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Health Net Sponsors the 25th National Veterans Golden Age Games in Honolulu

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced its sponsorship of the 25th National Veterans Golden Age Games May 26 – May 31, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program for military Veterans age 55 and over who receive health care at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility. “Health Net sal

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Health Net Honored by TRICARE for Its Program Integrity Anti-Fraud Performance for Second Consecutive Term

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced it was awarded the 2009-2010 Program Integrity Anti-Fraud Performance Award by its government customer, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) Program Integrity. The honor is awarded once every two years and is the highest form of recognition imparted to a TRICARE contractor’s Program Integrity Department for the prevention, detection and

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JTRS SRW Network Manager Successfully Completes FQT — Press Release

JTRS SRW Network Manager Successfully Completes FQT

San Diego – The Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Network Enterprise Domain (NED) announces the successful completion of the Formal Qualification Test (FQT) of the Soldier Radio Waveform Network Manager (SRWNM) with multiple JTRS radios on January 28, 2011. Completion of the SRWNM FQT is a significant milestone in delivering an enterprise-wide network planning and management capability for JTRS radios.

SRWNM enables planning of heterogeneous SRW networks consisting of SRW-capable radios from multiple vendors, generating the presets for the radios in the plan, downloading the presets to the planned radio nodes, and then monitoring the planned operational SRW network. SRWNM is a key component of the JTRS Enterprise Network Manager (JENM) which provides tactical network management product for all JTRS radios. JENM enables planning, instantiation, management and over-the-air reconfiguration of tactical networks comprised of software-defined radios from multiple vendors, greatly simplifying network planning and operations as compared to using separate management products provided by each qualified radio vendor.

In addition to providing SRW planning and management for JTRS radios being developed on government contracts such as the Ground Mobile Radios (GMR) and Handheld/Manpack/Small Form Fit (HMS) programs, the SRWNM development and FQT included robust planning and management capabilities for the Harris Corporation AN/PRC-117G and ITT Corporation Soldier-Rifleman Radio. Both of these radio products are being developed leveraging the JTRS Enterprise Business Model which allows radio developers access to JTRS software capabilities for integration into their products without government contracts and funding.

The JTRS Enterprise Business Model is designed to stimulate competition, increase innovation and reduce government costs through software reuse while simultaneously speeding development and fielding of tactical networking capabilities. Inclusion of radio products developed under the JTRS Enterprise Business Model in the SRWNM FQT represents a unique government and industry partnership to aggressively deliver advanced tactical networking capabilities to joint warfighters. Successful completion of the SRWNM FQT with these products included validates the JTRS Enterprise Business Model effectiveness and illustrates its ability to foster a competitive environment in the Defense communications and networking industry. All SRWNM and JENM releases are also made available on the JTRS Information Repository (IR) to other authorized users within the Department of Defense and commercial industry.

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About JPEO JTRS (http://jpeojtrs.mil)

The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) has evolved from a loosely associated group of radio replacement programs to an integrated effort to network multiple weapon system platforms and forward combat units where it matters most – at the last tactical mile. In 2005, JTRS was restructured under the leadership of a Joint Program Executive Officer (JPEO) headquartered in San Diego, California. The JPEO JTRS provides an enterprise acquisition and management approach to successfully and efficiently develop, produce, integrate, test and field the JTRS networking capability.

By developing and implementing an open architecture of cutting-edge radio waveform technology, multiple radio types (e.g., handheld, ground-mobile, airborne, maritime) are now capable of communicating with one another. The ultimate goal is to produce a family of interoperable, modular, software-defined radios that operate as nodes in a network. These radios enable secure wireless communication and networking services for mobile and fixed forces, consisting of joint, U.S. Allies and coalition partners, and in time, disaster response personnel.

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Health Net Federal Services Re-Awarded Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic Contract in Alamogordo, New Mexico

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced it was re-awarded a contract by the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVHCS) to provide primary and preventive health care services to an estimated 1,200 enrolled Veterans in the VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Alamogordo, N.M. The new contract became effective Dec. 23, 2010, with a one-year initial term and fo

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Pentagon Ordered to Buy American for Green Technology

One of the provisions contained in the Defense Authorization Bill for this fiscal year passed at the end of Congress’ lame duck session is one that extends the Buy American requirements for the Defense Department to solar panels. The rule makes the Pentagon only consider U.S. sources for this piece of “green technology” in their contracting efforts.

The Federal government procurement laws and regulations put a whole host of restrictions on contracts issued by the Pentagon for hardware, services and support. These include the Berry Amendment and Buy American Act. These are used to support U.S. industries by granting them privileged status and providing them a ready market.

The Berry Amendment for example requires prime contractors and their subcontractors to purchase or use food, clothing, tents, cotton, woven silk and other fibers or articles made out of them only from U.S. suppliers.

