By Jo Manson, PEO EIS Public Affairs
PEO EIS conducted an ERP Information Exchange February 27 at Wood Theater, Fort Belvoir, VA. Over 250 attendees were present. The purpose of the event was to:
- Identify Army ERP Services progress since meeting with industry on 5 APR 2013
- Describe the Army ERP Services overarching strategy
- Allow industry to assess their interest in competing for potential work
COL Harry Culclasure, PM AESIP, gave the opening remarks, and Mr. Lee Weaver, Deputy PD LMP and Chairman, ERP Services Contract IPT, provided administrative comments and the overarching strategy.
Panel members addressed the following topics:
- Ms. Jessica Dobbeleare, Chief IT Branch D, ACC-RI -- Small Business Contract Vehicle and the Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
- Mr. Ed Wilgus, NIH IT Acquisition and Assessment Center -- Chief Information officer – Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) GWAC
- Mr. George Albinson – ARDEC -- Army Shared Services Center
After the break, panel members participated in Q&A with industry attendees.
Posted March 04, 2014
By PEO EIS Public Affairs
I am pleased to announce that two members of the PEO EIS team have been recognized as Fed 100 Award winners by Federal Computer Week. COL Pat Burden, Program Manager for GFEBS, and Mr. Victor Hernandez, Director of Program Management at PEO EIS, were recognized as two of the top 100 government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community. The awards recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and have made a difference in the way technology has transformed their agency or accelerated their mission, and I couldn't agree more.
COL Burden has been recognized for leading the design, testing, training and fielding of GFEBS. This was a monumental effort, critical to meeting the Army's goal of audit readiness by 2017. He was the driving force behind the full-fielding of GFEBS to over 53,000 users across the Army during FY13. Thanks to COL Burden's leadership and outstanding team performance, for the first time in the history of the Army, senior leaders have accurate, reliable and timely financial information, and we have improved forecasting and allocation of resource capabilities thanks to his important work.
Victor Hernandez is recognized for his actions associated with the Congressional reprogramming effort supporting network modernization. The Army took the first steps towards architecting an enterprise network focused on improving capacity and security while minimizing stovepipes globally. This joint strategy, a partnership with DOD CIO, DISA, Army and Air Force, required large procurements to minimize overall costs and ensure equipment availability, which had not been included in the budget. Victor worked with stakeholders across the Department to ensure that dollars were executed to make this vision a reality.
Both winners will be recognized at the Federal 100 Awards Gala March 20 at the Washington Hilton. A full list of award winners can be found here: http://fcw.com/articles/2014/02/04/announcing-the-2014-fed-100.aspx.
Congratulations to both awardees!
Douglas K. Wiltsie
Posted February 26, 2014
By Jo Manson, PEO EIS Public Affairs
The Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) program office conducted a successful information exchange event February 20 in Wallace Theater, Fort Belvoir, Va. Over 600 attendees participated in this event that included an audience comprised of DA civilians, military, contractors and private industry. Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) personnel were present to facilitate discussions and answer questions on site.
The program started at 1200 hours with PEO EIS Mr. Douglas Wiltsie providing opening remarks. Following his remarks, the following agenda was presented:
- CHESS Overview, Mr. Brendan Burke, Project Director, PD CHESS
- Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software (ITES-SW), Ms. Dorothy Bowen, Product Leader, CHESS
- Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – 3 Services (ITES-3S), Mr. Keith Copeland, Product Leader, CHESS
- IT Strategic Sourcing Panel
- Mr. Brendan Burke, PD CHESS
- Mr. Gregg Judge, Chief, Enterprise Licensing Division, Army CIO/G-6
- Mr. Harold Williams, Office of the Senior Services Manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement)
- Mr. Jeffery Gollon, Chief, IT Contracting Division, ACC-RI
Mr. Burke closed the event by thanking all attendees and reminding them that questions and responses would be posted to the PEO EIS website in the near future.
Posted February 26, 2014
By Courtney N. Cashdollar, P2E Public Affairs
The Product Manager Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) Team, lead by LTC Mollie A. Pearson and Mr. Art Olson, achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) of the Main Communications Facility (MCF) on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, December 28, 2013, three days ahead of schedule and approximately $3 million dollars under budget.
