Thursday, June 21, 2018

AUGUSTINE TANTILLO RECEIVES CHAPMAN AWARD

Augustine Tantillo, National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has been awarded the Chapman Award, named in honor of James A. Chapman, Sr., James A. Chapman, Jr. and Joseph W. Chapman of Inman Mills. The Chapman Award was established by the Southern Textile Association to recognize individuals for exemplary service to the textile industry. By vote of the Board of Governors, Augustine Tantillo, President and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations, received the Award during the STA Business Breakfast Session of the Joint Annual Meeting of the STA and Fiber Buyer Groups at The Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Award was presented by Randy Blackston, Vice President of Operations, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics and Past President of STA.

Augustine Tantillo was named President and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in August 2013. NCTO is the voice of the domestic textile industry in Washington, DC. With more than 130 current members, NCTO represents manufacturers from every major sector of the U.S. textile industry, including fiber, yarn, fabric, home furnishings and vertically integrated apparel producers.

Prior to joining NCTO, Mr. Tantillo served as Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) for more than 10 years. AMTAC represented U.S. producers dedicated to improving international trade policies in order to bolster U.S. investment and employment in the manufacturing sector.

Mr. Tantillo began his thirty-plus year career in Washington, DC after graduating Clemson University in 1981. Other notable aspects include forming Washington consulting SRG & Associates in 1993, and an appointment by President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1989 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Goods. In that position, he developed and implemented policies to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel sector, as well as major consumer goods industries. In addition, he served as chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). Prior to his appointment at the Department of Commerce, he served as Chief-of-Staff to United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in the late 1980’s.

On a personal note, Auggie was born and raised in North Augusta, SC, and is the youngest of nine children. He is married to Lisa Shuping of NC, and they have three wonderful daughters and two grandsons.

CPSC Staff to Participate in ASTM Meeting

On Monday, June 25, 2018, Joanna Matheson, Consumer Product Saety Commission Directorate for Health Sciences, and possibly other CPSC staff will participate in a meeting (via WebEx) with the ASTM D13.50 sub-committee for Smart Textiles 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The meeting agenda is in process and will be posted and/or available at the meeting. This meeting was requested by and organized by ASTM.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Department of Defense Clothing Contract Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $9,309,281 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1090) with two one-year option periods for various designs of all-purpose parkas. This is a firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Tennessee and Florida, with a June 19, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Marine Corps and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Federal Business Opportunities through June 20, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Notice of Intent to Award a Single Source Contract
Sol. #:            FA4427-18-P-0139
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Uniforms Fire Resistant/Retardant 598-18-3-8307-0209/VA256-18-AP-8128   
Sol. #:            36C25618Q9606
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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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:             Ballistic Vests & Accessories
Sol. #:            HQ0034-18-R-0043
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE4A718Q1287
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,PARACHUTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0244
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Male Briefs
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000138
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             NTC RETENTION
Sol. #:            FTIRWINNTCRPISAQ001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             POLE,TENT, Y Pole MGPTS
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             IR US Flag Reverse
Sol. #:            Eustis7TBXBCJ0006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tactical Gear for Air and Marine Operations
Sol. #:            20106514
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVID
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0281
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RIBBON,AWARD COMPON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1623
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FASTENER TAPE,PILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1622
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             OCP Military Helmet Bands w/ Sewing
Sol. #:            W912L1-18-Q-0185
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            H9225718Q0107
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            W912J2-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             JMAS Aiguillettes
Sol. #:            HHM402-18-Q-0078
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             US Army Band Distinctive Scarlet Caps
Sol. #:            MYERTUSABTAP0033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BODY ARMOR & ACCESSORIES
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0035
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3167
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BODY ARMOR & ACCESSORIES
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0031
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2892
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SAFETY FOOTWEAR
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0240
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            N68836-18-Q-0201
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            DUGWAYFIREDWA0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VA258-18-AP-1210 STRESS VEST    
Sol. #:            36C25818Q9476
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             RESTRAINT,INVOLUNTA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1360
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLIGHT DECK JERSEY
Sol. #:            N0024418Q0158
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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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:             10X10 Canopy Pop-Up Tents
Sol. #:            KNOX2NDBRIGADEPB0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CSI and Forensics Equipment
Sol. #:            191NLE18Q0034
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Synopsis for Recruiting and Retention Recognition and Promotion Items (RPI)
Sol. #:            W91SMC-18-Q-1015
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Overshoe, Dress
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0279
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Blinds Installed Camp Williams Utah
Sol. #:            W91NSD8136-0104
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             GLOVES, THERMAL and IMMERSION PROTECTIVE
Sol. #:            8415-01-653-8436
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SHOE COVER
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3161
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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:             GEN III Layer 6 Parka, Class 3, OCP
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0115
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner Kits Used in Assembly of M8E1 Chemical and Biological Protective Shelters
Sol. #:            W52P1J-18-R-LINR
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Notice of Intent to Sole Source
Sol. #:            W91CRB-14-C-0005_NOTICEOFINTENT
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Flag Staff - 8 Foot
Sol. #:            POLKPROTLDT-00001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0268
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

