Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 20August 28, 2013
Government - a fertile ground for technology

Mary Scott Nabers

The federal government will be fertile ground in the near future for firms interested in contracting for application solutions for Internet devices. Here are a few examples of upcoming opportunities:


The Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced an initiative to overhaul its lengthy process for approving smartphone apps. The DOD wants to find ways to review and approve applications within 30 days. If that is possible, it would be a huge accomplishment. Two upcoming mobility contracts will be awarded to help make this become a reality.


The first contract will be a single award for gateway procurement and a Request for Proposals (RFP) will likely be released in the first quarter of 2014. The second contracting opportunity will be for an enterprise solution contractor to provide mobile access to the applications.




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Illinois invests $89M in schools
Transportation task force appointed
Upcoming education opportunities
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Who's winning contracts?
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Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
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Illinois announces $89M investment in state's schools


Part of $400 million capital program to benefit education facilities across state

Pat Quinn Improvements and repairs at facilities within the Chicago Public Schools will benefit from an $89 million funding boost after state officials recently announced an investment in the local schools. Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured) made the announcement noting, "Our children cannot concentrate on learning if they're sitting in a school that's crumbling."


The funds will provide for classroom improvements and repairs at schools throughout the city. The funding is part of the state's Illinois Jobs Now! program that is geared toward new building construction, current facility expansion and replacement of outdated energy systems in Illinois schools. Quinn noted that education drives the local economy and that these school projects will "raise the standard of learning in Chicago classrooms."


The funding to the Chicago schools includes more than $59 million in capital construction grants from the state, another $10 million for maintenance, $4 million for energy efficiency and millions more to help relieve overcrowding. Among the uses for the funds will be upgrades and renovations to classrooms, making schools more accessible through compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, repairing roofs and replacing old and inefficient HVAC systems. Repairs will be made to some facilities while others will undergo modernization projects.


The funding will be shared by two-dozen districts in Illinois. All were approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Capital Development Board. The $400 million capital program funding includes $307 million for statewide school construction, $50 million for maintenance projects, $25 million to mitigate overcrowding and $20 million for energy efficiency projects. The program is the largest capital construction program in the state's history and is one of the largest in the nation as well. The education component is part of a $31 billion program.


Gallagher to chair task force on transportation projects


Maryland group to create authorities to help finance road, transit plans

Matthew Gallagher Matthew D. Gallagher (pictured), former chief of staff to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, has been named chair of a task force that will study creating regional authorities to finance transportation projects in the state.


The task force was created as part of state legislation that also authorizes a gas tax increase in Maryland that is expected to generate billions more dollars for the state for road and transit projects.


These regional authorities are one avenue for raising additional funding for projects that would benefit one region of the state. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., who supported the legislation, noted the authority could impose an additional tax on residents of that region.


Gallagher was in April named the next president and chief executive officer of the Goldseker Foundation, an organization that invests in economic development projects that support communities in the Baltimore region. The 11-member task force that Gallagher will head also includes Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, several state lawmakers and some local officials. The group will make recommendations by mid-December, in time for the following year's legislative session.


Public-Private Partnerships

Upcoming education opportunities


Florida Atlantic University seeks partner for hotel, conference center

Anthony Barbar A hotel and conference center could be the next new project at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), if the university can find a willing private partner for the $45 million project. University officials are looking for a partner who would be responsible for all of the funding for the project. The proposal includes a 250,000-square-foot facility that features 200 rooms and will be located on campus. For the time being, the project has been added to the university's capital improvement plan that was recently approved by the Board of Trustees. "We would like to see it sooner rather than later," said Anthony Barbar (pictured), chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees, in explaining that no start date has been set yet. Plans for the project are for FAU to provide the land for the facilities and the private partner would assume all the financial risk. The university would share revenues and require the company to offer internship opportunities for students in fields such as hospitality.


St. Tammany Parish sells bonds for technology, renovations, repairs           

Selling $20 million of the $135 million in bonds approved last spring, the St. Tammany Parish School Board in Louisiana will use the bond proceeds to help pay for technology upgrades, renovations, repairs and new construction. The activities will take place at various campuses in the parish and some are expected to get under way this fall. The funds will pay for computers, cameras, routers, wiring and software and will also cover $52.5 million in renovations at nine campuses. Classroom construction to replace modular units at six campuses will cost $46 million and another $16.5 million will be used for infrastructure repairs at four schools.


