PH-TBI/WII

May 9, 2014

Since 2007, UCS has worked tirelessly addressing the needs of our nations’ heroes and families by providing the programmatic structure, clinical subject matter expertise, financial and business analysis, and management professionals for the Navy Medicine Psychological Health (PH)/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) Program. The dedicated team of government and UCS employees have managed over $1.2B providing a tangible impact on the lives of our nations’ warriors and their families. Recently, UCS was awarded the privilege to continue our support of the PH/TBI & WII Program. It’s a distinct honor and privilege to be recognized for our outstanding performance and the opportunity to continue to improve access and quality of care, resilience, surveillance and screening, and transition of care for the men, women, and families supporting our nation.

PDHRA

May 9, 2014

UCS was recently awarded the opportunity to continue our support of the Navy Medicine Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA) Program. Our team of dedicated professionals will provide project management and field support services, proactively identifying physical, mental, and behavioral health concerns for returning warfighters (active and reserve) in the United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC). Our collective efforts assist senior USN & USMC leadership with identifying populations at risk, conducting outreach efforts, facilitating health screening, and providing data and reports to improve program performance.

Navy Medicine Psychological Health (PH), Traumatic-Brain Injury (TBI), and Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) Program

May 16, 2014

The release of special Congressional funding lines to support the increased demands on military healthcare caused by the overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq created a unique challenge for Navy Medicine. The enacting of this legislation occurred outside the normal budgetary procedures for military healthcare, and imposed more detailed requirements for both financial and outcomes reporting. UCS’s portfolio management team developed a management structure and business processes that allowed BUMED to effectively and rapidly adapt, ensuring the greatest level of transparency with funds management, and achieving the greatest return on investment. Our solution fluidly integrated clinical expertise with resource management to improve value-driven decision-making, and facilitate a proactive approach to program development.

Military Sealift Command – Business Systems Information Technology Support Services

January 29, 2014

Charged with the mission critical role of sustaining our warfighter forces, Military Sealift Command (MSC) operates ships that deliver specialized maritime services in support of national security objectives. In fact, MSC is currently the leading provider of ocean transportation for the entire Department of Defense (DoD). Their vision is to continue to be the preeminent provider of cutting-edge, commercial maritime solutions. In support of that mission, Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) is proud to offer our experience and expertise in Information Technology (IT) to MSC. Our recent contract award for Business Systems Information Technology Support Services will include program management, Tier II and Tier III help desk support, system maintenance and sustainment support, and instructor-led and on-demand training for MSC’s Oracle-based finance and human resources systems, as well as their procurement, budget, and data warehouse systems. As a company that practices largely in the IT domain, we are confident in our abilities to support the goals of MSC through our proven practices, focused operations, and innovation. We are excited to continue developing a strong relationship with MSC in our partnership with them on this contract.

Universal Consulting Services Inc. proudly sponsored a drive in support of Toys for Tots for the 2013 Holiday Season.

December 20, 2013


Charu Dhumne, President and Abhijit Dhumne, Executive Vice President
Universal Consulting Services Inc. proudly sponsored a drive in support of Toys for Tots for the 2013 Holiday Season. Collection boxes were placed at the HQ building in Fairfax, VA as well as the satellite office in Frederick, MD. Employees were encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the company 2013 holiday party or to one of the four onsite toys for tots representatives at our various client sites. We are happy to announce that we successfully collected 146 new unwrapped toys and thank everyone for their participation and for bringing some extra joy to children in our communities.

Team UCS awarded four Task Orders with the FBI!

December 12, 2013

Along with unprecedented information access, ease of business, and enhanced user experience, the advances in IT resources herald in new opportunities for potential enemies to infiltrate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) networks. As quickly as IT capabilities evolve in their sophistication, so too do the abilities of our nation’s adversaries; the rapidly shifting face of IT and cybersecurity threats precipitates the need for an increasingly proactive, multifaceted, and comprehensive response from the FBI and the intelligence community. To achieve this mission, the FBI has chosen Team UCS to provide the IT support it needs to continue defending our national security.

Specifically, Team UCS was recently awarded the privilege of providing the entire FBI enterprise with vulnerability management and compliance support services, enterprise operations services, email support services, and storage management support services. By combining new technologies with industry best practices and dedicated people, our Team is helping the FBI meet the IT and cybersecurity challenges of today, while keeping an eye on the opportunities of tomorrow.

UCS awarded contract to provide lead Certification and Accreditation (C&A) support for Enterprise Clinical Information Archive (ECIA) project!

October 24, 2013

UCS recently won the opportunity to lead the C&A effort for Brit Systems’ ECIA project in support of the US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and Navy Medicine. Our team will assist Brit, DELL, and ACUO as they navigate the challenging road towards Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification & Accreditation Process (DIACAP) certification for their clinical enterprise imaging systems solution. Once certified, this pioneering program will help ensure enterprise access to clinical images for all Army and Navy medical treatment facilities worldwide, thereby dramatically improving healthcare delivery for soldiers, sailors, and their dependents. UCS is proud to continue supporting and promoting innovative solutions that tangibly enhance the quality of care for our nation’s heroes!

Dystech and UCS partnership team awarded USAMMA Professional and Administrative Support Services (PASS) IDIQ

October 3, 2013

UCS has the opportunity to expand our support presence to USAMMA through the Team Dystech USAMMA PASS indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract award. This will be a five year contract vehicle to provide continuous professional administrative and management support services for USAMMA's core competencies in its daily business operations with the exclusion of the medical equipment management program.

