April 1, 2021
ITP Employee Featured in NNSA “Celebrating Inspiring Women in DNN” Newsletter
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) program office featured an ITP employee, Amanda Rush, in a special newsletter entitled “Celebrating Inspiring Women in DNN”. The Acting Deputy Administrator for DNN, Kasia Mendelsohn stated:
|“As I reflect on the stories highlighted during recent celebrations for this Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day (Monday, March 8), and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Thursday, February 11), I think of the innovative and talented women who are experts and leaders in our tremendous Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) community. DNN sets an example by the work we do, the people we are, and the mission we uphold every day. Please know that we see and appreciate all you do. Your example inspires the women around you and, in your communities, to consider careers in nuclear security, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), national security, program management, and foreign policy. As Secretary Granholm emphasized in her Department of Energy (DOE) town hall remarks, it’s important that we consider our role to collectively promote workforce diversity, workplace inclusion, employee engagement, and healthy organizations with an NNSA culture of empowered employees. In this spirit, I am proud to highlight several members of the DNN community.”
Amanda supports NA-23, the Office of Material Management and Minimization (M3) in Washington, D.C., and was recognized for her outstanding work assisting the Nonproliferation Construction and Program Analysis Office in organizing the Share Drive, building the retention schedule, creating standard operating procedures (SOP) for management of the records program, and handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Amanda completed reviewing and managing 30,000 documents with over 150,000 remaining for review for M3. Amanda said, “I really enjoy making order out of chaos. I have built a career around entering environments where records are only barely managed or not managed at all and bringing those environments into compliance with federal law and Best Practices.”
Earlier this year Amanda completed the national certification for records management, achieving the prestigious Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation.
Congratulations Amanda for outstanding customer support and for serving as a role model for the new generation of technical support specialists!
March 5, 2021
ITP Supports Veteran Organizations
ITP has proactively supported the hiring of veterans for many of our contracts and has worked with local organizations to ensure opportunities for those who have served our Nation. One of those organizations we support is the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The organization was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization whose membership strictly includes “combat” veterans. Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and monetary donations.
March 1, 2021
ITP Employees Help to Encourage Students through STEM Initiatives
ITP has supported many educational initiatives throughout its history, and encourages its employees to participate in volunteer efforts that are designed to help support and sustain endeavors at all levels of education, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, (for example, see December 7 and October 19, 2019; June 28, 2018; May 18, 2018; May, 9, 2018; May 4, 2018; April, 19-20, 2018; April 10-11, 2018; March-April, 2018; February 14, 2018; August 29, 2017; July 28, 2017; and December 16, 2016). Recently, one of ITP’s Senior Project Managers, Paul Cox, who supports our NNSA NA-23 client at the Savannah River Site (SRS), volunteered to support two DOE/NNSA sponsored STEM activities:
- DOE National Science Bowl (NSB) (https://science.osti.gov/wdts/nsb/About) is a high school and middle school science knowledge competition using a quiz bowl format held throughout the U.S. The winner of ‘regional’ DOE Science Bowls competes further for the National Finals. DOE created the NSB in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and pursue careers in those fields. Approximately 300,000 students have participated in the NSB throughout its 30-year history. This competition tests the students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Paul participates each year in a Science Bowl sponsored by the SRS. The event was held virtually this year and 18 teams from the SRS area participated. Lakeside High School, Evans, GA was the winning team and earned the honor to complete in the national competition to be held virtually in May.
- Future City Competition (https://futurecity.org/) is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design and build cities of the future to look at how cities might thrive and grow 100 years from now. This year’s topic was ‘Living on the Moon’, which challenged students to design a future lunar city and provide examples of how their city uses two moon resources to keep their citizens safe and healthy. Paul supported the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in this year’s virtual competition by being a virtual ‘judge’. The school team winner from this year’s competition was McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg, SC. “Eagleton” will go on to represent CSRA, with the hopes of eventually reaching the International Finals. Future City empowers these students to push the boundaries of what they think they can do, achieve a sense of independence, gain an opportunity to do things engineers do: identify problems, research the specifications, brainstorm solutions, design solutions; build, test, and retest models; and share the results, while building their skills to apply math and science to real-world problems.
February 5, 2021
ITP Principal Partner Presents Overview of DOE and NNSA to INMM Student Chapters
The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Southwest Professional Chapter hosted a special virtual Zoom meeting on February 5, 2021 for Student Chapter members from the University of New Mexico, Texas A&M and other Universities to provide insight into potential employment opportunities at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) National Laboratories and Production sites. To introduce the students to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the NNSA, Principal Partner Jack Jekowski was asked to provide an overview of the history of the Agency and the roles of the various elements of the DOE and the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). [refer to pdf presentation – “INMM SW Student Career and Networking…”] Then, representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the NNSA Pantex Plant provided overviews of those facilities and what job opportunities and internships were available. More than 50 students participated in the virtual meeting, which included a question-and-answer session after the presentations.