Town in Illinois approves $19.5 million in capital projects to be paid for with bonds

Mark Pere A dozen projects with a combined price tag of $19.5 million will benefit from the sale of $21 million in bonds by Lyons Township (Illinois) for its high school. The project will include updating science labs, cafeteria renovations and roof replacments, among others. The projects will be undertaken over the next 10 years, and Board President Mark Pera (pictured) said the school's projects are mostly cosmetic, while others are necessary to maintain the school's infrastructure. Saying its rooms are "sorely in need of modernization, Pera said North Campus cafeteria renovations will be among the most visible of the projects. Among the proposed projects are Rever Center renovation - $3.7 million; North Campus cafeteria - $5.3 million; South Campus tennis courts - $850,000; North Campus locker room upgrades - $801,000; data/video bandwidth; South Campus main entrance reconfiguration - $300,000; roof replacements - $2,421,757; domestic/condensate piping, pumps - $1.32 million; fire alarm system head-ends/wire; North Campus univents - $325,000 and architect/engineering fees - $1.282 million. 


Facelift in line for main campus at New Mexico State University

Upgrades that will cost $15 million are in line for New Mexico State University's main campus in Las Cruces. The university's regents recently approved spending on numerous upgrades to Corbett Center Student Union Building. In addition, a new strategic plan - Vision 2020, the brain child of new President Garrey Carruthers - was also approved. The idea calls for upgrades including making the old building more livable. The proposals include bringing the 213,300-square-foot building up to current fire code and Americans with Disabilities Act codes, such as adding fire sprinklers in needed areas. The electrical system also will get repairs and the top-floor ballrooms will see improvements. The entire second-floor lounge space will be remodeled and a new computer lab built. The former bookstore will become a student government area.


Alaska city planning $65 million new high school building

Construction is expected to start next summer on a new $65 million middle/high school in Anchorage Alaska. The Knik Goose Bay area school is expected to ease the strain on facilities caused by the increasing student population. A $26 million elementary school is also in the planning stages. The new middle/high school will be paid for in part by a $215 million bond issue approved by voters two years ago. 


Utah bond issue would provide for 11 new school buildings

Lynn Crane Voters in West Jordan, Utah, will face a $495 million bond issue in November that could lead to construction of 11 new schools in the Jordan School District. If successful, the bond issue would build eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Saying no one on the board was happy about having to call such a large bond vote, school board member Lynn Crane (pictured) said the board didn't have a choice. "We have got to figure out a way to provide reasonable housing and good opportunities and facilities" to educate the growing number of students in the district. In addition to the new construction, the bond issue would also provide funding for replacements for West Jordan Elementary and West Jordan Middle School. The bond vote also would provide for safety and air conditioning renovations at numerous schools. District officials pared down what started out as a $501 million bond issue before settling on the $495 million figure. Part of that reduction occurred when an artificial turf for the football field was removed from the wish list. Officials in the district expect the student population to double in the next 20 years. The district already is adding between 2,000 and 2,500 students annually.


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Other upcoming contracting opportunities


County in Texas seeks bids for courthouse annex renovation

Jasper Courthouse Jasper County commissioners recently agreed to seek bids to expand and remodel the courthouse annex (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) to serve as an emergency operations center, emergency shelter and event center. The Hurricane Ike Disaster Program provided a $4.5 million grant to pay for the renovation of the annex and to expand an adjacent parking lot. Commissioners also approved updated designs and renderings of the annex and shelter facility project and authorized the engineering firm to publish the request for bid proposals. County officials plan to award a construction contract for the project by late September or early October.


Funds secured in New York State for road improvements

In New York State, $35 million in state funds have been announced for improvements to a section of Route 199 between Route 308 and the Taconic State Parkway. The funds will be used to supplement the state's current road and bridge capital plan. It will also speed the infrastructure improvement projects that the New York State Department of Transportation deems necessary. Assembly member Didi Barrett called these infrastructure improvements that she helped secure "critical for our area to attract new businesses and provide safe road travel." The funding was secured through support for the NY Works capital program in the current year's state budget.


