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MSA partners with MIR3

Posted on November 2, 2010 in Company News
Washington, DC - MIR3, the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification and response technology, today announced that Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA), a government and commercial services firm specializing in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Test and Evaluation, and Transportation Safety, has chosen inEnterprise software to augment MSA's new service, MSALERT and to resell as a stand-alone product.

MSALERT, a cutting edge an innovative mass communication solution can offer the entire industry a modern and reliable enterprise-wide means of contacting staff, students, or the community during times of crisis. MIR3's Intelligent Notification software will augment MSA's alert notification capabilities with a low cost automated, web-based platform allowing for access anytime, anywhere.

"MSA strives to bring comprehensive solutions to our client's biggest challenges. When it comes to alert notifications and emergency communications we believe that MIR3 is the clear choice," states Lilly Harris, President of MSA.

"MIR3 goes through an extensive selection process for our valued partners and are pleased to welcome MSA to the team," said Rene Grossrieder, VP of worldwide channels and alliances for MIR3. "We chose MSA because of their strong, motivated sales force, their dedicated management team and their deep understanding of the needs of the government market. We look forward to a long term and successful relationship."

MSA is a minority, woman-owned small business, headquartered in Washington D.C., and is a leading emergency management and strategic planning support services to Federal, state, and local governments. For information on MSALERT and the full spectrum of HSEMP's capabilities, please contact Justin Pierce at (202) 408-0042.

MSA completes certification requirements for the WOSB/EDWOSB Program

Posted on February 22, 2011 in Company News
Washington, D.C.- Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA), Inc, is pleased to announce that we have completed certification requirements for the Small Business Administration’s new Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business/Woman-Owned Small Business Program (EDWOSB/WOSB) – also known as the 8(m) program. 
 
The EDWOSB/WOSB program was created to help Federal agencies meet government-wide small business contracting goals and to ensure a level playing field on which WOSB's can compete for Federal Contracting opportunities. 
 
For a contracting officer to create a set-aside for WOSBs, they must have a reasonable expectation that:
  • The award price will not be greater than $5 million for a manufacturing contract and $3 million for other contracts.
  • Two or more WOSBs will make an offer.
  • The contract can be awarded at a fair and reasonable price.
  • The contract is for goods and services in an industry in which WOSBs are substantially underrepresented.
MSA provides support services to our clients in 4 underrepresented and 2 substantially underrepresented industry sectors.  
  • 517911 Telecommunications Resellers
  • 541330 Engineering Services         
  • 541512 Computer Systems Design Services 
  • 541519 Other Computer Related Services: IT Value Added Resellers 
  • 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
  • 561210 Facilities Support Services
About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service. 

MSA to Instruct Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course for FEMA Region III

Posted on July 13, 2012 in Company News
Washinton, DC - Representatives from MSA’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division have accepted an invitation from FEMA’s Region III Office in Philadelphia, PA to instruct the L146 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course in August.
 
The course has been developed by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is a capabilities-based exercise program that includes a cycle, mix, and range of exercise activities of varying degrees of complexity and interaction. The purpose of HSEEP is to build self-sustaining exercise programs and provide a standardized methodology for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating all exercises.
 
MSA’s certified professionals will facilitate course modules that allow participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. The course also providesoverviews of HSEEP-related initiatives such as technology (e.g., the HSEEP Toolkit) and capabilities-based planning (e.g., Target Capabilities List [TCL]).
“For the past two years MSA has instructed the FEMA Continuity Practitioner Series Courses and we now welcome the opportunity to extend our expertise in delivering the HSEEP toolkit,” said Todd Jasper Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and MSA’s Associate Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is a Minority, Women-Owned, government Services firm providing professional, technical and analytical solutions to Federal, State, Local, and Commercial clients. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to providing clients with the absolute best solutions to their biggest challenges. They offer subject matter experts, strong program management methodologies, and multiple locations throughout the United States to best serve their clients needs. For more information visit, www.msaincorp.com.

MSA Holds Public Events Series for National Preparedness Month

Posted on September 12, 2011 in Company News
MAN-MACHINE SYSTEMS ASSESSMENT HOLDS PUBLIC EVENTS SERIES FOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2011, Washington, D.C. - Man-Machine Systems Assessment will spearhead four unique public events in the Washington area this September geared to assess and advise the community for National Preparedness Month. These events will focus on business and workplace preparedness, school preparedness and home and pet preparedness.
 
National Preparedness Month, observed each September is a joint government initiative to ensure the public is informed, educated and ready to act in case of serious emergency, be it natural disaster or an attack on our nation. Through this series of public events Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) aims to extend it’s long recognized expertise in emergency planning to specific facets of our community sometimes overlooked when creating disaster plans.
 
MSA, recently celebrating 20 years of excellence in service in 2010, is a minority, woman-owned business headquartered in Washington, D.C. and is a recognized leader in providing emergency management and strategic planning service to local, state and the federal governments. Their accolades for innovation and growth have come from Inc Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, Hispanic Business Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine and many others.
 
President and CEO, Lilly Harris, is an avid spokesperson for personal, family, and business emergency preparedness. “While MSA is very accustomed to providing emergency management support to our Federal government clients,” Ms. Harris explains, “it’s important that families and businesses take a moment to reflect on the tragedy of 9/11 and pledge to be better prepared in the future. Building a culture of preparedness is essential. MSA has been an early adopter of new technology, so it’s only natural that we would assist the Ready Campaign by engaging the social media community during National Preparedness Month,” said Ms. Harris.
 
MSA’s event series kicks-off September 17th in Arlington, VA.
 