USTR Seeks Comments on India's Export Subsidies

On June 18, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 28306) WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India--Export Related Measures.

On March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations concerning certain Indian export subsidies provided through: (1) The Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme, (2) the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme, (3) the Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme, (4) Special Economic Zones, and (5) a duty-free imports for exporters program. The parties failed to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution to this dispute. On May 17, 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. The Dispute Settlement Body considered this request at its meeting of May 28, 2018, and established a panel to consider this dispute.

The United States alleges that India is providing prohibited export subsidies contrary to Articles 3.1(a) and 3.2 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Navy Dress Shoe Contract Awarded

Original Footwear LLC, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $10,393,386 modification (P00019) exercising the third one-year option of a one-year base (SPE1C1-15-D-1067) with three one-year options for men's and women's leather dress shoes. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Puerto Rico and Michigan, with a June 16, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Navy Uniform Contract Awarded

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $25,552,591 modification (P00140) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-14-D-1048) with four one-year option periods for various types of Navy working uniform blouses and trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $82,243,090 from $56,690,499. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a June 15, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through June 13, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Officer Caps
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800077
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:             JUMP PACK,MISSILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0275
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Chest, Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-TBA3
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            DJF-18-2300-PR-0008154
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Linen    
Sol. #:            36C25218Q9580
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1600
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1593
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniforms
Sol. #:            ftgordon001104727
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SNAP LINK,RAPPELLER
Sol. #:            SPE2DH18T5185
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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:             Hot Weather Combat Boot
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-HWCB
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINER,WATERBAG
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0262
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             LINER,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0273
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HOOD,RADIOACTIVE CO
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1591
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tactical Military Boot
Sol. #:            W912L718Q1103_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             NTC RETENTION
Sol. #:            FTIRWINNTCRPISAQ001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Fire Resistant Clothing
Sol. #:            140R1018Q0009
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Yaktrax chains
Sol. #:            W912L7-18-Q-1428
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Head & Face Protection System
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-CW-HFP
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - Safety Shoes
Sol. #:            W91QV1-18-Q-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USCP Shouider Patch
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800081
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:              Airframe body core support equipment 
Sol. #:            SPMYM1-18-Q-0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             10X10 Canopy Pop-Up Tents
Sol. #:            KNOX2NDBRIGADEPB0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Flight Clothing
Sol. #:            W912JM-18-Q-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             T-Shirt w/ National Guard custom Logo
Sol. #:            W912JM-18-Q-0001-01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Boot Insulators
Sol. #:            HAAF175AML0053
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Blinds Installed Camp Williams Utah
Sol. #:            W91NSD8136-0104
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             OPTION - Cadet Mess Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            F3V5A18086AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Officer Caps
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800077
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:              Airframe body core support equipment 
Sol. #:            SPMYM1-18-Q-0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            W912J2-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             ARC FLASH UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            M0068118Q0050
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H9240318R0001
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Amy Retention Publicity Items
Sol. #:            SAMRETPC0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ZIP FULL SUITS
Sol. #:            70Z02918QSWN001
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Promotional & Incentive Items
Sol. #:            M0026317R1004
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            H9225718Q0107
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             PILOT BAGS
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Bags
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5005
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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Utah State Spider Silk Lab Awarded Navy Grant Aimed at Maritime Defense

Utah State University's Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative-funded Synthetic Spider Silk Lab is the recipient of a $420,000 grant from the U.S. Navy Division of Unconventional Warfare aimed at designing and developing these devices, as well as applying USU silk manufacturing technology to enable commercial-scale production of other biomaterials ... READ MORE.