January 1, 2021
ITP Continues to Hold a Positive Outlook for 2021 as the Nation Struggles to Adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic
ITP has continued to support all its clients during the national health emergency this past year, meeting all contract deliverable requirements on its national security contracts. During this period ITP prepared and participated as a Team Member on several proposal efforts to pursue additional work with the DOE, NNSA and other Federal agencies, winning four major contracts, and receiving option period extensions on three other contracts. ITP also has several proposals submitted for additional work and is awaiting award determinations. These efforts have positioned ITP for success for the next several years.
November 27, 2020
ITP Continues Business Operations and National Security Work During Covid-19 Pandemic
Adhering to all Federal, State and local guidelines and health-care directives, ITP and its entire cadre of employees across the nation have continued to support the many national security programs in our portfolio of federal contracts for the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Laboratories, and other customers. Although two of our employees contracted the disease, they are both healthy now, and quarantine protocols were effectively implemented to limit any further spread among our workforce, many of whom continue to support field operations associated with national security missions across the U.S.
During this period ITP’s Corporate Office has remained open, with protective measures in place to limit access, and ensure personnel safety. Efforts during the latter portion of the year have included several significant proposal efforts for solicitations across the DOE/NNSA community, and the establishment of a new Joint Venture and strategic partnerships with large M&O contractors.
November 3-5, 2020 – INMM Executive Committee Meeting
July 12-16, 2020 – INMM 61st Annual Meeting
June 8-11, 2020 – Annual American Nuclear Society Meeting
June 2-3, 2020 – Annual EFCOG Meeting
ITP Participates in Technical Virtual Annual Meetings
In this unusual year, driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic travel and meeting restrictions, ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, participated in virtual meetings with the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG). Although these virtual meetings do not allow for the personal conversations and “hallway discussions” of a more normal time, they all have allowed for greater participation by individuals who might not have otherwise been able to attend, including members of the international nuclear community. As learning experiences for all of these organization, the virtual platforms, whether Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or Webx, etc., have demonstrated the value, and shortcomings, of a different type of communication concept that most certainly will be continued at some level even after a return to a more normal global health environment. The relative success of these platforms will cause a more considered approach to business travel, and, certainly, standup classroom training has taken a “right turn” as corporations, government entities and public and higher education systems have had to adapt, literally overnight, to ensure that skills and knowledge can be shared effectively. ITP’s personnel on many of its contracts are adapting rapidly to this changing environment and have implemented new virtual platforms for its customers to continue operations.
August - September 2020
ITP Hosts Virtual National Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI-SIG)
During the last week of August and the first week of September, ITP’s Corporate Office hosted a virtual Annual Meeting of the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI-SIG). More than 200 participants from across the U.S. participated in eight days of presentations and workshops. Setting up special workstations and IT systems, ITP personnel coordinated live and taped presentations on many subjects of interest to the Emergency Management community. The Annual Meeting was praised by attendees and the sponsor, the NNSA Office of Emergency Operations, NA-40.
October 26, 2020
ITP Once Again Recognized as a New Mexico Flying 40 Technology Company
For the ninth year in a row ITP was recognized as one of the top technology companies headquartered in New Mexico. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was no large celebration event, usually held at a major sports or civic venue in Albuquerque. Instead, the award presentations were made at the recipient’s office, shown here with Principal Partner Jack Jekowski accepting the award at the ITP Corporate office close to the Albuquerque Balloon Park. The annual award recognizes the top 40 technology firms with corporate offices in New Mexico. Information on this year’s awards can be found at https://www.flying40.com/. A copy of the October 26, 2020 Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook insert with all of the details on the Awardees can be found at: https://www.flying40.com/docs/ajbo.pdf.
July 30, 2020
ITP Establishes Joint Venture with Centerra Group, LLC Under SBA All Small Mentor-Protégé (ASMPP)
ITP established a Joint-Venture with Centerra Group, LLC under the SBA ASMPP [link to December 31, 2019 What’s New article]. The new entity will be able to pursue large solicitations within the expertise of both companies utilizing ITP’s small business size for procurement preference. The new entity, ITP-Centerra Joint Venture, will be headquartered at ITP’s Corporate Office on Columbine Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico, close to the Albuquerque Balloon Park.
July 23, 2020
ITP Continues to Support National Security Programs During Covid-19 Pandemic
Since mid-March, ITP and its entire cadre of employees across the nation have continued to support the many national security programs in our portfolio of federal contracts for the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), National Laboratories, and other customers. In many situations our essential workers are performing critical tasks using teleworking tools and distance-conferencing/learning platforms, while others are performing necessary work on-site using new protocols and schedules to safely perform special tasks providing required support to the nation’s security infrastructure. All essential program requirements and customer milestones have been met during this period, which has included growth in some areas.
ITP management personnel have also participated in national and international virtual meetings including the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management’s (INMM) 61st Annual Meeting, the American Nuclear Society’s (ANS) 2020 Annual Meeting, and the Energy Facility Contractor Group’s (EFCOG) Annual Meeting. ITP personnel, in support of our NNSA Emergency Management Operations contract, are in the process of designing and developing the technology platforms necessary to conduct the annual Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group’s (EMI SIG) technical workshop with over 200 nationwide participants to be held virtually the last week of August. The national workshop will be managed out of ITP’s Corporate Office using its state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure.