Schedule of events
 
September 17, 2011 - 11a -1 pm  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Dogma Bakery Lee Harrison Shopping Center 
2445 N. Harrison St. - Arlington, VA 22207 703-237-5070
Focus:  Pet Preparedness 
Receive tips on how to make an effective emergency plan to include man’s best friend.
Receive a complimentary first aid kit courtesy of MSA as your pets enjoy sweet treats courtesy of Dogma
 
September 22, 2011  2:30 – 3:30 PM PRIVATE EVENT
Kenmore Middle School
Focus: ReadyKids
President & CEO Lillian Harris presents information on how to act in a disaster to our youth both for school and home with their families. Children are urged to create a home emergency plan with their parents. Handout and first aid kits courtesy of MSA.
 
September 24, 2011 - 12p -3pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Dogma Bakery The Village at Shirlington  
2772 S. Arlington Mill Dr. - Arlington, VA 22206 571-422-0370
Focus:  Pet Preparedness 
Receive tips on how to make an effective emergency plan to include man’s best friend.
Receive a complimentary first aid kit courtesy of MSA as your pets enjoy sweet treats courtesy of Dogma
 
 
September 27, 2011 - 9a -1pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Lobby of 1101 14th St, NW , Washington, DC 20005 
Focus:  Family and Business preparedness
MSA shines the spotlight on preparedness in the workplace. View information on business continuity, speak with an MSA expert, explore the MSA ‘Readiness Bag’, take aways include information from FEMA on preparedness, first-aid kits, emergency whistles and bags courtesy of MSA 
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment
Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is a Minority, Women-Owned, government Services firm providing Professional Services, Emergency Planning and Preparedness and System Test & Evaluation  to Federal, State, Local, and Commercial clients. With over 20 years of experience, they are committed to providing clients with the absolute best solutions to their biggest challenges. They offer subject matter experts, strong program management methodologies, and multiple locations throughout the United States to best serve clients needs. For more information visit, www.msaincorp.com.


MSA now a Certified Business Enterprise in the District of Columbia

Posted on January 18, 2012 in Company News

Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the District of Columbia as a Certified Business Enterprise. The District directs spending to these DC-based businesses that support and contribute to job creation and the city tax base, which in turn results in a much stronger local economy. As a Small, Minority/Woman-Owned business operating in an Empowerment Zone, MSA will receive preferred procurement and contracting opportunities. MSA's President and CEO Lilly Harris, stated "As a DC based, we are excited to be a part of this program and to do our part in fostering the economic growth of the local community."

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Since 1990 MSA has supported over 30 federal and commercial clients in the areas of Professional Services; Emergency Planning & Preparedness; and Defense Systems Test Evaluation Support. With a passion for engineering innovative solutions, this Minority, Women-Owned, government services firm has been recognized by Inc, Hispanic Business, Smart CEO and the Washington Business Journal for growth, excellence in service and service to the community. 


Listen to MSA's Todd Jasper on WAMU 88.5 talking about Technology, Emergency Response & The Boston Bombing

Posted on April 17, 2013 in Company News

Washington, D.C. - Todd Jasper MSA's Associate Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management appears on American Universities's radio station WAMU 88.5 about the intersection of technology and emergency response and where it fits into the bombings that struck the Boston Marathon earlier this week. To listen click here


Follow MSA's Todd Jasper on the Emergency Management Magazine Blog

Posted on April 18, 2013 in Company News
Washington, D.C. -  Todd Jasper the Associate Director for Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement for MSA was recently asked by Emergency Management magazine to start contributing to their online blog.  Check out his latest post on the recent Boston bombing and the use of social media. Click here to read more. 

MSA Awarded COOP and Emergency Management Support Services Contract with the United States Agency for International Development

Posted on October 12, 2012 in Company News

Washington, DC – Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA), Inc., a small business leader of consulting solutions to government clients at all levels, has been awarded a contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for continuity of operations (COOP) and emergency management support services. This contract has one-year base period of performance, and four option years.

Under this contract, MSA will continue its service to the USAID Management (M) Bureau COOP Program by developing policy, plans, and procedures to support the agency to better prepare for, respond to, and recovery from any disaster. In addition, MSA will provide emergency management exercise and training support to USAID’s Bureaus and Independent Offices including general workforce and senior officials.

“MSA is very pleased to continue our support to USAID,” said Justin Pierce, MSA’s Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. “We are proud to provide our subject matter expertise that directly supports our clients’ capability to continue their core business functions during an emergency.”

This award strengthens MSA’s growing portfolio of emergency management contracts, which includes existing projects at USAID. “We are committed to employing the right combination of technical expertise and innovation to address the dynamic needs of USAID in this new fiscal environment and our other federal government clients and assist them in achieving operational excellence,” said Lilly Harris, MSA’s CEO and President.

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Since 1990 Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. has supported over 30 federal and commercial clients in the areas of Professional Services, Emergency Management and Defense Systems Test Evaluation Support. With a passion for engineering solutions and emergency management, this Minority, Women-Owned, government services firm has been recognized by Inc Magazine, Hispanic Business, Smart CEO and the Washington Business Journal for growth, excellence in service and service to the community. 

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MSA Participates in Annual International Association of Emergency Managers Conference

Posted on November 15, 2012 in Company News

Washington, D.C. - Hurricane Sandy did not stop MSA's Associate Director of the Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) Division, Todd Jasper, from attending the annual conference of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) this past month in Orlando, Florida. The week long conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and includes numerous sessions and presentations from speakers with a diverse background of professional experience.

