Reston, Va. — September 9, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC today announced that it has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 for the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for Development. The appraisal was performed by Norman Hammock of A1 Independent Consulting. The first appraisal for Maturity Level 2 was achieved in October 2009. Then in January of 2012, the company continued its process improvement strategy with an appraisal and rating at Maturity Level 3. This latest appraisal marks the 5th time Concept Solutions has acquired a CMMI maturity level rating and clearly demonstrates the company’s focus and dedication to its quality program.

Phong Mai, President and CEO stated, “Concept Solutions, LLC is a proud partner of the CMMI Institute. We have been using CMMI to help elevate performance for 10 years and have seen the value of the models to deliver measurable results for our clients as well as our own internal processes. We look forward to working with the CMMI Institute to extend the reach of the CMMI frameworks to enable our team and our customers to reach their goals.”

CMMI® is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for Maturity Level 3, is established and improved over time.

About CMMI Institute

The CMMI® Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is dedicated to elevating organizational performance through best-in-class solutions to real-world challenges. The Institute is the home of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for Development, Services and Acquisition; the People Capability Maturity Model (PCMM)®; and the Data Management Maturity (DMM)SM model; all of which are capability improvement models that create high-performance, high-maturity cultures. The models are used in thousands of organizations worldwide to deliver business results that serve as differentiators in the global market.

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, CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — June 26, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) is pleased to announce the promotion of John “Rick” Antonucci Jr. to Director of U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Civilian Programs as of May 1, 2020.

Rick has more than eight years of client-facing experience focused on market research and business development. He joined CS in February 2018 as a Business Development Manager, working with the leadership, proposal and capture teams to bid on contracts and attract talent. Most notably, Rick led CS’s proposal effort to win the Kessel Run contract.

“The new role will allow us to better understand and serve our customers with a single point of contact from sales to delivery. Rick’s extensive background lends a unique perspective to excel at the critical confluence of these duties to our valued customers,” said CS President and CEO Phong Mai.

With Rick’s new title, he will continue in his existing capacity as Business Development Manager. But he will now also serve as Account Manager for CS’s team at the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, MA, where civilian software professionals work alongside USAF’s best and brightest to modernize the legacy data support systems of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Rick’s new duties will entail overseeing staffing, project tracking and delivery of the Kessel Run team’s exceptional and high-quality work. He will also leverage the team’s successes to explore future defense contract opportunities.

CS looks forward to working with Rick in this new capacity and believes he will continue making significant and positive contributions to the company.

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. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

The recent national events highlighting racial injustice and tension in our society are heartbreaking and traumatic and we are saddened that it continues even today in our country. We at Concept Solutions (CS) are deeply disturbed and our hearts are heavy. We are a nation in anguish. We owe it to the diverse people who make up our company, our customers, and our country to listen, take a stand, support and speak up with positive action. 

To our Black team members and families, we recognize your pain and feelings of fatigue over the injustices you and your family members have to face each and every day. We are proud that our CS family, employees and customers, is diverse and inclusive of our Black community. Our hearts break for the resilience you have required over our country’s history. We vow to ensure CS is a place of inclusion and solace for everyone. 

Systemic racism is deep-rooted in our society which keeps the most disadvantaged and underprivileged people down. A problem of that magnitude requires an equally systematic approach to creating consistent and enduring impact. CS stands united to be part of the solution to change that.  Though CS is proud of the diversity throughout our company, we can always do better.  To make the available pool of candidates in our field better reflect America’s diversity, and being a company steeped in STEM capabilities, CS will provide a donation to National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) to increase the proportion of Black young women and men in STEM careers.  Diversity is our strength, and cultivating an environment of inclusion, teamwork, and civility is our duty.  

We hope that this letter opens the line of communication so that we can address the issues and have the difficult conversations, not shy away from them. 

-Concept Solutions

Reston, Va. — May 15, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Command and Control Communications (C3) Support contract, adding crisis management and continuity of operations support to its growing role in safeguarding the flying public.