Team Dystech Awarded Elearning Task Order under USAMMA PASS

October 3, 2013

UCS was awarded USAMMA PASS Task Order for INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT for the USAMMA Business Support Office (BSO). This service contract will fully support the USAMMA BSO mission in planning, synchronizing, and providing Medical Logistics for Health Service Support to the force conducting joint and full spectrum operations. UCS will be supporting BSO's eLearning mission requirements through ISD associated with USAMMA BSO's mission in providing functional expertise for enterprise–level business processes and related support to the management of the TEWLS application.

UCS Wins BOA to support the Applied Biomedical Science and Informatics Program (ABSIP) for Leidos (formerly, SAIC-Frederick)!

September 30, 2013

UCS was selected to support the ABSIP at Leidos, which in turn supports a wide variety of National Cancer Institute (NCI) centers and organizations including the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), the Biorepositories and Biospecimens Research Branch (BBRB), the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG), and the Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI). UCS will provide a host of software engineering support services, including business and requirements analysis, software engineering and architecture, software development, software testing , build and deployments, information architecture and administration, web and user interface design, system administration and technical writing.

UCS Provides the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) with IT Program Management Support!

September 30, 2013

UCS has the opportunity to expand our support presence to USAMMA through the Team Dystech USAMMA PASS indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract award. This will be a five year contract vehicle to provide continuous professional administrative and management support services for USAMMA's core competencies in its daily business operations with the exclusion of the medical equipment management program.

UCS Teams with CRG to Continue Acquisition Support to NMLC!

September 26, 2013

UCS has supported the Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC) for over 5 years with acquisition support and recently reached an impressive $200 million de-obligation milestone. Leveraging our past success coupled with the experience of CRG, led to our award of continued contract closeout, receipt control, and contracting support for NMLC, Acquisition Management Directorate. Nicknamed, the "Mod Squad," our staff will provide contract closeout, administration and modification actions for healthcare services and medical equipment contracts.

UCS is excited to retain our Critical DMLSS Support Contract with the US Navy!

September 26, 2013

UCS remains the contractor of choice to ensure that Navy functional requirements are captured and that Navy interests are protected during the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support Automated Information System (DMLSS AIS) development. Development of functional requirements is being accomplished at the Joint Medical Logistics Functional Development Center (JMLFDC), Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD, and requires representatives from Army, Navy and Air Force. Navy Medical Functional sustainment and business practice policies, procedures, and initiatives will require representation and be managed and represented out of the Navy Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD. UCS will continue to provide technical and functional development support, program management support, system integration, network management, and other related support.

>UCS Continues to Expand Services to TATRC!

September 26, 2013

UCS awarded IT Blanket Purchase Agreement with the FBI!

September 8, 2013

As the nation's flagship defender against federal crime and terrorism, the Department of Justice's (DoJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) understands that to achieve their mission their information technology (IT) infrastructure must evolve as quickly as the criminals they pursue. By combining new technologies with industry best practices and dedicated people, the FBI is pioneering the discovery and capitalization of powerful IT resources. Through automation, virtualization, and telecommunications, the FBI bears the great responsibility of balancing valuable information management/information technology (IM/IT) resources and infrastructure modernization with shifting cybersecurity requirements and uncertain funding. UCS was recently awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide comprehensive IT services for the FBI in support of this mission. Forthcoming task orders will range in scope from IT software deployments, operations and maintenance, and infrastructure support to network engineering, vulnerability management, and enterprise communications support. We look forward to supporting the FBI as it defends our nation from the security threats of today and tomorrow!

Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground

September 8, 2013

As a Contracting Center under the direction of the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC), Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is responsible for providing comprehensive contracting, business advisory support and expertise in the areas of: Research and Development; Command, Control, and Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Cybersecurity; Test and Evaluation; Chemical and Biological Defense; and Medical Research. They pride themselves in their ability to provide their customers with access to innovative and agile solutions. Universal Consulting Services is proud to announce that we will be supporting ACC-APG in their goals, having been awarded a contract with ACC-APG for Contracting Support Services. Our company will be supporting ACC-APG contracting activities ranging from pre-award to post-award functions. UCS is excited to develop a strong relationship with ACC-APG in our work with them on this contract.

UCS wins DIACAP contract with Philips Medical!

June 24, 2013

As our reliance on a vast, interconnected, global information infrastructure escalates, the need for an equally sophisticated security paradigm inescapably increases. In order to use and secure its information systems, the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Administration (VA) continue to develop complex Information Assurance (IA) processes, requirements, and certifications that ensure the integrity, accessibility, and security of mission-critical information. While UCS currently provides several DoD agencies with operational and enterprise-level IA and Certification & Accreditation (C&A) support, UCS recently expanded its IA and DoD IA Certification (DIACAP) consultation services to the commercial world.

UCS is pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership with Philips Medical Systems North America, a commercial IT and medical device corporation. For the next two years UCS will assist Philips Medical with their DIACAP accreditation for their picture archiving and communication (PACS) system, a medical imaging technology which provides cost-effective and accessible image storage. The accreditation will allow Philips Medical to continue offering their PACS products to the VA and DoD.

UCS to Support NAVFAC's Information Technology Center (NITC) in Port Hueneme, CA!

April 10, 2013

Founded in 1842, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) proudly manages the planning, design, construction, contingency engineering, real estate, environmental, and public works support for U.S. Navy shore facilities across the globe. By building and maintaining sustainable facilities, delivering utilities and services, and providing Navy expeditionary combat force capabilities, NAVFAC provides critical expertise essential to achieving the Navy's mission success both at home and abroad.

