Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Agathon Associates to Assist FTZ 81 with Alternative Site Framework Re-Organization

Foreign Trade Zone Solutions, a New Hampshire consulting company has been engaged to assist New Hampshire's Pease Development Authority in applying to re-organize their Foreign Trade Zone under the Alternative Site Framework which will give New Hampshire companies not physically within the zone the opportunity to participate in the tariff-saving benefits of the zone. Agathon Associates has been sub-contracted to work with Foreign Trade Zone Solutions on this project. You can read about it in the September 15, 2017, issue of New Hampshire Business Review, HERE

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is revising the Fur, Textile, and Wool Rules to Require Electronic Filing of RN Requests

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is revising the Fur, Textile, and Wool Rules to require electronic filing of requests to obtain, update, or cancel registered identification numbers used on fur, textile, and wool product labels through the FTC's Web site. The revisions facilitate the use of the Commission's web-based registered identification number ("RN") system, which will streamline the application and update process for participating businesses, and greatly increase the efficiency with which the FTC delivers RN services to the public.

Background

Federal labeling requirements mandate that most fur, textile, and wool products have a label identifying the manufacturer or other business responsible for marketing or handling the item. To comply with this mandate, a person or firm residing in the United States that imports, manufactures, markets, distributes, or otherwise handles fur, textile, or wool products may apply for an RN to display on product labels in lieu of the person or firm's full name. RNs are not mandatory, but they occupy less space on a label and help buyers identify the person or firm responsible for a product. The public can find contact information for each RN registrant by searching the FTC's public Web page dedicated to the RN program, https://rn.ftc.gov.

For over 50 years, to obtain or update an RN, one had to complete and submit a paper form published in the Federal Register, or in more recent years, transmit the information requested on that form by electronic means. The FTC receives thousands of new RN applications every year in various formats, thus complicating and slowing the review process.

Recently, the FTC upgraded its RN Web page at https://rn.ftc.gov to make it easier for the public to obtain, update, and cancel RNs. As part of this initiative, and to further improve and streamline its handling of RN requests, the FTC is retiring the paper forms previously published in the Federal Register and discontinuing the handling of RN requests submitted by mail, hand delivery, or facsimile.

The FTC's upgraded Web site allows the public to create a password-protected user account to obtain or update an RN without requiring more company information than before. To process a new RN application, the Web site asks the applicant in pertinent part to identify its legal name, the name under which it does business, the business' street address, the type of business it conducts (e.g., manufacturing or importing), the product line(s) it handles that are subject to the Fur, Textile, or Wool Acts, and additional contact information (e.g., phone number and email address). The upgraded Web site validates data as applicants enter it, and can immediately advise an applicant in numerous instances if the data is erroneous (e.g., a truncated phone number) or does not appear to meet the requirements for issuance of an RN (e.g., the applicant does not provide a street address in the United States). Users can also visit the Web site and login to request the cancellation of their RNs. Because the information requested to process RN requests has not changed, the FTC is not changing the requirements for RN requests, only specifying the method by which requests must be submitted.

AGOA TPLs Announced

The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act ("AGOA") provides for duty-free entry of apparel assembled in the AGOA region of fabric formed in the U.S. of yarn formed in the U.S. It also provided for a Tariff Preference Level ("TPL") equal to seven percent of all U.S. apparel imports for apparel assembled in the AGOA region of fabric from the AGOA region. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements ("CITA"), today, announce the TPL for the period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 will be 2,022,822,376 square meter equivalents ("SME"). There is also a TPL for Lesser Developed Countries ("LDCs") in the AGOA region for apparel assembled in an AGOA LDC of third-country fabric. The TPL is set at 3.5 percent of all U.S. apparel imports. Today CITA announced the TPL for the 12-month period starting October 1, 2017 will be 1,011,411,188 SME.

Agathon Associates to Participate in AGOA Panel in Botswana

On October 31, 2017, David Trumbull, principal, Agathon Associates, will be speaking at Global Expo Botswana, an annual business-to-business exhibition organised and managed by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, an agency of the Government of Botswana mandated with attracting export oriented investments into Botswana and increasing regional and international market accessibility for locally manufactured goods and services.

