WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2015-08-27T17:23:43Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Matt Goodrich of FedRAMP Speaks with WashingtonExec Federal Business Council]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=59732 2015-08-27T17:22:33Z 2015-08-26T13:22:34Z Earlier this summer the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council hosted a morning roundtable discussion with keynote speaker Matt Goodrich, Director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP recently redesigned and relaunched it website in order to clarify its requirements and optimize its processes. In doing so, FedRAMP is documenting and releasing all of its standard operating procedures, hoping [...]

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Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP at GSA; Rob Graham, Carpathia, Inc.; Megan Cacioppo, Carpathia

Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP at GSA; Rob Graham, Carpathia; Megan Cacioppo, Carpathia

Earlier this summer the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council hosted a morning roundtable discussion with keynote speaker Matt Goodrich, Director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

FedRAMP recently redesigned and relaunched it website in order to clarify its requirements and optimize its processes. In doing so, FedRAMP is documenting and releasing all of its standard operating procedures, hoping to make the authorization process as efficient as possible by making system mangers aware of what is expected and how the requirements will be tested. To Goodrich, quality and protection is the most important responsibility of FedRAMP and must be ensured, and will require many compliance check-ins with third party assessment organizations.

This roundtable meeting was sponsored by Carpathia, Inc., a QTS Company. Carpathia is a trusted cloud operator and leading provider of hybrid cloud services and managed hosting, providing secure, reliable and compliant IT infrastructure and management for some of the world’s most demanding enterprises and federal agencies.

Claudio Belloli, GSA; Rob Graham, Carpathia, Inc.; Matt GoodRich, FedRAMP; James Scampavia, American Systems

Claudio Belloli, GSA; Rob Graham, Carpathia, Inc.; Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP; James Scampavia, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

Round-table discussion with Director Matt Goodrich of FedRAMP

Roundtable discussion with Director Matt Goodrich of FedRAMP

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[Microsoft Names Buchanan & Edwards U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60145 2015-08-27T17:23:18Z 2015-08-26T12:47:01Z On August 4th at Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector FY16 Kickoff & ISU Partner Awards program it was announced that Buchanan & Edwards (BE) was selected as the U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year. BE was recognized for providing innovative and unique solutions for its public sector customers utilizing Microsoft technologies. BE was able to [...]

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Brian Karlisch, Buchanan & Edwards

Brian Karlisch, Buchanan & Edwards

On August 4th at Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector FY16 Kickoff & ISU Partner Awards program it was announced that Buchanan & Edwards (BE) was selected as the U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year. BE was recognized for providing innovative and unique solutions for its public sector customers utilizing Microsoft technologies.

BE was able to employ the use of such cloud services as Azure SQL and Azure Active Directory to aid the U.S. Department of State in designing services and applications which will provide solutions that can be used in the cloud, on the premise or a combination of the two.

CEO of Buchanan & Edwards, Brian Karlisch had this to say of the award, “We are continuously seeking new ways to implement innovative solutions for our customers using Microsoft’s ever-expanding set of tools and are honored to be named Microsoft’s U.S. Federal Solution Partner of the Year.”

Related: 2014 GovCon Award Nominee Brian Karlisch, CEO of Buchanan & Edwards, Discusses Company’s Tenue

 

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Sweet Home Virginia Gala October 9th]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60109 2015-08-27T17:23:43Z 2015-08-26T12:45:32Z The 2015 Sweet Home Virginia Gala will be held at 6pm on Friday, October 9 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. A pillar of this event is the presentation of the Community Leadership Award for outstanding service and commitment to Northern Virginia. This year the event will honor Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s [...]

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The 2015 Sweet Home Virginia Gala will be held at 6pm on Friday, October 9 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons Corner, VA.

A pillar of this event is the presentation of the Community Leadership Award for outstanding service and commitment to Northern Virginia. This year the event will honor Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes Inc. with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s 2015 Community Leadership Award, which is the longest-standing community-based recognition award in Northern Virginia.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation, Paul Leslie had this to say of this year’s Leadership Award winner, “This year’s Community Leadership honor will go to Jim Wordsworth of J.R.’s Goodtimes, Inc. Jim’s charitable and civic involvement in Northern Virginia has set a very high standard. We are thrilled to recognize Jim’s outstanding commitment to the region.” Leslie stresses that “Wordsworth clearly exceeds the criteria and sets the bar for all future recipients to come.”