Friday, June 8, 2018

CPSC Publishes Summary of and Timetable for Activity Relating to a Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published its semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda, including a summary of and timetable for activity relating to a Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

FLAMMABILITY STANDARD FOR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE

In October 2003, the Commission issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to address the risk of fire associated with cigarette and small open-flame ignitions of upholstered furniture. The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2008, and received public comments. The Commission's proposed rule would require that upholstered furniture have cigarette-resistant fabrics or cigarette and open flame-resistant barriers. The proposed rule would not require flame-resistant chemicals in fabrics or fillings. Since the Commission published the NPRM, CPSC staff has conducted testing of upholstered furniture, using both full-scale furniture and bench-scale models, as proposed in the NPRM. In FY 2016, staff was directed to prepare a briefing package summarizing the feasibility of adopting California's Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) as a mandatory standard. Staff submitted this briefing package to the Commission in September 2016 with staff suggestions to continue developing of the ASTM and NFPA voluntary standards. In the FY 2017 Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to work with the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI), as well as voluntary standards development organizations, to improve upon and further refine the technical aspects of TB117-2013. Currently, staff is working with voluntary standards organizations, both ASTM and NFPA, and BEARHFTI to evaluate new provisions and improve the existing consensus standards related to upholstered furniture flammability. Depending upon progress of the various standards, in FY 2019, staff plans to prepare a briefing package with options for Commission consideration that include continuing with or terminating rulemaking, pursuing alternative approaches to address the hazard and/or continuing with voluntary standards development.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM06/15/9459 FR 30735
Commission Hearing May 5 & 6, 1998 on Possible Toxicity of Flame-Retardant Chemicals03/17/9863 FR 13017
Meeting Notice/20/0267 FR 12916
Notice of Public Meeting08/27/0368 FR 51564
Public Meeting09/24/03---
ANPRM10/23/0368 FR 60629
ANPRM Comment Period End12/22/03---
Staff Held Public Meeting10/28/04---
Staff Held Public Meeting05/18/05---
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission01/31/06---
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission11/03/06---
Staff Sent Status Report to Commission12/28/06---
Staff Sent Options Package to Commission12/22/07---
Commission Decision to Direct Staff to Prepare Draft NPRM12/27/07---
Staff Sent Draft NPRM to Commission01/22/08---
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM02/01/08---
NPRM03/04/0873 FR 11702
NPRM Comment Period End05/19/08---
Staff Published NIST Report on Standard Test Cigarettes05/19/09---
Staff Publishes NIST Report on Standard Research Foam09/14/12---
Notice of April 25 Public Meeting and Request for Comments03/20/1378 FR 17140
Staff Holds Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Technology Meeting04/25/13---
Comment Period End7/01/13---
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission on California's TB117-201309/08/16---
Staff Updates Options Package to CommissionTo Be Determined---

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Customs Commissioner says E-commerce Challenges Regulators and Shippers Alike

Electronic commerce is a booming business, but it's putting a strain on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's land, sea and air ports of entry, Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told guests at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, Tuesday, in Washington, D.C.

The explosive growth in e-commerce, particularly small parcels, is also outpacing the ability of retailers and carriers to handle the volume. Almost 80 percent of Americans shop online, and the global e-commerce market is now $2.29 trillion in sales, the Commissioner pointed out, citing statistics from the Pew Research Center and the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development.

E-commerce shipments pose the same health, safety and economic security risks as container shipments, but with a higher volume. Criminals see drugs and other contraband shipped in small packages as less likely to be discovered and counterfeiters can now ship directly to consumers and retailers. "Just consider the damage that counterfeit brake pads or air bags or cosmetics or pharmaceuticals can do," McAleenan said.