During this period ITP’s Corporate Office has remained open, with protective measures in place to limit access, and ensure personnel safety. This has allowed our Corporate staff to provide the additional management support required for continuity of operations, and to respond to the changing requirements of our customers. These efforts have included the analysis of dramatic changes in how to conduct operations for an extended period under the health restrictions being required by local, state, and federal agencies.
March 16, 2020
ITP Works With Employees and Customers to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
As a result of the evolving global response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ITP has been working with its employees and customers to ensure our workforce remains safe, that we adhere to all applicable federal, state and local guidance, and that our customer needs are met. These are extraordinary times that require all of us to be attentive to our own health, the environment around us, and to reach out to those in need to provide whatever assistance we can. ITP’s Corporate Office and Human Resource Managers are available to answer questions and address any unique issues that might arise. Our DOE and NNSA customers have restricted international travel and are encouraging the postponement of large meetings for some period of time to mitigate the spread of the virus until agencies can develop potential solutions. ITP’s Scenario Planning process has often been used by DOE and NNSA to address extreme events such as this to help organizations and management prepare for “times of great uncertainty”, and in fact, the column written on a quarterly basis for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management’s (INMM) Journal of Nuclear Materials Management (JNMM) by ITP Partner Jack Jekowski is entitled “Taking the Long View in a Time of Great Uncertainty”. The evolving real-life scenarios occurring as a result of this global pandemic will provide significant new, realistic, material to assist in the development of future scenarios for those columns.
March 13, 2020
ITP Continues to See Growth Opportunity in 2020
As a result of a concentrated effort since the summer of 2019, ITP has been successful in winning over $53M in new Federal contracts in the past three months, over $45M of which ITP is the Prime Contractor on, reflecting the continued success we have as a qualified Veteran-Owned Small Business under the SBA size standard of $16.5M. The diversity of this work across the DOE and NNSA National Security Enterprise (NSE) will ensure that ITP will continue to be successful in 2021 as a qualified small business, with more than $150M in solicitation opportunities in process.
January 3, 2020
ITP Anticipates Significant Growth in 2020
With the start of a new decade, ITP is positioned to achieve significant growth. During the past three years, ITP has pursued a business strategy that leverages its Small Business size status (below $16.5M) to establish new partnership relationships with major contractors within the Federal Government contracting community. ITP has a number of large potential contract opportunities in process. Despite this anticipated growth in 2020, ITP will remain small for 2021 as a result of a new five-year average rule issued by the SBA this year, positioning ITP for additional growth opportunities.
December 31, 2019
ITP Establishes Mentor-Protégé Relationship with Centerra Group, LLC
ITP has been approved by the SBA to enter into the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP). ITP’s more than 20-year relationship with Centerra Group, LLC formed the basis for the agreement, which will provide opportunities to further strengthen the ties between the two companies, and allow ITP to obtain assistance from Centerra to pursue larger contracts in the future.
December 7, 2019 and October 19, 2019
ITP Principal Partner Participates in Statewide Public Education Civic Advisory Group
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, was nominated as a business representative to the Public Education Department Secretary-designate’s Civic Advisory group. This effort includes four full-day Saturday events where information on New Mexico’s education system is shared and discussed with two other advisory groups, one for teachers and one for parents. Recommendations from the discussions will be taken by Secretary-designate, Dr. Ryan Stewart, to help shape new policies and legislation.
December 4, 2019
ACI Focus Meeting Approves 2020 New Mexico Legislative Agenda
The Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), the New Mexico State Chamber of Commerce held its annual Focus meeting where the 2020 Legislative Agenda was approved by Membership. At the meeting the Secretary-designate for Public Education, Dr. Ryan Stewart was a keynote speaker, presenting the Administration’s plans for educational improvement. Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski is Chair of the ACI Education and Workforce Committee which met this fall to help shape the overall statewide business agenda for education in preparation for the 2020, 30-day Legislative Session which starts January 21, 2020, and ends on February 20, 2019. Jack also sits on the ACI Economic Development and Technology and the Taxation Committees.
November 29, 2019
ITP Awarded Contract to Support NA-23 Office of Material Management and Minimization
ITP was awarded a contract to support the Office of Material Management and Minimization (NA-23) under the NNSA TEPS II Blanket Purchase Agreement. The three-year effort will provide support to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s effort to secure nuclear materials worldwide.
November 21, 2019
ITP Principal Partner Chairs NM EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Committee Meeting
Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, chaired the bi-annual NM EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Committee at New Mexico State University. The State Committee, comprised of senior leadership from New Mexico’s Higher Education Institutions, the National Laboratories, State Government and the private sector oversees this National Science Foundation-funded basic research program. The program has successfully received over $170M in research grants to support building research infrastructure in the State since its inception in 2002. New Mexico is currently engaged in its fourth major research grant, the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, which focuses on basic research for the State’s electric grid.