The Botswana Investment and Trade Conference, in the capital city Gaborone, will feature investment and trade topics deliberated by both global and regional lead speakers and panellists. Trumbull will be panelist on the topic, "How can the textiles sector in Botswana be revamped in order to fully take advantage of the new Africa Growth and Opportunity Act ("AGOA") initiative? - The cases of Lesotho & Mauritius."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jesse Daystar Appointed First Chief Sustainability Officer for Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated, the research and promotion company for U.S. cotton producers and importers, has extended its commitment to sustainability of cotton across the supply chain by appointing Dr. Jesse Daystar, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. SEE PRESS RELEASE

Sunday, September 17, 2017

U.S. Company Gets Contract for Afghan Military Clothing

Bethel Industries Inc., Jersey City, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $22,572,000 firm-fixed-price contract for various types of field jackets. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. This was the small business set-aside lot 0002 portion of a solicitation containing two lots. This was a competitive acquisition with six responses received. Location of performance is New Jersey, with a Sept. 14, 2019, performance completion date. This is a Foreign Military Sales ("FMS") procurement. Using customers are Afghan Border Police, Afghan Uniform Police, Afghan National Army and Afghan National Army Special Operations. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-17-D-1094).

Within the U.S. industry it is widely understood that Department of Defense acquisitions of textiles and clothing are government by the Berry Amendment which requires domestic U.S. sourcing. Less well known is that the Berry Amendment applies to all funds "made available" to the Defense Department. That includes Department of Defense procurement for Foreign Military Sales.

Agathon Associates Welcomes Chinese Textile Delegation to Boston

The Temple University Office of Executive Leadership Education recently hosted a delegation totaling 13 faculty members from Zhongyuan University of Technology at Temple University, Pennsylvania, from August 27 to September 16 for 21-days' training program in the application and development to new technology and new materials utilization in the textile and clothing industries. The final three days included visits in the Boston area.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, David Trumbull, principal, Agathon Associates, welcomed the delegation to New England with a reception in the Miller Room of the Harvard Club of Boston.

Above, the Zhongyuan University Textile Delegation at the Harvard Club of Boston.

Agathon Associates also assisted in arranging meetings later that day with Dr. Fan and Dr. Kim at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and meetings the following day with Dr. Hannel and Dr. Bide at the University of Rhode Island. While in the Boston area the delegation also took meetings at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

USTR Announces Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Members

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published the names of the members selected to serve on its Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board (PRB).

Provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(1)-(5)), require USTR to establish a PRB to review and evaluate the initial appraisal of a senior executive's performance by the supervisor, and make recommendations regarding performance ratings to the United States Trade Representative or his designee. The Act (5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4)) requires USTR to publish the PRB membership in the Federal Register. The following individuals have been selected to serve on USTR's PRB:

Chair: Lewis Karesh, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Labor.

Member: Barbara Weisel, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Member: Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs.

Member: John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Western Hemisphere.