The program for the evening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, awards presentation and live auction.

Last year’s event raised approximately $490,000 to support the Community Foundation’s work, impact and capacity to grow philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the Northern Virginia region.

Individual tickets are $300.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Donna Roy, Executive Director of the DHS Information Sharing Environment Office, Speaks to the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58515 2015-08-26T13:02:39Z 2015-08-26T12:42:52Z Donna Roy was the latest keynote speaker for the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council morning roundtable summer series. Roy serves as executive director of the Information Sharing Office at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With the DHS’s reliance on big data management to secure to protect the United States, Donna Roy offered a candid inside perspective of data application and [...]

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David Chipman, SAIC; Mark Cohn, Unisys; Donna Roy DHS; James Scampiava, American Systems

David Chipman, SAIC; Mark Cohn, Unisys; Donna Roy DHS; James Scampiava, American Systems

Donna Roy was the latest keynote speaker for the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council morning roundtable summer series. Roy serves as executive director of the Information Sharing Office at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

With the DHS’s reliance on big data management to secure to protect the United States, Donna Roy offered a candid inside perspective of data application and management at the federal level. Specifically, Roy offered firsthand accounts on the creation and development of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) as part of the Big Data Frame work of DHS. A sincere and collaborative speaker, Roy stressed the importance of persistence by industry when working towards better big data collection as the key to getting what you want in any federal agency, especially if you are working in the realm of big data collection.

This event was sponsored by SAIC.

Mark Cohn, Unisys; Donna Roy DHS; James Scampiava, American Systems

Mark Cohn, Unisys; Donna Roy DHS; James Scampiava, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

WashingtonExec Roundtable Featuring Donna Roy, DHS

WashingtonExec Roundtable Featuring Donna Roy, DHS

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[WashingtonExec Weekly E-Magazine: News You Need to Know]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60142 2015-08-25T16:31:29Z 2015-08-25T16:31:29Z WashingtonExec Weekly E-Magazine: News You Need to Know Attain’s Greg Baroni speaks with WashingtonExec about his Chairmanship of the 40th Annual Women’s Center Gala and the important mission of the October 3rd event. Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. and CRGT Inc. have merged to form Salient CRGT. The newly-formed company will lead the way in IT modernization [...]

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Greg Baroni, CEO of Attain

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WashingtonExec Weekly E-Magazine: News You Need to Know

Attain’s Greg Baroni speaks with WashingtonExec about his Chairmanship of the 40th Annual Women’s Center Gala and the important mission of the October 3rd event.

Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. and CRGT Inc. have merged to form Salient CRGT. The newly-formed company will lead the way in IT modernization and business intelligence.

U.S. Special Operations Command awards a large IDIQ contract to multiple companies including; Booz Allen Hamilton, MacAulay-Brown, Inc., Raytheon and CACI. This contract has a ceiling value of $900 million.

Octo Consulting, provider of digital services for the federal government, appoints Bob McCord President. McCord will be in charge of operations, business development and delivery activities.

Tom Anderson, SAIC’s Vice President of Health Services discusses SAIC’s future in the federal healthcare market.

To read up on the latest contract awards and executive positions, click here for the full e-magazine.

 

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[WashExec RollCall: Your Inside Look at Our Network’s Professional Activity]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=59642 2015-08-25T17:08:15Z 2015-08-24T12:27:25Z WashExec Executive RollCall: JD Kathuria pulls from the broader WashingtonExec network to dish out the area’s who’s who and what’s what. The WashingtonExec Roll Call is a weekly feature within the WashingtonExec e-magazine that leverages our connections to catalog the area’s happenings. When it comes to striking deals, who you know trumps what you know in [...]

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WashExec Executive RollCall: JD Kathuria pulls from the broader WashingtonExec network to dish out the area’s who’s who and what’s what.