The conference included significant discussions about the Whole Community concept and employing social media to engage with all stakeholders during emergencies and disasters. The ideas behind encouraging regionalism, empowering local emergency managers, and acknowledging that not any jurisdiction has all the answers in a disaster is encompassed in the Whole Community philosophy. Improving resilience--the title of the conference--through empowering all stakeholders in the Whole Community was a major discussion point throughout the conference.

As discussed at length in many sessions of the conference, social media and other emerging technologies are rapidly improving coordination and ad hoc collaboration during disasters. New technology is being released so quickly that emergency managers are still trying to understand how to be implement resilient community communications when seconds count. While many larger departments have embraced social media tools and other hi-tech solutions, the majority of the emergency management field is still attempting to gain insight into which technologies, policies, procedures, and plans need to be prepared and implemented in order to improve the efficacy of messaging during disasters.

The IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus (ETC) is a hardworking group working to foster innovation and adoption of hi-tech solutions in the emergency management field. MSA is proud to note that, while attending the conference, Mr. Jasper was appointed as Vice Chair of the IAEM ETC. Mr. Jasper previously served as the Caucus' Publications Director. "I'm tremendously honored to have been chosen as the next Vice Chair of the ETC," said Mr. Jasper, "The Caucus has an ambitious agenda for the upcoming year and I'm thrilled to be able to serve with such unique and spirited colleagues."
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Since 1990 Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. has supported over 30 federal and commercial clients in the areas of Professional Services, Emergency Management and Defense Systems Test Evaluation Support. With a passion for engineering solutions and emergency management, this Minority, Women-Owned, government services firm has been recognized by Inc Magazine, Hispanic Business, Smart CEO and the Washington Business Journal for growth, excellence in service and service to the community. 

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Former Assistant Director of Ventura County, CA Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), Laura Hernandez, Joins MSA as West Coast Regional Practice Manager

Posted on August 1, 2013 in Company News

Laura Hernandez

MSA is pleased to announce that Ms. Laura Hernandez has joined the firm as the West Coast Regional Practice Manager. Ms. Hernandez will serve as part of MSA’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, overseeing projects for state and local clients as well leading business development efforts.

Ms. Hernandez is a skilled and experienced professional emergency manager with more than 30 years of experience in local government disaster planning, response, mitigation and recovery. Most recently she served 16 years as the Assistant Director with the Ventura County California Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). In this capacity, Ms. Hernandez served as the 
Executive Administrator for the Ventura County Emergency Planning Council (EPC) working collaboratively with other county departments, cities, special districts, volunteer agencies, utilities, harbors, ports, transportation departments and the private sector. She has served as EOC Liaison Officer, EOC Coordinator and EOC Deputy Director, and led recovery operations for floods, fires, the 1994 Northridge earthquakes, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 2000 crash of Alaska 261 and the Reagan Funeral in Simi Valley.

Laura also led in the upgrade and redesign of the Ventura County Operational Area EOC and Joint Information Center, assisted in the development of the Statewide Emergency Managers Mutual Aid (EMMA) Plan, the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan, and the development of the statewide Plans and Intelligence Training Course.

Prior to her 1997 appointment to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ms. Hernandez worked for the City of Santa Monica Fire and Police Departments where she served as the City’s Emergency Services Coordinator for eleven years. Prior to that, she worked for the Los Angeles Office of the City Administrative Officer as a budget analyst and staff to Los Angeles City's Emergency Operations Organization. From 1999-2000, she served as President of the Southern California Emergency Services Association.

Ms. Hernandez is widely recognized and respected by her peers as one of the most progressive emergency managers in the State of California. She is an advocate of using a collaborative and “whole community” approach to disaster planning. Ms. Hernandez uses a multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional approach to training and exercises supporting the idea that “those who train together, work together” during emergencies.

Her ability to apply real-world experience to the planning process makes her an ideal member of the MSA’s consulting team. Ms. Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Administration in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University. 
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MSA Conducts Closed Point of Dispensing (CPOD) Exercise

Posted on January 3, 2013 in Company News

Washington, D.C. - When the District of Columbia's Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration (HEPRA) needed to conduct ten full-scale exercises simultaneously in December 2012, the subject matter experts in MSA's Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division responded on short notice to provide controllers and evaluators for a closed point of dispensing (CPOD) exercise. This is the second year that MSA has supported HEPRA during this exercise series.

A CPOD is a site (usually a business office, a gym, or cafeteria) that agrees to receive medical countermeasures (MCM) during a public health emergency. The CPOD pre-trains some of their employees to act as POD staff and is responsible for dispensing MCM per the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. Closed PODs, staffed by volunteers, serve to decrease public demand at public PODs by diverting as much as 50% of potential patient flow to CPODs. Individuals at CPOD locations are able to pick up medications for family members and, in some cases, neighbors or other dependents.

This CPOD Mass Dispensing Exercise was designed to educate populations served by employers, universities, and temporary lodgings at ten locations throughout the National Capital Region. The exercise also assessed the local capacity for distribution of medical countermeasures to the general public as described in operational plans.

This project, funded through a federal grant program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), advances planning and preparedness in the largest metropolitan cities in the U.S. by educating volunteers to distribute medications rapidly in the event of a public health emergency. Once again, MSA was proud to be chosen to help prepare our nation’s capital to respond to a public health emergency.

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MSA awarded Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority LDBE Certification

Posted on August 15, 2012 in Company News

Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) as a Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE). The MWAA LDBE is a three-year program that provides opportunities for local small businesses for Authority contracts that utilize Federal funds.