Member: Bill Jackson, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textile Affairs.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Federal Business Opportunities through September 13, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Festival Tents
Sol. #:            W564KV-17-T-0138
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G217Q00082
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             Plate Carrier Vests
Sol. #:            FA4419-17-Q-0052
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             RETENTION
Sol. #:            W9124B17Q8702
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2708
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             State Flag Poles
Sol. #:            FHLDPTMSLF0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pop Up Steel Framed Tents-West Point
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0470
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Parachute Equipment
Sol. #:            W9124D-17-Q-5887
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ARC FLASH CLOTHING
Sol. #:            W911RP-17-T-0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - MO Air National Guard Boots
Sol. #:            W912NS-17-Q-3021_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             POLE,TENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0452
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             White Short Sleeve Shirts for Old Guard, Ft Myer
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-R-0066
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ARC Flash Clothing Supply
Sol. #:            W912P5-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) Overgarment, Coat and Trousers, Chemical Protective
Sol. #:            SPM1C113R0018
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Travel Bags
Sol. #:            FA4600-17-P-0102
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Supply, deliver, and construct two open-bay tents, 20 m wide x 50 m long x 3 m (side wall height) x 9.5 m (overall tent height) 
Sol. #:            SGE500-17-R-0157
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Title:             Tube Socks and Mens Briefs
Sol. #:            192117FAO00000167
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Bates High Gloss Shoes
Sol. #:            N0018917Q0336
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SERVICE CA
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             AFE Equipment
Sol. #:            FA520517QB049
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CHEF UNIFORMS AND TABLE COVERS
Sol. #:            N00244-17-Q-0206
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Instructor Commercial Ram Air Parachute Systems (ICRAPS)
Sol. #:            H92239-17-T-0016
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Bates High Gloss Shoes
Sol. #:            N0018917Q0336
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Neutral Visor
Sol. #:            FA487717Q0413
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            FA4626-17-Q-0058
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             99 RS E&E Watches
Sol. #:            EEWatches
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Nitrex Gloves
Sol. #:            SE410009
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Continuity Evacuation Kits
Sol. #:            20100593
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Purchase Milliken Carpet
Sol. #:            47PF0017F0019 
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Plate Carrier Vests
Sol. #:            FA4419-17-Q-0052
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Retention Publicity Items
Sol. #:            Fort_Carson_HHBN_RR_0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tactical Tents
Sol. #:            F3N6027216AC01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Custom Ballistic Plate Carriers 
Sol. #:            RP20098836
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Physical Fitness Uniforms
Sol. #:            Bragg1SWTGWTB001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Rifle Cases
Sol. #:            W911YU17T2010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Airbeam Components
Sol. #:            W901UZ-17-T-5091
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17TE213
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MICROCHECK UNIFORM CLOTHING    
Sol. #:            VA26217N1965
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             SERE Wool Garments
Sol. #:            FA4620-17-T-A327
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Unifrom shirt Body armor carriers in mulitply sizes
Sol. #:            SillDESAJG0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ski Equipment System
Sol. #:            M2710017Q1405
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CRYE JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER BLC04202LG0
Sol. #:            20098836
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             CRYE JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER 
Sol. #:            PR20098836
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Lapel Pins
Sol. #:            HQ0034-17-R-0261
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             N61331-17-R-0011 Neutrally Buoyant Ballistic Plates (NBBPs) 
Sol. #:            N61331-17-R-0011
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            N5020217RC001FR
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Plate Carriers
Sol. #:            FA4600-17-Q-0047
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Luggage
Sol. #:            W912J3-17-T-1015
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Solicitation: Fire Fighting Ensembles
Sol. #:            M6700117Q0051
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             for Miscellaneous Deployment Uniforms and Gear
Sol. #:            W912L7-17-Q-1007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Battlefield Airmen Rapid Refresh and Replenishment (BARS) Inventory Control Point Initial Stock - Dive Apparel.  The exception at DFARS 225.7002-2(b) applies to this acquisition.
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Aircraft Helmets
Sol. #:            HSCG48-17-Q-PCLEM3
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY17RR041
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G217Q00082
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             VARSITY JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G217Q00079
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             GLOVES, CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117X0015
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ARMY RESERVED REENLISTMENT RECOGNITION ITEM
Sol. #:            W91249-0011065770
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Luggage
Sol. #:            W912J3-17-T-1012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             K9 Equipment and Supplies
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M072
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             ARMY RESERVED REENLISTMENT RECOGNITION ITEM
Sol. #:            W91249-0011065770
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CMAFS Firefighter's Gear 
Sol. #:            FA2517-17-Q-5053
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FLAGS on behalf of The Old Guard
Sol. #:            0011074320
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Meteorological Watches
Sol. #:            FA4417-17-Q-0147
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Tactical Uniforms and Accessories  
Sol. #:            CGCRFQ02
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             First Responder Hammer Suits    
Sol. #:            VA26117Q0953
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             BASE Frame
Sol. #:            FEWarren_ArmorSupport
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Classic Frame Tents and parts
Sol. #:            W81GN672010001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
Sol. #:            FY17RR065
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Industrial Uniform Clothing
Sol. #:             DTSL5517P0536
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR064
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Purchase of Smith & Wesson Handcuffs 
Sol. #:            TIRWR17Q00030
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
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Title:             Employees Uniforms
Sol. #:            FortPolkDESDASGTW010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SERVICE CA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2636
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tactical Police Equipment
Sol. #:            DACRFQ01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             RETENTION ITEMS
Sol. #:            CARSON_HHBN_RR_0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tents, Canopies, Footplates, Side Walls
Sol. #:            W901UZ17R1527
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PURCHASE & ALTERATION OF UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            W91249-17-T-DES17
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Patches and Embroideries
Sol. #:            W91QVN-17-T-0152
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2631
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Command Mace and Baldric
Sol. #:            M67400-17-Q-0158
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Misting Tents
Sol. #:            M00264-17-SSA-0241
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             W912EK-17-T-0058 Sandbags and Poly IDIQ - National Flood Fight Materiel Center (NFFMC)
Sol. #:            W912EKT0058
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Oakley Shooting/Safety Glasses
Sol. #:            20170802-OakleyShootingGlasses
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             EXTREME COLD WEATHER (ECW) MITTEN SET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0153
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Unit Crest
Sol. #:            RFQPR11068539
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Dive kit
Sol. #:            N0018917Q0332
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Inmate clothing
Sol. #:            RFQP01211700041
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             safety steel toe boot/shoe    
Sol. #:            VA24817Q0744
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Men's Deck Shoes and Men's Shower Shoes
Sol. #:            192117FPHSHOE3055
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             HOOD-RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANTS, PROTECTIVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0448
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ10 - AND OTHER REPLACEMENT PARTS
Sol. #:            N0010417QER09
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2615
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CARRIER,ENTRENCHING
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R00110004
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             10 Prototypes of Dyed Tropical Plain Weave Poly/Wool Shirting Fabric 
Sol. #:            PANAPG-17-P-000119202
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Department of Defense Contracts Awarded