The WashingtonExec Roll Call is a weekly feature within the WashingtonExec e-magazine that leverages our connections to catalog the area’s happenings. When it comes to striking deals, who you know trumps what you know in the government contracting community.

We have tapped into our thousands of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and in-person connections to compile and share with you information about the promotions, company switches, job openings and work anniversaries that transpire within the broader WashingtonExec network.

The end result? A running map of who’s where — professionally — in the Greater Washington area.


In this week’s WashExec RollCall, we saw 10 new hires/promotions and nine work anniversaries. Read on for insight about the topics that caught our eyes and ears this past week within our network’s virtual water cooler.

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New Hires & Board Promotions:
Kevin Davis is now the Vice President of Splunk’s Public Sector industry business
John Felker is now Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at DHS/NPPD
Sid Fuchs has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Buchanan-Edwards.
Amrita Jayakumar, Washington Post reporter is moving to San Francisco to become a writer at NerdWallet, a consumer finance start-up
Mark Weber of NetApp was offered and accepted a position at Catholic University of America earlier this summer, fulfilling a lifelong goal. Thomas Stanley will be assuming the leadership role of NetApp’s Americas Sales Organization. Stanley brings over twenty years of experience in public and private sector sales which include nine years at NetApp.

In the News:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pushing advancement into the atomic GPS, terahertz frequency communication, IoT virus shielding, and rapid threat assessment technology. Click here to read full article.

Will Tyson’s be the next energy hub? For the full article click here.

Click here to watch former WashingtonExec reporter and now Bloomberg Corporate Finance Reporter, Michelle Davis discussing Apple and Shell issuing $18B of Bonds.

WashingtonExec Network Job Opportunities:

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Senior Capture and Proposal Manager Wanted:
Specifically, they are looking for a senior capture and proposal manager ideally with domain experience at Veteran’s Affairs. Lots of opportunity for this person as they have a significant presence at VA with multiple prime contracts. This person would report directly to their VP of Consulting Services and has lots of opportunity to grow our VA as well as Heath Care account space.

CTO Wanted:
A GovCon company with over 200 full time employees based in Northern VA, is looking for  a chief technology officer who has broad technology knowledge and experiences and who can provide technology guideline and strategy, have energy, motivation and teamwork, excellent presentation skills, and can do federal proposal writing for provide technical solution.

Senior Human Resources Advisor Wanted:
Position Description/Skill Requirements: Provide expert advisory service for senior human capital management to assist the federal organization’s Senior Leadership on human capital management technical, analytical, consulting, and a range of related activities, including but not limited to: Conduct an external environmental assessment of other public and private organizations to research and benchmark best practices in employee retention and engagement. Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to understand current agency retention trends and practices and identify what is needed to improve employee retention and engagement. Methods may include, but are not limited to, one-on-one interviews, focus groups, surveys, and various techniques and technologies for ideation/idea storming. Conduct internal organizational assessment of EIA’s current state and operational capabilities in the area of employee retention and engagement. Develop recommendations for retention and engagement strategies and other initiatives to ensure the organization is able to retain its best employees. These recommendations may be formulated as a strategic retention and/or engagement plan. Implement employee retention and engagement programs and operations. Assist in the production of internal/employee communications materials including, but not limited to, employee intranet content, all-hands emails, presentations, speeches, and various leadership communications. Ten years or more of professional work experience that is relevant to these requirements. MBA or Masters level degree or equivalent is required in HR or another similar/relevant discipline. PhD preferred.

Senior Project Manager Wanted:
8-12 years of experience managing complex IT projects and supporting IT PMOs to lead an IT PMO contract with a Civilian agency in Washington DC. In this role, the project manager will interact daily with government clients, project team members, stakeholders, and other contractor teams, and be responsible for managing the team’s resources and performance. The Senior Project Manager will support the client in managing multiple (50+) IT projects across the enterprise, and must have disciplined project management skills, including a PMP Certification. Must be a U.S. Citizen able to get a Public Trust clearance.