PdM P2E initiated the contract on September 14, 2012. The purpose of the project was to increase efficiency, performance, data security, and command and control of the information technology (IT) environment on Camp Arifjan. The previous environment, a largely ad-hoc build without coordinated architecture, included a Main Data Processing Facility with several disjointed data storage sites that provided limited support for the increased volume of Soldiers, a high risk of data loss or corruption, insufficient maintenance support, and a lack of integrated data storage capability. The current capability has served the Army well, but the mission has outgrown the existing capability. Now, the IT environment is much more efficient, maximizes virtual applications, and provides services to joint customers.
This $50 million dollar, 20,000 square foot facility will serve as the hub for all voice, data, and video-teleconferencing capabilities across Southwest Asia (SWA), including all 19 Countries in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. The MCF project, including the migration of an entire communications facility, is the largest and most complex project ever completed by P2E. This is a very important undertaking that is critical not only to the region, but to the future communications structure around the world. This project will increase efficiency, performance, data security, and the command and control for the IT environment on Camp Arifjan and beyond.
The heavy lifters of the PdM P2E MCF Team were On-site Project Lead, Ms. Pam Warren; Contracting Officers’ Representative, Mr. Rey Quebral; Assistant Project Managers, MAJ Kyle McFarland and MAJ Peter Moore; and PdM P2E SWA Director, Mr. Mike Moseley. This team accomplished the mission despite austere and arduous working conditions inherent to the SWA region; numerous long hours over holidays and weekends; a significant eight hour time zone difference from the leadership and higher headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and numerous stakeholders (including Southwest Asia Cyber Center (SWACC); the 160th, 54th, and 335th Signal Commands; US Army Forces, US Central Command (ARCENT).
Additional challenges included a complex contract; a volatile military mission and political landscape in Theater; coordination complexities due to multiple stakeholders and business areas; complex dependencies with receipt of equipment; and technical complexities involving affecting power generation, cooling and capacity, services migration, and circuit cut-over from the old facility. Furthermore, six to nine month stakeholder rotations in theater, including three transitions in the leadership of the 335th Signal Command (Theater)(Provisional) throughout the life of the project, and the lack of flexibility to hire additional government personnel on the ground in theater challenged the concept of continuity.
Finally, the team faced unforeseen disruptions including unplanned power outages, changes in policy that required the replacement of two thirds of the batteries for the Uninterrupted Power Supply System before it could be certified, flooding, and two fires on Camp Arifjan that detrimentally affected the schedule for the MCF.
Regardless of the aforementioned challenges, the P2E Team effectively developed courses of action to mitigate these disruptions and demonstrated superior leadership expertise, dedication to duty, commitment to the mission, outstanding people skills, organizational skills, and expertise with regard to coordination and collaboration with multiple stakeholders. The team in Kuwait built trust across many organizations, ensured the smooth transfer of accurate information, identified risks and issues, marshaled resources, and ensured a common vision of customer support requirements across Southwest Asia. As a result, the team met Full Operational Capability (FOC) on December 28th, 2013, three days ahead of schedule and approximately $3 million dollars under budget.
The MCF represents an enormous step in enhancing the capabilities and capacity of Information Technology (IT) service provision in Southwest Asia. This is also the first time since 1992 that the bulk of IT services are emanating out of one facility, providing critical communications capabilities in support of coalition operations in Kuwait. The MCF will now connect thousands of Soldiers across Southwest Asia and the globe with increased efficiency, performance, data security, and command and control of the information technology (IT) environment on Camp Arifjan.
PdM P2E is extremely proud of the challenging, arduous work accomplished by the team. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Brigadier General Christopher Kemp (Commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional)) and Mr. Douglas Wiltsie (Executive Officer, Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Services), was held January 14th, 2014. Department of the Army awards and PEO EIS coins were presented to Project Leads, Ms. Warren and Mr. Quebral for their outstanding achievement throughout the duration of the project.
Posted February 12, 2014
By Lee Eustace, Logistics Division, GCSS-Army
The Wave 1 fielding effort of the Product Manager, Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution continues to make progress, despite challenges as a result of sequestration and the government shutdown.
Recently, a group comprised of chiefs of installation (COIs), trainers and system engineers (SEs), visited several U.S. Army locations in Germany and Italy to prepare for the upcoming fielding. For this European fielding, the GCSS-Army team will face a new set of challenges ranging from time zone and language differences to coordinating international travel, complying with host nation regulations and navigating labor force cultural differences.
