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Mission Systems Support Contract (MSOC) – Award
DB Consulting Group, Inc. (DB) announced today that it was selected as a major subcontractor supporting Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) on their recently awarded Mission Systems Support Contract (MSOC) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.
MSOC is a cost-plus-award-fee contract with core work, indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), and level-of-effort components. The contract includes a two-year base period of performance, and three consecutive two-year options, with a total potential value of approximately $1.12 billion. The contract began Phase-In January 2, 2018 and base period operations begin in early March 2018.
In support of SGT’s MSOC, DB will provide technical, management and administrative services for Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS), Training Systems (TS), Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), and other support elements in multiple NASA Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) mission systems environments. Support types include: Operations, development/modification, sustaining engineering, maintenance, IT/Cyber security, and FOD-wide Communications Security (COMSEC) support.
Following the award, DB’s CEO Gerald Boyd Jr. remarked: “We are very pleased to be supporting and enabling both SGT’s and NASA’s Human Space Flight “Mission Success!” He went on to say: “This win reinforces the long term commitment DB has made to NASA, JSC and our employees. We are excited about how this will enable continuously improving the value of our people, products, services and solutions.”
Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, DB is a small business with a proven track record of successfully providing information technology, engineering, and management services throughout the entire life-cycle for the products, services and solutions we deliver. Employing about 250 full-time professionals, DB partners with government and commercial clients in the aerospace, defense, education, health, homeland security, and social programs arenas.
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Why ISO 9001:2015?
ISO 9001:2015 Standard has been widely recognized and embraced throughout the world with over 1,000,000 organizations independently certified as compliant with its requirements. The 2015 revision provides an opportunity for organizations to leverage the standard for continuous improvement, and customer satisfaction, therefore improving the bottom line. DB was among those pioneering companies that embraced implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 even before formal issuance of the new standard’s final revision. As a result, on September 29, 2016, DB became ISO 9001:2015 certified.
For many companies, including DB, it is imperative to maintain ISO 9001 compliance for several reasons:
- Customers may require demonstration of compliance with its mandatory requirements;
- ISO 9001 provides a model for management to enhance internal process effectiveness while concurrently enhancing customer satisfaction;
- The processes the standard requires have been widely recognized as value-adding to organizational accomplishment and not as a bureaucratic impediment.
- It allows for executive management of all organizations, large and small, to maximize effectiveness and efficiency while ensuring achievement of the strategic and tactical goals of the organization.
DB was able to enhance its Quality Management System (QMS) by deepening and concentrating on the standard’s updated 2015 revision, specifically:
- The integrity of the QMS’ foundation;
- Top and Senior management demonstration of leadership;
- The requirements and reasons for the organization to address the requirements of interested parties beyond customers;
- The requirements related to addressing risk and the necessity for liability mitigation; and
- How process management can impact both internal effectiveness and customer satisfaction.DB’s secret of success is that our management team ensures that quality management activities are not viewed as a “necessary evil” but rather are pursued because they make sense and add value.
- Achieving results in record time could not happen without the ultimate commitment of the team and leadership of our executives and senior managers. The ISO 9001:2015 Registrar was truly impressed with DB’s approach to implementation of the mandated requirements.
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DB Mentoring: Keeping NASA Glenn Research Center’s Information Secure and Mentoring the Next Generation of IT ProfessionalsJuly 15th, 2013
As an incident response analyst, DB’s Joshua Glemza is part of a team that is responsible for keeping NASA Glenn Research Center’s information technology secure. This is a pretty important job for a world-class research, technology, and development facility that employs more than 3,400 talented scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative and support personnel who are dedicated to developing innovative technologies for aeronautics and space flight.
However, when Glemza’s former mentor told him about Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project and the Computer Technology Explorer Post that the facility hosts, he knew he wanted to take on another pretty important job ― that of an Explorer Advisor.
This past April, Glemza completed a six-month stint as the Explorer Advisor for the Computer Technology Explorer Post 631. Each week, he met with young men and women ages 14 to 20 to teach them about computer technology through hands-on activities. Students gained experience in animation, robotics, graphics, game programming, Web development, Arduino programming, signal processing, data acquisition, and image processing, as well as programming, computer architecture, and basic circuitry. The students also tour various labs at Glenn Research Center and in the Greater Cleveland area.
Glemza discovered that by sharing his expertise and experience with students, he too learned a great deal.
“The Exploring Program has allowed me to grow personally and professionally while helping students determine their own interests in the computing field,” he said.
About the Exploring Project
Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office, in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America, has been part of the Exploring Project and has hosted an Explorer Post since the 1970s. The project was established to expose students to research and technology activities specific to Glenn Research Center and promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Exploring Advisors, who are Glenn Research Center staff volunteers, lead Explorer posts and meet with students once a week from October to April to explore various aspects of STEM, NASA, and Glenn Research Center.
In addition to the Computer Technology Explorer Post, the Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project hosts four other Explorer posts, including:
This past session, 89 students from 40 Ohio high schools participated in the Exploring Project. Glemza was recently recognized by Center Education Director Dovie Lacy and is looking forward to his next class of students.
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Since June 2012, DB has provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) level of effort contractor staffing for a broad range of information technology and related public health services. Staffing support includes a variety of positions, including biostatisticians; computer programmers; computer statistical assistants; business systems, data, and public health analysts; public health and medical specialists; project managers; subject matter experts; technical writers; and web designers and developers.
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In 2006, DB Consulting Group, Inc. (DB) decided to host a health and wellness fair as way to give back to and connect with the local community. The modest event featured a handful of healthcare vendors who set up tables in the open space outside of the company’s Silver Spring, Maryland, headquarters. Attendees were mostly people who happened to be walking by the area and decided to grab some free health brochures or get a free blood pressure screening.
On October 5, 2012, DB and its partners Lux Consulting Group, the Department of Health and Human Services in Rockville, and the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Health and Wellness Fair. Having outgrown its original venue in 2010, the event was held at the Silver Spring Civic Building and attended by more than 1,000 people.
“Attendees are no longer people who happen to be walking by,” said DB Corporate Event Planner and Marketing Manager Barbara Parker Triplett. “The fair has become an event that community members look forward to and put on their calendars. It provides health information and services and connects community members with valuable health resources.”
More than 45 healthcare providers and professionals distributed free information or conducted free health screenings. There were also three mobile health units, as well as Montgomery Cares and Priority Partners. Montgomery Cares and Priority Partners provide immediate health care to those who need it at no cost. Vendors, such as Drink More Water and Subway, also distributed refreshments, while Smooth Entertainment provided music.
County Executive Isaiah Leggett and Councilman George Leventhal welcomed the crowd and thanked DB and its partners for organizing an event that brings together much-needed health resources for the community.
“Silver Spring is more than just the place where DB has its headquarters,” said DB Chief Executive Officer Gerald Boyd, Jr. “The city and the surrounding communities are where we and many of our employees live. It’s home to us. DB is committed to doing our part to enhance the health of the community. Throughout the year, we participate in a variety of community outreach events, such as blood drives and toy drives. The Health and Wellness Fair is really our showcase event, and we are thrilled that it has been so well-received by the community.”
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