As a global organization, NAVFAC must provide the best IT services possible to customers within and outside the Navy around the world. Tangibly, the NAVFAC Information Technology Center (NITC) in Port Hueneme, California, lies at the center of this mission: housing the NAVFAC Data Center hosting infrastructure, NITC ensures that NAVFAC's indispensable hosting infrastructure is maintained, functioning, and readily available to support multiple business systems. This month NAVFAC awarded UCS and our teammates the opportunity to support NITC with 24x7x365 IT services that will sustain all NITC hosting services, operating systems, servers, storage devices, databases, technology stacks, and network components that support the usability and availability of NAVFAC business systems. UCS is thrilled to launch this partnership with NAVFAC, and honored to continue supporting the Navy with reliable, dedicated, and high-quality IT services.

UCS to Expand into the USAMRMC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA)

April 10, 2013

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) receives, evaluates, and files patent applications on inventions conceived by USAMRMC and U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) inventors. The Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) markets, negotiates, and executes patent license agreements for these inventions created by Government employees. The ORTA is the Program Manager/Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), a congressionally-supported project aimed at meeting the technology needs of the Department of Defense. In coordination with the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the ORTA receives and coordinates scientific reviews by USAMRMC technical experts of proposals from small businesses, which are then reviewed by TEDCO for possible funding.

One criterion for funding is a collaboration plan with a USAMRMC laboratory or institute collaborator. Protection and exploitation of intellectual property (IP) rights requires particular expertise and handling. UCS will provide IM/IT and administration services to support an invention and technology transfer database called Knowledge Sharing Systems Tech Tracs (KSS) to record and integrate intellectual property data, associated collaborations, funding agreements, licensing agreements, and marketing information. In addition, UCS will support the OSJA and ORTA in distributing newly-executed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and metrics reports to the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Medical Command, USAMRMC laboratories, and other appropriate agencies.

UCS Increases IM/IT Support at USAMRMC

April 9, 2013

UCS has expanded our services to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) by providing subject matter expertise to facilitate the Deputy Chief of Staff, Information Management's obligation to execute the Defense Business Certification (DBC) process. Our service will provide critical support for initial, annual, and addendum Command business system certifications for information technology systems with development, modernization, or enhancement costs greater than $1 million. UCS will assist USAMRMC Governance associated to the DBC process including oversight, integration and compliance, and program management.

UCS Awarded SPS Contract at NAVSEA

April 9, 2013

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) – the largest of the Navy's five system commands – is responsible for engineering, building, buying, and maintaining the Navy's ships, submarines, and combat systems. NAVSEA is entrusted with the task of directing resource sponsors into the proper mix of manpower and resources to properly equip the fleet.

Universal Consulting Services is proud to announce that we have been awarded a contract with NAVSEA to provide comprehensive support for the Standard Procurement System (SPS), a Department of Defense (DoD) software suite instrumental in streamlining the Government's procurement process. UCS is excited to advance our relationship with the Navy by continuing to foster time- and cost-saving solutions that revolutionize how the Government does business.

UCS Awarded Contract at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth!

April 9, 2013

The Navy's oldest continuously operating hospital - the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) - has proudly secured the health readiness of the United States armed forces and their families for over 180 years. With premier research and teaching programs designed to train new doctors, nurses, and hospital corpsmen, this state-of-the-art medical center stays ahead of the competition with innovative research designed to guarantee patient-centered, quality healthcare. With such a rich mission and vision statement, Universal Consulting Services is proud to announce that we have been awarded a contract with NMCP for comprehensive services and support for NMCP and the Medical Department Representatives (MDRs) of the Operational Forces.

DIACAP IA Training

March 26, 2013

UCS is committed to supporting our clients in successfully navigating increasingly complex Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance (IA) processes, requirements, and certifications. While UCS currently provides several DoD agencies with operational and enterprise-level IA and Certification & Accreditation (C&A) support, UCS recently expanded its IA and DoD IA Certification (DIACAP) consultation services to the commercial world.

This month UCS delivered a three-day DIACAP training to Philips, a commercial IT and medical device corporation; over 10 representatives from Philips met with a UCS trainer to learn about the challenges involved with DoD IA, to master the nuances of the DIACAP process, and to position themselves effectively to engage DoD clients both now and in the future. UCS also offered insight as a liaison to Philips' Government clients, and will continue to monitor progress and address challenges as needed. UCS looks forward to continuing our IA, C&A, and DIACAP consultation support to both commercial and federal clients!

UCS Awarded OMNIBUS III Task Order – WII Executive Administrative Support

March 26, 2013

The Navy Bureau of Medicine & Surgery (BUMED), Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) program offers the critical research and resources essential to many Sailors, Marines, and their families seeking to develop and sustain healthy behaviors after injury or illness; with a range of support that addresses everything from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to fitness, nutrition, stress management, and tobacco cessation, the WII program plays an indispensable role in facilitating holistic recovery for our nation's warfighters and their families.

Part of UCS's mission is to help our customers improve healthcare delivery by providing innovative and efficient program management support that fosters integrated healthcare delivery for the men, women, and families that serve and have served in the armed forces. UCS has supported BUMED in this mission since September 2007; currently, approximately 25% of our total staff assists BUMED on healthcare-related efforts. We are pleased to continue providing executive administrative support at the BUMED WII program office, so BUMED can focus less on managerial tasks and more on caring for our soldiers and their families. As a part of this contract, UCS will provide BUMED with administrative and organizational support; meeting, appointment, and travel coordination; communication support between BUMED and other Federal Agencies; maintaining documentation; and other tasks, as needed.

UCS a Three-Star Sponsor of the Ft. Detrick Alliance

March 20, 2013

Since our founding, UCS has been proud to support the Department of Defense (DoD) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. As our company has grown and developed over the last twelve years, so have our relationships with multiple U.S. Army and U.S. Navy agencies at Ft. Detrick. Thanks to the responsiveness of our consultants and their commitment to our customers' missions, the UCS name has come to personify quality, dedication, agility, and mutual respect.