MSA is certified in the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes including engineering services, general management and consulting services, and all other professional, scientific and technical services.
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Founded in 1990, MSA is a minority- and women-owned small business specializing in professional services, defense system test & evaluation, and homeland security & emergency management. MSA supports the public interest by helping government organizations, and institutions of higher education strengthen resiliency by building customized programs and preventing and mitigating risk.


MSA President and CEO Graduated from OPM Executive Program at Harvard Business School

Posted on February 15, 2013 in Company News
 
BOSTON – MSA’s Lilly Harris graduated with a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School on February 15, 2013.

Established more than 40 years ago, OPM is a rigorous, 9-week Executive Education program held over a 3-year period, for executives with at least 10 years of management experience who hold a major equity stake in their company.

Participants represent a diverse range of organizations from around the world and hold dual roles as owner and CEO or COO of firms with annual sales ranging from five million to several hundred million dollars.

A native of El Paso Texas, Ms. Harris is a fourth generation entrepreneur and the second generation business owner of Man-Machine Systems Assessment. By carrying on her family’s legacy, Ms. Harris is able to pursue her dream of creating a centric company committed to giving back to the community.
“Graduating from Harvard has been a dream of mine,” she says. “The friendships, knowledge, and memories of class adventures will stay with me forever.”

Taught by Harvard Business School’s faculty, the program consists of 240 hours in-class; 75 hours in small group discussion; and over 500 hours of assigned case preparation and preparation for in-class exercises in Strategy, Marketing, Leading People & Organizations, Accounting and Control, Finance, Negotiation, Global Markets, and Innovation focused on the frameworks, technology, and strategic tools essential for success in today’s challenging and global business environment.

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located in Boston and offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 50 Executive Education programs. With a faculty of over 200 distinguished scholars, the School is dedicated to educating leaders who make a difference in the world. Its core focus is to shape the practice of business, build enduring knowledge, and effectively communicate important ideas to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.

MSA Conducts Cybersecurity Workshop for Red Cross

Posted on October 12, 2012 in Company News

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Washington, DC - MSA recently accepted an invitation from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago to facilitate a workshop in September 2012. Over 150 people from the Chicago area Federal, state, local, and private sectors organizations were in attendance as we facilitated the workshop to provide a clear context for cyber resiliency within the region’s business continuity planning efforts. 

As the private and public sectors have shifted operations to internet-based communications technology, all elements of the region’s critical infrastructure have grown increasingly connected and interdependent. This demands a comprehensive approach toward business continuity planning that incorporates cybersecurity. Consequently, government agencies and private sector organizations must be become aware of the importance of including cybersecurity considerations into continuity planning and be proactive in identifying solutions or alternatives actions challenges, gaps, or vulnerabilities in their organization’s continuity plans and procedures. 

The overall goal of the workshop was to increase the awareness of cyber threats and business continuity considerations to enable organizations to continue vital business operations thought an emergency. 
 

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Since 1990 Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. has supported over 30 federal and commercial clients in the areas of Professional Services, Emergency Management and Defense Systems Test Evaluation Support. With a passion for engineering solutions and emergency management, this Minority, Women-Owned, government services firm has been recognized by Inc Magazine, Hispanic Business, Smart CEO and the Washington Business Journal for growth, excellence in service and service to the community. 


Listen to MSA's Todd Jasper on WAMU 88.5 Discussing the Navy Yard Shootings

Posted on September 17, 2013 in Company News
 
Wahington, D.C. - Click here to listen to MSA's Active Shooter expert,  Todd Jasper as he talks about emergency management and on how agencies coordinate their response in a modern day incident. 

MSA’s Todd Jasper Televised Interview on RT America following Capitol Hill shooting

Posted on October 4, 2013 in Company News

Washington, D.C. - A 34-year-old Connecticut woman, tried to drive her black Infiniti coupe through a barrier near the White House, then sped toward Capitol Hill, leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when her car got stuck on a median and police shot her.

Many critics have argued that the woman’s inability to penetrate barriers around the White House downgraded the situation from a national security concern to common police pursuit. 


MSA’s emergency management expert was invited for a televised interview on RT American to talk about the tragic shooting incident in Washington DC.  


Todd Jasper, Associate Director of MSA’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division discussed whether law enforcement are trained to respond differently given that the location of the incident was between the White House and Capital Building. 


“Law enforcement around secure areas like the capital are focused primarily on access control; keeping the people in that are suppose to be there and keeping out the people that are not suppose to be there.”


Mr. Jasper stated that the vehicle that the women was driving is a considered a weapon given her erratic behavior having already struck several police officers. He concluded by saying that law enforcement’s achieved their goal to keep the incident contained and from further escalation. 


RT America broadcasts from its studio in Washington, DC. Mr. Jasper’s interview can be viewed by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sQknuKV1jc 

 

About MSA

Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service. 



MSA Presents at the Annual California Emergency Services Association Conference

Posted on October 31, 2013 in Company News

Sacramento, CA - The theme of this year’s California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Conference was “Emergency Management: Cultivating the Future.” MSA’s West Coast Regional Practice Manager, Laura Hernandez, and Senior Project Manager, Bridget Brady, provided a presentation on the challenges of FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) disaster recovery reimbursement process. 

Emergency Managers have coined the phrase “Forensic Accounting” to describe the countless hours spent managing state and federal disaster applications. Tracking project costs, reconciling spreadsheets, calculating disbursements, processing payments, and maintaining supporting documentation creates a paperwork nightmare for local applicants. Without an effective recovery system, the local applicant can experience wasted staff time, additional costs, and further loss of productivity.

