FDA awards FURLS III Software Lifecycle Support BPA to A-TEK subsidiary, Mackson

G2X TAKE: Big investments that reap quick rewards will only help to justify the recent acquisition of Mackson Consulting, a woman-owned small business, and long-time FDA partner, as this now wholly-owned subsidiary of CIO-SP3 Prime A-TEK beats out three other bidders to be awarded a 5-year BPA to support the Agency’s Unified Registration and Listing System, a database where companies register facilities and list devices with the FDA. The contract was competed as a small business set-aside using GSA IT-70.   

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  • Led by A-TEK CEO, Kathryn Freeland, A-TEK acquired Mackson earlier this summer, adding Mackson’s subject matter experts, known for their work providing “critical mission support to federal civilian agencies; specifically, several operating divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the Veterans Administration (VA).” Noted industry leader, Mary Biear, Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer of Mackson, “was expected to remain with the company after the acquisition.” Read more here. 
  • In addition, this past summer, A-TEK recruited industry veteran Edward “Ted” Schmitt as a new Vice President, who brings experience driving delivery and growth for some of the top Federal Health technology consulting firms in town.  
  • Mackson’s work at the FDA involves both regulatory expertise and IT modernization for multiple centers. These include the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and the Office of Information Management (OIM). Source: Mackson 

Big investments and big hires do not guarantee success, but they do signify intent. This group will clearly be one to watch as we look to a busy 2020. 

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