Grade separation projects in California earn $104 million in state bond funding

Norma Macias Two rail-highway grade separation projects have received $104 million in state bond funds from the California Transportation Commission for the construction of two crossings in Los Angeles County. The two projects are currently in the design phase, which will be completed soon, with construction contracts to be awarded probably in the fall or winter of next year. El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias (pictured), chairwoman of the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority Board of Directors, said the projects will "eliminate traffic congestion, collision hazards, vehicle emissions and train horns at two crossing choke points." The money being made available is part of the State Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement funds. Plans for the $96 million project call for Puente Avenue to be lowered in an underpass with bridges to be built for the railroad and Valley Boulevard. That crossing is used daily by more than 31,000 vehicles and 22 trains. The number of trains is anticipated to increase to nearly 50 by 2035. The Fairway Drive project, estimated at $119.4 million, will see the roadway lowered in an underpass just north of the 60 Freeway with a railroad bridge spanning the underpass. A new road is also expected to connect Puente Avenue/Workman Mill Road to Valley Boulevard. The two projects are aimed at constructing 22 rail-highway grade separations in the San Gabriel Valley along the Alameda Corridor-East Trade area, where goods are carried to and from the San Pedro Bay ports.  


South Carolina to rebid data security contract worth $10 million

The second time could be the charm for South Carolina as the state prepares to rebid its $10 million data security contract. The first bid opportunity resulted in only three bids for the contract, but none of the three met the qualifications set by the state. So the state Budget and Control Board is reissuing a new request for proposals (RFP), due Oct. 3, for companies to submit their bids. The original RFP would have provided South Carolina taxpayers with credit monitoring, change of address monitoring, payday loan monitoring and Internet surveillance. That surveillance would include scanning illegal or underground Web sites to detect fraudulent activity. It also would have provided identity theft insurance to all taxpayers that would provide for identity restoration costs, losses as a result of identity theft, lost wages and legal fees and expenses up to $1 million. The contract is a result of a hacking incident a year ago in which 6.5 million consumers, their offspring and businesses had their personal financial information stolen from tax forms that had been filed with the Department of Revenue. An emergency contract worth $12 million was issued immediately to provide credit monitoring for one year for affected consumers. That contract will expire at the end of October. 


Municipal airport planning $45 million rental car facility, improvements

Airport Upgrades El Paso City Council members recently included a five-year capital improvement plan for the El Paso International Airport. The upgrade includes a new $45 million rental car facility (see accompanying artist's rendering) and other improvements. Other projects planned for the airport are a $16.8 million runway reconstruction project, $15.9 million for a new taxiway and $14 million for loading bridges. Funding for the airport upgrades includes $55 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, $20.1 million from airport revenue and $18.2 million from the passenger facility charge fund. Plans call for the consolidated car rental facility to be open for business in 2016. A recent report showed that the airport has suffered a decline in passenger usage. The report noted that from January to June of this year, the facility was used by 1.34 million passengers, a decline of more than 688,000 for the same period in 2012. Officials see the new car rental facility as necessary to allow the airport to provide better service and be able to compete with other airports. 


Funding totaling $9.2 million being provided for new fire station in Alaska 

A burgeoning population in the Mat-Su Borough in Alaska has led the Borough Assembly to approve $9.2 million for construction of a new fire station. The area is among the fastest growing areas in the United States. The new facility will replace old Fire Station 51, between Palmer and Wasilla. The old station is not big enough for the fire department's new ladder truck. The new fire station will also house an EMS crew that is expected to improve response times in the southern end of Wasilla. Officials are currently drafting a request for proposals (RFP) for designs of the facility, which should be completed sometime in 2015.


New Hampshire city making plans for new wastewater treatment plant

A $46.4 million new wastewater treatment plant is being considered by officials in Exeter, New Hampshire. The city's Capital Improvement Program is requesting funding of $6 million for engineering and design of the facility. Selectmen earlier this year accepted a nitrogen discharge permit from the Environmental Protection Agency that calls for lowering nitrogen levels that are discharged into Great Bay. The current nitrogen level has resulted in the loss of eelgrass, which is a fish and other marine species habitat. While historically, water and sewer projects have been paid for by ratepayers, but because of the high cost of the proposed facility, some officials feel the cost should not just be paid for by ratepayers and are considering a bond. Selectmen will decide in the fall what projects to put on the bond issue. Other projects under consideration are a $2.5 million second fire station and $720,000 for sidewalk repairs.