Business Development Executive Wanted:
Small women-owned small business looking to make a strategic hire for a Business Development Executive over the next quarter. Focus areas are Marketing/Sales/Business Development and Pipeline Management. Ideally, this would be someone with 10+ years’ experience within the government contracting or IC business space, hands-on experience within a small business environment, dealing with rapid growth and building enterprise value.

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Brynn Koeppen <![CDATA[Accenture’s Lisa Mitnick on the Link Between the Internet of Things and Mobile Health]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60098 2015-08-24T15:26:57Z 2015-08-23T17:53:36Z As the managing director of Accenture Mobility, Lisa Mitnick keeps a pulse on all things digital and mobile. In the ever-widening Internet of Things, there’s no shortage of trends ahead – and Mitnick has the inside view of where they’re headed, on a variety of fronts. “The mobile health revolution has only just begun to [...]

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Lisa Mitnick, Managing Director, Accenture Mobility

Lisa Mitnick, Managing Director, Accenture Mobility

As the managing director of Accenture Mobility, Lisa Mitnick keeps a pulse on all things digital and mobile. In the ever-widening Internet of Things, there’s no shortage of trends ahead – and Mitnick has the inside view of where they’re headed, on a variety of fronts.

“The mobile health revolution has only just begun to take off,” says Mitnick. “We are going to see a lot of growth in the coming years.” Along with insights into digital health solutions, Mitnick recently sat down with WashingtonExec to weigh in on additional areas to watch. “The explosion of connected devices and data is giving rise to the need for new kinds of platforms to manage the Internet of Things,” says Mitnick.

Here, Mitnick shares how companies and government organizations can take advantage of the potential found in the Internet of Things, and how Accenture is leading the way with its new Connected Platforms as a Service, a fully operational IoT platform.

WashingtonExec: How has the Internet of Things/Internet of Everything affected the progress of customers in the healthcare and more specifically the federal healthcare, space?

Lisa Mitnick: The Internet of Things impacts every industry and government is no exception. We are going to see government agencies experiment with and deploy IoT, specifically for healthcare.  Solutions such as remote health monitoring can help patients and providers more effectively manage chronic diseases. For example, diabetics and their health care providers can monitor blood sugar levels and receive real-time notifications of changes. These early warnings signals enable timely and cost-effective intervention before there is an emergency, helping to reduce costly hospital stays.

Tracking devices in the form of wearable technologies are also being used to monitor movement of Alzheimer’s patients to help keep them safe. In an effort to curtail readmissions after a hospital stay, providers are starting to send patients home with remote health monitoring devices such as blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and heart rate monitors for early detection of problems before they become critical. FDA-regulated digital health solutions and other personal health monitoring solutions are poised to transform healthcare delivery and our approach to health. This transformation could help  save billions of dollars in healthcare costs and at the same time drive better health outcomes.

Telecom companies, retailers and fitness manufacturers are also aggressively moving into the consumer health space through both organic means and merger and acquisitions. The mobile health revolution has only just begun to take off. We are going to see a lot of growth in the coming years.

WashingtonExec: Accenture serves commercial and federal healthcare clients. What are some IoT/IoE solutions you all are using in the commercial space?

Lisa Mitnick: We serve the entire health ecosystem, including payers, providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device firms as well as federal and state government agencies that provide healthcare services to individuals, corporations and veterans. Across the board we are seeing an increased focus and investment on wellness and coaching programs to get people more fit, reduce stress and drive engagement in their personal health.

Many of our medical device clients are building new connected health solutions to address a wide range of  therapeutic areas, including cardiac, radiology, neurology and respiratory.  Our research shows that FDA approval of digital health solutions has grown 21 percent from 2010 to 2015 and is projected to  accelerate to approximately 30 percent through 2018.  Mobile device companies such as Apple and Samsung as well as specialty mHealth companies like Fitbit are revolutionizing how people track and manage their health and fitness.

Telecom companies, retailers and fitness manufacturers are also aggressively moving into the consumer health space through both organic means and merger and acquisitions. The mobile health revolution has only just begun to take off. We are going to see a lot of growth in the coming years.

