Reston, Va. — April 21, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) is proud to announce it has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for inclusion in “Pool 1” of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), a Best-in-Class (BIC) vehicle for providing IT-related management, scientific and technical services to Federal agencies spanning the U.S. Government.

Following the mid-February award, CS has gained membership in one of seven separate multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (MA-IDIQ) task order contracts referred to as OASIS “pools”.

As a member of OASIS Pool 1, CS can bid on task orders for professional management, scientific and technical services including: engineering, mapping, testing, management/business consulting, human resources, marketing/public relations, logistics consulting and environmental.

OASIS is open to all Federal customers, including members of the Department of Defense and the National Security Community. As with other GWACs, it allows a streamlined acquisition method with a pool of vetted vendors with predetermined rates beneficial to the customer. In other words, OASIS provides Federal agencies with an advantage when purchasing IT products and services—they can save time and money by submitting their task orders to a list of pre-approved companies that have already passed one level of the acquisition process.

Selection for OASIS therefore grants an enviable advantage to its members, one which CS is honored to receive. “Concept Solutions is excited to be one of the OASIS vendors and we look forward to submitting our first task order bid,” said CS President and CEO Phong Mai.

For more information on GSA’s OASIS GWAC, click here.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, and Commerce. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through advanced software development, systems engineering and management.  Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, SEI-CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — March 3, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) is proud to announce its selection as a prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force’s Kessel Run project, an exciting and prestigious effort aimed at revolutionizing how the military branch deploys software in support of America’s warfighters.

“This is the hottest software engineering contract in the country right now,” said CS Executive VP & COO John Krahulec, referring not just to the platforms Kessel Run will support, but to the culture shift it represents both inside and outside the military.

Following the Oct. 9, 2019 award, CS joins the USAF and other tech companies at the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, MA, which is managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Battle Management Directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB). There, civilian contractors will have the honor of working alongside the USAF’s best and brightest to modernize the legacy data support systems of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

At Kessel Run, the USAF has adopted modern software engineering principles more often ascribed to Silicon Valley, including: Agile, the Twelve-Factor methodology, Extreme Programming (XP) and Test Driven Development (TDD.) Small teams will work on a secure, rapid-prototype-friendly Platform-as-a Service (PaaS) provided by Pivotal Labs, unencumbered by the need to support their own development infrastructures. Kessel Run will deploy a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as cloud-native microservices, application programming interfaces (APIs) and modern user interfaces at rates of three to four releases per day, refactoring legacy Air Force codebases bit by bit rather than forcing users to wait months for quarterly release cycles.

In other words, Kessel Run hopes to overcome the cumbersome U.S. Defense contracting processes that had kept critical military systems effectively stuck in the 1990s. Perhaps its first and most well-known success was in modernizing the USAF’s method for planning aerial tanker refueling operations (then accomplished using whiteboards, magnets, Excel spreadsheets and a VBScript) with a cutting-edge application called JIGSAW that did the job in a fraction of the time and “saved $250,000 in the first week” following its deployment, according to Krahulec.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, Finance and Weather. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, SEI-CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards.

We are happy to announce that Concept Solutions, LLC is on the winning team to improve the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Cyber Security Programs’ efficiency and effectiveness, as a sub to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). This work includes providing cyber security and policy services through our high-quality, mission-focused information security solutions. The award is a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA), where our team will compete against two other awardees on task orders under this vehicle. Concept Solutions, LLC looks forward to growing our cyber footprint across the federal sector, building on our experience with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Security Operations Center (SOC) and NextGen program, as well as our cross-agency cyber policy support.

Concept Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce is on the winning team for the Federal Aviation Administration NAS Data Integration Services contract, as a sub to Volanno.  The work consists of integration and analysis of NAS data, including the CEDAR, Falcon, OPSNET, and the NAS Data warehouse to support operational and performance analysis for AJR-G, Director of Performance Analysis.