November 20, 2019
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, Presents Awards at Northern New Mexico Economic Development Meeting
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, was an award presenter at the Annual Regional Economic Development Initiative conference (REDI) sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Regional Development Corporation at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque, New Mexico. More details about the conference can be found here. Jack presented a recognition award to one of Northern New Mexico’s high-growth small businesses that has received assistance from the RDC and the REDI program. The awards were for the RDC’s 20/20 Program. The event concluded with keynote speaker Dawn Jourdan, Executive Associate Dean and professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She discussed affordable housing and land use and commended the leaders at the summit for their willingness to plan collaboratively and consider innovative solutions around water usage and land use for Northern New Mexico.
November 12, 2019
ITP Principal Partner Makes Presentation to New Mexico Council of University Presidents
NM EPSCoR Director, Dr. William Michener, Anne Jakle, Associate Director, and Principal Partner Jack Jekowski made an annual presentation to the Council of University Presidents to describe the achievements of this highly successful National Science Foundation-funded basic research program that supports all three of New Mexico’s Research Universities and other educational entities in the State. The current five-year research effort, funded at $24M is called the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, and focuses on basic research into the electric grid, including the integration of renewable energy, cybersecurity and reliability. The SMART acronym stands for Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient, Transactive, describing the attributes being sought for a new generation of electric grid infrastructure for the State and the U.S. The first year Annual Report for this initiative is available here.
November 4, 2019
ITP Principal Partner named Institute for Nuclear Materials Management Historian
At the Fall INMM Executive Committee Meeting in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the President of the INMM announced that Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, had been selected as the Historian for the Institute, a newly created position. Jack will continue in his current role as Chair of the Institute’s Strategic Planning Committee, a position he has held since 2012, until a replacement is found.
October 27 - 30, 2019
ITP Participates in the National Science Foundation Conference on Research Infrastructure
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, attended the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) biennial National EPSCoR Conference, held in Columbia South Carolina. With over 400 researchers, university executives and elected officials from across the U.S., this year’s theme was Science and Partnerships Across Disciplinary Boundaries with keynote presentations focused on the interactions necessary among the various major supporters of research in the U.S., Private Industry, the Government, Academia and Non-Profit entities to encourage cross-disciplinary research that is so critical to scientific breakthroughs today. Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, the Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Science Advisor to the President of the United States was the Keynote speaker and gave a major national presentation on A New Bold Era of American Science and Technology: What We Can Learn and Leverage from EPSCoR. A subsequent presentation given at Rice University was recorded and is available here.
October 19, 2019
ITP Awarded Strategic Sourcing Agreement
as a Named Team Member with Street Legal Industries, Inc.
The Team of Street Legal Industries, Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and ITP were awarded a Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) Strategic Sourcing Agreement through the Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies Kansas City National Security Campus. This will open up new opportunities for both companies across the Government’s Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). The SCMC program pre-qualifies companies and teams with pre-approved pricing and terms and conditions to streamline solicitations in support of the NSE’s research, scientific and production activities.
September 27, 2019
University of California President Janet Napoliatano Presents Check to the Regional Development Corporation
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski who serves as the Secretary of the Regional Development Corporation, a Northern New Mexico Economic Development nonprofit, was a participant in a Los Alamos National Laboratory Sponsored community event held at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque, NM where UC President, Janet Napoliatano awarded a $200,000 check to the RDC for continued support to Northern New Mexico businesses. See the article in the Los Alamos Daily Post announcing the grant. Over the past two decades the RDC has leveraged several million dollars in funding to create tens of thousands of jobs in Northern New Mexico with an economic impact of several hundred million dollars.
August 14, 2019
TRIAD Awards Regional Development Corporation $500,000 for Economic Development Support in Northern New Mexico Communities
Jack Jekowski, ITP Principal Partner, participated in a public award made by the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Dr. Thom Mason, to the Regional Development Corporation to assist the Laboratory in the development of small and Native American Businesses in Northern New Mexico. Dr. Mason is also the President of TRIAD National Security, LLC, the managing and operating contractor at LANL that provided the funding for the initiative. Jack is a Board Member of the RDC and on the Executive Committee as the Secretary of that organization.See this article in the Los Alamos Reporter for more information. The event was held at the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR).
August 13, 2019
ITP Receives Economic Price Adjustment for GSA PSS Contract
ITP has been approved to make an Economic Price Adjustment (EPA) on its GSS Professional Support Services (PSS) Contract (see “What’s New”, May 5, 2018). The new GSA contract awarded in May 2018, provides continuity of services to government organizations that were previously awarded in September 2002. The GSA PSS Schedule simplifies the procurement requirements and streamlines the process by allowing government entities and Federal contractors to use a contract vehicle that has many of the normal representations and certifications approved in advance, including pricing and labor categories. ITP’s new contract can extend to May of 2038.