WashingtonExec: Do you see the adoption of IoT tools and applications in the healthcare space playing into some very critical security and privacy concerns that come with experimenting with these new and exciting technologies? Where is the balance?

Lisa Mitnick: There are certainly privacy issues that need to be addressed with Internet of Things. It is the responsibility of the public, industry and lawmakers to ensure the proper privacy guidelines are in place. In healthcare, HIPAA regulations were enacted to protect patient’s data privacy.  As new connected health solutions emerge these regulations will need to evolve to ensure that privacy and security are protected without removing the potential benefits of IoT.  Many of the new mHealth/IoT solutions in the market are subject to FDA medical device regulation.  In many ways, the healthcare sector is ahead of other industries when it comes to addressing security and privacy.

On the consumer health side, there is an explosion of new services that are creating significant amounts of patient-generated health data. Consumers need to pay close attention to how their personal health data is being used/shared and whether anonymity is guaranteed. People do not typically read the fine print about data usage when they download mobile apps and may find themselves getting a lot of unwanted offers.  At some point, we will see standards or regulations that support patient-centered and clear opt-in versus opt-out agreements with these new breeds of mobile app and device makers.

WashingtonExec: Do you see this idea of having everything connected to the internet as a progression of technology or do you see this as a disruptive system? How do you see big data analytics and new cloud technologies merging with IoT products?

Lisa Mitnick:
The Internet of Things is a natural progression of technology. Transformative items by their nature are disruptive because of the major impact it will have on business models, operations and policies.

There are four key drivers fueling the growth of IoT:  Decreasing cost in computing, ubiquitous connectivity, proliferation of smartphones, and the rise of cloud and big data. All of these factors are converging to create a perfect storm of rapid and profound innovation that just was not possible a few years ago.  By 2019, analysts estimate there will be between 20 billion to 40 billion connected devices and roughly 200 billion sensors. This is going to create a huge amount of data, and the value of the IoT lies in the ability to collect that data, analyze it and present it as simple, actionable information to businesses and individuals. While at the moment data tends to be sent to the cloud for analytics to be applied, in the future we will see some analytics at the device or sensor level – “at the edge,” rather than in the cloud.

The explosion of connected devices and data is giving rise to the need for new kinds of platforms to manage the Internet of Things. These platforms have to be able to capture sensor data in the field, discover and provision devices, enable and secure network connectivity, provide developers with the tools to integrate APIs into the fabric of complex apps and give business stakeholders the tools to process, analyze and monetize all of this captured data. To help companies and government organizations take advantage of the potential of the IoT, Accenture has built Connected Platforms as a Service, a fully operational IoT platform, to help reduce the time and risk associated with developing new services and digital business models.

WashingtonExec: Have you all at Accenture Federal Services started discussing changing potential employee policies with, for example, bringing personal IoT devices to work, etc.? Have your clients brought up concerns?

Lisa Mitnick:
With any new technology, there is a need to reevaluate policies regarding usage.  Enterprises across government and commercial sectors are very focused on protecting confidential information as well as ensuring security and privacy. Organizations will need to think about what is the appropriate use of IoT in the workplace that addresses the security and privacy of the enterprise, the user and fellow employees.

There are parallels to the BYOD movement, where new governance and policies were needed to ensure protections for both the employer and the employee.  We recommend that organizations start by creating a clear vision for how new technologies, whether corporate or government-furnished or BYOD, will be used to securely support business activities.

It is equally important to define allowable and unallowable applications of technology in the workplace.  Some of these can be enforced through enterprise-managed mobility software solutions, where access to certain device features such as the camera function or access to certain websites can be turned off when in certain locations. Others will need to be written policies that are communicated to staff about appropriate workplace behavior.

In any case, a governance structure needs to be established to make decisions about how technology is ultimately used in a work context and it will need to evolve over time as technology continues to advance.

WashingtonExec: Do believe that in regards to federal healthcare that the federal space is behind the commercial sector in terms of technology adoption? Is IoT changing the pace of government?

Lisa Mitnick: The federal government has actually been a pioneer in the adoption of technology to improve healthcare delivery.  Both the Veterans Affairs and Military Health Service were early proponents of electronic medical records and the VA’s mHealth work is world-class.

