BPS Wins Recompete of Grants.gov Program Technical Support Contract

(September 14, 2020) Business Performance Systems (BPS) was recently awarded an ~$8M, 5-year contract on its GSA MAS (IT-70) vehicle from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Grants.gov program to continue to provide Program Technical Support. Under this new contract, BPS’ roles include program technical support task management, independent verification and validation (IV&V), technical management support, and Information Technology (IT) program management support.

Having served the Grants.gov program since inception, we are proud and honored to have been selected to continue to be of service. By the end of this award’s period of performance in 2025, BPS will have been providing PMO support for nearly 25 years to the program and agency.

BPS to Provide IV&V Support to ED NAEP Planning & Coordination Contractor

BPS was awarded a 5-year subcontract by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Planning & Coordination contractor Educational Testing Services (ETS) to develop and implement a Quality Management Framework to assist in further improving overall quality of the NAEP program to the next level.

Working closely with ETS and other NAEP Alliance contractors, BPS will develop a cross-Alliance Quality Plan built on a common framework that addresses quality assurance, quality control, and continuous improvement.  The Quality Plan will define a common framework to coordinate individual Alliance partner quality efforts, eliminate potential gaps, and improve accountability for total program quality.  Given that the function of each contractor is highly differentiated from those of the other contractors, the Alliance Quality Plan will focus on common components and coordination across the Alliance, e.g., handoffs, version control, and validation. It will also focus on critical processes that are conducted by individual contractors but are dependent upon one another for completion.

NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is an annual program of assessment for K-12 students across the nation in various subjects such as reading, mathematics, U.S. history, and civics.  The NAEP assessment involves thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students in the years in which there are state-level assessments.  The National Assessment Governing Board (“NAGB”) is an independent, bipartisan organization that oversees NAEP and the National Center for Education Statistics (“NCES”), within the Department of Education, is responsible for administering NAEP.

BPS Wins $250M USPTO SQAD Testing Services BPA

(March 17, 2020) Business Performance Systems was recently awarded a $250M, 7-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Organization (USPTO), Software Quality Assurance Division (SQAD) to provide quality assurance and testing for software developed for, and used by, USPTO. This includes database testing, functional testing, interface testing, software compatibility testing, user acceptance testing, regression testing, end-to-end testing, testing in the cloud, performance testing, load testing, mobile testing, cross-browser testing, and Section 508 testing. SQAD supports all aspects of software testing throughout the System Development Life Cycle Process (SDLC). Both automated and manual test methods are used at USPTO to provide testing services.

With this win, BPS continues in its role as the sole provider of performance testing services to the entire USPTO enterprise, currently encompassing over 160+ systems, and expands its offering into the automation/functional arena. BPS has been providing contract-testing services to USPTO since 2010.

BPS wins spot on GSA’s Best-in-Class One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS)

(January 7, 2020) Business Performance Systems is proud to announce it has recently been awarded a spot on the GSA OASIS contract vehicle (OASIS SB Pool 1 Multiple Award IDIQ) as a teaming partner.  The team’s submission, consisting of content from a total of 12 small firms, received a score of 7,500 points and came in as one of the Phase 1/Top 40 ranked awardees.

The GSA OASIS contract supports government agencies in acquiring complex hybrid program management, management consulting, financial, logistics, engineering and scientific professional services. GSA’s goal in creating OASIS SB is to provide a total solution to agencies’ requirements, while maximizing opportunities for small businesses. The OASIS vehicle can be used by all Federal agencies and GSA approved entities and is designed to address agencies’ need for a full range of service requirements that integrate multiple professional service disciplines with the flexibility for all contract types and pricing at the task order level.

OASIS spans many areas of expertise, mission space, and numerous professional services disciplines, including:

  • Program Management services
  • Management consulting services
  • Logistics services
  • Engineering services
  • Scientific services
  • Financial services

Applicable NAICS codes and additional details including methods of accessing OASIS can be found on the GSA OASIS website.

BPS Wins ED Correspondence Tracking System Software Upgrade PM Support Contract

(October 30, 2018) Business Performance Systems was awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Education for the acquisition, implementation, and maintenance of the Correspondence Tracking System.  For this effort, BPS will provide IT project management support to help the Executive Secretariat successfully navigate federal IT requirements and agency IT management processes.  This includes coordinating all project activities, managing all lifecycle deliverables, supporting communications and collaboration with stakeholders in both the Exec Sec and the OCIO, supporting the security assessment and ATO process, and supporting software implementation and data migration.

BPS Wins ED On-Line Application System O&M Contract

(September 12, 2018) Business Performance Systems was awarded a task order with the U.S. Department of Education for operations, maintenance, and enhancement of the On-Line Application System (OLAS).  For this effort, BPS provides periodic updates to meet new program requirements, supports the Department’s Lifecycle Management and continuous monitoring processes, and ensures compliance with federal security requirements. Under this award, BPS ensures that OLAS continues to meet the functionality, performance, availability, and security requirements of the Presidential Scholars Program, School Ambassador Fellowship Program, and Student Volunteer Internship Program.

Recovering Corrupted LoadRunner Results

Mastering a tool like LoadRunner requires familiarity not only with its features and functions, but also its quirks and issues.  For example, LoadRunner occasionally runs into a problem while a test scenario is running and any attempt to open the results file throws an error.  We have identified recovery procedures that can save many hours of retesting.  Here are four methods, from simple to complex, that you can try.  Be sure to back up your .lrr folder before attempting any of them.

The first method is to force re-collation of the results.  This can be done by changing “Completed” from 0 to 1 (as needed) in Collate.txt, then invoking the Collate Results controller action.

The second method is to copy the .eve and .map files and log folders from each load generator to the controller .lrr folder, then running Collate Results.

The third method is to manually repair the .lrr file to add missing section separator lines, fix the FullData flag, and add a stop time or scenario duration as needed.

The forth method is to run the same test for a short duration to record control information, then replacing the results with those from the original run.  This requires saving the results in a separate folder, patching the start time to match the original full-length run, replacing the .eve and .map files and log folder with the original results from the load generators, and copying the data from the original .lrr folder to the new one.  It should now be possible to analyze the results.

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