MiDAESS Proposal Update

On April 9, APT hosted a kick-off meeting for the MiDAESS QS&MA team. This meeting represented a milestone in that the team building phase is essentially complete as we await the proposal preparation phase.

Over 35 companies will be offering services in the QS&MA area via the APT Team. This includes 13 companies in the current MDA QS&MA workforce. Over 20 additional companies are included on the team, each with value added in the QS&MA area.

This team building ffort is in direct response to General O’Reilly’s request to offer the best and brightest national capability for an enterprise wide solution. The overall team strategy is to posture this team to be ready and able to be responsive to any work which is made available in the QS&MA area no matter how task orders may be bundled.

Bob Lewis Associates
Engineering Analysis, Inc. (EAI)

International System Safety Society Awards 2008

Mr. Tom Pfitzer, Founder of A-P-T Research Inc., was awarded the Professional Development Award and the President’s Award at the International System Safety Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada, on 28 August 2008. The Professional Development award is the highest award given annually by the Society, and the Presidents Award is given for unusual contributions to the purposes of the Society as selected by the Society president. The awards read: “Mr. Pfitzer is a true innovator who leads by example. He continually seeks ways to bring discipline to the discipline of System Safety — discipline as to both the engineering aspects and the underlying ethical principles of practice. He pushes the envelope and promotes development of leading edge system safety approaches to practical problem solving. He contributes to the good of the System Safety profession by unselfishly volunteering use of company facilities and resources. He fosters and nurtures perpetual growth and professional advancement among his employees, whom he genuinely considers to be colleagues in practice. They, in turn, reward him with an extraordinarily low turnover rate. In addition, he seeks to promote change and initiatives that enhance the technical aspects of the system safety discipline — for example, tailoring of the risk assessment matrix, developing and promoting risk-based explosives safety applications, identifying System Safety management “Goodness” measures, visualizing risk, and innovative techniques for risk summation.”

YPG Contract

APT was awarded an extension to our Professional Engineering Support Services Contract at the Yuma Proving Ground.


APT attended and exhibited at the IEEE Conference, April 3-5, and at the AUVSI Pathfinder Conference, April 22-24, 2008.

MiDAESS Proposal Update

Teaming Approach

A-P-T Research, Inc. (APT) recognizes a need to offer a variety of talents central to the QS&MA mission for this proposal. Accordingly, APT is taking a “Big Tent” approach and openly invites all incumbent companies and personnel to join APT’s team. APT is in discussions with over 20 companies with recognized capability in the QS&MA areas to form our MiDAESS team.

For this procurement, potential OCI is a major consideration. APT has developed a multi-layered approach that will protect all parties from OCI.

OCI Planning

APT’s OCI Mitigation/Avoidance Plan is among the first to be reviewed by the government contracting team. We hope to obtain feedback within the week and will report the results on this site.

Our planning involves multiple layers. The first layer is to avoid OCI issues at the prime contractor level. Also called the “Washington Post” test, this test can be conducted by examination of the business base of the company. If a company builds, designs, operates or is working as a part of the system development contractors team, wherein it might evaluate its own work, it has a possible OCI. If a company’s business base is such that a MiDAESS win might make it susceptible to purchase by a larger company, it has a potential OCI. APT’s OCI plan is designed to protect the MDA and its contractors from these accusations or improprieties by assuring that work is only assigned to organizations where no OCIs exist. APT’s plan provides this protection.