CBP is taking action to address the challenges of e-commerce that protects consumers while supporting legitimate business. The agency is reaching out to foreign and domestic stakeholders to share advance electronic data and create incentives for carriers to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. "Our risk management practices can no longer focus on traditional shipping methods," he said, especially for goods arriving from unknown or less experienced importers.

CBP is also bringing federal agencies together to share critical information. One example, McAleenan said, is the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center, a law enforcement partnership focused on targeting shipments that pose a risk to safety and investigating environmental crimes, illicit wildlife shipments and cultural property trafficking.

The center's joint targeting and enforcement efforts resulted in 243 seizures of unsafe imported products in fiscal 2017 worth more than $3.8 million, figures CBP provided at a March Senate Finance Committee hearing. CBP is also establishing relationships with state and local government in supply chain awareness.

CBP will use analytics and data mining to recognize trends, threats and anomalies to identify high-risk shipments. "We recognize technology is key for this effort," McAleenan said.

CBP is also continuing its national media campaign to highlight the dangers of illicit goods and doing business with illegitimate sellers or buying counterfeit merchandise.

"The stakes have never been higher as we balance border security and trade facilitation in an increasingly competitive and complex global environment," the Commissioner said. "The global supply chain is changing and CBP is changing with it."

Proposed Revocation and Modification of Ruling Letters Relating to the Tariff Classification of Bottle Bags. Duties Rise from Zero to 17.6% and 20%

In HQ H235569, NY N179138, NY N230128 and NY N204304, CBP classified the bottle bags in heading 4202, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS (now subheadings 4202.92.91, HTSUS and 4202.92.97, HTSUS), which provided for " ... traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper: Other: With outer surface of sheeting of plastic or of textile materials: Other: Other."

CBP has reviewed and HQ H235569, NY N179138, NY N230128 and NY N204304, and has determined the ruling letters to be in error. It is now CBP's position that the bottle bags in HQ H235569 are properly classified in heading 4202, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 4202.92.39, HTSUS, which provides for " ... traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper: Other: With outer surface of sheeting of plastics or of textile materials: Travel, sports and similar bags: With outer surface of textile materials: Other." Rate of duty 17.6%

It is now CBP's position that the bottle bags in NY N179138, NY N230128, and NY N204304 are properly classified in heading 4202, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 4202.92.45, HTSUS, which provides for " ... traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper: Other: With outer surface of sheeting of plastics or of textile materials: Travel, sports and similar bags: Other." Rate of duty 20%

CBP is proposing to revoke HQ H235569 and NY N179138, and modify NY N230128 and NY N204304, and to revoke or modify any other ruling not specifically identified to reflect the analysis contained in the proposed HQ H273867, set forth as Attachment E to this notice. Additionally, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1625(c)(2), CBP is proposing to revoke any treatment previously accorded by CBP to substantially identical transactions. Before taking this action, consideration will be given to any written comments timely received. Comments must be received on or before July 6, 2018.

The subject merchandise consists of non-woven polypropylene bags that contain two handles and have open tops. These bags measure approximately nine and a half inches in width and 10 inches in height. When open, they have a depth of approximately seven inches. The bag's handles are also composed of polypropylene and contain a fastener of polypropylene with hook and loop fastener to keep the handles together. The bottom of the subject bags is composed of two layers of polypropylene fabric with padding inserted in between. The top of the bags contains a small loop of polypropylene to allow the bags to be hung so as to be displayed for sale. The inside of the bags is divided into six equally sized compartments by polypropylene dividers. Each compartment measures approximately five inches in width and nine inches in length when closed and can expand to fit the bottles inserted therein. The exterior of the bags contains a tri-colored printed design containing grapes and grape leaves. The logos of 13 grocery stores appear below the design.

These bags are sold or distributed free of charge at stores that sell food and beverages, such as grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, and wineries. Furthermore, the importer, Earthwise, almost always sells them with the names or logos of the stores that distribute them, and its competitors follow a similar practice.

At issues is whether bags that contain compartments sized to hold bottles are classified as "shopping bags" of subheading 4202.92.30, HTSUS, or as "bottle cases or similar containers" of subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS, in accordance with Additional U.S. Note 1 to Chapter 42, HTSUS.