To initiate this fielding, the training team has already conducted three sessions of the Advance Lead User Training (ALUT) at 23 different U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) units, 18 in Germany and five in Italy. The COIs and SEs also conducted a series of site visits, technical briefings and leadership briefings aimed at preparing the units for a successful implementation of GCSS-Army. These efforts are just the beginning of the overall fielding of GCSS-Army overseas. Worldwide fielding efforts continue until its completion in fiscal year 2017, when the GCSS-Army system will be in use by an estimated 160,000 users.
As of the end of November, GCSS-Army has fielded the Wave 1 solution to 11 Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units, 19 Army National Guard units, three Army Reserve Command units and nine Army Sustainment Command Directorates of Logistics. So far, GCSS-Army has completed 13 percent of Wave 1, with an overall customer satisfaction rating of 80 percent. For more information on GCSS-Army, please visit our website: www.gcss.army.mil
Posted January 29, 2014
By Mark Gruber, Small Arms Range (SAR) Manager, Navy Installations Command Training and Readiness/N3AT
For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, Commander Naval Installation Command (CNIC) is leveraging the use of an application developed by the U.S. Army to facilitate scheduling and data collection on live fire training ranges. Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS), which is managed by the Product Director Army Human Resource Systems (PD AHRS), PEO EIS, is a proven scheduling and data collection application developed and funded by the Army since 1999. The U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard also use RFMSS for their range scheduling and data collection needs. In addition to saving time and effort scheduling the ranges, the usage data facilitates informed resourced-based decision making.
The Navy pays the Army via an Inter-service Support Agreement for RFMSS use at a cost much lower than what the Navy would have to pay were it to develop its own system. “In order to operate in the most cost effective manner possible, the services need to leverage automated systems that can provide common solutions. The Navy required an application to track facility usage, expenditure of ammunition, and automate the scheduling/data collection process. We looked DoD-wide and found an application (RFMSS) already existed” said Mark Gruber, CNIC Small Arms Range Program Manager. Gruber continued: “By the Navy leveraging RFMSS, we follow in the footsteps of the Army, the Marine Corps, and the National Guard. RFMSS is truly a Joint DOD-wide solution. The Army program office provides all technical development, contracting administration, information assurance and authority to operate, and the other services use the application at a dramatically reduced cost, eliminating the need to develop our own application. It’s a cost-effective, win-win across the services.”
Dr. Leslie Sofocleous, PD AHRS, whose office is the acquisition manager for RFMSS, explained: “RFMSS was developed by the Army and is offered to other services at considerable savings. We believe that when you have an already developed product that can be leveraged at low cost by the other services, it is only the right thing to offer that product to the other services. Joint DOD-wide solutions provide economies of scale and save taxpayer dollars.” Jerry Griffin, training range coordinator at the Naval Weapons Station (NWS), Yorktown, Va., depends on RFMSS to schedule, deconflict and safely manage the ranges at his installation. “We use RFMSS extensively for our 25 training ranges and training areas. It is a robust and capable system that we rely on to keep accurate situational awareness of what training is taking place at NWS Yorktown.”
Heather Lawrence, training range manager at Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek, Fort Story, Norfolk, Va., had similar comments: “We rely on RFMSS for scheduling, data collection and keeping our leadership informed of the training taking place on our installation’s 157 varied training areas. Many of these training areas support high risk training due to the live fire aspects inherent in weapons qualifications and explosives handling. We also support scheduling of helicopter and parachute training operations.” LT Chris Zink, regional range manager at Commander Navy Region Southwest, finds another benefit of RFMSS: use RFMSS to schedule and collect data on live-fire ranges enabling anti-terrorism force protection qualifications. We then use the data make informed manpower and resourcing decisions.”
In addition to CNIC-funded ranges, RFMSS is available to the rest of the Navy at no charge. Navy Special Warfare Group One, Commander, Naval Air Forces, Coronado, Ca., and Naval Education and Training Command, headquartered in Pensacola, Fla., currently use RFMSS to schedule/collect data at certain facilities. With CNIC recently funding Navy RFMSS for fiscal year 2014, and the Military Operations Area in place until fiscal year 2016, RFMSS is the go-to system for all Navy range scheduling and data collection needs.