The Buy American Act has been in existence since the Thirties and requires preferences for American produced or manufactured goods.

While the U.S. Government should be supporting domestic sources at the same time it can force cost or schedule implications to a program. Especially with the change in the world’s economy over the last fifty years there may not be a domestic manufacturer or source for a product. The laws are waived in this case but that causes a potential schedule change or cost growth to a program. The domestic source may also be more expensive driving up the total cost of the procurement.

These kind of social engineering attempts within defense and government contracts are worthy but like the rules pertaining to small businesses or minority owned they may have a cost or efficiency affect. They are also vehicles that may be abused through companies selling non-U.S. material as U.S. made or taking advantage of the efforts to reward certain types of businesses. There have been many cases over time of companies pretending to meet certain criteria that they don’t thus gaining an advantage in sole source or direct contract awards.

The rule about using U.S. solar cells may have the same affect. The industry like so many others is turning to China and a great deal of the world’s production capacity is in that country. U.S. companies have been reducing their footprint and this may make it hard for the Pentagon to find a source capable of delivering the product on time or at the necessary cost.

This illustrates the issue where Congress wants to get the most for their defense dollars but at the same time by favoring a supplier may be forcing the Defense Department to buy something that they could get at a better price or in a more timely fashion.

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Health Net Federal Services Awarded Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Mental Health Contracts

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced it was awarded a contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a network of behavioral health providers to augment VA’s outpatient mental health and readjustment counseling services in rural counties within VA’s Rocky Mountain Network and Northwest Network in Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs) 19 and 20. Th

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Health Net Federal Services and the USO of Metropolitan Washington Team Up for Annual Celebration of Children

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), recently announced its annual Celebration of Children to be hosted in conjunction with United Service Organizations (USO) of Metropolitan Washington. More than 200 children from military bases across the DC Metro region will participate in the event on Dec. 4, 2010, at the Community Center on Fort Myer. Children will enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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Health Net Partners with Department of Defense to Customize Clinical Depression Program

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced its Major Depression Disease Management Program established in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) for TRICARE beneficiaries, ages 18-64. TRICARE is the DoD’s health care plan for active duty and retired service members and their families. “Health Net is proud to partner with the Department of Defense to respond to the be

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Health Net Sponsors American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), is honored to take part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial on Nov. 10, in Washington, D.C. This historic milestone is a decades-long effort to recognize and honor more than 3 million living American Veterans with disabilities. Health Net was an early corporate sponsor of the fundraising effort

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Raydiance Awarded $1.75 Million in Ultrafast Laser Research Contracts

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raydiance has been awarded three competitive government contracts totaling $1.75 million to develop technologies with the express goal of delivering high power fiber ultrafast laser capabilities.

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Health Net Federal Services Awarded Department of Veterans Affairs CBO Outpatient Recovery Audit Contract

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), today announced it was awarded a contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide Chief Business Office (CBO) Outpatient Recovery Audit Services of VA payments made for the Outpatient Non-VA Fee Care Program, the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), and the Spinal Bifida (SB) and Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) progr

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Companies to develop contract management software

CACI and Oracle announced today that they would work together to build a software solution to manage government contracts. The software would be for the total life cycle of the contract through development, award and execution. The program will utilize an existing Oracle product with CACI providing the expertise on understanding Federal rules and regulations and the actual conduct of contracting. Contract management within the Department of Defense is a laborious process requiring a great deal of manpower. This software will help agencies carry out this function in a more accurate, timely fashion.

See the press release at MarketWatch.com.

Cross posted at BNET.

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IRIS LTD., Inc. Awarded GSA Schedule for Photographic Equipment (Photo ID Systems)

FLEETWOOD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IRIS LTD., Inc., a provider of photo ID equipment and related supplies, today announced the award of its GSA schedule for Photographic Equipment (Photo ID Systems) from the General Services Administration (GSA). The schedule, contract number GS-02F-0179V, allows IRIS to provide products and services to government agencies as an approved, preferred vendor and expedites the process of obtaining government contracts. TurboGSA, a national firm helping companies obtai

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UANI Calls on the Pentagon to Debar Honeywell from U.S. Government Contracts

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UANI calls on the Pentagon and the U.S. Government to debar Honeywell from all government contracts until it gives up its business in Iran.

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BAE Systems Appoints Ian T. Graham as Senior Vice President & General Counsel

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems has announced the appointment of Ian T. Graham as Senior Vice President & General Counsel of BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, Graham will oversee all legal matters associated with BAE Systems, Inc. and its businesses, as well as the organization’s contracts, ethics, compliance, and export control functions. The appointment is effective immediately. “Ian brings to this position nearly two decades of government contracts and corporate legal expertise

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