RRDS Inc., Irvine, California, has been awarded a $49,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Joint Recruiting Facilities Committee bullet-resisting panels for various military services located throughout the U.S. and its territories. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 10, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Nebraska, is the contracting activity (W9128F-17-D-0058).

ADS Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been awarded a $23,140,329 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Fire Emergency Services Personal Protective Equipment (FES PPE). This contract provides for FES PPE proximity garment ensembles to Air Force firefighters, both inside and outside the contiguous U.S. The location of performance is Ricochet Mfg. Co. Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The work is expected to be complete by March 30, 2023. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $913 are being obligated at the time of award. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8056-17-D-0002).

Friday, September 8, 2017

Air Force Contract Awarded

Vinyl Technology Inc., Monrovia, California, has been awarded a maximum $10,382,557 modification (P00028) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-14-D-1042) with three one-year option periods for CSU-22/P advanced technology anti-gravity suits. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is California, with a Sept. 9, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

CPSC Approves New Federal Standard for Infant Bouncers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of infant bouncer seats and prevent deaths and injuries to babies.

Infant bouncer seats support babies in a reclined position and allow them to bounce. This durable infant product is intended for infants up to 6 months old who have not developed the ability to sit up unassisted.

The new federal standard is based on the existing voluntary standard, ASTM  F2167-17. The ASTM standard improved the requirements for stability to address tip-over incidents and for the battery compartment to address incidents involving battery leakage, corrosion, and overheating.

The Commission’s more stringent requirements are intended to further reduce the risk of serious head injuries associated with falls from elevated surfaces, such as tables and counter tops. The mandatory standard will make fall hazard warnings more visible to caregivers, by requiring the label to be placed on the front of the bouncer seat near the baby’s head and shoulders. Caregivers are also instructed to use restraints even if a baby falls asleep in the bouncer, which is a likely occurrence.  More on the new mandatory standard can be found here.

Between January 1, 2006 and July 6, 2016, there were 347 incidents involving bouncer seats reported to CPSC, including 12 fatalities and 54 injuries. The major cause of reported fatalities was suffocation resulting from unrestrained babies turning over in a bouncer or bouncers tipping over on soft surfaces (e.g., mattresses and comforters) when bouncer is placed on adult beds and cribs. Additionally, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System demonstrates 874 incidents involving bouncer seats from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2015. The hazard patterns related to these incidents (485 of the 874) were mainly due to infants falling while in bouncers or from a bouncer placed in hazardous locations, such as kitchen countertops, tables and other elevated surfaces. Falls resulted in concussions and skull fracture to babies. These types of injuries can lead to brain damage and long-lasting health effects.