As a demonstration of our commitment to our Ft. Detrick partners, UCS became a three-star sponsor of the Ft. Detrick Alliance, a 501c(4) organization seeking to facilitate communication and understanding between Federal agencies at Ft. Detrick and the community. In addition, Mr. Gilroy Gotiangco, UCS's Director of Informatics & IT Solutions, recently was appointed to the Board of Directors. Along with the rest of the Board, Mr. Gotiangco will work to build relationships between Ft. Detrick and individuals; businesses; civic, social, and educational organizations; and local and State Government entities.

By supporting the Ft. Detrick Alliance, UCS is proud to continue promoting the important cancer research, biological research and vaccine development, medical protection for our Armed Forces, and global communications work undertaken by our clients at Ft. Detrick.

UCS Awarded NMLC Clinical Engineering contract

March 13, 2013

By pioneering the Navy's efforts to provide our troops with the best medical equipment and logistics support available, the Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC) protects our soldiers' health and safety so they can continue to defend our nation's interests at home and abroad. Sophisticated and complex, advanced medical technology offers healthcare providers unprecedented opportunities to care for their patients; to effectively harness the power of these resources, our partners at NMLC rely on clinical engineers to identify, procure, maintain, and improve vital medical technologies.

UCS is honored to continue providing NMLC with the best and the brightest in clinical engineering support. Our team of clinical engineers is helping NMLC redefine medical logistics by enhancing equipment quality and availability despite the tightening of budget constraints. By assisting with the design, execution, and administration of cutting-edge solutions that meet medical materiel and healthcare needs, our team is proud to continue supporting NMLC as it empowers the Navy to maintain constant readiness around the world.

UCS participating in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Vendor Outreach Event

February 27, 2013

With outposts across the globe, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government's international emergency and humanitarian assistance initiatives, spearheading our nation's efforts to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of natural and man-made disasters. Currently, USAID supports nearly 300 projects worldwide, focusing on a range of development issues including: agriculture and food security; democracy and human rights; economic growth; education; global climate change; gender equality; global health; science, technology, and innovation; and water and sanitation.

In support of this mission, USAID is inviting fifty Women-owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to participate in a vendor outreach session in Washington, DC on February 27, 2013. This year, UCS joins the list of WOSB vendors who will attend the session to discuss processes and procedures unique to USAID contracting, and to identify new contracting opportunities with the Agency. The session will also feature presentations from large and small businesses currently supporting USAID's mission and relief efforts, both at home and abroad.

UCS is honored to join and participate in this dialogue, and looks forward to partnering with USAID to develop the solutions that meet today's needs with tomorrow in mind.

Recent UCS Award Covered in Washington Technology Magazine

February 6, 2013

UCS was recently featured in "Washington Technology" as one of twenty two IDIQ awardees in the Acquisition domain for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. You can read the article here: 43 Win $495M chemical and bio defense contract. UCS looks forward to partnering with JPEO CBD to provide Acquisition services to support our nation's chemical and biological defense.

UCS Provides Program Management Support at the U.S. Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

February 5, 2013

UCS has been awarded a new task order to provide comprehensive project and program management in support of U.S. Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center's highly visible information management projects and enterprise level information technology programs. These initiatives will support leading edge research on health informatics, telemedicine/m-Health, medical training systems, and computational biology.

UCS Awarded Contract to Support ATS Inland DIACAP Certification and Accreditation at Lackland AFB

February 1, 2013

UCS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a DIACAP contract to support ATS Inland NW at Lackland AFB. Since 1986, ATS has provided building automation solutions and services to their customers throughout the Pacific and Inland NW. These services include engineering and installation of HVAC control systems for commercial, government, and industrial buildings. UCS is pleased with this opportunity to build out our DIACAP commercial business in supporting ATS Inland.

UCS Awarded Assistant Secretary of Defense for logistics and Materiel Readiness (ASD(L&MR) Contracted Assistance and Advisory Services (CAAS)

February 1, 2013

UCS is pleased to announce award of Contracted Assistance and Advisory Services (CAAS) contract! On January 2, 2013, UCS as a subcontractor to Anser was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide mission and analytic support services to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (ASD(L&MR)). Under this contract, UCS will support supply chain management, maintenance and materiel readiness management, transportation and distribution financial management, studies and analytics, as well as administrative task orders supporting all of DoD. UCS is very proud to support ASD(L&MR) and excited about the opportunity to secure advisory, logistics, and supply chain task orders within the DoD environment.

UCS Awarded United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) Program Management Contract

February 1, 2013

UCS is pleased to announce an expansion of our FT. Detrick client base to now include United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA). UCS was awarded a contract to provide Deputy Program Manager to support the USAMMDA Hyperbaric Oxgenation (HBO2) research program and Principal Investigator with the development and strategic planning in support of research studies for products to treat mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), primarily efforts to determine the efficacy of HBO2 treatment of Warfighters that have mild TBI. UCS is proud to be involved in this very important advanced development research of Psychological Health and TBI products and solutions for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families.

UCS Partners With New Defense Agency: JPEO-CBD

December 2012

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) supports all military service branches, as well as Homeland Security, U.S. allies, and U.S. citizens both CONUS and OCONUS. The JPEO-CBD's goal is to provide the finest Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear technology, equipment, and medical countermeasures to the Services at "the right cost, at the right time, and at the right place." UCS is proud to assist the JPEO-CBD in this mission. UCS has been selected for the Acquisition Domain of the JPEO-CBD Omnibus Program Engineering and Technical Support (OPETS) services IDIQ. We look forward to continuing to grow our already robust and diversified Acquisition practice and to supporting our nations chemical and biological defense needs.

Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) is pleased to announce that it has gained ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

October 24, 2012

This international standard recognizes and validates UCS' dedication to quality management, which has always been a central focus of the company's philosophy and our employees' way of working. The standards published by the International Organization for Standardization, focus on quality management systems and provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations that want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer's requirements.

After almost a year of planning, preparation and evaluation, the certification will be issued by the independent third-party certification body TÜV SÜD America, a leading provider of management systems audit and certification services. The independent audit verified UCS' compliance with standardized, consistent processes and procedures in support of our proposal and contract management, project management, human resource management, development procedures and the company's dedication to quality management. The certification process required developing and documenting a UCS Quality Management System (QMS) and the administrative and operating procedures in support of that system. In addition there was a rigorous audit that involved a thorough review of our documentation and candid interviews with employees. Implementation of the QMS and supporting procedures was evaluated at our headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Obtaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification means that UCS has joined an elite group of organizations worldwide who have been certified as adhering to a broad range of best business practices. It also reinforces to our customers and employees that we are committed to providing the best possible service and value to meet current and future business needs.

UCS Grows Long-Term Presence at JTF CapMed

October 2012

This month UCS broadened its relationship with the Department of Defense through a contract renewal and expansion at the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed). UCS will continue to assist the Government in accomplishing its unified medical mission of delivering integrated, health-related support to our nation's military personnel. By continuing to support JTF CapMed's Headquarter staff with acquisitions, logistical, administrative, human capital analysis and other support services, UCS solidifies its reputation as a trusted and respected partner in the military healthcare arena.

UCS Expands IT Services to TATRC

October 2012

UCS was recently awarded 3 new task orders to support the U.S. Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). As a part of this contract, UCS will provide application development, systems engineering, and database architect support to allow TATRC to continue fostering cutting-edge research on health informatics, telemedicine/m-Health, medical training systems, and computational biology. Our services will contribute to TATRC's mission to perform medical reconnaissance and special operations that address critical gaps currently underrepresented in Department of Defense medical research programs.

UCS Expands Presence at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

UCS is pleased to announce the expansion of our support to the Director for Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Under this contract UCS will provide program management support expertise and dashboard-based status reporting of DoDEA projects and initiatives. By using Microsoft Project, UCS will develop a project management solution as well as a customized dashboard solution that offers real-time visibility to the Director and support staff on project status, enabling a well-informed, proactive, and streamlined operation for the customer.

UCS Awarded Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Financial Services Contract

UCS is pleased to announce an expansion of our partnership with Navy Medicine! On September 12, 2012, UCS was awarded a Financial Services contract for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Deputy Chief for Resource Management Budget Office (BUMED M83). Under this contract, UCS will provide the Budget Officer with budgetary, analytical and program management support for BUMED and Navy Medicine Activities; support for Congressional and Other Special Interest programs; and, technical support for Medical Expense Performance Reporting and Data Quality Management. UCS is very proud to continue supporting Navy Medicine in its mission to provide high-quality care to our nation's military personnel and their families.

UCS Awarded Contract with U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA)

UCS is pleased to announce the award of a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), Integrated Clinical Systems Program Management Office (ICSPMO). UCS will provide USAMMA with program and engineering support during the transition of advanced Telemedicine technologies and other related technologies into an integrated technical acquisition program. By offering a successful transport telemedicine product, critical patient medical information can be quickly and seamlessly exchanged via tactical communications between MEDEVAC aircraft and receiving treatment facilities. By partnering with USAMMA's ICSPMO, UCS continues to offer our extensive IT expertise in support of America's warfighters.

UCS Awarded Follow-on Contract at Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

UCS is pleased to announce the award of a follow-on contract providing clinical and medical operational support services for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. This award demonstrates our continued commitment to providing superior professional services within occupational health and preventive medicine, public safety, primary and secondary disease prevention, deployment health surveillance and medical readiness. We welcome the opportunity to continue to serve and support the men and women of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

UCS Awarded Contract for Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

On September 12, 2012, UCS was awarded a contract to provide Military Health System services support for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Our seasoned healthcare professionals, with extensive Defense Health Program and operational experience, are providing thought leadership and essential services and support for senior Navy Medicine executives during a period of resource constraints and impending authoritative review of major health service programs. We are pleased to provide executive strategy development, execution and performance management, organizational design and transition support, and program management services.

UCS Once Again Among the Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

September 25, 2012

After another year of explosive growth, Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) has once again established itself among the fastest-growing companies in America, earning the 2042nd spot on INC. 5000's annual list. For the fifth consecutive year, INC. 5000 has recognized UCS for its enormous growth; this success translates tangibly into many new opportunities to contribute pioneering solutions to the Department of Defense and Federal Civilian Agencies worldwide. For nearly three decades, INC. 5000 has been a benchmark for the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs in the nation, and we are proud to be counted as a member of this influential group. As we move into this next phase of growth, we celebrate not only this achievement, but the many accomplishments of the past twelve years that have transformed UCS into a reliable and respected provider recognized by both our peers and our customers. Most importantly, however, we celebrate this achievement as an indication of the great promise of UCS' future as we continue to expand our capabilities, invest in our people, and remain at the cutting-edge of innovation.