For the purposes of heading 4202, the expression "travel, sports and similar bags" means goods, other than those falling in subheadings 4202.11 through 4202.39, of a kind designed for carrying clothing and other personal effects during travel, including backpacks and shopping bags of this heading, but does not include binocular cases, camera cases, musical instrument cases, bottle cases and similar containers. The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes ("ENs") constitute the official interpretation of the Harmonized System at the international level. While neither legally binding nor dispositive, the ENs provide a commentary on the scope of each heading of the HTSUS and are generally indicative of the proper interpretation of these headings. See T.D. 89–80, 54 Fed. Reg. 35127, 35128 (August 23, 1989). The EN to heading 4202, HTSUS, states, in pertinent part, the following: "This heading covers only the articles specifically named therein and similar containers."

The importer argued that, in accordance with lexicographic sources and judicial definitions in a number of cases, the instant merchandise is a "shopping bag" as named in Additional U.S. Note 1, and therefore is classified as a type of "travel, sports or similar bag," in subheading 4202.90.30, HTSUS. In support of this argument, they cite HQ 963575, dated October 12, 1999, HQ 964450, dated August 8, 2002, HQ 951113, dated May 19, 1992, HQ 957917, dated July 7, 1995, HQ 950708, dated December 24, 1991, and HQ 088562, dated December 5, 1991. Lastly, they argue that because the subject merchandise is classified as shopping bags of subheading 4202.92.30, HTSUS, and are made of polypropylene fabric, they are also classified in subheading 9902.92.30, HTSUS, and are accorded duty-free treatment under this provision.

In response, CBP notes that Totes, Inc. v. United States, 69 F.3d 495; 1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 29841; 17 Int'l Trade Rep. (BNA) 1929 (Ct. Int. Trade 1995), decided the classification of a rectangular case used to organize and store items such as motor oil, tools, and jumper cables in an automobile trunk. It had a zippered top opening, two straps at the sides which formed handles, and reinforced bottom seams. The case's interior was divided into three discrete storage areas using dividers that snapped into place. Totes, Inc., 69 F.3d at 496. There, the court found that heading 4202, HTSUS, is an eo nomine provision, as is subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS. Furthermore, the court found that the subject case's interior dividers made it more than a general carrying case that could carry any merchandise. Hence, the court found for classification in subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS, as "similar to" jewelry boxes and cutlery cases, whose purpose was to facilitate an organized separation, protection, storage or holding of their contents. Id. at 497, 500. Furthermore, the court stated that "as applicable to classification cases, ejusdem generis requires that the imported merchandise possess the essential characteristics or purpose that unite the articles enumerated eo nomine in order to be classified under the general terms." Id. at 498. The court found that the rule of ejusdem generis requires only that the subject merchandise share "the essential characteristics" of the goods listed eo nomine in heading 4202, HTSUS, and that these characteristics were those of "organizing, storing, protecting, and carrying various items." Id. at 498.

Subsequent CBP rulings have adhered to this analysis, and have classified bags and cases with fitted or divided interiors with the items in heading 4202, HTSUS, to which they are most akin. See, e.g., HQ H053756, dated September 4, 2009; HQ H064875, dated January 4, 2010; HQ 956140, dated October 29, 1994; HQ 086884, dated August 13, 1990. These rulings are consistent with prior CBP rulings on substantially similar merchandise. See NY N230128; NY N224243; NY N219153; NY N204304; NY N179138; NY N093287; NY N104559.