CPSC recommends the following tips to parents and caregivers when using an infant bouncer seat:

  • Always use the bouncer on the floor, never on a countertop, table or other elevated surface.
  • Never place the bouncer on a bed, sofa, or other soft surface because babies have suffocated when bouncers tipped over onto soft surfaces.
  • Always use restraints and adjust restraints to fit snugly, even if baby falls asleep.
  • Stay near and watch the baby during use.
  • Stop using the bouncer when a child is able to sit up on his/her own or the baby reaches 20 lbs. or the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight.      

The Commission is required by The Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), to issue consumer product safety standards for durable infant and toddler products. In the past seven years, the Commission has approved new federal safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including full-size cribs, non-full-size cribs, play yards, baby walkers, baby bath seats, children’s portable bed rails, strollers, toddler beds, infant swings, handheld infant carriers, soft infant carriers, framed infant carriers, bassinets, cradles, portable hook-on chairs and infant slings.

New Request for Commercial Availability Determination under the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)

Certain Polyester/Acrylic/Rayon Woven Flannel Fabric

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) is considering Commercial Availability Request File Number 210.2017.09.08.Fabric.SchoolApparel,lnc for certain polyester/acrylic/rayon woven flannel fabric, as specified below. Responses are due by 11:59 P.M. (EST), September 22, 2017. Rebuttals to Responses are due by 11:59 P.M. (EST), September 28, 2017.

SPECIFICATIONS: Certain Polyester/Acrylic/Rayon Fabric

HTS: 5515.11.0005; 5515.11.0040

Fabric type: Woven Flannel

Fiber content: 49-54% Polyester; 22-27% Acrylic; 22-27% Rayon

Yarn size (Warp): 28-34/2 (Nm) composed of combined Polyester/Acrylic/Rayon fibers

Yarn size (Weft): 28-34/2 (Nm) composed of combined Polyester/Acrylic/Rayon fibers

Weave type: Twill

Fabric weight: 240-260 g/m2

Fabric width: 148-152 cm

Coloration: Dyed, composed of yarns of different colors

Finishing processes: Desized, preshrunk, dyed, brushed, hot-flattened, softened and decated.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Consumer Product Safety Commission to Attend Footwear Conference

On October 23-25, 2017, Shelby Mathis, Consumer Product Safety Commission Small Business Ombudsman, and other CPSC Staff will attend and present at the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)’s Footwear Trade and Distribution Conference in Long Beach, California.

