The NASA Small Business Awards

The CEO of All Points Logistics, LLC, an award-winning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Phil Monkress is responsible for organizing and coordinating contractors’ support activities and reviewing project plans. With more than two decades of supervisory experience, Phil Monkress has a proven track record of success and helped the company earn a NASA Small Business Award in the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year category in 2011.

The NASA Small Business Awards are given in recognition of industry representatives and NASA employees who have made outstanding contributions to the organization’s small business program. Managed by the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), which is dedicated to promoting and integrating small businesses into the organization’s base of contractors, the awards are given out annually in three main categories: Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA), Small Business Administrator’s Cup, and Small Business Advocates Awards.

The SBIA includes two awards in addition to the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award won by All Points Logistics in 2011: Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year and Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year. Each award has different requirements established by the OSBP and requires that winners perform well on all NASA contracts.

Boeing Supplier Awards

In his role as CEO of All Points Logistics, Phil Monkress led the company to success and recognition from many of its partners. Under Phil Monkress’ leadership, organizations including Jacobs, NASA, and Boeing gave the organization major awards and distinctions.

Boeing offers two awards each year for its suppliers: the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, which has been offered since 2009 and replaced Boeing’s Preferred Supplier Certification, and the Supplier of the Year Award, which has been given out since 2007. Though many suppliers can receive the Performance Excellence Award, only 16 can receive the Supplier of the Year Award, which is given for outstanding achievement, and for which the Performance Excellence Award is a necessary step. To be eligible for the BPEA, a company must receive a gold or silver performance rating every month and have a minimum annual contract payment value. All BPEA recipients receive a trophy, though those that receive the Supplier of the Year distinction also receive a larger award crystal.

Theaters, Sony, and Paramount Cave to Terrorists and Cyberbullies & Why that’s Bad

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interview_xlgIn what can only be described as stupidity and cowardice, national theater chains including AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex, and eventually Sony Pictures Entertainment have pulled the December 25th release of The Interview. For those who might not know, The Interview is a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that has them traveling to North Korea to interview Kim Jong Un, and are tasked to kill the leader. The country didn’t take the comedy too lightly, and instead North Korea (likely, it’s hard to verify) waged a cyber-war against Sony in retaliation.

That cyber attack proved an embarrassment for the American subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate. Sensitive documents were released, and have been fodder for sites over the past week. That coverage of leaked documents, and the subsequent reaction (which we’ll get to), played right into the hackers hands. Really, the…

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Orion Comes Home

After two orbits around the Earth I four hours Orion splashed down in the Pacific for its first successful unmanned flight. Orion is now back at Kennedy Space Center in time for the holidays.

We at All Points are proud to be part of the successful mission and look forward to the beginning of a new era of space travel for the Unites States and the human race.

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Orion’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)

Merritt Island, FL, Oct. 31, 2012—Lockheed Martin has selected All Points Logistics LLC (APL) as a major subcontractor on the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) contract. APL will be responsible for software lifecycle development, integration and test support for Orion’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). “We’re very excited to be part of the support team for such a pioneering project,” said Phil Monkress, APL President and CEO. “Orion represents a leap forward in manned space exploration.”

Orion is the focus of NASA’s retooling efforts as it sets its sights on exploring and traveling to distant parts of the Milky Way. As part of NASA’s new plans to explore beyond low Earth orbit and into deep space, Orion will transport astronauts to Mars and beyond and is tentatively scheduled for launch in September 2014. The first manned space mission is expected to take place after 2020. NASA has invested over $5 billion on the Orion space capsule to date.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

All Points Logistics is a verified service-disabled veteran-owned small business with approximately 220 employees. Headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida, with satellite offices in Orlando, Florida; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia and Huntsville, Alabama; APL has five primary lines of business: Integrated Logistics; Information Technology; Facilities and Environmental Management; Professional, Engineering and Technical Support.

General Services Administration Seeks to Reform Federal Contracting

Phil Monkress serves as CEO of All Points Logistics, a supplier for federal contracts through NASA. Drawing on his extensive experience in the federal contracting area, Phil Monkress continually works to secure and fulfill contracts and subcontracts as part of the company’s strategic plans.

In April 2014, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced reforms of the federal contracting process designed to save taxpayer funds and simplify contracting procedures. These measures include implementation of Category Management, an idea inspired by the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative and by private-sector best practices.

In order to make Category Management a reality, the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) will develop expertise and specialized purchasing channels targeted to various categories of products or services. A key component of the effort will take the form of the Common Acquisition Program, a digital technology platform. This initiative will provide federal buyers with a wealth of information including contract comparison tools, market research data, and pricing and purchasing data.

Mentor-Protege Program Helps Small Businesses Grow

An executive of All Points Logistics for more than a decade, Phil Monkress manages more than 200 employees and contractors. Phil Monkress provides strategic support and has led the company through various business development initiatives, such as the Mentor-Protege Program, which have earned the company awards that include Boeing Supplier of the Year and NASA Small Business of the Year.

A resource offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Mentor-Protege Program helps small businesses grow into thriving companies by partnering them with an established prime contractor. Companies that qualify to participate as proteges include veteran-owned, Historically Underutilized Business Zone, and women-owned small businesses. Independently owned and operated, these small businesses must also meet North American Industry Classification System federal size regulations and not play dominant roles in their industries.

Upon acceptance into the program, a protege company enters a three-year commitment with an assigned mentor to develop skills and processes needed to become a prime contractor or subcontractor. Mentors can offer support by educating proteges about financial management, organization, and technology. Progress reports are submitted throughout the duration of the program to ensure both parties uphold their responsibilities. Completion of the Mentor-Protege Program also qualifies teams to be considered for an annual award and subcontracting plan credits.