Posted January 23, 2014
By By 2LT Chelsea R. Frazier, Joint Network Node Platoon Leader, Charlie Company “Cobras”
FOB Airborne Welcomes DDTC
In August 2013, the JNN12 Signal Team, from Charlie Company 4-3 STB, enjoyed the opening day for the Deployed Digital Training Campus (DDTC) - serving as the Education Center on FOB Airborne, Afghanistan. What exactly is a DDTC? The DDTC is a mobile, networked system of 20 workstations, servers, and supplementary equipment which connects to the web via satellite. The system, managed and deployed by PEO EIS’ Product Director Distributed Learning System (DLS), provides training resources for deployed Soldiers around the globe to continue their education without interruption. Designed to Army requirements to be expeditionary and self-contained, DDTC systems are able to operate within any geographic region to include those areas where telecommunication infrastructures do not exist.
The DDTC provides access to online training to include delivery of web-based courses; courses delivered by Video Tele-Training, Voice over IP (VoIP), collaborative training tools, and access to Army Learning Management System (ALMS), Virtual BattleSpace 2 (gaming) and Army eLearning courses.
The DDTC is modular in design and consists of 21 notebook computers, local and wide-area network equipment, and a SATCOM Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT).
The DDTC system employed by the JNN12 Signal Team was completely set up and ready to go in less than two hours. The system was strategically emplaced in a suitable room in the Mayor Cell – an easily accessible central building on FOB Airborne.
What Does it Provide?
The DDTC provides dedicated education capabilities to conduct career training such as structured self-development (SSD) level I-IV; reach back capabilities to Army proponent schools, and wide-area and local-area access to collaboration applications. Also, the DDTC system provides Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) – a fully interactive system providing high definition training. Soldiers learn to anticipate and respond to tactical situations by practicing existing and developing tactics, techniques and procedures using the VBS2 trainer. The DDTC system provides all of these resources to over 1,400 Soldiers located on FOB Airborne.
The DDTC is operated primarily by Specialist Nicholas Hayes, (Signal Company Operator). Our Education Center provides a quiet working environment with 13 notebook computers to conduct educational related tasks from the hours of 1300-2300, seven days a week. Specialist Hayes works closely with the lead DDTC help desk representatives located at the Enterprise Management Center in Fort Eustis, Virginia to ensure all problems are resolved in a timely manner, and that all users are aware of how to use and access all DDTC features.
“I would love to use this system back at Fort Stewart, Ga.,” said SPC Hayes. “Having a designated area just for our [brigade], with multiple computer access is very ideal for Soldiers to conduct Sergeant’s Time Training, and other Army/educational related requirements.”
While the majority of the Soldiers on FOB Airborne requested to use the Education Center to complete SSD level I; a few senior NCOs were interested in completing higher lever SSDs. After a typical duty day, Soldiers have plenty of time to take advantage of the Education Center to complete educational related tasks and assignments.
“While deployed I made a personal goal to complete SSD level III,” said SSG DeWayne Bell, signal foreman for the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry. “Thankfully, having the education center allows me to complete all of my educational goals.”
The DDTC system uses training management application software such as the Saba Learning program to maintain training and education records in accordance with the Army Learning Management System (ALMS)
FOB Airborne Education Center
- Correspondence courses
- Advanced leader courses
- Mandatory Training
- Army Learning Management System (ALMS) Courses
- Army Training Requirements and Resource Systems (ATRRS) Courses
- Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Courses
- Reimer Digital Library (RDL) Army Training and Education Network Courses
During this nine-month deployment Commanders aim to maximize Soldiers comprehensive training while in a high-tempo and demanding environment. The intent is to provide Soldiers the opportunity to enroll in college courses, and structured self-development courses in order to gain promotion points and enhance their careers. Investing in a Soldier’s education produces long-term opportunities whether they may choose to stay in the military or not. Yes, we are heavily dedicated to ensuring our Soldiers are proficient in their warrior tasks and drills; however, developing our Soldiers academically and professionally is an essential part of our mission here in Afghanistan.
Posted January 22, 2014
By MC4 Strategic Communications
By equipping deployed medical units with automated resources, Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) ensures that Service members have a secure, accessible, lifelong electronic medical record (EMR), resulting in easier access to medical benefits, peace of mind, and better informed health care providers.
