GSA Awards Spots on Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement

The General Services Administration (GSA) authorized 16 businesses to sell “agile” technology development services to the federal government—including USGIF Organizational Members Booz Allen Hamilton, Esri, Vencore, and World Wide Technology—under a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). The GSA’s tech consulting group, 18F, aims to shrink the time to deliver innovative prototypes from years to months or weeks. To be selected for a spot on the BPA, vendors were were required to submit prototypes based on public data sets and share their work in a public repository, according to 18F. The BPA will allow federal agencies to choose from a group of pre-approved vendors specializing in agile development. Although spots on this first list were limited, 18F referenced plans to “on-ramp” new vendors and even “off-ramp” vendors should they not perform.

Carahsoft Hosting GEOINT Webinar Series

Carahsoft is hosting a “GEOINT Virtual Booth” webinar series August 31 through September 4 to highlight its geospatial vendors as a follow-up to the GEOINT 2015 Symposium. The one-hour sessions will include presentations from Boundless, Autodesk, Maponics, iMapData, Avenza, Terrapixel, Intermap Technologies, and Digital Map Products. Click here for more information or to register.

Boeing Awarded $1.49B Order to Build Surveillance Planes

The Department of Defense awarded Boeing a $1.49 billion contract to build 13 additional P-8A maritime surveillance plans and provide parts for another 20 aircraft. Nine planes will be built for the U.S. Navy while the other four will be for the Royal Australian Air Force. The planes are scheduled for delivery in December 2018, with 80 percent of the work to be performed in Washington State.

Satellite Earth Observation Market to Reach $4.5B by 2024

NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 7th Edition report forecasts that data, value-added services, and information products markets from EO will reach $4.5 billion by 2024, from $2.3 billion in 2014. The report predicts a thriving Information Products segment will drive the EO market as the industry transitions to an era of very-high-resolution imagery and increased adoption of Big Data analytics products in the face of decreasing data prices for medium- and high-resolution imagery.

Help NGA get to SXSW!

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for the first time submitted proposals to participate in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. SXSW 2016, which takes place this March in Austin, Texas, received more than 6,000 panel proposals. To help determine which panels are selected, the festival launched the SXSW Panel Picker, an online voting tool to welcome community participation in the selection process. In order to vote, participants must create a SXSW account or log in via Facebook. Voting ends Sept. 4!

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