In the present case, while CBP agreed with counsel that an eo nomine provision such as heading 4202, HTSUS, covers all forms of the subject merchandise, CBP disagreed that the subject bottle bags should be classified in the same provision as "shopping bags." The subject bottle bags can be distinguished from the type of general shopping bags of the cases to which counsel cites. The shopping bags of Adolco Trading Co., 71 Cust. Ct. 145; 1973 Cust. Ct. LEXIS 3350; Cust. Dec. 4487 (1973), for example, were of a large size, and had wide open tops and handles. However, they contained no internal divisions, and as such were almost always used in grocery stores and similar places where customers could use them to transport any type of merchandise. See Adolco Trading Co., 71 Cust. Ct. 150–1511. The subject bags, by contrast, are no longer capable of carrying any type of merchandise because of their fitted interior compartments, which are in the shape of bottles. Furthermore, these compartments are sewn into the subject bags, making their removal impractical. A dual use as bottle bags and as bags for carrying more general merchandise is therefore impossible. As such, the subject bottle bags are more akin to the bags of Totes, Inc. and those of the rulings cited above, whose fitted interior compartments spoke in favor of a specific use other than as a shopping bag of subheading 4202.92.30, HTSUS. The instant merchandise is more akin to the types of bottle bags which CBP has previously classified as "other" types of bags of subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS. See, e.g., NY N230128, dated September 5, 2012; NY N224243, dated July 13, 2012; NY N219153, dated June 19, 2012; NY N204304, dated March 9, 2012; NY N179138, dated August 24, 2011; NY N093287, dated March 9, 2010; NY N104559, dated May 14, 2010.2 Moreover, HQ 963222, dated August 19, 1999, and HQ 960403, dated August 1, 1997, classified bottle bags similar to the merchandise at issue here as other than travel, sports, or similar bags.

Furthermore, in light of the court's conclusion in Totes, Inc. that heading 4202, HTSUS, and specific subheadings therein are eo nomine provisions, CBP found the importer's argument that the provision for "shopping bags" within heading 4202, HTSUS, is a use provision to be untenable. In addition, courts have held that "a 'use' provision is 'a provision describing articles by the manner in which they are used as opposed to by name'." See Pomeroy Collection, Ltd. v. United States, 32 C.I.T. 526, quoting Len-Ron Mfg. Co. v. United States, 334 F.3d 1304. Courts have also held that certain phrases within the provision require that it be construed as a use provision; such phrases include "to be used for," "to be used as," and "for use in." See Clarendon Mktg v. United States, 955 F.Supp 1501, (Ct. Int’l Trade 1997), aff'd 144 F.3d 1464, 1467 (Fed. Cir. 1998); Czarnikow-Rionda Co. v. United States, 66 Cust. Ct. 431, 328 F. Supp. 487 (1971), aff'd 60 C.C.P.A. 6, 468 F.2d 211 (1972); J. E. Bernard & Co., Inc. v. United States, 80 Cust. Ct. 111 (1978).

In the present case, heading 4202, HTSUS, describes its merchandise by name rather than use and does not contain any of the phrases that would indicate that it is a use provision. To the contrary, heading 4202, HTSUS, is clearly an eo nomine provision. As such, CBP found that the Carborundum factors, which the importer cited and discuss in detail, are inapplicable here. If they were applied here, the Carborundum factors would likely support use of the subject merchandise as similar to bottle cases, rather than as a general shopping bag.

Furthermore, the subject bags can be distinguished from those of the rulings counsel cites in favor of classification as "travel, sports or similar bags." Headquarters Ruling letters (HQ) 964450, dated August 8, 2002, HQ 951113, dated May 19, 1992, HQ 957917, dated July 7, 1995, HQ 950708, dated December 24, 1991, and HQ 088562, dated December 5, 1991, all classified bags without any interior pockets or compartments; these open interiors could have carried any merchandise. In HQ 963575, dated October 12, 1999, CBP classified bags with drawstrings that were specifically designed and fitted to hold a sleeping bag as "travel, sports or similar bags." These bags contained no interior compartments, but to the extent that they were fitted for specific merchandise, it was not in the same way that the subject bags are specifically fitted for multiple bottles, thereby precluding the ability to carry other articles.

As such, CBP found that the subject bags are not "travel, sports or similar bags." Therefore, CBP found that the subject bottle bags are classified in subheading 4202.92.90, HTSUS, as "Trunks, suitcases, vanity cases, attache cases, briefcases, school satchels, spectacle cases, binocular cases, camera cases, musical instrument cases, gun cases, holsters and similar containers; traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper: Other: With outer surface of sheeting of plastic or of textile materials: Other: Other." This conclusion is consistent with prior CBP rulings on substantially similar merchandise. See NY N230128; NY N224243; NY N219153; NY N204304; NY N179138; NY N093287; NY N104559.

