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NASA taps SAIC for agencywide enterprise app management

NASA taps SAIC for agencywide enterprise app management

NASA has contracted with Science Applications International Corp. to provide services to operate the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center.  Based in Huntsville, Ala., NEACC manages key business and mission-supporting platforms, applications and infrastructure used across the agency.

According to the contract’s original statement of work, NASA requires a seamless technical IT infrastructure to ensure interoperability both within programs and across its centers and facilities in support of collaboration and secure and cost-effective IT service delivery. The Enterprise Applications Service Technologies (EAST) 2 contract supports enterprise applications, such as financial, human capital, logistics and procurement; center-specific applications; cross-functional infrastructure services, such as business intelligence; and support of the Center for Internal Mobile Applications.

EAST 2 is potentially worth $485 million over eight years. Included in the award is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity feature to provide application service support to additional NASA centers.

SAIC is currently providing support to the NEACC under a $321.2 million EAST contract that is set to expire on Jan. 31. The new contract will begin on Feb. 1 and could run through March 2024.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 11:12 AM0 comments


AWS price reductions

Amazon reduces hosting prices for GovCloud

Amazon Web Services kicked off the new year with a  5 percent price reduction on certain EC2-optimized Linux cloud hosting services, including On-Demand and Reserved instances for R3 running Linux in the AWS GovCloud.

Amazon is also reducing the On-Demand, Reserved instances and dedicated host prices for C4, M4 and R3 instances running on Linux by 5 percent in northern Virginia, northern California and Oregon, as well as certain regions internationally, according to the company's blog.

Smaller reductions were also announced for the same instances running on Windows, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. New pricing for all are now in effect, and will be reflected on billing statements at the end of the month. The new AWS Price List API will be updated later in the month as well.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments


Interior moves financial system to the cloud

Interior moves financial system to the cloud

The Department of the Interior has moved its Financial and Business Management System to the cloud, giving it the flexibility to dynamically reallocate cloud computing resources and better evaluate service level agreement performance. The move will help Interior more effectively plan, budget, allocate and account for its various budgetary, acquisition, grant and asset-management activities.

The system uses SAP and Compusearch core business management and reporting components, and integrates with existing payroll, procurement and travel systems. Working with Unisys and its partner Virtustream, Interior’s migration makes it the first federal organization to move its SAP-based financial management application to the cloud. The system simplifies management of the agency’s SAP and Compusearch cloud infrastructure, Unisys said.

The migration is part of Interior's five-year IT Transformation Strategic Plan, issued in 2011, to significantly cut costs with "a 21st century service delivery organization that provides innovative technologies at lower cost to support our mission areas." The move also complies with the Office of Management and Budget’s Cloud First policy mandating that federal agencies take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing.

Posted on Jan 07, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments


San Diego

San Diego looks to Accela to streamline business processes

San Diego has signed on for Accela’s Civic Platform to help it update and streamline its business processes, better manage land, permitting and code enforcement cases and increase citizen engagement.  

Already an Accela customer for special-event permitting and right-of-way management, the city is expanding its use of the Civic Platform to share event, transaction and contact activity across departments -- improving communication between office and field workers, citizens, businesses and other key stakeholders.

Accela’s Civic Platform will improve the city’s planning,  zoning and permitting services and offer enhanced customer service. It will also provide citizens, contractors, building inspectors and code enforcement officers with access to mobile solutions that speed processes and response time.

Each year, San Diego issues approximately 46,000 permits, processes 4,000 code enforcement cases, conducts 97,000 project reviews and handles 137,000 construction inspections.

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments


Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order to ensure the state can better protect its economy and citizens from cyberattack.

The executive order requires the state CIO to deliver a cybersecurity strategy to the governor by July 1,  2016, addressing high-risk cybersecurity areas for the state’s critical infrastructure by:

  • Establishing a process to regularly assess cybersecurity infrastructure and activities within the state.
  • Providing recommendations related to securing the state’s networks, systems and data.
  • Implementing cybersecurity awareness training for government employees.
  • Establishing data breach reporting requirements.
  • Identifying opportunities to educate the public to prevent cybersecurity attacks and protect the public’s personal information.

In addition, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department has been tasked with updating the state’s emergency response plan to deal with the physical consequences of a significant cyberattack against the state’s critical infrastructure.

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments