Sole Source: Montgomery County receives BRAC grant

August 12, 2012

Montgomery County will receive a $40 million grant to improve transportation around Walter Reed National Military Medical Center under a grant the Defense Department announced last week.

A Pentagon base realignment initiative completed last year made Walter Reed an even larger attraction, increasing its employees by about one-third — to 10,200 — and doubling its visitors, which are expected to total 1 million annually, according to the Pentagon.

The grant, made through the Pentagon’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will contribute to a project meant to add a pedestrian and bike passage under Rockville Pike and three high-speed elevators for the Metro station, as well as other improvements.

Clark/Foulger-Pratt wins protest over contract

Last month, the Government Accountability Office upheld a protest filed by Bethesda-based joint venture Clark/Foulger-Pratt over a State Department contract for pre-construction services and construction of a new embassy in London.

Clark/Foulger-Pratt argued they should not have been rated technically equal to Birmingham, Ala.-based B.L. Harbert International, which was then awarded the contract because of its lower price.

The GAO said it found little substantiating detail that the two proposals were technically equal and recommended the State Department reevaluate Harbert’s proposal and make a new decision.

New Army renewable energy program

The Army Corps of Engineers last week issued a solicitation for a renewable energy program worth up to $7 billion.

The contract vehicle is meant to establish a pool of companies from which the Army can buy renewable and alternative energy, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, in a call with reporters.

“Our approach allows the Army to purchase the energy that is produced,” she said, explaining that contractors will be responsible for financing, building and maintaining the plants required to produce the energy. “No generation assets will be procured by the Army.”

The solicitation will close in about two months, she added, but didn’t put a date on how soon the Army might choose a winner, noting that it depends how many compete.

Contractor moves

McLean-based Science Applications International Corp., which has made several leadership changes since a new chief executive took over earlier this year, promoted Lee Carrick to head its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance group’s program development efforts.

Carrick previously handled program development for the ISR group’s intelligence systems business unit. He has also worked at Perot Systems and Northrop Grumman.

Fairfax-based Salient Federal Solutions named Robert Friedenberg, previously the president of consulting company Xeelee Group, as chief technology officer and senior vice president of commercial business.

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