By Mr. Pete Van Schagen, RCAS Communications
Mr. Sajjan (Saj) M. George was introduced as the new acting product lead (PL) for the Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS) during an Assumption of Charter ceremony hosted by Mr. Michael Padden, Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) project manager, Jan. 11, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The outgoing RCAS PL, Mr. Ralph Ocasio, departed after a distinguished tenure, and received a Superior Civilian Service Award and other recognition during the ceremony. Mr. Ocasio will be the new deputy project manager for I3C2.
Mr. George assumes his new position after serving as the RCAS deputy product lead since December 2014. He has over 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. Throughout his service, Mr. George served in a variety of leadership roles, including deputy director of sustainment directorate at General Funds Enterprise Business System, deputy chief information officer/G6 of the Army National Guard (ARNG) headquarters, branch chief of information technology program management and program objective memorandum development officer for the ARNG G6. He served one combat tour in Iraq as the deputy of the Joint Acquisition Review Board and the Multi-National Corps Budget Execution Office. Mr. George’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
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Posted January 13, 2016
By Geoff Steele, AMIS Security Analyst
Cybersecurity is changing in the Army, and the team developing and maintaining the Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) System is leading the change management. In March 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) formally issued instructions for transitioning to a new model for information technology system certification and accreditation, the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process, replacing the DOD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). Information Assurance (IA) has always been a priority for the RF-ITV managing office, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS), so the RF-ITV program and system integrator were up to the challenge of adopting RMF from the start. AMIS is the first program to undertake this massive change in the process to accredit a system. The risk of not getting through RMF is simple: no Authority to Operate (ATO), no RF-ITV for the logistics community.
The RF-ITV team, along with the PEO EIS Information Assurance Program Manager (IAPM) team, attended an RMF early adopters’ sessions at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The group learned to utilize a main tool in implementing the RMF policy, the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service, a service-oriented computer application that supports IA program management and automates the DIACAP process. A key change in the RMF process is the self-assessment — the system manager now assesses all security controls for compliance. After the initial self-assessment, the security control assessor-validator gains an understanding of the system’s IA posture by reviewing system IA documentation, acquires an understanding of the system’s implementation of operating procedures by interviewing people working the various IA roles, verifies the system configuration, meets applicable regulations by performing vulnerability scanning and, finally, evaluates and validates the security controls implemented by the system manager and writes a report, which authorizing officials use in the formal decision to grant an ATO. This process is critical in protecting information systems from cyber-attack. AMIS chose the RMF process, which becomes mandatory in 2017, opposed to DIACAP in order to maximize the timeframe the ATO would be valid. An IT system can't operate on the DOD network without being accredited.
The RF-ITV team was at a disadvantage as the first to go through the RMF process, as they lacked the benefit of lessons-learned or best practice recommendations from other programs. However, the outstanding effort made by the RF-ITV system integrator personnel combined with IAPM team guidance resulted in the three-year ATO, making the RF-ITV System the first to earn this certification within PEO EIS! The team also offered advice to those earning the new accreditation: start early and be prepared for the complexity of the process, which took at least six months longer than earning an ATO via the DIACAP process.
Posted January 08, 2016
By By PEO EIS Communications Division
Members of PD AMIS supported Toys for Tots by donating bicycles for children this holiday season.
Posted December 30, 2015
By MC4 Strategic Communications Team
Mr. Michael McAllister, logistics management specialist at Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), has been named Logistician of the Year for 2015 by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology 2015 Army Acquisition Executive's (AAE) Excellence in Leadership Award. Mr. McAllister is the first to receive this distinction, which seeks to recognize excellence and innovation in the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW).
McAllister leads theater operations and is contracting officer representative for over 100 contractors who field, train and provide hands-on customer support for more than 46,000 MC4 medical IT systems supplied internationally to more than 2,200 Army units.
