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Potential Service Contract Act Change

May 22, 2012

The May 3, 2012, Federal Register contains a proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) change that implements Presidential Executive Order 13495 of January 30, 2009.  This potential change would affect any contractor or subcontractor holding a contract subject to the Service Contract Act.  The Executive Order and the proposed FAR change would require, with few, specific exceptions, that service contractors and their subcontractors under successor contracts subject to the Service Contract Act to offer employees of the predecessor contactor and its subcontractors a right of first refusal of employment for positions for which they are qualified.  For specific details of this proposed change, please click to view:  Proposed Reg - Displaced Workers (2) and Exec  Order 13495

2012 Tradesmen of the Year Award Winners!

May 21, 2012

The winners of the 2012 Junior and Senior Tradesmen of the Year awards were announced at the May General Membership meeting.

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WR Systems Press Release

May 01, 2012

WRSystems Continues Its Aggressive Commercial Maritime Technologies Expansion with Key Appointments

–Amy Morris

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), a global leader in maritime technology, announces two key appointments in its Maritime Technologies Division: Mr Arthur Thomas Senior joins as Vice President – Maritime Business and Mr Mike Kellner joins as Director – Maritime Business.

WRSystems’ Maritime Technologies Division supplies Radar, ECDIS and Inertial Navigation Technology as part of a full suite of navigational products. Beyond product sales, WRSystems’ internal design and project management resources supply turnkey bridge installations for both newbuild and retrofit applications. Global, 24 hour service is provided to customers through the company’s 85 US-based technicians and extensive worldwide partner network.

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Congressman Randy Forbes Listening Session in Chesapeake - May 14th

April 23, 2012

MAY 14
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)



This town hall-style forum will include brief information from a Congressional delegation. A moderated “open mic” will allow participants to


Concerned citizens, military retirees, veterans, small business owners, defense contractors, and local Chambers of Commerce are invited to attend.


The Defending our Defenders LISTENING SESSION seeks to allow citizen input about the danger defense budget cuts present to national security, our men and women in uniform and local economies nationwide. More information is available at

WR Systems Press Release

April 23, 2012

W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Follow-on Contract Award N65236-12-D-4806 for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), of Norfolk,VA, along with URS Federal Services, Inc. (prime) and other team members, has been awarded the Submarine C5I & NC3 Engineering, Technical, and Logistic Support follow-on contract from SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.

Work under this contract includes engineering, technical, analysis and assessment, logistical, life cycle, and program management support for VIRGINIA Class (SSN 774) Non-Propulsion Electronics Systems and Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS) C5I systems and subsystems installed in SSN 21, SSN 688/I, SSBN 726, SSN 774, and SSGN Class Submarines and SUBOPAUTH shore facilities. This contract is valued at $27,746,842 for the base year plus one option year.

New Rules for Adding to Work Packages of CNO Availabilities

April 23, 2012

Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), RDML Dave Gale, has issued a new CNRMC NOTICE 4791 providing Navy polich on "Adding Work to Availability Work Packages (AWP) for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Availabilities.

You can find the Notice HERE.

W R Systems Press Release

April 16, 2012

John Pyron, Vice President of W R Systems, Ltd., and Director of Federal Business for the Engineering Services Division located in Norfolk,VA, has been elected Vice President of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC).  TASC is an organization dedicated to excellence in contracting in the public and private sectors. Mr. Pyron is a retired Navy officer with over 25 years experience in program management and marketing, and earned his BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.

"The Yard" - NNSY Wins!

April 16, 2012

Norfolk Naval Ship Yard took home the prize for bragging rights to be called "THE Yard" on the Rumble in the Morning show

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Governor Announces Virginia on Track to Install America's First Offshore Winde Turbine

April 02, 2012

Approval Today Advances Governor's Goal to make Virginia "The Energy Capital of the East Coast


RICHMOND VA“ Governor McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Marine Resources Commission has voted unanimously to approve proposed construction of a 479-foot-tall, five-megawatt wind turbine generator prototype in the lower Chesapeake Bay, three miles off the Eastern Shore town of Cape Charles. The construction of the prototype turbine is scheduled to be completed in late 2013, which would be before other offshore wind energy projects are slated to be built in other parts of the country. The expected design life of the prototype turbine is expected to be 20 years or more. The submarine cable system is expected to last more than 100 years.This prototype is a significant step forward in Governor Bob McDonnell's goal to pursue an "all of the above” energy approach including wind, coal, nuclear, oil, and renewable energy projects making Virginia the energy capital of the East Coast. The project now requires approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and review by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The Maritime Minute - 3/29/12

March 30, 2012

AMP TO ADMINISTRATION: U.S. VESSELS READY, WILLING & ABLE TO TRANSPORT FUEL TO NORTHEAST:   With concerns that refinery closures in the Northeast may cause gas prices to increase further, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) notified the Administration that American vessels have ample capacity to transport petroleum to the region from the Gulf of Mexico. AMP’s letter comes after a federal analysis omitted key data about the domestic shipping industry’s overall capacity. “Today, there is more than adequate American tank vessel capacity to address any additional refinery closures,” the AMP Board of Directors wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Homeland Security Secretary Ja net Napolitano and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Click here to read more

 NAVY LEAGUE POLICY STATEMENT SAYS JONES ACT VITAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY:  A recently released annual policy statement from the Navy League of the United States says the Jones Act is critical to U.S. economic, homeland and national security. The policy statement says the Navy League supports "The Jones Act and Passenger Vessel Act, which are important to economic and national security because they protect critical national infrastructure and provide added sealift capacity through the VISA, an expanded pool of trained and experienced mariners to crew U.S. government-owned sealift assets and help sustain the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industrial base that is vital to the U.S. Nav y and Coast Guard."  Click here to read more

 SHIPPING SEASON UNDERWAY ON GREAT LAKES:  The Great Lakes Jones Act fleet has shaken off its winter slumber. The first ship got underway on March 5 and the active fleet has been steadily growing since then. The March 24 opening of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., means shipping is in full swing again. Click here to read more


American Maritime Partnership ("AMP") is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American mariners ply our waters 24/7, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation, and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute. So efficient are these vessels that they carry a quarter of the nation‘s cargo for only 2 percent of the national freight bill, and being American owned, built and crewed helps make America more secure.