VA Seeking Analytics Tools to Enhance Veteran Care

Tomas OKeefe_65x85by Tomas O’Keefe, Senior Analyst

Some recent developments suggest that the Department of Veterans Affairs is starting to get organized and introducing more advanced analytics capabilities into its environment.

One of the new tools being introduced into the VA environment is a program called Joint Legacy Viewer, nicknamed Janus. Janus is going to give VA employees a significantly better ability to view medical information from the Defense Health Agency in a single screen. Additional capability will be added to the program to provide the ability for clinicians to order medication and other necessities based on the information on the screen. As more and more medical information is available via Janus, the VA will turn towards analytics to predict care for particular populations of veterans.

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RFI Released for Networx Contracts Replacement

Mohamad Elbarasse_headshot_7-23-2013_For WordPressby Mohamad ElbarasseAnalyst

The General Services Administration is looking to replace and improve upon its’ Networx contract vehicle. GSA released an RFI for the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (NS2020 EIS) initiative asking for input on its’ acquisition strategy and comments on the proposed strategy, responses are due by May 8, 2014.

Networx is a set of contracts for civilian telecommunications and is split up into two vehicles: Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise. The primary difference between the two is the program ceiling, which is $48.1 billion for Networx Universal and just $20.1 billion for Networx Enterprise. Networx saved American taxpayers $678 million in 2013 alone, with agencies saving between 30% and 60% on services when compared to commercial rates.

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Up to Speed on NETCENTS-2?

Photo of Doug Gainesby Doug Gaines, Director of Corporate Development

Air Force customers released the first RFQs through the newly awarded NETCENTS-2 Products contract in January, and the last few weeks have shown a steady rise in activity. Is your team engaged and ready to leverage it?

In our discussions with clients and partners, we have found many to be surprised by the contract’s flexibility and ease of use.  For example: Read more of this post

Big Data Opportunity at NOAA

Mohamad Elbarasse_headshot_7-23-2013_For WordPressby Mohamad ElbarasseAnalyst

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is requesting information from industry to decide whether it can and should move its voluminous data holdings to the cloud with easy access to computing, storage, and advanced analytical capabilities.

The agency posted the RFI on February 21 and responses are due by 5 p.m. (EST) on March 31. The RFI goes on to elaborate that much of NOAA’s data is hosted on public servers or websites and they have had great difficulty integrating the data. This has impeded their ability to improve their analyses and beef up their decision making by limiting the number of sources or type of data that can be used to make inferences.

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Every COTS Sale Cleared at the Very Top?

Christopher Wiedemann_headshot-65 x 85by Chris Wiedemann, Senior Analyst

To many, department-level CIOs are a little bit like the Wizard of Oz – a man in a castle far away, making pronouncements from behind the curtain while the rest of us just keep our eyes on the yellow brick road. But what if every COTS sale had to be cleared at the very top? After some recent developments in the House, it just might happen. Remember the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)? The bill just passed again on a voice vote last Tuesday. A companion measure, called the Federal Information Technology Savings, Accountability, and Transparency Act (FITSAT), is awaiting a hearing in the Senate.

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Public Sector CIO Interviews Unveil Tips for Big Data Vendors

Mohamad Elbarasse_headshot_7-23-2013_For WordPressby Mohamad ElbarasseAnalyst

As big data tumbles closer to the “Trough of Disillusionment,” CIOs are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to the perception that big data is a passing fad, according to the IBM Center for The Business of Government. For their latest release of the Using Technology Series, Realizing the Promise of Big Data: Implementing Big Data Projects, IBM interviewed 28 CIOs at the federal, state, and local levels and compiled a list of findings that will help you to sell your analytic solutions to the government.

The most telling findings are that:

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ACES in the Hole: NASA’s Troubled Infrastructure Contract

Tomas OKeefe_65x85by Tomas O’Keefe, Senior Analyst

A recent NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has criticized the agency’s handling of its major end-user computing services contract, the Agency Consolidated End-User Services (ACES) effort. The ACES contract is one of several efforts meant to consolidate NASA’s IT acquisitions, collectively known as NASA’s IT Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P). The OIG report has found that NASA lacked the institutional controls necessary to manage an enterprise IT initiative and calls in to question many of the other I3P contracts as well.

Two main reasons why NASA’s programs have been troubled include:

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