They described how local jurisdictions require a streamlined and effective system to recover costs after a major disaster. Laura and Bridget debuted MSA’s eRecovery system that offers the long awaited solution by offering a secure web-enabled system that integrates damage assessment data, synchronizing information into the system and automatically populating project spreadsheets and forms.

eRecovery simplifies the long-term cost recovery efforts by managing the application through the entire lifecycle of the grant. The moment a disaster strikes, local jurisdictions can now track all related costs through closeout. 

To end an already successfully presentation and conference, CESA presented Laura the Crystal Award for her achievements in the emergency management field having served as the Deputy Director for emergency services in Ventura County, California for over 15 years before she joined MSA in June 2013. 


Todd Jasper promoted to Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Company News

Todd Jasper

MSA is pleased to announce Todd J. Jasper’s promotion to Director for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Todd is an experienced emergency manager and strategic planner with experience in developing plans and programs for federal, state, local, and private sector organizations. He has designed and developed a full spectrum of plans, policies, procedures, protocols, and programmatic elements such as hazard mitigation, continuity of operations, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans. 

In addition, Mr. Jasper has created plans and exercises for agencies such as the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Postal Service (USPS), Small Business Administration (SBA), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, FEMA, DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection, and many state/local entities. Additionally, I've performed damage assessments for the Navy and conducted programmatic analysis for catastrophic events for FEMA.

In his role as Director, Todd will be responsible for managing and growing MSA’s Homeland Security portfolio and will assist the executive team with corporate growth strategies. Congratulations, Todd! 

To learn more about Todd follow his blog at http://toddjasper.com
 
About MSA
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service. 

There's a Security Gap on Capitol Hill. And It's as Troublesome as the One at Navy Yard

Posted on June 6, 2014 in Company News
 
Arlington, VA - MSA's Todd Jasper was interviewed by the National Journal regarding the security gap with Capitol Hill police. 
 
Even now, wait times for entering Capitol office buildings generally are deemed "unacceptable during certain periods of the day," according to the Cole report.
Todd Jasper, a homeland security and emergency management consultant for Northern Virginia-based firm MSA, said the Capitol Police ought to have more resources to properly protect the area.
 
"The U.S. Capitol Police has an extraordinary mission for such a small department, where resources are always going to be scarce," Jasper said. "They have a thankless job."
 
Asked about the officer who let our car through, Jasper said he was doing his job and following directions. Several signs can indicate a driver or items in the vehicle may be dangerous, including the person's behavior and whether the car is riding low to the ground.
 
But the gap in security remains, and could allow any disgruntled or disturbed House staffer with a parking pass to enter with a weapon and potentially harm visitors, staffers, or members of Congress. And it's a thought that disturbs the senior staffer who drove me in that day.
 
"I've been saying this for a year now," the staffer said. "And instead of just talking about it, it's time that somebody does something about it before it's too late."
 
 
About MSA 
 
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience. MSA provides complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients as well as consultation support in three core areas: defense system test & evaluation, emergency management and program management office (PMO) support. MSA projects share many common objectives: alignment with customers needs, developing cost effective and value-added solutions. All this while providing excellence in customer service.  

Lilly Harris, Senator Susan Collins & Former Congresswoman Jane Harman join Women in Homeland Security 5th Anniversary Steering Committee

Posted on June 24, 2014 in Company News
 
Washington, D.C. --  Women in Homeland Security, a non-profit organization devoted to building the homeland security community, today announced that Senator Susan Collins and former Congresswoman Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will Co-Chair a year of activities to highlight critical areas of the homeland security mission.
 
"I am proud to work with Women in Homeland Security to support their excellent work educating our community about the opportunities available to women in the field of Homeland Security and breaking down stovepipes and working more collaboratively on our shared mission of protecting America," said Senator Collins.   Senator Collins is one of the most experienced and respected leaders in homeland security with a long record of accomplishments including national intelligence reform, strengthening cyber security, addressing homegrown terrorism, improving disaster response, securing ports and chemical facilities, and supporting First Responders.
 
"Susan Collins and I were key architects of the 2004 Intelligence Reform law and have become dear friends.  It is meaningful to work together to support other women who share our commitment to homeland security and keeping our nation safe." said Ms. Harman.  Harman served nine terms in Congress representing California and served on all the major security committees - Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security.  She is a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues.
 
"We are honored to have the support of two of the leading voices in homeland security join us to celebrate this significant milestone for Women in Homeland Security," said Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and President of WHS and CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition.   "Our organization has accomplished so much for our community we look forward to a very exciting 5th anniversary year."
 
Women in Homeland Security, founded in 2009, has grown to over 3500 public and private sector members and focuses on collaboration, understanding cross disciplinary missions, and supporting the nation's homeland security mission through monthly events, Book Club, charitable work, STEM initiatives and mentoring.  For the organization's 5th Anniversary the group has planned numerous events and activities to recognize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's priorities including cyber security awareness, preparedness, infrastructure protection, STEM and the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR).  For more information visit www.WomeninHomelandSecurity.com.
 
