Recent Press Releases
Optimal Awarded Governmentwide Acquisition Contract – OASIS

September 22, 2021

Optimal was awarded the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) – Small Business (SB) Pool 1. OASIS is a General Services Administration (GSA) government-wide best-in-class procurement vehicle that provides flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services. It encompasses a broad set of offerings covering everything from program management services, management consulting services and financial services to logistics services, engineering […]

Helping Organizations Achieve Impact: Optimal Join Sponsors for UMD Social Sciences Workshop

September 14, 2021

In October 2021, the University of Maryland, College Park will host a workshop for individuals in academia, industry, and government to discuss how academic-corporate partnerships can advance social, behavioral, and organizational science research to impact society and science. The two-part event will kick-off with virtual session comprised of subject matter experts and partners. One goal of the workshop is to […]

Study Finds 8(a) Program Benefits Businesses By Obtaining Prime Federal Contracts

August 25, 2021

The federal government established the 8(a) program to improve the capacity of small businesses owned by the socially and economically disadvantaged members of society by creating a level playing field for providing goods and services to the federal government and increasing the supply base of qualified businesses owned by such members of society. The Small Business Administration partnered with Optimal […]

Study Finds Underrepresentation of Women-Owned Small Businesses Depends on How Disparity Ratios Are Measured

August 25, 2021

Women face a wider variety and a greater severity of challenges in starting and growing their business ventures than men. Difficulties obtaining government contracts represents one of the largest hurdles faced by women-owned firms. Congress approved the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program to provide greater opportunities for small businesses to win federal contracts. The Small Business Administration partnered […]

Optimal Will Present Findings on the Effects of Federal Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses at Fall Research Conference

August 18, 2021

Four representatives from Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) will present research papers on the effects of federal contracting opportunities for small businesses at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 43rd Annual Fall Research Conference in Austin, Texas, this November. As part of the panel “The Effects of Government Procurement Policies and Practices in Advancing Small Business Contracting […]

Optimal Will Provide Data Tool to Better Understand Changes in the U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 18, 2021

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) offers tools, solutions, and resources to address manufacturer’s diverse challenges and opportunities. Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) will provide access to a manufacturing data analysis and modeling tool or service . This tool/service will put dynamic and relevant manufacturing data in the hands of the MEP Centers, which helps […]

SBA Scorecard Has Strong Positive Relationship With Indicators of Small Business Prime Contracting Opportunities

August 18, 2021

Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) produces its Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which aims to assess the performance of federal agencies towards achieving their small business contracting goals, provide valid and reliable data on federal contracting with an emphasis on transparency, as well as analyze and report agency level and government-wide progress towards the goals. For fiscal year 2017, […]

Preferential Contract Awards Add Value and Jobs to Underutilized Areas

August 17, 2021

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), helps small businesses in low-income metropolitan or rural areas with high poverty and unemployment rates gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Businesses obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone and maintaining a “principal office” in one of these specially […]

A New Study Analyzes a Switch to Online Delivery of Boots to Business Course

August 15, 2021

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Boots to Business (B2B) program is offered free of charge and helps transition service members from military to civilian life through entrepreneurship education and training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person course rapidly transitioned to an instructor-led virtual course. A new study by Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) examines the implementation of the virtual delivery […]

Study Analyzes Effectiveness of Surveillance Reviews in Government Agencies

August 15, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) monitors whether government agencies are providing opportunities for small business participation in federal contracting by performing Surveillance Reviews, which assess whether selected Procurement Centers (PCs) at federal agencies execute their small business programs effectively and according to federal regulations. The SBA completes about 30 Surveillance Reviews annually at major PCs across the country. These are […]

Archived Press Releases
Dr. Mark Turner Joins UMD Health IT and Economics Board

June 28, 2011

Dr. Mark Turner, President & CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has accepted an invitation to join the industry advisory board for the 2nd Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) held in Washington, DC on October 8th and 9th. He will take part in a panel discussing policy and practice of the currentIT Health Industry. Dr. Turner […]

Optimal Conducts Social Media Analysis Demonstration in Topic Detection

June 20, 2011

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has developed a social media analysis tool kit as part of its framework to enable real-time public policy decision-making. The tool kit and associated approaches are based on the extensive review and testing of commercially available social media applications conducted over the past year, and also includes multidisciplinary collaborations with universities and experts in social media […]

Optimal Research Analyst discusses Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems in Education

June 20, 2011

Sarah Newman, a Research Analyst with Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal), presented a Brown Bag titled, “Statewide Longitudinal Data SystemsEnabling: data-based decision making in Florida, North Carolina, and Washington,” on Tuesday, June 14. The discussion focused on the current state of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS), which collect and store education data that enables states to track students from preschool […]

Mark and Tracye Turner Present UMD School of Public Health Scholarship at Dean’s Scholars Dinner

May 26, 2011

The University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health (SPH) awarded the Mark and Tracye Turner Scholarship to Family Science (FMSC) student Dara Winley with at the 6th Annual Dean’s Scholars Dinner on April 7, 2011. Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) CEO Mark Turner and COO Tracye Turner attended the award ceremony to present their scholarship to Ms. Winley, who […]

Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Tools for Measuring the Performance of Federal Policy Agencies

May 16, 2011

Donald Malcolm Smith, a doctoral candidate in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore, presented his dissertation, “Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Tools for Measuring the Performance of Federal Policy Agencies” at an Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) Brown Bag on Wednesday, May 4.

Optimal Wins Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Small Business Research and Demonstration Award

May 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ( has awarded 10 Indefinite-Quantity Indefinite-Delivery contracts to 10 small businesses to conduct general research, analysis, demonstration, and survey activities relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) issues related to uninsured populations, and other aspects of CMS program responsibilities.

Study on Extended School Days Presented at AEFP Conference

May 13, 2011

The 36th Annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Conference was held in late March.  The conference focuses on encouraging multidisciplinary research on salient education finance and policy issues, broad-based dialogue concerning policy, practice, and research, and bridging the gap between research and application and to broaden the focus of education finance and policy. Attending this conference was Optimal […]

Capability Maturity Model Integration Training Emphasizes Risk Management and Best Practices

May 13, 2011

As Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) incorporates software development into its real-time framework in public policy, it has initiated the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) training necessary to achieve the maturity levels required to provide its clients with solid applications and data-driven solutions.  According to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI, 2008), CMMI helps “integrate traditionally separate organizational functions, set process […]

SBP Conference Brings Social, Behavioral and Computer Scientists Together for Innovation in Research

May 12, 2011

The University of Maryland, College Park recently hosted its 2nd Annual International Conference on Social, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction.  Speakers from academia, government agencies and various other industries gathered for tutorial workshops, discussions, a cross-fertilization workshop, and poster session.

Real-Time Systems Save Money for CMS and Other Federal Agencies

March 16, 2011

Most recently, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has been saving millions of dollars for the federal government. Most importantly, the data provided to the clients is timely and actionable. Optimal’s real-time project with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has produced close to $500,000 in savings in the last six months.

Quantifying Quality Improvement Cost Savings for Medicare

March 15, 2011

With quality measurement and improvement being key components of the 2010 health reform legislation, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are working to identify opportunities for improvement in the quality of patient care while protecting the integrity of the Medicare Trust Fund. Through the Measure and Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) contract, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal), completed […]

Optimal Obtains Apple Developer License

March 15, 2011

Apple Inc. (Apple) recently approved an application for a developer license to Optimal Solutions Group, LLC, (Optimal) to develop smart phone applications to use in accordance with its real-time projects. The license provides access to the Apple Safari Developer Program, the iOS Developer Program, and the Mac Developer Program. Optimal plans to use the license for immediate development of applications […]

Johns Hopkins University’s Dr. Stefanie DeLuca to present “Why Poor People Move (And Where They Go): Residential Mobility, Selection, and Racial Segregation”

March 14, 2011

Dr. Stefanie DeLuca, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University, will present results of a study on housing relocation choices of minority urban poor on Thursday, March 14, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Optimal Solutions Group’s, LLC (Optimal’s) office in M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland. Dr. Deluca will discuss the mixed methods approach used in […]

Girl Scouts Robotics Team Wins Rookie Award

February 11, 2011

As a result of their hard work and dedication, seven members of Girl Scout Troop #2701 won the Rookie All Star Award at the First Lego League Qualifier Event on January 29, 2011. The team completed a research project on pre-diabetes and designed a robot that performed four health-related missions.

Marion Pines, Director of the Sar Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies, John Hopkins University will Present “Lessons in Implementation”

February 11, 2011

Marion Pines will speak at the Brown Bag Lecture Series sponsored by University of Maryland Research Park Affiliate, Optimal Solutions Group (Optimal) on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 12 to 1 p.m.

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