"Michael's efforts ensured that MC4 systems and technical support teams were at the right place at the right time to support MC4 users deployed worldwide – these are the trademarks of a truly outstanding logistician," said Tracy Ellis, Chief, Logistics Management Division, MC4.
MC4 is an expeditionary network of systems that equips medics on the ground to digitally document injuries and input medical information for wounded Service members. These systems use a blend of commercial and government off the shelf products including Theater Medical Information Program-Joint (TMIP-J) applications under the management of the Joint Operational Medicine Information Systems Program Management Office (JOMIS PMO), the supervision of Defense Healthcare Management Systems (DHMS) and fielded to operational medical forces worldwide. Medical staff on the battlefield record and transfer critical medical data from foxhole to military treatment facilities, and thereby assure accuracy and continuity of health records for warfighters across the globe.
McAllister developed an innovative contracting strategy which resulted in a net 20-percent annual savings in FY 2015 alone. Under his direction, more than 5,000 systems were fielded to 250 Army units worldwide during this period, coming in under cost and ahead of schedule. This represents a 50% increase over FY14 in the number of MC4 systems fielded.
For more than a decade, the Army has entrusted MC4 with maintaining deployable medical recording systems. MC4 leads the way with the most widely-used, comprehensive information management medical system on the battlefield.
Posted December 08, 2015
By Enterprise Computing
Enterprise Computing and the US Army Contracting Command (ACC) - Rock Island (ACC-RI) have issued the draft Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT) request for proposal (RFP). The draft RFP is for commercial cloud solutions for eligible Army enterprise applications in support of the ACCENT program and was issued to reach out to industry for questions and comments.
Enterprise Computing and the ACC-RI are only requesting industry questions at this time and require all questions be submitted by 3:00 PM CT on December 11, 2015.
The ACCENT Program supports the Army’s effort to move designated information technology applications, systems and associated data to the commercial cloud.
The ACCENT scope will include services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy the requirement for migration of eligible Army enterprise applications to the commercial cloud. Cloud computing solutions will include:
- Cloud Service Offerings authorized by the Department of Defense
- Information as a Service
- Platform as a Service
- Software as a Service
The draft ACCENT RFP will result in multiple basic ordering agreements which will be valid for a three-year period and use a multi-step procurement process.
For more information, visit www.FBO.gov and search for the draft ACCENT RFP using solicitation number W52P1J-16-R-0022.
Posted December 08, 2015
By Ellyn Kocher, Communications Division
On November 23, 2015, Mr. Douglas Wiltsie relinquished the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Charter to the Deputy PEO Ms. Terry Watson. The official ceremony at Wallace Theater, Fort Belvoir, followed the luncheon at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club, and was hosted by Honorable Heidi Shyu, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT).
The ceremony was emceed by PEO EIS Military Deputy COL Sandy Vann-Olejasz, with an invocation by Dr. David Powers, Product Lead, Force Management System. The ceremony was attended by LTG Robert Ferrell, Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6; LTG Alan Lynn, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); former PEOs Mr. Gary Winkler and Mr. Kevin Carroll; and former Deputy PEO Mr. Lee Harvey, as well as Project and Product Managers, Leads and Directors from across EIS. Mr. Wiltsie’s wife, Liz, and Ms. Watson’s daughters, Katie Keys and Jenni Watson, were also in attendance, and received flowers and special recognition for their support to Mr. Wiltsie and Ms. Watson.
Mr. Wiltsie took command of PEO EIS October 5, 2011. As PEO, Mr. Wiltsie led the EIS acquisition mission, which included a workforce of more than 1,500 throughout the Continental United States and in 15 countries, executing more than $2 billion annually to develop, deploy and support over 60 large scale Information Technology programs serving Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and DoD civilians worldwide. Mr. Wiltsie’s technical expertise and bold leadership in network modernization solidified his reputation as an innovator and change leader. Mr. Wiltsie transitions to his new role as Director System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SOSI&E) in the office of the ASAALT December 1, and will report directly to the Army Acquisition Executive as a principal advisor on all system of systems engineering and integration matters.
