|BCF Solutions, Inc. Appraised at CMMI Dev-Level 3 Arlington, VA (December 10, 2013) – BCF announced today that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). The appraisal was performed by Drew Allison of SysDevCo, Inc.CMMI is a process improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.
An appraisal at maturity level 2 indicates the organization is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.
An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.
CMMI is the result of more than 20 years of ongoing work at Carnegie Mellon University by members of industry, government, and the Software Engineering Institute. Powered by Carnegie Mellon, the CMMI Institute is working to build upon CMMI’s success, advance the state of the practice, accelerate the development and adoption of best practices, and provide solutions to the emerging needs of businesses around the world.
BCF Solutions: One of Washington’s Greatest 50 Places to Work Washington, DC (November 21, 2013) - BCF Solutions has been selected as one of the 50 Great Places to Work by The Washingtonian magazine. The December edition of the magazine is available in stores and online (Washingtonian December 2013) as of today. This is the eighth time the Washingtonian has chosen Great Places to Work in the Washington, DC area. The feature dates back to 1999 and is published every other year. BCF was an Honorable mention in both 2011 and 2009.Among The Washingtonian’s 50 winning workplaces, there are a mix of sizes (from an organization of 19 employees to one with more than 70,000), as well as industries (winners include government agencies, information-technology firms, government contractors, nonprofits, and more). This year’s 50 winning workplaces were chosen on the basis of such measures as: generous pay and benefits, challenging and interesting work, great work/life balance, opportunities to learn and grow, financial stability, commitment to charity and community, and the recognition and respect given to employees. Winners were chosen after a panel of editors reviewed more than 200 companies and some 13,000 employee surveys. The final determinations relied heavily on the scores given by a company’s employees.
Particularly highlighted for BCF was its management team and how they support their employees on a daily basis. In addition, the benefits BCF offers were noted to go above and beyond what was offered by companies of a similar size. Another differentiator is that despite being a Government contractor, BCF did not lay off a single employee amidst the sequestration, furloughs, and cutbacks that came to define the Government contracting industry in 2013.
This is the first award for owner’s Brady Foster and Chand Gupta. They will be recognized at the official announcement ceremony on Friday November 22, 2013 at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.
BCF Founding Partner for PaxSpace Hollywood, MD (September 28, 2013) -BCF Solutions recently sponsored PaxSpace, Inc., a new MakerSpace located in Hollywood, Maryland. PaxSpace is a membership organization that provides the space, equipment, and community for members to learn new skills and pursue projects related to art and technology. PaxSpace will provide education and technical and scientific awareness to Southern Maryland to promote community innovation and technology development. Member projects will include electronics assembly, soldering, wood working, and computer programming. PaxSpace hopes to inspire lifelong learning and innovation, while also strengthening the local community. BCF Solutions is excited to be part of this effort and is providing space, furnishings, and other support for the organization to begin operations and grow their membership. For more information, visit www.PaxSpace.org.
BCF to Present at DCM2013 Hollywood, MD (September 13, 2013) - BCF’s RedBlack Communications Division has been invited to present at the Defense Manufacturing Conference 2013 (DMC2013) on December 4th, 2013 in Kissimee, FL. The topic is “Li-CFx/MnO2 Hybrid Chemistry Batteries for Military Applications and Manufacturing Feasibility Study Results”. This is a report to Industry on the Battery Network (BATTNET) Short Term Project (STP) performed by BCF and their sub-contractor Ultralife Corporation. The study evaluated the feasibility of producing hybrid batteries that rely on new chemistry and configuration on machinery that was originally designed for different chemistry and configuration.
BCF Engineers Chemistry Approach for Better Warfighter Battery Hollywood, MD (August 23, 2013) - BCF’s RedBlack Communications Division recently completed its quarterly In Process Review (IPR) for the Battery Network (BATTNET) Short Term Project (STP). The goal of this STP is to address the manufacturing feasibility of Lithium Carbon Mono-Fluoride Manganese Dioxide (LiCFx-MnO2) batteries on existing Lithium Manganese Dioxide (LiMnO2) production equipment. Working with its subcontractor, Ultralife Corporation, BCF validated the manufacturing approach and delivered 225 batteries and cells to the US Army CERDEC for acceptance testing and further evaluation. This new chemistry approach to the standard military BA-5390 battery footprint affords greater power capacity and a longer shelf life than current fielded batteries.The BATTNET Project is a partnership led by the Defense Logistics Agency and nine industry partnering firms. Its goal is to identify and evaluate industry improvements that will enhance the production and performance of critical battery-related components for the nation’s Warfighters.