As an integrated payer/provider, both VA and Military Health have made significant commitments to remote health monitoring, wellness and telehealth solutions due to the cost-savings, improved health outcomes and readiness benefits that they can deliver. Like other healthcare sectors, federal healthcare will be changed as IoT technologies mature. In the healthcare space, the pace of change will be driven as much by data interoperability and workflow interaction with core health IT systems as the presence of IoT.

WashingtonExec: What healthcare IoT device do you use most often?

Lisa Mitnick: I have experimented with a number of different health bands including Fitbit and Jawbone.  I like the ability to aggregate data from different sources into a single location as with Apple’s health app. I think we are going to continue to see more aggregation as busy people like me are looking for an easy one stop solution for their health data.

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[First FedRAMP Mobile Authorization Granted to IBM’s MaaS360 Platform]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=59981 2015-08-25T17:48:34Z 2015-08-21T13:00:13Z On August 13 IBM announced that it had achieved the very first Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for its cloud-based MaaS360 platform from Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). This marks the very first Enterprise Mobility Management solution to be granted this authorization. Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director said, “Having met [...]

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Anne Altman, IBM US Federal

Anne Altman, IBM U.S. Federal

On August 13 IBM announced that it had achieved the very first Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) for its cloud-based MaaS360 platform from Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). This marks the very first Enterprise Mobility Management solution to be granted this authorization.

Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director said, “Having met all the stringent security requirements of the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board, comprised of the CIOs of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration, MaaS360 from IBM is now a FedRAMP compliant cloud service able to be authorized for use across all federal agencies.”

MaaS360 is used to monitor and control smartphones, tablets and PCs instantly. It also integrates the IBM Security Access Manager for Identity Management and IBM Trusteer for Threat Management to add advanced security which is beneficial to government agencies, financial services and other industries. The General Services Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior currently use MaaS360 along with various other federal organizations to securely enable their mobile technology. With the authorization of MaaS360 granted by the U.S. Government this cloud based service can now be used across all agencies.

Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM Federal said, “Federal agencies are demanding secure mobility solutions to support their desire to transform business processes and improve services to citizens, the military and government workers. The FedRAMP authorization recognizes IBM’s commitment to delivering the best mobile management and security experiences to help our clients usher in a more mobile-centric era through the cloud.”

The FedRAMP framework is used to standardize approaches to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring. FedRAMP currently employs two other IBM cloud services in addition to the newly added MaaS360 which include; SoftLayer Federal cloud as well as SmartCloud for Government.

Related:  IBM to Invest $3B to Establish New Internet of Things Unit

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Karli Gillespie <![CDATA[Tom Anderson of SAIC Talks Federal Healthcare Market]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60080 2015-08-20T17:18:19Z 2015-08-20T16:31:10Z In May 2015 Tom Anderson made the move to SAIC as Vice President of Health Services. Previous COO of STG, Inc. and CEO and Founder of Envision IT, LLC, a management consulting firm, Anderson plans to focus on building and executing SAIC’s successful health services business in the public sector. “One of the things that [...]

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Tom Anderson, SAIC

Tom Anderson, SAIC

In May 2015 Tom Anderson made the move to SAIC as Vice President of Health Services. Previous COO of STG, Inc. and CEO and Founder of Envision IT, LLC, a management consulting firm, Anderson plans to focus on building and executing SAIC’s successful health services business in the public sector.

“One of the things that attracted me to SAIC is the fact that they are expanding the business in key market areas to include health services,” said Anderson. “Given my background in previously leading organizations to include IT health organizations and health sciences organizations, it made sense for me to learn more about that and what the company was up to in those specific areas. I really liked the fact that SAIC has a strong brand name and is widely recognized as a market leader.”

With a new company culture, SAIC focuses on the customer mission and creativity and empowers their employees to deliver new, innovative ideas. As a corporation, SAIC has identified six significant growth areas called Enterprise Market Initiatives (EMIs), and in his new role Anderson specifically aims to advance growth in health services across the SAIC.