The 5th Anniversary Steering Committee Members include:  Barbara Alexander, TASC;
Sharie Bourbeau, former Principal Executive, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, DHS;  Courtney Bromley, IBM; Joan Cannaday, WBB;  Kristin Cooke, SCI Consulting; Lynn Miller Dean, TSA, DHS; Leslie Echols, B3 Solutions; Libby Camp Elliott, United Technologies Corporation;  Ronnyka Fitzpatrick, CBP, DHS;  Eileen Giglio, WAGSolutions; Betty Guhman, CSC; Mila Halpine, Cognivault; Mary Hanson Captain, U.S. Navy (ret.), Executive Director, HSSTAC, DHS S&T; Lilly Harris, MSA, Inc.; Julie Hassett, Hassett Willis & Company; Ellen Howe, VidSys; Tamara Hutchinson, OIA, DHS; Carlene Ileto, DHS; Linda Jacksta, CBP, DHS; Sarah Kindsfater-Yerkes, The Big Brain Co.; Victoria Laing, Northrop Grumman; Traci Lemke, ICE, DHS; Kristen Lillard, Grant Thornton; Andrea Marsh, Battelle; Lisa Martin, LeapFrog Solutions; Stacy McAlpine, Ernst & Young; Tamika McCree, TSA, DHS; Kathy Mills, CENTRA Technology; Katy Montgomery, The Chertoff Group; Carolyn Muir, SE Solutions; Tricia O'Hara, The Optimists Club; Jaime O'Keefe, Harris; Shannon O'Keefe, Motorola Solutions; Marilyn Peppers Citizen, Valence Consulting; Nancy Peters, CACI; Jennifer Pueschner, Raytheon; Dr. Sharla Rausch, Former ONL Deputy Director, S&T, DHS; Lillian Robison, AECOM Water; Barbara Rosenbaum, Capgemini; Donna Roy, NIEM, DHS; Michelle Sanguiliano, NTT Data; Sara Schroerlucke, CBP, DHS; Barbara Vatier, Agilex; Chani Wiggins, Winn Strategies, former Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs, DHS; Pat Wilder, Border Patrol Foundation; Kelly Wilson, DHS; and Molly Wilkinson, Regent Financial Corporation; former General Counsel, Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.
 
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WHS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in March 2009. The group has grown to nearly 3500 public and private sector members.  The Mission of Women in Homeland Security is to build the homeland security community.  For more information please visit www.WomeninHomelandSecurity.com - membership is free.
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MSA hosts Women in Homeland Security National Preparedness Event

Posted on October 1, 2014 in Company News
 
Washington, D.C. - MSA in conjunction with the Women in Homeland Security's 5th Anniversary Steering Committee organized and hosted a fire side chat with Linda Mathes of the CEO and Beth Zimmerman of FEMA focusing on FEMA's new five year. To read more about the plan, click here strategic plan.  Sponsors included MSA, Leapfrog and Harris Corporation. 

About our Speakers 

Linda Mathes

Linda Mathes is the Chief Executive Officer of the 
American Red Cross in the 
National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, VA. Ms. Mathes is charged with responsibility to carry out the mission of the American Red Cross throughout this regional community and to 
support other communities across the country and around the world. 
 
Ms. Mathes is Chair of the Regional ESF-6 Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services Committee for the Greater Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. She is currently a member of the Emergency Preparedness Council of MWCOG, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, International Women's Forum, Age-Friendly DC Task Force, and Tiffany Circle.
 
Elizabeth A. Zimmerman is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery (ORR). ORR is responsible for the coordination and integration of FEMA's response, recovery and logistics programs impacted by major disasters or emergencies.delivery of disaster response and recovery assistance to individuals and communities and operations. Its mission is to ensure the efficient and effective
Serving as the principal advisor to the ORR Associate Administrator, Zimmerman also coordinates the development of strategic plans and budgets for ORR to successfully accomplish the Agency's mission in accordance with the Administrator's goals and priorities. She works with other Senior-level FEMA officials to assure that FEMA responds rapidly and effectively to legislative requirements and Presidential directives. 
 

About MSA

Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 24 years of experience proving complex, integrated professional services to federal and commercial clients. MSA offers consultation support in operational test and evaluation, emergency preparedness and exercise design as well as evaluation of CBRNE systems.  To learn more about MSA and how we can support your program, email Lilly Harris


 
 
 
 
 
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.

MSA CEO serves as mentor at Semper Startup Event

Posted on October 10, 2014 in Company News
Arlington, VA - MSA CEO, Lilly Harris wil be serving as a mentor to veteran entreprenurs at the Semper Startup program on Oct 15th (www.semperstartup.orgat GW UniversityThis event is designed for CEOs, investors and veterans, and I appreciate anything you can do to get the word out and help us get these business leaders and their exec teams to Semper Startup! 
 
What's unique? 
Semper Startup is connecting veterans authentically to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and investors so we can inspire, encourage, and support them on the path of entrepreneurship. In addition to having two great headliners and six solid speakers that will be casting wisdom (#semperstartup ), we are blending in a ceo-veteran matching mentor session in the morning and then later in the day spotlighting veterans raising capital in an investor pitch/shark tank format. 
Thanks for being a champion for this worthy cause and great event. You can register here: http://bit.ly/1ppcL1b  
 
Semper Startup
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.


MSA Awarded 5 Billion Dollar SEAPORT-e Prime IDIQ

Posted on April 3, 2015 in Company News
 
Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc. (MSA) is one of 464 prime contractors added to the Navy’s $5.3 billion SeaPort-e contract vehicle. Seaport-e will allow MSA to support;Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and the United States Marine Corps in the National Capital Region as a EDWOSB. 
 
MSA can provide support in the following 15 functional areas: 
  • Research and Development Support
  • Engineering, System Engineering, and ProcMSA Seaport-eessEngineering Support
  • Modeling,Simulation, Stimulation, and Analysis Support
  • System Design Documentation and Technical Data Support
  • Configuration Management (CM) Support
  • Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support
  • Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A) Support
  • Human Factors, Performance, and Usability Engineering Support
  • System Safety Engineering Support
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Support
  • Interoperability, Test and Evaluation, Trials Support
  • Measurement Facilities, Range, and Instrumentation Support
  • Training Support
  • Program Support
  • Functional and Administrative Support
MSA is actively building a team of large and small businesses with extensive experience and expertise serving the Navy, Department of Defense, and greater Federal Government communities.  Please contact us for more information. 
 