BCF France wins Project Controls Support contract in Barcelona Aix-en-Provence, FR (July 23, 2013) – BCF’s French subsidiary, BCF Solutions SARL, was awarded a Project Controls Support contract for Fusion For Energy (F4E) partnered with Tata Consultancy Services. F4E is the European Domestic Agency for ITER, located in Barcelona. We are the first awardee in a cascade contract which gives us the first right of refusal for upcoming Task Orders. The contract has ceiling value of $7M € (~ $9.3M).
RedBlack Division Provides Critical Engineering and Technical Support to Navy Aircraft Generation Systems Hollywood, MD (June 6, 2013) – On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, BCF Solutions, RedBlack Communications Division, working closely with the prime contractor, PC Krause and Associates of West Lafayette, Indiana, successfully completed a recent Critical Design Review (CDR) for the development and production of Silicon Controlled Rectifier (SCR) Module Dynamic Counter Testers (DCT) for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR 184.108.40.206) at Patuxent River, Maryland. The SCR DCT allows rapid and reliable testing of SCR modules used in US Navy aircraft’s generation systems. The SCR DCT will allow the fleet to significantly reduce costs related to current testing methods and equipment. BCF is providing mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering efforts to design the integrated system around circuitry and control logic developed by the PC Krause team. BCF is also providing logistics and analysis support for the development of program and technical documentation. Successful completion of CDR allows PCKA and BCF to begin fabricating and integrating initial demonstration and test articles of SCR DCT units.
EVM Division Supports Winning Team in NASA Effort Huntsville, AL (March 29, 2013) – BCF Solutions, Inc. EVM Division was part of winning team of prime contarctor Quantech Services, Inc. for the Marshall Integrated Program Support Services (MIPSS) that will functionally support the NASA Programs at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Hunstville, AL. BCF is a critical subcontractor to providing support in Earned Value Management and Risk Management. This is a Blanket Purchase Agreement contract and gives us the opportunity to bid on task orders as a subcontractor in five areas: Program Planning & Control; Cost Estimating & Analysis; Configuration & Data Management; Project Coordination and Subject Matter Expert support. This effort is Quantech’s first contract with NASA and we are proud to have helped support their success. Congratulations to Director Bob Wasser and his team. Check out our latest Employment Opportunities for this contract.
BCF wins LOGWORLD Schedule Arlington, VA (March 5, 2013) - BCF’s D&S Division led the company’s efforts to successfully acquisre a GSA Logistics Worldwide (LOGWORLD) Schedule. The LOGWORLD Multiple Award Schedule 874 V assists federal agencies in procuring comprehensive logistics solutions. Services include the following areas that permit the deployment of supplies, equipment, materials and associated personnel: planning, acquisition and management of logistics systems, and providing expert advice, assistance, guidance, management, and operational support services. The schedule was awarded to BCF as a small business and is valid through 2018. This will provide another way for our customers to acces our servies at great rates. Congratulations to D&S Director Adam Mungo, Aaron Vandervort, and Ellen Loney who successfully negotiated this effort! To view the BCF LOGWORLD Catalog, click here.
BCF becomes ISO Certified Sterling, VA (February 5, 2013) – BCF Solutions, Inc.’s S4 Tech Division led the company’s efforts to successfully become ISO 9001:2008 certified. The International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 is a formal quality control policy that is now an integral part of the BCF Management processes. As part of our business operations, ISO 9001 certified processes allows us to better satisfy our customers’ needs. “ISO certification opens up many more engineering opportunities for BCF growth. Our certification enhances BCF’s capability as a world class professional services organization,” says Mr. Chand Gupta, President & COO. Thanks to S4 Tech Director, Natesa Janakiraman, Vice President and Director of Contracts, Jack Nebb, and all of S4 Tech personnel who made this possible!
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