Concept Solutions is excited to announce that our team has been selected as an awardee on the Department of Justice’s Information Technology Support Services-5 (ITSS-5) IDIQ contract vehicle. We were able to leverage a Joint Venture partnership with Fig Leaf Software to win a spot on this core contract vehicle serving the Department of Justice and its constituent components. ITSS-5 is available to all bureaus within the Department of Justice, including FBI, DEA, ATF, and the Justice Management Division. ITSS-5 provides each component with mission-critical IT services. This strategic vehicle will allow us to expand the base of federal customers that we serve and will be key in assuring Concept Solutions’ continued growth. We look forward to an exciting future supporting DOJ.

Concept Solutions, LLC is proud to announce that we have been awarded our first win in 2018 to continue providing the FAA’s NextGen Organization with Systems Engineering, Technical, and Program Management Support. This is our third successful competition supporting the collaboration needs for NextGen, beginning with the Joint Planning and Development Office in 2007. Under this SE2025 Task Order, CS will continue to provide management and advisory support to the Interagency Planning Office (IPO) on a wide range of domains, including: Aviation Cybersecurity; Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS); NextGen Weather, Risk Management; Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS)/ Air Traffic Management (ATM); Systems Engineering, Architecture and NextGen Planning and Implementation; NextGen Research and Development; Commercial Space; and Other Aviation Related initiatives. Additionally, CS will continue providing support to the NextGen Organization’s International Office. This Task Order has a five-year Period-of-Performance, building further on CS’ already ten plus years supporting the FAA’s NextGen program. Congrats to CS and the IPO Team for their win. Veracity Engineering, Inc. is the Prime contractor for this Task Order, which represents a new area of contract opportunities with us.

About NextGen and the IPO

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the modernization of our National Airspace System (NAS). It is a comprehensive suite of upgrades, procedures, and technologies that improve every phase of flight and enable aircraft to move more efficiently from departure to arrival. At the direction of the NextGen Executive Board (NEB), the Interagency Planning Office (IPO) for NextGen leads congressionally mandated interagency and international collaboration to resolve complex challenges critical to NextGen planning and implementation. Additionally, the IPO leverages stakeholder expertise to identify, research, coordinate, and prioritize shared issues. In accordance with the IPO mission, it facilitates essential collaboration, as required, to promote NextGen activities. Partner agencies include the Departments of Commerce (DOC), Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The FAA also collaborates with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and other critical stakeholders as needed. The IPO expanded collaboration to include other partners, such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia

Concept Solutions, LLC was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This is the sixth consecutive year Concept Solutions, LLC has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Virginia.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
– Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in the state of Virginia;
– Have at least 15 employees working in the state of Virginia; and
– Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

For more information on Concept Solutions, LLC, visit www.Concept-Solutions.com.

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Concept Solutions maintains its commitment to quality assurance processes with recertification of ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 20000-1.

ISO 9001
Registration #: QAC/R01/1034
Exp Date: Aug 22, 2020

ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. These principles are explained in more detail in the pdf Quality Management Principles. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

ISO 27001
Registration #: ISMS/R01/1034
Exp Date: Sep 3, 2019

The ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure. Using this family of standards will help your organization manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.

ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).

ISO 20000-1
Registration #: ITSM/R01/1034
Exp Date: Sep 3, 2019

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 is a service management system (SMS) standard. It specifies requirements for the service provider to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and improve an SMS. The requirements include the design, transition, delivery and improvement of services to fulfil agreed service requirements.


THE WASHINGTON POST NAMES CONCEPT SOLUTIONS, LLC A WINNER OF THE GREATER WASHINGTON AREA 2017 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

ConceptSolutions has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

We are honored to have been selected for this award by our employees.

2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia

bptwlogo2017Concept Solutions, LLC was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This is the fifth consecutive year Concept Solutions, LLC has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Virginia.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
– Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in the state of Virginia;
– Have at least 15 employees working in the state of Virginia; and
– Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

The final rankings will be announced at an awards luncheon on February 2, 2017 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

For more information on Concept Solutions, LLC, visit www.Concept-Solutions.com.

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