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Check out these recent awards: 

  • Verizon Business Network Services won a contract worth up to $11.9 million from the Army for the procurement of managed network services.
  • CACI International Inc. has been awarded a $75 million prime contract (one base year and four option years) by the U.S. Air Force to sustain Expeditionary Contingency Medical Materiel (ECMM) Support Services. The contract continues work performed in support of medical logistics services in the United States at all levels of the Air Force, Army and the Air National Guard, with coverage now including Alaska, Japan and Guam.
  • W&T Travel Services won a contract worth up to $31.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for transportation, travel and relocation services.
  • Langston Construction Inc. was awarded a $1,022,900 contract by the city of Lufkin, Texas, for construction and renovation of a proposed municipal court building.
  • URS Federal Services won a contract worth up to $19.6 million from the Defense Logistics Agency for hazardous materials management services.
  • Southeastern Site Development Inc. won a $3.5 million contract from the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority for the GA 400 toll booth demolition contract.
  • TCMP Staffing Services, Chesapeake Government Health Services, Magnificus and Absolute Arora Joint Venture won a contract worth up to $22 million from the Navy for nursing services.
  • Gavan General Contracting won a $1,190,740 contract from the town of Toms River, New Jersey, for construction of a 4,000-square-foot dedicated records storage facility.
  • SSB won a contract worth up to $8.2 million from the Army for technical support services in the areas of database and Web development and maintenance for command and control applications.
  • Walsh Construction Company, II, LLC was awarded a $53.7 million contract from the Chicago Department of Procurement Services and the Chicago Department of Transportation to build the Bloomingdale Trail and Park, also known as The 606. The construction contract includes the rehabilitation of the viaducts and retaining walls, as well as removing the railroad tracks and converting the railway to a multi-use path. 
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Queens project will turn abandoned rail line into park, trail area

An abandoned railroad line in Queens, New York, will become a linear park and trail, and a big team of designers and engineers has been selected to do the work on this public-private partnership. The city is one in a long list of municipalities that are turning these abandoned lines into something to benefit their communities.


The 3.5 mile line in Queens, however, won't come close to matching the 238-mile Katy Trail Park in Missouri, the nation's longest recreational trail created from a rail line conversion. The recreational trails are being used to encourage exercise through waking and bicycling, improve the quality of life for communities and repurposing abandoned property under the lines.


Georgia city to release RFQ for master developer for downtown project

Eva Galambos Officials in the city of Sandy Spring, Georgia, are preparing a request for qualifications (RFQ) in relation to its proposed new downtown area. A master developer is being sought and the final RFQ is expected to be completed by the City Council's next meeting on Sept. 17.


Finding a public partner for this public-private partnership is the first step toward realizing the project that will help stimulate the local economy and encourage commercial retail, recreational and cultural facilities in the downtown area, said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos (pictured). The city is hoping for a mixed-use development that will include dining, luxury residential apartments, retail space, green space and a civic center/cultural space. The master plan covers approximately 50 acres.


Officials see the development as a way to create a unique walkable City Center downtown that will encourage private investment in everything from restaurants to entertainment options. Those kinds of investments help the city through sales and property taxes. Plans are for a civic and cultural center that would provide a place for holding community activities. The civic portion of the center could provide city facilities such as offices, a performing arts center and community activity center. Infrastructure also is a big part of the project, including addressing storm water, traffic flow, transit services, parking, signage and more. To view the draft RFQ, click here.


University of West Florida P3 selects lead developer for project

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions has been chosen as the lead developer for a mixed-used infrastructure project on the campus of the University of West Florida. The project, a 10-year multi-phase public-private partnership, is expected to include student residential housing, a football stadium, student union, retirement community and more.


Two projects are currently under consideration - University Park and Northwest Village. Both are located at the main campus in Pensacola. The University Park project would house the new student union, stadium, a parking garage, plaza and bell tower. The Northwest Village project includes the adult community, aimed at attracting lifelong learners, retired faculty and others associated with the university.


The university and its private partners expect to break ground on the first phase of the projects next year.      


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Where are they now?

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Paymon Rouhanifard Paymon Rouhanifard (pictured), a veteran strategist in the education field, earned his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at PS 192 in West Harlem with Teach for America from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he tried dabbling in the private sector, first as an analyst with Goldman Sachs for two years and then in 2007 becoming an associate with AEA Investors LP, a position he held for a little over two year. Then it was back into education for Rouhanifard. He spent nearly a year as chief of staff to the deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, beginning in August 2009. In 2010, he became chief executive officer of the Office of Portfolio Management for the NYC Department of Education. Then in November 2012, Rouhanifard was named chief strategy and innovation officer for the Newark, New Jersey, Public Schools. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christi recently announced that Rouhanifard, at age 32, will take over as superintendent of the Camden, New Jersey, school system. The school system was taken over by the state in June although the state had been trying to take over the district for about three years. Rouhanifard will also work with the local Regional Achievement Center, one of seven established last year when New Jersey received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.