UCS on NPR's "Morning Edition," WAMU 88.5

September 11 – September 27

UCS has secured prime airtime on NPR's WAMU 88.5 for the next three weeks! The advertisement will air on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, starting Tuesday, September 11 and running until Thursday, September 27. Tune in to WAMU 88.5's "The Morning Edition" (7:00am-8:00am) during your morning commute or listen live from your computer via Windows Media Player (http://wamu.org/listen/). The script will read, 'Support for WAMU 88.5 comes from Universal Consulting Services…' Tune in to hear the rest!

UCS awarded Digitization Services Contract for Naval Dosimetry Center

August 21, 2012

UCS is excited to expand our services to the Naval Dosimetry Center. The Naval Dosimetry Center's mission is to provide centralized radiation dosimetry processing and consultation services to the Naval commands worldwide that use dosimetry as part the Navy's Radiation Health Protection Program. UCS provides support to the Navy's Automated Radiation Exposure Registry (NARER) through digitization of decaying Navy documents to electronic format to retain valuable information for historical archiving and research purposes.

UCS on Federal News Radio AM 1500/FM 104.3

August 21, 2012 – September 6, 2012

UCS has secured prime airtime on Federal News Radio for the next three weeks! The advertisement will air three times a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, starting today (Tuesday, August 21) until Thursday, September 6 at 9:18 AM, 2:18 PM, and 6:28 PM. Please tune in to AM 1500, FM 104.3 (Leesburg signal), or 103.5 FM/HD-2 (HD Radio) during your commute, or listen live from your computer via Windows Media Player. Updated/confirmed times will be posted as that information is made available. The script will read, 'Support for Federal News Radio comes from Universal Consulting Services…' Tune in to hear the rest!

UCS Wins Two New Task Orders at USAMRMC

August 1, 2012

UCS has been awarded two new task orders under the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) IDIQ in the areas of administration and documentation support, Tier II helpdesk technicians, and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) support located at Fort Detrick, MD.

These awards continue to expand our information management and information technology presence at USAMRMC, the medical materiel developer responsible for US Army medical research, development, acquisition and logistics management.

UCS awarded DLA PMSS

July 2, 2012

UCS has been awarded a subcontract to provide the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) J-6 with Program Management Support Services (PMSS). UCS has a reputation for providing exceptional Information Technology Program Management Services, and we will bring this expertise to DLA J-6. The contract is a five year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for the entire DLA Enterprise, consisting of DLA HQ, the three Primary Level Field Activities, four major CONUS distribution points, and more than twenty depots worldwide. The BPA covers twelve primary areas of support, including: Program Management Support; Financial, Budget and Cost Support; Configuration Management Support; Systems Engineering Support; Enterprise Architecture Support and Compliance; Enterprise Data Strategy Support & Compliance; Test and Documentation Support; Information Assurance Support; Administrative Support; Task Order Project Management; Continuous Process Improvement Support; and IT Benchmark Support.

UCS awarded GSA PES

June 29, 2012

As a result of our strong work in the medical engineering field, UCS has been awarded another GSA Schedule contract - this one for Professional Engineering Services, or PES. The GSA PES contract provides services in mechanical, electrical, chemical, and civil engineering, as well as certain aspects of aerospace and nuclear engineering, and bioengineering. UCS's contract allows us to provide customers across the federal Government with engineering services in the areas of strategic planning; concept development and requirements analysis; system design, engineering, and integration; test and evaluation; integrated logistics support; and acquisition and lifecycle management.

UCS Awarded National Institute of Health CIO-SP3 GWAC

June 15, 2012

On June 15, 2012, Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) was selected for an award under the Chief Information Officer - Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) restricted solicitation. CIO-SP3 is a $20 billion, 10 year GWAC supporting a full range of IT solutions and services for health and biomedical-related projects to meet scientific and managerial needs across the federal government, with particular focus on the Department of Health and Human Services. UCS is also partnered on the unrestricted solicitation.

UCS Wins the IM/IT IDIQ with USAMRMC

April 16, 2012

Universal Consulting was awarded an IDIQ contract with the U.S. Army's Medical Research Materiel Command (USAMRMC). It has a one year base plus four one year options with a cap of $30 million. This vehicle will allow us to carry our existing tasks orders for SharePoint Development, Web Development, Systems Administration, and Database Administration forward for the next five years. The client is also looking to bring additional work such as VTC, administrative, Oracle, and Livelink support to UCS.

UCS Awarded Omnibus III Task Order

February 27, 2012

On February 27, 2012, UCS was awarded Omnibus III Task Order O3-2, Executive Administrative Assistant. UCS will support the administration of the Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII), Psychological Health (PH), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs directed by the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). This task order compliments our current work under BUMED's PH-TBI and WII programs. UCS is proud of the work we do in support of our nation's warfighters and their families, while also working to eliminate the stigma attached to combat and non-combat related psychological health challenges.

UCS Enhances Ongoing Partnership With BUMED

February 21, 2012

UCS's WII/PH-TBI/PDHRA team has expanded BUMED support to include partnerships with the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. UCS plays an integral role in providing Navy primary care physicians with knowledge regarding mental health issues for the Psychological Health Access Initiative (PHAI) and collaborates closely with the Naval Special Warfare community to develop pre- and post- deployment support for sailors, Marines, and their families.

UCS Receives '2011 Small Business Provider of Choice' Award from VSE Corporation

February 21, 2012

UCS was recently awarded VSE's 2011 Small Business Provider of Choice award for our partnership with VSE subsidiary G&B Solutions. UCS has formed a lasting partnership with G&B through mutual cooperation on a number of IT opportunities. G&B President Denise Manning praised UCS for the "outstanding work ethic, knowledge, and interpersonal skills" that our consultants demonstrate in helping clients achieve mission goals. This recognition underscores the key investment we make in our firm: our people. Congratulations to all the UCS employees who contributed to this award. UCS looks forward to continuing our partnership with G&B Solutions in the future.

UCS Staff Earn CompTIA Security+ Training and Certification

January 10, 2012

A number of the UCS staff recently earned their CompTIA Secruity+ certification, demonstrating competency in network security; compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and management; and cryptography. Consistent with the company's ongoing training initiatives, UCS developed a training experience to help the staff prepare for the exam, as well as the cost of taking the exam.

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates to our potential customers that our staff is well qualified to meet their needs. Also, the CompTIA Security+ certificate meets part of DoD Directive 8570.01-M "Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management" for technical positions conducting information assurance (IA) functions. UCS's customers understand the value that certification represents as their organization adheres to DoD 8570.01-M, and we have been proactive in training our workforce to meet our customers' current and upcoming IA requirements.

UCS Completes an "Adventurous Year"

January 3, 2012

With the end of the calendar year, UCS looks back on our accomplishments in 2011. In discussing the year just past, Executive Vice President Abhijit Dhumne said we raised the benchmark significantly for 2011 making it an "adventurous year." Among the new contracts awarded to UCS in 2011 were awards from the Peace Corps for Organizational Change Management Support Services, from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide Military Culture Training, and from the Northern Regional Medical Command for a Web-based Data Tracking and Analysis System and Support Services.

UCS also earned a strategic win with an award under the GSA's 8(a) STARS II contracting vehicle. This contract allows numerous Government agencies to award task orders to UCS for the potential 10-year life of the contract.

This increase in business in 2011 helps UCS accomplish our goals of providing innovative solutions to Government, being on the cutting-edge of product and service development for the industry, and helping to reinvigorate the American economy by providing high quality employment opportunities.

VIALS Receives Best Business Process Award

December 5, 2011

UCS officially launched the full version of VIALS (Vaccine Information and Logistics System) in January 2011 in conjunction with the Navy's 2011-12 influenza vaccine program. Part of the Naval Medical Logistics Command's (NMLC) Enterprise Business Environment (NEBE), VIALS is a web application designed and developed by UCS. VIALS provides Naval hospitals and the fleet with real time information on seasonal flu vaccines and future vaccine programs, and includes customer ordering functionality, shipment data, categorization of shipment priority, receipt confirmation, and other information and reporting tools. VIALS is a key business process improvement facilitator for the Navy, allowing NMLC to efficiently manage the Navy's flu vaccine program.

VIALS has received acclaim in several publications including Navy Medicine Support Command's monthly magazine The Insider, Fort Detrick's The Standard newspaper, and the U.S. Navy's official website navy.mil. Recently, at the 2011 Navy Medicine Resources, Logistics, and Analytics Training Symposium, VIALS received the Best Business Process Award. The UCS project team was recognized for their work by Vice Admiral Adam Robinson Jr, Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).

UCS Acquires Another GSA Schedule

October 6, 2011

On August 2, 2011, UCS was awarded the GSA 8(a) STARS II GWAC. UCS is now among the best-in-class of small business IT firms and a member of an 8(a) family of GWACs that has performed exceptionally well as a preferred acquisition vehicle of many federal customers. We are confident we will continue the success of the 8(a) STARS program.

UCS Awarded Navy Medicine Omnibus III Contract

October 6, 2011

On August 11, 2011, UCS was awarded the Navy Medicine Omnibus III vehicle as prime contractor on both the unrestricted and small business lots. UCS is one of 21 awardees eligible to provide the military services including Navy, Army, Air Force as well as NATO with support to establish an enterprise-wide infrastructure for research and development.

UCS NMLC Contract Closeout Team Surpassed $100 Million Milestone

October 6, 2011

On August 23, 2011, UCS' contract closeout team at the Naval Medical Logistics Command in Fort Detrick, MD surpassed the $100 Million milestone for recuperated funding since its inception in 2007. The closeout team has evolved from its humble beginnings that started with a single UCS employee accompanied by one GS supervisor, working on contracts that dated back to 1999, some with little or no documentation. Today the closeout team has contributed to the successful closeout of over 12,000 contracts and task orders. The team has set the standard for closeouts within BUMED and has even assisted in the development process for BUMED's contract closeout Standard Operating Procedure. Due to the diligent work of the closeout team and the impact they have had across BUMED, UCS has been able to successfully spawn several other closeout teams within the Department of Defense.

The UCS team is glad to put their best foot forward and are eager to help with the next $100 Million!

UCS Awarded Diverse Contract at JTF CapMed

October 3, 2011

UCS has been awarded another contract to support the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed) in a variety of mission-focused efforts. UCS will provide the government with logistical support, financial management support, contract closeout support, and IT support services.

UCS is very proud to continue its support of the JTF CapMed community, whose core focus is the well- being of our Nation's military personnel.

UCS To Create Robust Acquisition System for MEDCOM

October 3, 2011

UCS has been awarded a contract to support the Department of Army's Medical Command (MEDCOM). This effort requires UCS to provide an innovative web-based and customizable solution – HighPoint TM - to various Army and Joint facility locations throughout the North Atlantic region, including: Ft. Knox, West Point, Ft. Meade, Ft. Belvoir, Walter Reed, Bethesda, and many others. This contract will likely result in the addition of approximately 30 new UCS employees.

UCS's HighPoint TM solution will assist the Government in its mission for the identification and analysis of contractual and financial related data. The UCS system will integrate with other systems familiar to UCS such as Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), Electronic Document Access (EDA), Purchase Request Web (PRWeb), Standard Accounting and Reporting System (STARS), and many others.

This contract is yet another example of UCS providing the federal government with innovative and pioneering solutions.