The FAA’s Command and Control Communications Division, AXE-400, is tasked with providing secure, redundant and reliable communications between the Agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and its nationwide aeronautical facilities. Whenever a manmade or natural disaster disrupts the standard local, regional or national telecommunications infrastructures, C3’s products allow FAA leadership to directly manage and – if necessary, restore – the National Airspace System (NAS).

Concept Solutions will, under the terms of the C3 Support contract, provide system engineering, network engineering, communications security (COMSEC), intelligence, financial and other administrative support to AXE-400 for up to a five-year period of performance. It will also support and modernize the FAA’s Washington Operations Center Complex (WOCC) and several Regional Operations Centers (ROCs).

Chief among the computer systems Concept Solutions will maintain is the Emergency Operations Network (EON), which integrates web applications, Microsoft SharePoint and a Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) platform to provide a high-level overview, trend analysis and logging of incidents such as laser attacks, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) violations and disruptive passengers.

The Feb. 26 award strengthens Concept Solutions’ rapidly expanding range of technical support offerings to the U.S. Government. The company’s other recent wins include its mid-February admission into the U.S. General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) Pool 1 governmentwide acquisition contract, and its October 2019 selection as a prime contractor in the U.S. Air Force’s Kessel Run project.

“We are excited to bring the C3 program into our portfolio of mission-critical solutions that keep our country safe,” said Concept Solutions Executive VP & COO John Krahulec.

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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. — 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.

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).

GiseleMohlerConcept Solutions, LLC, a leading management and technology consulting company, is pleased to welcome Ms. Gisele Mohler as its Client Relationships Director. Ms. Mohler will support strategic growth initiatives, as well as strengthen the partnerships between the company and its customers.

“Gisele joining ConceptSolutions is an important announcement as her experience and leadership will help us drive transformation across our programs, and expand our footprint into other areas of the federal sector,” said Phong Mai, President and CEO of ConceptSolutions. “I have the utmost respect for Gisele, and am excited to work closely with her on shaping our customer interactions.”

Ms. Mohler was with the Federal Government for 23 years, most recently as the Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Interagency Planning Office for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), where she oversaw and executed the collaborative processes needed to ensure efficient coordination among all federal partners whose decisions impact NextGen. The federal partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Departments of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS) and Commerce (DOC), the FAA, as well as the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Previously, Ms. Mohler was Director of the FAA’s NextGen Performance and Outreach Directorate, where she delivered the agency’s annual NextGen Implementation Plan, as well as NextGen results by developing and delivering NextGen Performance Snapshots. In between her two executive roles for NextGen, she was the FAA’s acting Executive Director for Regions and Center Operations.

Ms. Mohler was also the Director of the FAA’s national plan for improving airspace and airport capacity, the Operational Evolution Plan (OEP), for four years. Additionally, she spearheaded the initial Airspace and Procedures Metroplex (OAPM) effort where she designed and tested a process to take a systems approach to performance-based navigation (PBN) initiatives and the design of airspace, providing a geographic focus to problem solving. This process is being used today for OAPM.

Prior to the FAA, she was with the U.S. Census Bureau for eight years where she implemented acquisition reform for conducting the Decennial 2000 Census.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate of Executive Professional Development from the Wharton School of Business.

Ms. Mohler is a private airplane pilot with instrument, land, and sea ratings and owns a single-engine plane.

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John Krahulec
Executive VP and COO
ConceptSolutions, LLC
Tel: (703) 889-8444
Email: info@concept-solutions.com

For the fourth consecutive year, Virginia Business and Best Companies Group have selected ConceptSolutions as a 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia finalist.

“We are honored to be recognized among the top employers in the state,” said John Krahulec, ConceptSolutions Executive Vice President and COO. “ConceptSolutions is a great place to work not just because of our benefits, but because of our people.  They are the best!”

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 2016 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 January 28, 2016 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.

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