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."