- See more at: http://msaincorp.com/seaport-e
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.
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MSA Wins AEC Contract Position Worth Up to $444M

Posted on November 1, 2014 in Company News
 
MSA was one of the U.S. Army’s recipients of the five year, $444M indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Test and Evaluation Support Services for the Army Evaluation Center. The overall scope of the Omnibus contract is to provide support of evaluation and analysis, planning and review of T&E documentation, data reduction and analysis support, and to prepare input to system assessment and system evaluation documents.

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AEC spans a wide range of functional areas in its support of Soldiers and the DoD.The following describes some of the primary areas that will utilize this contract vehicle:
  1. Ballistic Missile Defense
  2. Air and Missile Defense and Field Artillery Systems to include target acquisition systems, fire control radars, munitions including rockets, missiles, and projectiles, launcher platforms, cannon systems
  3. Manned and Unmanned Aviation Systems
  4. Close Combat Ground Systems to include Infantry/Soldier systems, lethal and non-lethal weapons, munitions, sensors, target acquisition systems, wheeled and tracked combat platforms, and combat training simulators
  5. Business Information Systems
  6. Medical Information Systems
  7. Command, Control, and Communications
  8. Intelligence Systems
  9. Cyber Security, Information Assurance (IA) and Interoperability
  10. Information Integration Technology (IIT)
  11. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3)
  12. Countermeasures (including atmospherics and obscurants)
  13. Electronic Warfare
  14. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)
  15. Nuclear Weapons Effects
  16. Reliability and Maintainability (RAM)
  17. Design of Experiments (DoE)
  18. Modeling and Simulation (M&S)
  19. Integrated Logistics and Suitability
  20. Sustainment
  21. Survivability
  22. Test Infrastructure

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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.
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MSA wins Soldier and Support Systems Evaluation Contract

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Company News

MSA wins a multi-year prime contract to support the Soldier and Support Systems Evaluation Directorate with the Army Evaluation Center. The SSSED task order focuses on close combat munitions, dismounted Soldier systems, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Enhanced Conventional Weapons (CBRNE), and force support systems.
 
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 25 years of experience serving the Department of Defense with their Test and Evaluation needs. MSA experts have the specialized knowledge and technical skills necessary to analyze the most complex problems, quantify essential performance parameters, and design viable solutions. Because we focus on technical service and have no affiliation with combat or materiel developers – MSA analysts are never compromised by conflicts of interest.
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.
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WOSB Sole Source Available Starting October 14, 2015

Posted on September 14, 2015 in Company News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 11, 2015) – Women-owned small businesses seeking federal contracts won a big victory today. Today’s announcement by the Small Business Administration (SBA), effective October 14th, allows for the use of sole source authority in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. 

The FY15 National Defense Authorization Act provided agencies with statutory authority to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) through the WOSB Federal Contract Program. Currently, the WOSB program is the only major small business contracting program without this authority – putting women entrepreneurs at a distinct disadvantage. Instead, the WOSB program has a limited ability to set-aside contracts, only allowed when multiple women-owned firms signaled they would compete for the contract.  

The SBA final rule is expected to be effective and available for use by federal agencies on October 14, 2015.   Similar to other small business contracting programs, WOSB sole source contracts will be limited to certain sizes. For manufacturing contracts that cap is $6.5 million, while all other contracts have a cap of $4 million.

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) has championed this issue over the years and applauds the Small Business Administration (SBA), Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and legislators such as Senators Maria Cantwell, Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Jackie Speier for their leadership and efforts to bring parity to women contractors. 

“After 15 years of work, the WOSB program is finally on a level playing field with other programs. This parity means women entrepreneurs face fewer barriers when entering the federal market,” said Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of WIPP. “The implementation of sole source authority for the WOSB Procurement Program is the final step in cementing the WOSB program as the tool to bring the innovations, products, and services to government agencies.”

About WIPP

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a nonprofit, membership organization working to increase the economic power and public policy clout of women business owners by providing business skills education, leadership opportunities for business and personal growth, and a seat at the table amongst policymakers in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2001, WIPP is recognized as a national, nonpartisan voice for women entrepreneurs, advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 78 business organizations. For more information, please visit www.WIPP.org

For more on the campaign to bring sole source to the WOSB Procurement Program, visit here.

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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.
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MSA joins National Effort to Promote Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Posted on November 16, 2015 in Company News
 
November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and reaffirm the commitment to keep our Nation’s critical infrastructure secure and resilient. Man-Machine Systems Assessment has committed to building awareness of the importance of critical infrastructure.
 
During November, we focus on engaging and educating public and private sector partners to raise awareness about the systems and resources that support our daily lives, underpin our society, and sustain our way of life. Safeguarding both the physical and cyber aspects of critical infrastructure is a national priority that requires public-private partnerships at all levels of government and industry.
 
Managing risks to critical infrastructure involves preparing for all hazards—including natural and manmade incidents and events—reinforcing the resilience of our assets and networks, and staying ever-vigilant and informed.
 
November is a time to review our personal and organizational emergency plans to be as prepared as possible for potential problems and disruptions. We all need to play a role in keeping infrastructure strong, secure, and resilient. We can do our part at home, at work, and in our community by being vigilant, incorporating basic safety practices and cybersecurity behaviors into our daily routines, and making sure that if we see something, we say something by reporting suspicious activities to local law enforcement.
 
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.