Federal Business Opportunities through September 6, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2503
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TRF Gear
Sol. #:            FA4626-17-Q-0043
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             5.11 Tactical Bail Out bags solicitation
Sol. #:            DE-SOL-0011640
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             Plate Carrier Vests
Sol. #:            FA4419-17-Q-0052
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             for Miscellaneous Deployment Uniforms and Gear
Sol. #:            W912L7-17-Q-1007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Uniforms and Accessories
Sol. #:            2031ZA17Q00164
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
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Title:             Inflatable Engine Change Maintenance Shelter to Suit C-130 on Skis
Sol. #:            RFQ_17-109015
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Uniforms
Sol. #:            W912JM17T0290
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2606
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2603
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2602
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PPE Safety Equipment
Sol. #:            W91RUS-17-T-0632
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             EOD 10 Suit
Sol. #:            FA462517Q0014
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CLOTH, GABARDINE, POLY/WOOL, TYPE II, CLASS 12, GREEN MC SHADE 2212, MOTHPROOFED
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0131
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17TD779
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,FUEL HANDLER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0428
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FIAED/AOCCT- Global Turnout Gear for Range
Sol. #:            DJA-17-AHDQ-Q-0093
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
Sol. #:            FY17-0013_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             K9 Equipment and Supplies
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M072
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             BUTYL RUBBER GLOVE
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q3128
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             GLOBE Turnout Gear for CFIC19 Class
Sol. #:            DJA-17-AHDQ-Q-0092
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Ballistic Helmet (CRT 2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0010_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Body Armor (CRT2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0009_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Shield (CRT2)
Sol. #:            SOFY17-0008_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ10 - AND OTHER REPLACEMENT PARTS
Sol. #:            N0010417QER09
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Crye Precision Pouch Zip-on Panel
Sol. #:            W919D3020
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
Sol. #:            FY17RR062
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Plate Carriers
Sol. #:            FA4600-17-Q-0047
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             GLOVES, XL DRIVING, LEATHER
Sol. #:            N421587223600
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR060
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Belleville 330ST Brown Leather Flight Boots.
Sol. #:            N6883617Q0129
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Canopy Replacement at Medina
Sol. #:            FA3016-17-T-0010
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             84 -- Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             CRYE JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER
Sol. #:            PR20098836
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Jungle Combat Boot V2
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-JCBII2
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH,LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2344
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ROOF CAP ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ballistic Shield (CRT2)
Sol. #:            SOFY17-0008_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Helmet (CRT 2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0010_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Body Armor (CRT2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0009_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             CMAFS Firefighter's Gear 
Sol. #:            FA2517-17-Q-5053
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Anti-Exposure Dry Suits
Sol. #:            W912JB-17-T-4055
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Individual Tactical Equipment (CRT2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0007
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             05 CLOTH
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q3097
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Purchase of Smith & Wesson Handcuffs 
Sol. #:            TIRWR17Q00030
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
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Title:             SFS Vests amd Plates
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-17-Q-4001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Classic Frame Tents and parts
Sol. #:            W81GN672010001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tube Socks and Mens Briefs
Sol. #:            192117FAO00000167
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Canopy Replacement at Medina
Sol. #:            FA3016-17-T-0010
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Backpacks, Baseball Caps, T-Shirts
Sol. #:            W912PQ-17-Q-0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR059_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR058_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR057_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Nellis AFB Airshow Logistics
Sol. #:            FA486117RB7010
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             STS Ops Core Helmets
Sol. #:            F7H1ST7172AW01-OpsCoreHelmets
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LOWER LEG ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PPE-Bunker Gear
Sol. #:            YPGFireDepartmentTP0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Coveralls, Mechanics Synopsis
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0132
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Lion Turnout Coats and Pants for Firefighters
Sol. #:            W912J2-17-Q-1033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Men and Women undergarments/ Bath Towels
Sol. #:            FEP00000579
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            DJF-17-2300-PR-0010505
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Uniforms and Accessories
Sol. #:            17-233-SOL-00978
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             Lion Turnout Coats and Pants for Firefighters
Sol. #:            W912J2-17-Q-1033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Nellis AFB Coverall Rental & Laundry Service Program
Sol. #:            F3G2FA7237AG01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SERVICE RIBBON,AWAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0444
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Detention Facility Mattresses
Sol. #:            192117FAO00000140
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             OPTION - MO Air National Guard Boots
Sol. #:            W912NS-17-Q-3021_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FAST Helmets
Sol. #:            FA487717Q0368
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INL/Ukraine, Non-Lethal Training Equipment
Sol. #:            INL_SMC1
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2564
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             High Threat Body Armor
Sol. #:            IRWINDESCHQ0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Final Bid - High Threat Body Armor
Sol. #:            IRWINDESCHQ0004-01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Inmate clothing
Sol. #:            RFQP01211700041
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             PROMOTIONAL PULLOVERS, PENS
Sol. #:            W9127Q-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Textiles Cubicle Curtains    
Sol. #:            VA26317Q0890
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Weapons Related Equipment (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0005_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Helmet (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0004_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Body Armor (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0003_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Shield (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0002_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Individual Tactical Equipment (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0001_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Helmet Mounted Device Modernization (HMD-M) 
Sol. #:            wnuk-17-006
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Vertical Tunnel Pro Suit, Item#18806, Black
Sol. #:            BRAGGUSAPTSJG0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Monday, September 4, 2017

AFA 32nd Annual Meeting

The American Flock Association 32nd annual meeting will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Novi, MI on October 22nd and 23rd, 2017. Following the meeting the AFA will be exhibiting at the AUTO INTERIOR EXPO, October 24th - 26th (Booth A148) .

This year's meeting will be focused on flocking for the automotive industry. Here is a chance to interact with industry leaders, to discuss new concepts for Flock, and to learn about the future of Flock in cars.

Click here for a registration form.

Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2017 Amendments)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, increasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to ensure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment in 2016.

For more information See the Federal Register Notice.

Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments

On September 5, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (82 FR 42011) Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments; Notice and request for comments; correction.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Contract for Camouflage Parkas Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $27,927,844 firm-fixed-price contract for camouflage parkas. This is a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. Locations of performance are Florida, and Tennessee, with an Aug. 30, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Marine Corps and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-17-D-1090).