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News—Service Director's Corner

Second Quarter, FY 2016 - Issue 2

What's New

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Earl Pinto, Director, Acquisition Management Services, PSC

Blizzard jokes aside, it's hard to believe we’re knee-deep in the Second Quarter of the fiscal year. The days are getting longer, the snow is melting, the Broncos won the Super Bowl, and we've got Acquisition Strategy updates for you!

Here's what's new:

PSC Milestones from Fiscal Year 2015

PSC Acquisition Management Services is proud to share noteworthy accomplishments from FY ’15:

Saved Government Money

Supported Federal Acquisitions

Surpassed the Small Business Goal

Meet Our Contract Specialists!

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Jennifer Eskandari, Contract Specialist

Have you heard of the PSC IDIQ Task Order Contracts? These Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Task Order Contracts are an easy-to-use, strategic sourcing vehicle which offers agencies access to a diverse group of 125 well-qualified small and large businesses from which to procure services.

Did you know that Jennifer Eskandari, a Contracting Officer/Contract Specialist, helped to develop it? Because of her hard work and dedication to the project, she was able to get 125 IDIQs awarded just in time for everyone to use them for the 2015 fiscal year. With the development of the PSC IDIQs, Jennifer has helped a lot of customers overcome challenges, and she’s gotten numerous calls from new IDIQ holders who’ve expressed interest in bringing their customers to PSC.

Jennifer got her start in private industry, handling food contracting for a subsidiary of Marriott Hotels, and moved into federal contracting at an architecture and engineering firm. She worked there as a subcontract administrator on construction contracts overseas (including Africa!). Then she received an offer to become a federal employee at the FDA, where she handled mostly simplified supply buys.

This Rockville resident was born in upstate New York, raised in Chicago and received her MBA from the University of Maryland. She’s been married for over eight years and they have a one-year-old son. When she’s not working, she’s traveling, biking, or cheering on the Redskins.

Department of the Navy Awards PSC Staff with Letter of Appreciation & Coin

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Navy Award Letter of Appreciation & Coin

Donald Hadrick and Bryan Daines of PSC Acquisitions received a Letter of Appreciation and a Joint Commission Planning System Coin from Laurie Wassink, Deputy Program Manager, Naval Mission Planning Systems, at the RADM William Moffett Building in Patuxent River, Maryland.

In the letter, Wassink noted:

“I would like to extend my appreciation for the outstanding support provided to PMA-281 during the migrations of windows 32-bit to 64-bit.

From May 2014 through June 2015, your contributions were instrumental in ensuring the successful contracting actions for the Integrated Electronic Technical Manual (IETMS) efforts required during the 64-bit transition. Your expertise for assisting the Navy has been crucial in ensuring training materials to the fleet in a timely manner, and producing the highest possible availability of full up mission planning systems.

Additionally, you also worked diligently to secure a limited sources available certification to guarantee the Navy of the proper expertise with a new state of the art graphical display for mission planning. This expertise is only possible by your contracting expertise.

Your superb efforts and tireless dedication reflect great credit upon the United States Navy, PMA-281 and Health and Human Services Contracting department. Please accept my sincerest appreciation and congratulations on a job well done.

– Laura Wassink, Deputy Program Manager, PMA-281