July 15, 2019
Jack Jekowski Named Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
At the 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management in Palm Desert, California, Principal Partner Jack Jekowski was named a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM).Reserved for the top 5% or less of membership, the position of Fellow connotes the highest level of attainment in the organization, and is only achieved by the nomination of 5 or more Members of the INMM. The plaque reads, “In recognition of his distinguished contribution to the field of nuclear materials management. Given this day of July 2019.” The Fellows Committee is tasked by the President with special initiatives to ensure the future success of the Institute. Jack is also the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and is a quarterly columnist in the Institute’s peer-reviewed technical Journal writing a column on the nuclear future entitled “Taking the Long View in a Time of Great Uncertainty.”
June 19, 2019
ITP Receives Flying 40 Award for Eighth Consecutive Year
ITP received a Flying 40 Technology award for the eighth consecutive year from the Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook. The award recognizes the top 40 technology companies in New Mexico. An award ceremony was held June 19, 2019 at the Albuquerque Zoo, with a theme based upon the soon-to-be opened high technology Penguin exhibit (the “Penguin Chill”). The award was a custom designed rock sculpture of a penguin, along with a certificate signed by the Governor of New Mexico.
June 14, 2019
ITP Participates in 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Association of Commerce and Industry, New Mexico’s State Chamber of Commerce
ITP participated in the 60th Anniversary of the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) which included the Annual Meeting at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The event included a presentation by the Lieutenant Governor, Howie Morrales, as well as panel discussions by several Cabinet Secretaries and members of the State Legislature. ITP chairs the Education and Workforce Development Committee for ACI, and actively participates in several other committees to develop business positions for critical policy areas that are then shared with the Governor and the State Legislature. The membership at the Annual Meeting approved the Interim Legislative Agenda that will be used by ACI to work with Interim Legislative Committees during the summer and fall of 2019.
June 5, 2019
ITP Participates in Annual Energy Facilities Contractor Group (EFCOG)
ITP Principal Partner Jack Jekowski attended the Annual EFCOG meeting at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on June 4-5, 2019. The Energy Facilities Contractor Group (EFCOG) was established in 1991 by the Department of Energy (DOE) M&O contractors in response to Secretary of Energy James Watkins' "Tiger Teams" which prompted the need for the contractors to get together to address the new compliance environment in the DOE. Since the beginning, DOE, and then NNSA provided "sponsorship" encouraging the organization in its efforts to share best practices and identify common issues. There are close to 100 members, including virtually all of the large M&O contractors and many subcontractors. ITP is a small business member. One of the products of the working groups/committees is Best Practice guides that are used throughout the DOE/NNSA enterprise. This year’s event included presentations by senior DOE and NNSA management personnel, as well as a special meeting of the Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus which was held at the Rayburn building.
May 17, 2019
ITP Participates in New Mexico EPSCoR
All-Hands Meeting for New Research
Grant on the SMART Grid Center
ITP Principal Partner Jack Jekowski, who co-chairs the Statewide Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR), attended a meeting of more than 100 researchers from across New Mexico who are participating in the new National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Infrastructure Investment (RII) grant awarded in 2018. A keynote presentation was made by Dr. Dan Arvizu, Chancellor of New Mexico State University, on the critical role the new SMART Grid Center will have in New Mexico’s efforts to transition to a low-carbon future.
May 16, 2019
ITP Principal Partner Makes Presentation on the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Modernization and NNSA Strategic Vision to INMM SW Chapter Technical meeting
ITP Principal Partner Jack Jekowski made a presentation on the modernization of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent to the 21st Annual Technical Meeting of the Southwest Professional Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The modernization of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent has been estimated to cost almost a 1/2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, and more than $1.3T over the next 30 years, about 6% of all U.S. Defense spending in that time frame. This presentation described the U.S. Modernization Program in context with respect to similar efforts by other Nuclear Weapons States, the 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, and other U.S. national security guidance. The presentation also presents highlights of NNSA's new Strategic Vision released on May 6, 2019 that describes the plan forward for modernizing the nuclear stockpile, and the recently released NNSA Strategic Vision and Governance & Management Framework.
As part of the presentation Jack provided two 11X17 handouts that summarize the hierarchy of nuclear planning documents that have led to the new Vision and Framework, and a summary of the highlights of the new strategic documents.
Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Hypersonics were also discussed with respect to the potential dramatic changes that may occur in the traditional concept of nuclear deterrence.
April 29 – May 3, 2019
ITP Hosts Special Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI SIG) Meeting in Albuquerque
ITP hosted a special technical working group meeting of members of the Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group (EMI SIG) at its corporate offices in Albuquerque. More than 15 individuals from across the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) attended, representing the large M&O contractors, including the National Laboratories, as well as federal representatives. The work included an in-depth review of the new NNSA Emergency Management Guide and related documents. This work supports NA-40, the Emergency Operations Office of NNSA, as part of a larger contract awarded to ITP as a member of a TEPS BPA contract in 2016.
March 5 - 7, 2019
ITP Participates in Institute for Nuclear Materials Management Executive Committee Meeting and Planning for 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, who chairs the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Strategic Planning Committee participated in the annual Technical Program Committee (TPC), Executive Committee (EC), and a special Strategic Planning meeting to prepare for the 60th Annual Meeting to be held in July, 2019. With over a thousand members, almost half of whom are from international organizations, the INMM is recognized as one of the premier nuclear materials management organizations, with expertise from across the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, as well as the Department of Energy and other governmental agencies.