“Doug, you and your team have done an outstanding job of strengthening the link and solidifying the trust between our Soldiers and the information they rely on for mission success and a safe return home,” said Ms. Shyu in her remarks, “Doug’s leadership has been incredible.”
Ms. Terry Watson, the current Deputy PEO EIS, assumes the mantle of acting PEO with more than 30 years of acquisition experience. Ms. Watson had served as the Acting PEO EIS prior to Mr. Wiltsie’s arrival in 2011, and she “brings tremendous experience and knowledge of the organization to this position,” said Mr. Wiltsie during the ceremony. “Terry is the smartest and the best person to lead this organization.” Ms. Shyu echoed his remarks, stating that Ms. Watson has her full confidence and support in leading EIS.
“Terry is tireless in her dedication and support to the mission and people of EIS, and there is no better person to lead this team forward,” said Mr. Wiltsie during the luncheon. “This has been both the hardest and most rewarding job of my career, and the rewards are because of you – the leadership team, and the workforce of PEO EIS.”
At the ceremony, Ms. Watson focused her remarks on the workforce: “You are the reason we are able to be so successful and truly connect the global Army. You are the most dedicated and talented acquisition professionals and I am honored to be a part of your team. What you do matters. Together, we will continue to innovate to ensure that our Soldiers are ready, agile and connected to defeat any enemy and keep our Nation and our Allies safe and secure.”
“I have learned so much from Doug,” said Ms. Watson in her luncheon remarks. “We will miss you, and you will always be a part of the EIS family.”
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Posted November 24, 2015
By PEO EIS Communications Team
November 10, 2015 – Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie will be transitioning from his assignment as the Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) to become the Director of System of Systems Engineering & Integration for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) on Dec. 1, 2015. Deputy PEO Ms. Terry Watson will serve as Acting PEO until a successor is named.
Mr. Wiltsie took command of PEO EIS in October 2011 and has been responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of the Army’s enterprise information systems, overseeing an annual budget of nearly $2 billion. During his four-year tenure, PEO EIS has helped transform the Army enterprise through implementation of innovative acquisition and material readiness solutions that enable information dominance. These efforts include delivering critical infrastructure and enterprise information capabilities, such as modernizing Army network and strategic communication systems, developing complex business and integrated personnel management systems, and deploying global logistics systems and enterprise services that support every Soldier, every day, everywhere.
In announcing his departure, Mr. Wiltsie expressed his gratitude to a globally dispersed workforce comprised of more than 1,500 Army military, civilians and contractors.
“I will miss working with you most of all – EIS has a dedicated, expert team unrivaled by any other PEO. Thanks for all you do and keep up the outstanding work – it’s because of you that we are able to connect the global Army.”
Mr. Wiltsie has also served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors; the Assistant Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); and as the Deputy Project Manager, Objective Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Future Combat System.
Posted November 10, 2015
By Ms. Lana Spalding, PD AMIS Communications Team
Major Leilani Tydingco, PD AMIS, and Dr. Daniel Parker, PD AESIP Hub, are 2015 GWAC SOLE Award winners. They are pictured here receiving their awards at the official ceremony at the Fort Myer Officer's Club October 29. Congratulations, MAJ Tydingco and Dr. Parker!
Posted November 05, 2015
By Mr. Jim McDonough, GCSS-Army Support Operations Branch Lead
Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army), the Army’s largest, most ambitious Enterprise Resource Planning solution, was recently named one of the 10 GCN IT Excellence Award winners. The 28th annual award ceremony was held October 14, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Product Manager LTC Christopher Romero accepted the award.
The Department of Defense (DOD) organization was selected from hundreds of public sector nominees. GCSS-Army was nominated by Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) Mr. Douglas Wiltsie. GCSS-Army is part of the Project Manager Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP) portfolio, which reports to the Army PEO EIS.