Lastly, the importer submitted laboratory results showing that the durability, volume, machine washablility, lack of lead or other toxic materials, and other characteristics are the same for the instant merchandise as they are for shopping bags. The cited laboratory results do nothing to minimize the differences between the subject bottle bags and general shopping bags. As such, these results are not relevant to our analysis. Therefore, because the subject merchandise is not described as a shopping bag of subheading 4202.92.30, HTSUS, it cannot be accorded duty-free treatment under subheading 9902.40.01, HTSUS.

Army and Air Force Microfleece Jacket Contract Awarded

Peckham Vocational Services, Lansing, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $24,076,961 firm-fixed-price contract for green and desert sand microfleece jackets. This is a one-year base contract with one one-year option period. Locations of performance are Florida and Michigan, with a June 5, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-N041).

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through June 6, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Petition to Mandate a Uniform Labeling Method for Traction of Floor Coverings, Floor Coverings with Coatings, and Treated Floor Coverings

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") has received a resubmitted petition from the National Floor Safety Institute (petitioner or "NFSI"), requesting that the agency require manufacturers of floor coverings and coatings to label their products and provide point of purchase information regarding slip-resistance, using the American National Standards Institute ("ANSI") B101.5-2014 Standard Guide for Uniform Labeling Method for Identifying the Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (Traction) of Floor Coverings, Floor Coverings with Coatings, and Treated Floor Coverings (ANSI B101.5). The Commission invites written comments concerning this petition.

As with the previous petition, NFSI states that it seeks to reduce injuries and fatalities related to consumer slips and falls, particularly involving the elderly, by requesting CPSC to mandate that floor coverings for sale to consumers be labeled to provide information about the traction of each product. NFSI states that different types of floor coverings have wide ranging differences in slip-resistance, which can make certain types of flooring inappropropriate for a specific use. NFSI contends that currently, consumers have no uniform information to compare differences in traction with various floor covering options. NFSI states that the labeling it urges is easy to understand and will benefit consumers, particularly the elderly, by informing consumers of the traction or safety of the products at the point of sale.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Prof. Kenneth D. Langley Memorial Award Presented to UMass Dartmouth Senior Sadeq Taha

On May 1, 2018, at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, family and colleagues of the late Professor Kenneth Langley gathered to announce an annual award for excellent commitment and service to the department and the university in memory of Professor Langley. Langley was an alumnus of UMass Dartmouth and a faculty member of UMass Dartmouth for more than 43 years. He was committed to teaching textiles, materials and statistics. He worked as the graduate program director for more than 18 years, served as an active academic advisor at the Academic Advising Center. He also served as the Technical Director of ATMC (now CIE) for two years.

Outside University, Prof. Langley was a Fellow of the Textile Institute and a Charted Textile Technologist. He was a well-known fiber identification expert, especially for animal hairs such as cashmere and camel hair. He was the secretary of committee RA 24 Fiber Analysis Test Methods, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. He was also a life member of International Textile Education Consortium, a member of USA Technical Advisory Group for ISO/TC38 - Textiles. Prof. Langley published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, 22 technical reports and professional manuscripts including one book chapter.

While his technical work is impressive, it is Prof. Langley's committed service to the university was celebrated. At the University level he was an active member of the Academic Advising Center, and the President of the Faculty Senate. At the College of Engineering level, he was a member and chair of the College Academic Council, and more importantly he was the founding department chair of Bioengineering for the academic year 2011 to 2012. Prof. Langley was instrumental in the development of the new Bioengineering program as the department transitioned from materials and textiles. His colleagues have established an award for a Bioengineering student who demonstrates the same passion for the department, and shows a strong commitment to promoting the bioengineering program.

This year's inaugural Prof. Kenneth D. Langley Memorial award was presented to Sadeq Taha. Sadeq is a Bioengineering senior who has conducted admissions tours daily including many weekends and holidays for the Bioengineering Department and the College of Engineering. He has promoted the department at open houses, and has reached out to the community and introduced engineering to youth. His excitement and passion for Bioengineering is evident as he speaks with his guests, similar to the passion Prof. Langley had for Bioengineering. Maryann Langley and Philip Langley presented the award.