UCS Supports DoD with Health Care IT Services

September 29, 2011

UCS has been awarded a Task Order to support the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) Program's Enterprise Architecture Initiative for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). This Task Order is through the DMLSS-DLA Program Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) held by our prime partner, Deloitte Consulting. UCS will be providing senior Enterprise Architecture and System Development expertise for the implementation of the next generation capability of the DLA-DMLSS Industry partnership system (GEN 4).

UCS Awarded Another Contract with Department of Veteran Affairs

September 28, 2011

UCS has been awarded another contract with the Department of Veteran Affairs. This 5-year contract requires UCS to provide Web Content Management services for the Veteran Health Affair's Public Quality and Safety portal under the Heath Care Quality Transparency Initiative.

The goal of the Health Care Quality Transparency initiative is to provide Veterans, family members, and decision makers with necessary information to evaluate care based on quality, safety, and reliability. It will provide reliable quality and safety information in a useful and understandable format and ultimately create advocates for VA healthcare.

UCS Expands Its Presence at the JTF CapMed

September 26, 2011

UCS has further increased its partnership with the Department of Defense. The contract expansion with the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed) will continue to allow UCS to assist the Government in accomplishing its unified medical mission of delivering integrated health-related support to our Nation's military personnel. UCS will continue to support the JTF CapMed's Headquarter staff with contracting, acquisitions, budget, logistical, administrative, as well as a number of other support services areas.

UCS Wins Contract with New Client: Department of Veteran's Affairs

July 7, 2011

We are pleased to announce UCS's recent win at the Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA). This contract represents an entry into a new market area and client for UCS. UCS will be providing support to develop Military Culture Training for Healthcare Providers. An outstanding overall Team effort by UCS positioned our solution and proposal as the best technical and most competitive. Our focus for this effort will primarily be on developing curriculum in a web-based training environment to better enable the DVA to support the Warfighter.

UCS helps the Department of Justice launch FOIA.GOV

March 18, 2011

On Monday, March 14, 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released FOIA.gov. Dedicated to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), this site simplifies the process to find and request information concerning FOIA. DOJ and UCS have partnered on this effort for over a year. This was a tremendous accomplishment and DOJ's top initiative under their Open Government Plan. For more information, check out http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/1239 and www.foia.gov.

UCS Once Again Among the Top 1500 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

September 13, 2010

Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) has once again made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. For 2010, UCS is ranked #1335, up 120 spots since it's ranking of #1455 in 2008. UCS is proud of its 3-year growth rate of 219%, resulting in numerous new opportunities to assist the federal government in both the Defense and Civilian arenas. For nearly three decades, Inc. 5000 has been a benchmark for the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, and we are proud to be a member of this influential group. This achievement further demonstrates both our past accomplishments and promise for the future, as our presence and reputation in the Federal marketplace continues to flourish.

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UCS Becomes a CMMI Level 3 Certified Company

September 10, 2010

UCS is pleased to announce our successful appraisal as a Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development Maturity Level 3 (CMMI Level 3) certified company. The Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) CMMI Maturity Level 3 rating is conferred on organizations that have established well-defined, repeatable, and effective organizational standards for project management, software engineering, and quality assurance, while maintaining a focus on continuous process improvement and organizational training. With this certification, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to process improvement and quality assurance, both internally and for our clients.

UCS on NPR 88.5 FM

March 9, 2010

UCS has secured prime airtime on National Public Radio (NPR) this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9th and 10th between 7:50 AM and 8:00 AM. We will also be on the air the following week on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16th and 17th at the same time as well. Please tune in to 88.5 FM during these times to hear our new radio advertisement or listen live from your computer by following http://wamu.org/listen/ via Windows Media Player. The script will read, ‘Support for WAMU 88.5 comes from Universal Consulting Services…’ Tune in to hear the rest.

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UCS Now Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

December 16, 2009

UCS is pleased to announce that we have earned the designation of being a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. With this designation UCS continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing its customers with the utmost services using the latest technologies and techniques. Becoming a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner will not only provide UCS with another tool to win business, but it will allow UCS to assist its customers more completely in the purchasing and implementing of Microsoft products and services. We had achieved the Microsoft Certified Partner designation in April of 2009, and have now built upon that. The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner level is the highest designation that Microsoft bestows upon an organization registered in their partner program.

UCS Recognized as a Leading Business in Northern Virginia

January 27, 2009

Fairfax, VA – Universal Consulting Services, Inc. (UCS) was honored today by The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) at the 2009 Celebration of Northern Virginia Business Success, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. Each year, FCEDA brings together business leaders, economic development professionals, and elected officials to honor companies from around northern Virginia that are among the largest in their category or have grown quickly in the last several years.

“In recent years, our company has seen tremendous growth as a result of the outstanding services provided by our employees,” said Charu Dhumne, President of UCS. “Our customers truly value the innovative business and technology solutions we provide for them, and they have rewarded us in many cases by continuing and expanding our level of support. Our location in Fairfax county gives us access to a large base of highly-motivated, skilled and well-educated employees, and those employees have been critical to our success.”

Honorees for the event were drawn from 2008 business success scorecards like Black Enterprise magazine's B.E. 100 list of the 100 largest African American-owned firms, Hispanic Business magazine's list of the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Fantastic 50 of the fastest-growing companies in the Commonwealth,” and the Washington Business Journal's “50 Fastest-Growing Companies” list.

“We are delighted to host an event that honors companies for their contributions in expanding and diversifying Northern Virginia’s business communities and making this one of the most dynamic regional economies in the nation,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA.

Time magazine called Fairfax County, just outside Washington, D.C., “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to domestic and international markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, and a well-educated workforce.