February 20, 2019
Sandia Technical Partners, LLC updates its LOGO, and Continues to Expand its Support of Sandia National Laboratories
The Joint Venture, Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP) [see April 13, 2018 What’s New article], which includes ITP as one of four small New Mexico Businesses, updated its LOGO and website. New Task Orders continue to be awarded to STP, an integrated Team Member of NTESS, including five-year contracts to support highly technical quality assurance audits of external suppliers and internal organizations. ITP also led a significant effort to identify ES&H Best Practices, examining efforts by National Laboratories across the DOE and NNSA enterprise, as well as private industry research and development organizations.
January 15, 2019
ITP Principal Partner is Keynote Speaker at Human Resources Management Association Meeting
IITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski was the keynote speaker at the monthly Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) lunch held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The presentation, entitled “A Glimpse into New Mexico’s Workforce Development Initiatives” discussed the linkage between education and workforce development activities in New Mexico, including information on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s strategies for strengthening New Mexico’s workforce through improvements in the State’s education system. A handout of Governor Lujan Grisham’s policy guide on Workforce Training and Development was provided as information to the attendees. The informative presentation highlighted how attendees can learn about legislation in the 60-day 54th Legislative session starting on this day in Santa Fe, and how previous initiatives including the Job Council, New Mexico First Town Halls, and higher education strategic planning efforts have all contributed to an understanding of the needs of employers across the state. Jack, who chairs the Education and Workforce Development Committee for the Association of Commerce and Industry, the State’s Chamber of Commerce, also provided information on that organization’s 2019 legislative platform on this subject, and how it largely aligns with the Governor’s initiatives.
January 1, 2019
ITP Remains a Veteran-Owned Small Business in SAM.gov Under $15M NAICS Codes, and Looks Forward to Significant Growth in 2019
ITP’s small business status remained under the $15M threshold for the SBA’s NAICS codes for 2019. This status, which will be valid for all of 2019, will allow ITP to continue to pursue Prime government setaside contracts for small business in those areas of its core expertise. As a result of preparatory work during 2018, ITP anticipates significant growth during 2019 and 2020.
December 4, 2018
ITP Participates in Northern New Mexico REDI Conference
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski was an MC at the annual Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) conference held at the Buffalo Thunder Hotel north of Santa Fe. More than 200 attendees from across New Mexico involved in economic development and education/workforce development programs attended the conference, which featured Dr. Thom Mason, the Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory as the Keynote Speaker.
ITP is Named as Subcontractor on Seaport-e NxG® Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
ITP was notified by MELE Associates, Inc. that it is a named subcontractor on the Navy’s Seaport-e NXG® GWAC contract. SeaPort-e® provides an efficient and effective means of contracting for professional support services and enhancing small business participation. ITP anticipates teaming with MELE to pursue some of the opportunities that will be released under this GWAC. Although the government estimates there will be approximately $5B in awards made each year, there were 1,870 GWAC contracts awarded, so competition will be very significant for opportunities.
October 9, 2018
Sandia Technical Partners (STP) Awarded Quality Assessment Task Order
STP, a Joint Venture that ITP is a member of, was awarded a five-year Task Order to assist Sandia National Laboratories in the assessment of quality management systems (STP – see April 13, 2018, and July 27, 2018 What’s New). This effort will engage a nationwide portfolio of quality assessors with various credentials and certifications to significantly enhance the resources necessary to perform this national security work. ITP will provide several Subject Matter Experts to support this effort.
September 18, 2018
New Mexico EPSCoR Awarded $20M NSF Grant for SMART Grid Center Initiative
The New Mexico Established Program for Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) [www.nmepscor.org] was awarded a five-year, $20M grant by the National Science Foundation to perform basic research for New Mexico’s electric grid. Principal Partner Jack Jekowski is co-chair of the NM EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Committee, which provides overall guidance for this highly successful program. The NM SMART Grid Center is a novel, interdisciplinary research center that will address pressing design, operational, data, and security challenges of next-generation electric power management. See https://engineering.unm.edu/news/2018/09/unm-part-of-statewide-nsf-epscor-grant-to-revolutionize-the-electrical-grid.html
September 17, 2018
ITP is Named as Subcontractor on NNSA Office of Policy Contract
ITP was notified by Project Enhancement Corporation of the award of a new contract supporting the NNSA Office of Policy (NA1.1) in the development of strategic planning documents and other support activities. Principal Partner Jack Jekowski will be the primary support resource for this effort.
July 27, 2018
ITP Participates in Sandia Technical Partners
ITP, as a Joint Venture member of Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP) (see April 13, 2018 What’s New), participated in, and completed the first awarded Task Order under the integrated Team Member subcontract, providing a short-notice, short-turnaround assessment of Safety incidents for senior management at the Laboratories. STP has also responded to four additional Task Order requests in the past two months and is awaiting award of those to begin performance. These efforts fall within the Teaming Arrangement associated with STP’s role as an integrated Small Business Partner with NTESS as part of their proposal for the management and operation of the Sandia National Laboratories.
