Patrick K. Kelley has been selected as the director of Cybersecurity Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Integration for Submarines and USW Systems. As a senior scientific technical manager, he will provide continuity of technical leadership and oversight to ensure long term stewardship of our organization’s technical capabilities, with a focus on Division Newport’s cyber USW engineering thrust.
Kelley, from the USW Combat Systems Department, has most recently served as the technical manager and CYBERSAFE investment project lead for tactical system cybersecurity over the past 18 months for Division Newport. He has led a team of 20 engineers and scientists in identifying facility and technical capability gaps in the area of cybersecurity.
Kelley has more than 30 years of USW experience as a software developer, program office project officer, systems engineer technical warrant holder and department chief engineer. His contributions to the Navy’s USW capabilities are nationally recognized and he is the recipient of the DON Meritorious Civilian Service Award; the Copernicus Award for USW Command, Control, Communications and Computers; the NAVSEA Commander’s Award for Innovation; and the National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal for Technical Achievement in USW.
In addition to his CYBERSAFE position, Kelley has served as head, Technology and Strategy Office, USW Combat Systems Department from May 2014 to the present. He was responsible for development of research and development plans in support of Navy objectives for combat systems in the USW domain. From 2014 to the present, he also held the SSBN Near Term Tactical Control Systems Upgrade project lead position, managing a team of more than 30 engineers from four organizations. The project has delivered the most substantial upgrade in combat control capabilities in the history of the U.S. submarine force at a total cost of $1.5 million within an 18-month period.
From 2009-14, Kelley served as the USW Combat Systems Department chief engineer, and was responsible for department systems engineering policy deployment, training and assessments. He earned a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif. and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is currently pursuing computer science certification in cybersecurity from the NPS.
As director of Cybersecurity USW Combat System Integration for Submarines and USW Systems, Kelley will ensure that the collective capabilities of the growing cybersecurity engineering workforce are effectively utilized so that the pace of cybersecurity capability delivery to the fleet is efficient, and our organization is well prepared to face current and future cyber threats.
The GSA Reverse Auction (RA) platform provides an opportunity to help grow your business through an efficient, effective and transparent system that federal, state, and local agencies use to procure products and simple services. In fact, in fiscal year 2015, 27 agencies awarded a total of $98.9 million through the GSA RA platform and more than 91 percent of those awards were made to small businesses.
Multiple Bids, Multiple Opportunities
In a reverse auction, the buyer creates a live auction that solicits sellers for products or services. Sellers can then place a bid or multiple-bids to deliver the products or perform the services. Bidders can bid on multiple auctions at once and place multiple bids before an auction closes. During the auction, sellers can view real-time pricing as their competitors’ bids are displayed. No business proprietary information is released to competitors. Only the bid prices, alongside generic names, are displayed for bidders to view (i.e., Bidder #1, Price $100,000;)
To gain access to the multiple opportunities in the GSA RA platform Register Here. Your firm will receive new auction notifications based on the NAICS codes selected at the time of registration.
The lowest price does not always guarantee a win. Although the apparent lowest bidder is given first consideration for award, the products or services must also be technically acceptable by meeting the buyer’s requirements. If the quote does not meet the technical requirements, the buyer can award to the next lowest bidder who meets the requirements.
Therefore, to increase your chances of winning the award, sellers should ensure the quote meets the agency’s requirements and bid highly competitive prices. Below are three additional tips to increase your firm’s chances of winning auctions through the GSA RA platform.
- Create a proxy bid: Sellers do not have to manually monitor live auctions instead, they have the option to create a proxy bid. By setting a proxy bid, the system automatically places a bid on the seller’s behalf. The bid decreases by the decrement you choose and stops bidding at the lowest bid amount you identify.
- Bid and Do Not Delay: Bid early in the auction to allow your firm to make adjustments throughout the auction. Sellers who delay placing a bid risk not having enough time to bid on all line items. In an “all or none” auction, this will result in that seller being
- Take a test Drive. GSA encourages buyers and sellers to learn more about the GSA RA platform by taking a test drive at the Test Drive Demo.
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today issued a final rule authorizing federal agencies to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses eligible for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. Effective October 14, 2015, the rule levels the playing field for women-owned small businesses across the federal contracting marketplace.
“Women-owned businesses are growing three times faster than their counterparts, yet the federal government has not achieved its goal of awarding 5 percent of federal contracts to women. By granting contracting officers this new authority to award sole-source contracts to women-owned businesses, SBA is taking a major step forward in leveling the playing field and supporting our country’s dynamic female entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “After all, if we want a more diverse supply chain, Uncle Sam needs to lead by example.”
SBA will use this new tool to continue to open doors for women entrepreneurs in the federal and commercial contract space. SBA’s efforts include actively promoting women-owned businesses through programs such as ChallengeHER, the Women’s Business Centers and InnovateHER, as well as implementing recent changes to its lending program that have made smaller dollar loans more accessible to women, and creating the online portal, LINC, to ease the process of finding capital to grow or start small businesses.
SBA’s WOSB program was implemented in 2010. In July 2014, Contreras-Sweet testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that federal agencies needed sole source authority to level the playing field for women-owned businesses. With strong support from the small business committees, SBA worked with Congress and key small business stakeholders to include this provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, signed by President Obama in December 2014. To learn more about how SBA supports women entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/wosb or contact WOSB@sba.gov
The Rhode Island Chapter was presented with the Walter R Graalman Silver award in December 13, 2015 in Washington.
President Ken Haner attended the leadership conference all day that Sunday and then was an active participant in the Government Contracting Conference that followed on Monday and Tuesday.
The Graalman Award recognizes a select few chapters nationwide who achieve excellence in activity, membership, and financial stability over 100 chapters located in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Germany.
This award is an acknowledgement of the efforts from July 2014 to June 2015 which was led by Rich Cambra.
Congratulations to all of the Rhode Island chapter for the roles that you have played in our success.
We hope to see some more of you at the upcoming meetings and events.