Anderson plans to continue SAIC’s successful history of delivering technology and science solutions to the health services public sector by working with other leaders, including state and local defense organizations, and civilian organizations.

Unlike the arguably current flat federal market, health services is a unique market with tremendous expansion opportunities and facets yet to be explored.

“Health Services is an area that I think companies will focus on because there is that growth opportunity.”

“In considering the broad range of capabilities that SAIC brings to this market, it makes really good sense for us to focus on health services. I call it health services because it really is a combination of health IT and health science.”

Before the Government can realize the best available solutions, there is a lot of change and understanding that needs to occur. Current market customers are looking for innovative and creative health solutions that according to Anderson cannot be met with the industry’s current use of the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection process.

“We are continuing to see a focus on cost savings initiatives across the government market,” Anderson said. “I think there is also the realization that LPTA is not realistic. LPTA is something that really supports the commoditization of IT services which is never a good thing. We’re beginning to see increased movement toward some form of best value evaluations.”

As Vice President of Health Services, Anderson wants to maximize the growth opportunity in this space.

“In addition to health services the company is looking at enhancing cyber, integrated security systems, IT as a service, platform integration and training. My role is associated with health services and I’m here specifically to drive meaningful growth across our business enterprise as it relates to health.”

Anderson went on to discuss integrating SAIC’s high-end cyber and big data analytic capabilities with its new health IT services offerings.

“What we are planning to do in the short term is complete the business strategy and begin the execution of the plan. We will leverage many areas of technical and engineering capabilities associated with SAIC’s service-line portfolio. We are market leaders in areas such as data analytics and cyber – just two that come to mind that I think make really good sense for us to focus on. There are many others obviously but those two are really good.  I will leverage these to the maximum extent possible and make those things available to the customers. We hear repeatedly that customers are looking for thought leadership in those areas. At the CMS SPARC Industry Day, the Government talked about the importance of cyber solutions. SAIC is a company with significant technical depth. We have a long-standing background supporting public sector health and we continue to build upon that.”

On a more personal note, we ended our interview with asking Anderson what he recommends to the younger associates in the government contracting space read this summer in order to increase their business acumen.

“From a business planning perspective – there are several great business books out there. One that I have used on several occasions is Blue Ocean Strategy by Chan Kim.  The book addresses the highly competitive nature of some business environments and provides insight to how a leadership team achieves differentiation in the market. Blue Ocean Strategy is all about a set of processes to create differentiation in the market. I think it’s a great resource for someone who is just entering the business world or for leaders of established companies.”

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Melissa Thompson <![CDATA[Eric Wieman Named Chief Operating Officer of A-TEK, Inc.]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=60039 2015-08-20T14:31:20Z 2015-08-20T14:31:20Z Ellicott City, Md.-based A-TEK announced August 17th that Eric Wieman has been hired as Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President. Eric brings over 34 years of experience which include active duty in the U.S. Navy serving as Captain and Naval Aviator as well as leadership positions at STG, Inc., Accelera Solutions, Dell/Perot, CSC, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman [...]

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Eric Wieman, COO/EVP, A-TEK, Inc.

Eric Wieman, COO/EVP, A-TEK, Inc.

Ellicott City, Md.-based A-TEK announced August 17th that Eric Wieman has been hired as Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President. Eric brings over 34 years of experience which include active duty in the U.S. Navy serving as Captain and Naval Aviator as well as leadership positions at STG, Inc., Accelera Solutions, Dell/Perot, CSC, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

A-TEK Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn Freeland said this of Wieman’s hiring, “Eric’s hire comes at a pivotal period in the life of A-TEK. As we continue to focus on the mission of our clients, the effectiveness of our service and solutions offerings, and the need to recruit and retain top flight staff, having Eric join our team further strengthens our leadership team and brings tried and proven ingredients for strategic and tactical growth. With his extensive background and strategy development, business development, corporate operations, client relationship management, and organizational and performance improvement, Eric brings a proven track record and a plethora of experience to a growing company like A-TEK. We are thrilled to have him as part of our executive management team.”

Wieman’s responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President will be the alignment and integration of A-TEK’s business growth strategies with its operating business units.

 

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