July 24, 2018
ITP Recognized as Sustaining Member of Institute
of Nuclear Materials Management
ITP was recognized as a Sustaining Member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) at the Annual Business Meeting held in Baltimore Maryland this year. At this year’s Annual Meeting Jack Jekowski was presented with a Professional Certificate of Achievement from the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (NSSPI), Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station for completion of a special on-line course and Sunday workshop on Policy and Technical Fundamentals of International Nuclear Safeguards. The course was offered through the nuclear engineering program at A&M as part of a new program established by the INMM to enhance the credentials of members in the Institute. Mr. Jekowski was the first of over 50 enrollees to successfully complete the on-line portion of the course in early July.
ITP has been recognized as a Sustaining Member of INMM
since 2011, and each consecutive year through 2018.
June 28, 2018
ITP Recognized for Support of Association
of Commerce and Industry
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, was recognized by the State’s Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) with an award acknowledging the support provided by ITP over the past few years, including serving as Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, as well as participation on several other Committees. The award presentation included recognition by the Acting Executive Director before a large dinner event at the Annual Meeting held in Ruidoso, NM: “Each year at ACI we honor members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The people who have been honored in the past have given their time and energy to ensure ACI’s success. This year we honor two of our members who have shown leadership, loyalty and exemplary service to ACI. Our first honoree has served on the board of directors and now serves as committee chair for the Education Committee. In addition to chairing his own committee he is an active participant in the Economic Development committee and Entrepreneurship & Technology committee. Anytime anyone has a question about education and how education policy impacts business, Jack Jekowski is the first name that comes to mind. Please help me honor Jack Jekowski with the “Outstanding Service Award”.
June 11, 2018
ITP Receives Flying 40 Award for Seventh Consecutive Year
ITP received a Flying 40 Technology award for the seventh consecutive year from the Albuquerque Journal’s Business Outlook. The award recognizes the top 40 technology companies in New Mexico. ITP participated in the “greater than $1M” annual revenue category this year. An award ceremony was held June 13, 2018 at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens/Aquarium.
May 18, 2018
ITP Supports INMM Southwest Chapter Annual Technical Meeting
ITP Principal, Jack Jekowski, participated in the annual Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Southwest Chapter Annual Technical Meeting at the Marriott Courtyard in Santa Fe, NM. ITP provides audio-visual support for these events, as well as the design and printing of the Technical Program, and preparation of a SW Chapter display. This year’s event included 10 Technical Paper presentations on a variety of nuclear related topics, including presentations from several Student Chapter members, as well as presentations by the new Management and Operating contractor at the Nevada National Security Site, Mission Support and Test Services (MSTS), and the Aerospace Corporation.
At the meeting, the SW Chapter presented the first Dennis Mangan Student Award to Athena Sagadevan from Texas A&M, which included payment for registration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore plus a $500 award to cover expenses. Athena presented her work at the meeting entitled “Risk Informed Safeguards Approaches for Molten Salt Reactors.” The award is given in honor of the over 40 years of service that Dr. Mangan (“Denny”) has provided to the Institute, the nuclear community and the Southwest Chapter since its inception in 1998. Athena is pictured with the award being presented by ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski.
May 9, 2018
ITP Participates in LANL Sponsored Statewide
ITP Principal, Jack Jekowski, participated in a final meeting of the New Mexico STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the LANL Foundation. The initiative, which is examining the feasibility of forming a statewide STEM Coalition, is the follow-on to work initially accomplished at a New Mexico Business Roundtable Summit on Education in November 2016 [see ITP What’s New November 14, 2016]. The meeting included a presentation by Dr. Peter Winograd that was commissioned by the LANL Foundation to look at various models across the U.S. of STEM Coalitions, as well as the unique aspects of New Mexico’s demographics and educational system. Enhancing the STEM content in both our Public Schools and Higher Education Institutions will be critical to the future success of New Mexico’s economy, and the importance of having an educated workforce for our National Laboratories and other high-technology industries cannot be over-emphasized. The LANL Foundation will create a final report on its recommendations, which will include the establishment of a coordinating entity in New Mexico to provide a strategic focus for STEM education.
May 5, 2018
ITP Awarded GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 00CORP contract, 47QRAA18D008Z
ITP was awarded a new 5-year GSA Professional Services Schedule (PSS) contract with three five-year option periods extending to May 4, 2038. Called a “Continuity Contract”, this vehicle will allow ITP to seamlessly continue to support federal agencies in a wide range of support services as a pre-qualified vendor. The Continuity Contract bridges the last option period from ITP’s previous GSA contract, GS-10F-0495, which is still in effect for all existing awards through March, 2023. All new proposals prepared by ITP, and subsequent awards will be under the new contract. All pricing, Special Item Numbers, labor categories and terms and conditions from our previous contract will carry over to the new contract, identifying ITP as a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) under the $15M SBA threshold..