GCSS-Army and the other nominees support GCN’s mission to aid public sector Information Technology managers. GCN provides research, opinions and product information to solve public sector IT challenges.
At the ceremony, the GCN committee presented the ten awards and five honorable mentions. Represented were federal, state and local government agencies from all parts of the United States. In addition to receiving awards, the winning programs were profiled in the October edition of GCN.
GCSS-Army was praised during the ceremony remarks for leading “the largest Enterprise Resource Planning deployment in the U.S. Army history,” with 154,000 users in all Army components world-wide.
Said GCN, GCSS-Army is “the Army’s most significant transformation effort in history for a logistics information system,” designed to merge the work of 40,000 databases which perform tactical supply, property accountability, maintenance and the associated financial functions.
For the first time in the Army’s history, GCSS-Army is tying tactical logistics and the associated financial transactions into a single database. The end goal is “to have a unified view; one version of the truth in near real-time that is available anytime, anywhere,” said LTC Romero.
With cost and logistics information in near real-time, commanders can enhance their readiness and manage budgets effectively. The program is already beginning to pay for itself by avoiding costs associated with maintaining legacy systems. For Soldiers and sustainment managers to fully benefit from the program, said Romero, “It’s critical they get informed about the program early, take the web-based training and provide stakeholders [with] feedback.”
GCSS-Army’s stakeholders include the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)); Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptrollers (ASA(FM&C)); Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS); Project Manager Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (PM AESIP); Department of the Army Assistant Chief of Staff G-4; US Army Combined Arms Support Command (USA CASCOM); and US Army Logistics Support Agency (LOGSA).
For more information, please visit: www.gcss.army.mil.
Posted November 03, 2015
By James Christopherson, PM DCATS Communications Team
Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) COL Charles Stein hosted an Assumption of Charter ceremony on August 14, 2015 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to officially recognize the change in leadership for the Product Director Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PD WESS). The incoming PD WESS, LTC Joel Babbitt, accepted responsibility for the program from the outgoing PD WESS, Mr. Michael McGarvey.
WESS is the Army’s manager for the acquisition, development and modernization of wideband enterprise satellite communication systems and state-of-the-art satellite network control systems. WESS systems integrate into a system-of-systems architecture supporting strategic communications infrastructure, Presidential communications, the Defense Information Systems Network, Army LandWarNet, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and strategic reach-back for deployed forces.
“LTC Babbitt’s aggressive, perseverant approach to challenges and laser-focused dedication to every mission he undertakes will be an invaluable asset to the WESS program during his tenure,” said COL Stein.
COL Stein presented the Civilian Achievement Medal to the outgoing product manager, Mr. Mike McGarvey, in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments during his tenure as PD WESS. “Nothing happens if it isn’t for the team and the family that we have with the employees, contractors, and matrix support folks in PD WESS and PM DCATS,” Mr. McGarvey said. “The support is phenomenal and they’re always highly motivated to make the mission happen for the Army. And each and every one of them gives 100%. Everybody makes it happen every day.” Mr. McGarvey continues with PD WESS, returning to the post of Deputy Product Director which he held prior to selection to serve a short assignment as PD WESS.
“I have already seen in the PD WESS team a team of dedicated professionals that know what they’re doing and have a stellar reputation throughout the community; both the strategic signal community as well as the acquisition community,” said LTC Babbitt.
LTC Babbitt comes to PM DCATS from the Program Executive Office Command Control Communications Tactical (PEO C3T) where he served for three years as Product Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical Increment 1 (PdM WIN-T Increment 1). As PdM WIN-T Increment 1, LTC Babbitt introduced WiFi to the tactical Army and enroute communications to the Global Response Force. Prior to that, LTC Babbitt was the Product Manager for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PdM C4I) for a unit under the United States Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was responsible for funding, developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining all communications and intelligence support systems and capabilities for the US Military’s most elite units.
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Posted August 24, 2015