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Drew Bartlett Rob Ball Richard Williams Drew Bartlett (top left), former director of the Florida Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration since 2011, was recently named deputy secretary for water policy and ecosystem restoration at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, replacing Greg Munson, with Bureau Chief of Watershed Restoration Tom Frick replacing Bartlett. Rob Ball (top center), associate superintendent of business support services for the Twin Rivers Unified School District in California and who served as the district's interim superintendent for several months last year, has announced his resignation. Richard Williams (top right), who has served as chief of the Las Cruces, New Mexico, Police Department for the last three years, has announced he is retiring. Steve Anderson, budget director for the state of Kansas since 2010, will resign, effective Aug. 3, with Policy Director Jon Hummel to serve as the interim budget director. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that Leonard "Lennie" Zeiler, a program administrator in DEP's Office of Water Policy, has begun work as department chief of staff following the departure of Jennifer Fitzwater to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Greg Butler, who has served as director of public works and city engineer for four years for the city of Temecula, California, will assume Michael Jump Dylan Wright Mike Garvey the role of assistant city manager after having served the city for the last 14 years, the last four in his current position. Michael Jump (middle right), former city manager for the city of Caddo Mills, Texas, is the new city manager for the city of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Dylan G. Wright (middle center), former Deputy Director of Business Services and Government and Community Relations in the Orange County Waste and Recycling department, has been named director of the department, after having served as interim director since May. Former San Carlos, California, city manager Michael Garvey (middle left) a veteran of more than 35 years of experience working in local government, including 18 years as a city manager on the California Peninsula, has been tapped as interim city manager in Pacifica until a new city manager is hired to replace Steve Rhodes, who retired. Terra Greene, finance director for the city of Lexington, North Carolina, is the new assistant city manager, replacing Alan Carson, who left that post to become city manager in February. Former Alabama State School Superintendent Joe Morton has left retirement to lead a new nonprofit organization in Robert BrownKarol GrayBrian JohnsonMontgomery - the Business Education Alliance of Alabama - that is trying to improve education in Alabama. Brooklyn Park, Massachusetts, Police Chief Mike Davis, who has 20 years of police work experience and five of those years in Brooklyn Park, has been appointed public safety director of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. Dr. Robert C. Brown (bottom left), president of Arkansas Tech University since 1993, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year with the longest tenure among four-year college and university presidents and chancellors in the state. Karol Gray (bottom center), vice chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of North Carolina, has announced that she is leaving this fall to become chief financial officer for AppliedDNA Sciences Inc., a New York-based company on which she previously served on the board of directors. The city of Anniston, Alabama, has hired Brian Johnson (bottom right), current city manager of Garden City, Georgia, as its new city manager, replacing Don Hoyt, who is retiring. Michael Galloway, who was hired as police chief of the city of Monticello, Illinois, last July to replace veteran Chief John Miller, has resigned due to health issues. Jon Galley, executive director of the North Region for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and former commissioner of Maryland's prison system, announced that he is retiring, effective Nov. 1. Council Bluffs, Iowa, is looking for a new fire chief after 19-year veteran Chief Alan Byers announced he is retiring, ending a 35-year firefighting career.


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NASCIO 2013 Annual Conference planned for Oct. 13-16

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 13-16 at the Philadelphia Marriott. Registration for the conference, "Leadership Through Innovation and Collaboration," is currently open and early bird registration rates will be offered through Aug. 27. Information is also available by contacting Shawn Vaughn at


Public-private partnerships water conference set in Austin Sept. 11

"Public-Private Partnerships: A Solution for Texas Water Management," an interactive workshop on water issues, is set for Sept. 11 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Information sessions featuring panels of experts will be held throughout the day. Among the moderators for panels are public-private partnership expert Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. and co-founder of the Gemini Global Group, and Mark Ellison, special advisor on economic development at the Texas Water Development Board. Nabers, author of Collaboration Nation: How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government, will both address conference attendees regarding public-private partnerships and then moderate a panel on "When to Use a P3 in Texas." Registration is now open and the agenda is available. The event is organized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.


GMIS International - 'Connect with IT Leaders from Around the World'

GMIS International, the premier organization for public sector IT leaders, will hold its Annual Conference Aug. 18 - 21, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference brings together public sector technology leaders and decision-makers representing a wide variety of government agencies from throughout the United States. Representatives from international organizations will also attend and provide updates on technology initiatives in their respective countries. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to interact in historic Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about how you can participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, please click here. 
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