May 4, 2018
ITP Participates with the New Mexico Coalition of Education Leaders (NMCEL) to Create a Vision for Public Education in New Mexico
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, participated with a group of educational leaders from across New Mexico to create a vision for the future of Education that will be promulgated throughout the state. The vision forms the basis for the development of a long-range strategic plan that will be provided to the new Administration and Legislature after the fall elections. The results of this initial four-month effort, entitled “Shared Principles for an Effective Partnership to Transform the Education System in New Mexico “ was published in the NMCEL April/May newsletter (page 9). An executive summary of the vision can also be found here.
April 13, 2018
Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP)
Receives Signed Contract With
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
The National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) executed a Subcontract with Sandia Technical Partners, LLC, a Joint Venture of four New Mexico-based small businesses. ITP is a member company of STP [see ITP What’s New February 7, 2017], and assisted in the successful transition of the SNL contract from Lockheed Martin to NTESS last year [see ITP What’s New April 30, 2017]. The new Subcontract is executed through April 30, 2022, with five, one-year options through April 30, 2027. ITP and the other STP member companies will begin working closely with SNL Leadership to identify tasks within a broad Scope of Work that can be performed by the member companies, which will assist the Laboratories in meeting their small business goals.
April 19 - 20, 2018
ITP Participates in Higher Education
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, who is an appointed member of the Secretary of Higher Education’s Statewide Higher Education Master-plan Committee (SHEM) [see ITP What’s New July 28, 2017] was a participant in a special statewide Summit on higher education governance, which included experts from across the U.S. as well as over 100 participants from New Mexico’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Chaired by the New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Barbara Damron, the Summit included a convening on the second day to provide recommendations that the Secretary could employ for recommendations to the State Legislature and the Governor. New Mexico has 31 institutions of Higher Education with 21 governing boards and 10 advisory boards, and as a result of increased financial pressure on the statewide budget, improving efficiency is a critical issue for New Mexico’s HEIs.
April 10 - 11, 2018
ITP Participates in New Mexico First Town Hall
on Higher Education
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, was a participant in the statewide Town Hall No. 42 on “Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce”. A summary of the Town Hall recommendations is available at http://nmfirst.org/legislative_updates/higher-education-town-hall-graduates-must-be-career-ready, and the final report with an implementation plan will be issued within the next two months. This Town Hall revisited the Higher Education system in New Mexico, reflecting on the changes that had occurred since the previous Higher Education Town Hall No. 35 in 2006, “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Town Hall on Higher Education”, which included a scenario development facilitated by Mr. Jekowski to stimulate the strategic thinking of participants [see TH34-final-report]. Results from the Town Halls will be shared statewide and used to establish Legislative priorities to assist in the improvement of the State’s Higher Education system.
March - April , 2018
ITP Supports Development of Education and Workforce Legislative Platform for the
State Chamber of Commerce
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, co-chairs the Association of Commerce and Industry’s (ACI) Education and Workforce Committee, participating during the period in the development of an Interim Legislative platform for the statewide Chamber, which represents over 1,000 businesses. That platform will be reviewed and approved at the annual meeting to be held in Ruidoso, NM at the end of June.
February 14, 2018
ITP Participates in New Mexico MESA Day
at the New Mexico Legislature
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, was a participant at the annual New Mexico MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Legislative Day at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Jekowski is a founding Board Member of the pre-college program, now in its 35th year in New Mexico, which continues to successfully support over 4,000 students a year across New Mexico in Middle and High Schools, helping to prepare them for college and careers in STEM disciplines. NM MESA primarily supports disadvantaged youth in rural areas of New Mexico. More than 100 students and Advisor-teachers were in attendance as students were recognized on the floor of the Legislature and key Administration officials participated in a recognition event in the Rotunda at the New Mexico Roundhouse. Students visited Legislators from their districts and thanked them for support of this long-standing program to promote STEM in New Mexico.
January 5, 2018
ITP Supports Successful Annual Meeting of the
INMM Southwest Professional Chapter in Santa Fe
ITP Principal Partner, Jack Jekowski, who is a Member-at-Large of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Southwest Professional Chapter provided support for a successful annual dinner meeting in Santa Fe held at the Inn at Loretto. Jack was able to engage former State Representative John Heaton, who is the Chair of the Carlsbad Nuclear Task Force, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Heaton gave two presentations on the nuclear waste and storage activities in Southeastern New Mexico, including the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP) and a new effort to create an Interim Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Northeast of the WIPP facility. Mr. Heaton covered regulatory and legislative issues as well as the technical aspects of those operations. Approximately 50 attendees from the National Labs and the private sector enjoyed the presentations and an evening of networking.
January 1, 2018
ITP Remains a Veteran-Owned Small Business
in SAM.gov Under $15M NAICS Codes,
and Looks Forward to an Exciting New Year in 2018
ITP’s small business status remained under the $15M threshold for the SBA’s NAICS codes for 2018. This status, which will be valid for all of 2018, will allow ITP to continue pursue Prime government setaside contracts for small business in those areas of its core expertise. As a result, ITP anticipates another “banner year” for 2018."