirstNet Contract Award Countdown Begins & more

May 30 – June 3 2016

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

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The time has come and gone for industry to throw their hats into the ring in pursuit of the contract to help construct the future nationwide broadband network for U.S. public safety agencies.

Tuesday was the deadline for vendors to hand in their bids to the federal agency responsible for the multi-year, multi-billion dollar FirstNet initiative nearly six months after the much-anticipated solicitation and finalized requirements went public.

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth forecasts a contract award to build the network to happen “as soon as November of this year.”

AT&T publicly revealed its FirstNet interest at a January telecommunications conference in Las Vegas and wireless technology provider Rivada Networks disclosed its plans to pursue the project two months later with Motorola Solutions also mentioned as apotential participant, according to reports from website Urgent Communications.

Urgent Communications also has cited Verizon as a favorite to be FirstNet’s “carrier partner” based on feedback from industry analysts but the telecommunications giant has been mum on the topic.

At stake in this FirstNet endeavor is up to $6.5 billion in contract funds over 25 years, access to part of what the agency calls “beachfront property” spectrum once used for analog TV and the opportunity to help spearhead a unique partnership between the private and public sectors.

The quiet period for FirstNet has begun but expect a lot of noise to start this November from the contract winner and all public safety agencies that eagerly anticipate this network to go live.

THE WEEK’S OTHER TOP 10 GOVCON STORIES

NNSA’s Follow-on $3B Sandia Labs Support Program Draws 15 Firms, 4 Universities
A Lockheed Martin subsidiary is contracted to run the national laboratory through April 2017.
Retired Army Gen. John Campbell Joins BAE US Arm’s Board of Directors
Campbell previously led U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and will serve a three-year term on the BAE Systems Inc. board.
L-3 Unit Wins $1.9B USAF Contract for KC-10 Refueling Aircraft Logistics Support
Shares in the NYC-based defense contractor hit a new 52-week high in intraday trade Thursday on news of the award.
CEO Kevin Robinson on MTSI’s Unmanned Technology Partnerships & Full Employee Stock Ownership Goal
Robinson also gives a five-year outlook for the government services contractor in this Q&A with ExecutiveBiz.
Vencore, George Mason University to Develop Cyber Risk Assessment Tool; Mac Curtis Comments
Team members will work to develop a model that can help calculate potential monetary losses from cyber breaches.
Ephesoft Gets In-Q-Tel Investment to Offer Doc Analytics Platform to Intelligence Community
IC venture capital arm IQT seeks to get agencies a technology that can apply machine learning methods in extractions of data from documents.
GSA to Host Workshop on Cybersecurity National Action Plan
Industry is invited to the June 13 event that will feature discussions on aspects of the White House’s $19 billion cyber initiative and other security topics.
White House Outlines 7 Strategies to Help Federal Agencies Develop Big Data R&D Plans
Agencies are asked to boost investments in collection and analysis of large data volumes.
OPM Seeks CIO to Manage Agency’s Digital, IT, Cybersecurity Programs
A chosen candidate will also help OPM and other agencies establish a National Background Investigations Bureau to oversee the security clearance process.
DoD Proposes New Records System to Facilitate Insider Threat Data Management
Comments on the concept to help the military and federal agencies address insider threats are due June 20.

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