MSA wins a multi-year prime contract to support Integrated Suitability and Methodology Evaluation for Army

Posted on November 18, 2015 in Company News
 
MSA wins a multi-year prime contract to support Integrated Suitability and Methodology Evaluation Directorate (ISMED) for the Army Evaluation Center. ISMED focuses on on independent suitability (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability and Product Support) evaluations of systems and applying analytical methodologies to include facilitating the implementation of design of experiments and modeling and simulation.
 
Man-Machine Systems Assessment (MSA) is an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) with over 25 years of experience serving the Department of Defense with their Test and Evaluation needs. MSA experts have the specialized knowledge and technical skills necessary to analyze the most complex problems, quantify essential performance parameters, and design viable solutions. Because we focus on technical service and have no affiliation with combat or materiel developers – MSA analysts are never compromised by conflicts of interest.
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest. MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs. MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.
 
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MSA teams with Battelle in support of Advanced Expeditionary Warfare Development (AEWD) contract

Posted on November 20, 2015 in Company News
 
MSA to provide subcontract support to Battelle under a 5-year, $800 Million Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Advanced Expeditionary Warfare Development (AEWD) program. The AEWD IDIQ supports the Department of Defense and other Government agencies in the delivery of research and development services to provide technology-based solutions against adaptable threats.
 
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Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc (MSA) is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) headquartered in Arlington, Virginia serving those that support the public interest.  MSA is passionate about our Warfighters and the preparedness of our nation; working diligently to evaluate defense systems, ensure continuity of operations and support mission critical programs.  MSA has over twenty-five years of experience in government contract management for a wide variety of contract types.

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MSA to be honored by Washington SmartCEO at the 2016 Family Business Awards

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Company News

Washington, DC — Washington SmartCEO is pleased to announce the 2016 Family Business Awards honorees. The Family Business Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 30 of Washington’s top family businesses. This year’s honorees collectively generate more than $2.4 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 6,000 individuals. Honorees will be profiled in the May/June issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on May 9, 2016 at the Howard Theatre.

Please see below for a complete list of honorees and event details. To share in the excitement leading up to the event, follow us on Twitter @SmartCEO #FamBiz.

 
“Family firms make up more than 80 percent of all businesses in North America. Their impact on jobs and the economy is undeniable. Not only are they driving innovation, change and stewardship they are also representatives of the American Dream,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO. “We are very proud to recognize the top family businesses in Washington for their impact on the region and their continued dedication to helping it grow and prosper.”
 
More than 300 local business executives and guests are expected to attend this year’s Family Business Awards ceremony at the Howard Theatre to celebrate the honorees and their achievements. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception and high-energy networking, followed by a video-packed awards ceremony and a final toast to the family businesses of Greater Washington.

 

2016 Family Business Awards Event
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Theatre
620 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Attire: Business Cocktail

2016 Washington Family Business Awards Honorees
  • FedBiz IT Solutions Interstate Batteries
  • The Keelen Group
  • Phoenix TS
  • Talk of the Town
  • J. R. Caskey, Inc.
  • KANE Construction, Inc.
  • Linder Global Events
  • Man-Machine Systems Assessment, Inc.
  • Mavenspire
  • Social Driver
  • Wydler Brothers Real Estate
  • Architectural Ceramics
  • Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center
  • Convergent Solutions, Inc.
  • Family & Nursing Care Gelberg Signs
  • Gray Graphics Corporation
  • Knight Solutions
  • Maryland Paper Company
  • Mayflower Textile Services Co.
  • Patton Electronics Company
  • Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center
  • Capitol Concierge
  • The Long & Foster Companies
  • Metronome
  • Ross Companies Sheehy Auto Stores
  • VariQ
About the Family Business Awards
The Family Business Awards program honors family businesses that make up the backbone of the American economy. From small, boutique operations to large multi-generational firms, these entrepreneurial families are building business legacies that will last for generations to come. More than two thirds of privately held businesses in the U.S. are family-owned firms, but many times they are overshadowed by large public organizations. That’s why SmartCEO is honoring and celebrating the family businesses that are successful, growing and moving America forward. Honorees will be profiled in the May/June issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards gala in May.
 
About SmartCEO
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award- winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.
 

MSA awarded Sole Source with Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)

Posted on October 1, 2016 in Company News

MSA has secured a one-year, sole-source GSA contract with The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) who is the primary Department of Defense technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense, and is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. MSA will be supporting ECBC’s Engineering Directorate whose mission is to revamp the current process used to identify how testing should be conducted when Program Managers introduce acquisition targets.

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MSA awarded Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) All Hazards preparedness, Planning, Consulting & Recovery Services BPA

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Company News

MSA is a subcontractor to Olsen group on the HGAC blanket contract vehicle. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) is a regional council of governments operating under the laws of the State of Texas and governed by a board comprised of 35 elected officials from the 13 county region. This will allow for MSA to provide professional planning, consulting services and interim recovery services in the areas of Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery and All Hazards Planning for the Houston area.

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MSA CEO Guest Lectures at Darden Business School

Posted on April 19, 2016 in Company News

MSA CEO, Lilly Harris was invited by Darden Business School at the University of Virginia to write and present a case study to second year MBA students. The case study focused on the various challenges MSA has faced as a growing small business from the CEOs perspective. The case study was well received and will be used moving forward as part of the Entrepreneurial Challenges course.

 

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MSA Awarded Sole Source to perform Human Systems Integration for the Army Research Lab

Posted on March 1, 2017 in Company News
MSA has been awarded a three (3) year sole source contract to support the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) as it conducts the continuous evaluation of various test & evaluation (T&E) programs. This will our 10th year supporting ARL's mission to "Discover, innovate, and transition science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power."
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