Successfully achieving this mission requires continuous and diligent focus on meeting charter requirements while facing increasing budget pressures. This work cannot be done alone. MC4 invited key external stakeholders to a December 2012 strategy planning meeting and shared their ideas on positioning the organization for future success. In 2013, this feedback was carefully studied, resulting in the revision of the program’s mission statement, the development of new program priorities and revamped strategic communications efforts. Stakeholder feedback also drove strategic design enhancements and content updates to MC4’s website, multiple social media accounts and other external communication materials. As a result, MC4 noticed noteworthy increases in external stakeholder and partner engagement about shared topics of interest.
Another example of MC4’s focus on stakeholder collaboration is the program’s partnership with the Deployment & Readiness Systems (D&RS) Program Management Office of the Defense Health Clinical Systems (DHCS), formerly Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS). Throughout 2013, MC4 and DHCS partnered to test and prepare for the next major release of the Army’s lifelong EMR system, EMR 184.108.40.206. This ongoing partnership is critical because DHCS provides many of the software applications used on the MC4 system. The release is scheduled to be fielded to customers worldwide in early 2014 and includes multiple system enhancements that make it easier and safer for customers to document patient care.
MC4 also collaborated with customers to develop a behavioral health documentation method that would benefit providers and researchers who consistently track telehealth encounters. The Behavioral Health (BH) Standard Note and the Telebehavioral Health Originating Site template are two user friendly tools enabling MC4 users to effectively track telebehavioral health encounters, simplifying the process of tracking mineable data.
Looking forward, MC4 is committed to continuously serving Soldiers and supporting the mission now and well into the future. To ensure long-term prominence, MC4 will incorporate new technologies and strive to improve customer relationships.
Posted January 22, 2014
By FMS Public Affairs
On July 31, the Force Management System (FMS) announced the successful deployment of the Army Organizational Server’s (AOS) Force Management Identifier (FMID) Retention Phase 1 capability, further enhancing the Army’s implementation of the Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFMDI).
The AOS is the Army’s tool for meeting the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s mandate for the services to provide force structure data that is interoperable, fully hierarchical and reflects historical, present and future Army force structure authorizations. The key attribute of the AOS organizational chart data is its expansive hierarchy spanning from worldwide down through the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and individual billet and equipment authorizations. This master data provides DoD Enterprise IT consumers a stable and complete authorized force structure picture from which to tie personnel, logistics, resourcing and security data.
Due to the unique FMID tagging to each node and relationship in the organization tree, along with the use of publish/subscribe change transaction distribution, DoD Enterprise IT consumers are no longer required to establish their own hierarchy, attach their own primary keys to the data, or identify differences between versions or time slices of organizational charts by internal comparisons.
Consistent and authoritative master data is a critical enabler for the Army enterprise resource planning systems—GCSS-Army (Logistics), GFEBS (Resourcing) and IPPS-A (Personnel)—and provides stable enterprise-wide FMIDs for evolving Army operating and generating units.
Posted November 19, 2013
By Christine McMahon, LMP Public Affairs
With the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) Increment 2 Milestone B in the rearview mirror, the LMP team turns its attention to the program’s three main efforts – Increment 1 sustainment, transition of services and Increment 2 fielding.
In addition to compliance and other sustainment efforts, the LMP Increment 1 team continued work with AESIP on Business Objects (BO) business intelligence tool, which provides self-service access to data, enables enhanced data analysis, facilitates rapid and collaborative decision making, and provides improved performance tracking and asset visibility through detailed reporting, queries and dashboard views. The team is working to enable LMP data within the AESIP BO tool to allow for greater reporting capability at Army Materiel Command (AMC).
The LMP team also is working with AMC, PEO EIS, Army Shared Services Center (Army-SSC), and Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS) transitioning LMP from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to the government. CSC’s role as the lead systems integrator will be taken over by Army-SSC and ALTESS will host the system.
Wave 1 of LMP Increment 2 is set for limited fielding in December 2013. This wave includes the beginning of enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration and reengineering, which will include interfaces with AESIP for syndicated manufacturing part numbers and automatic returns item list, as well as BO functionality. These will be released into the system for all LMP users. Parallel to Wave 1 limited fielding, the team will be building and testing Wave 2, which will further enhance ERP integration and reengineering with e-procurement, total package fielding, and enterprise data warehouse, as well as provide non-Army managed items and Army Prepositioned Stock functionality.
With future LMP Increment 2 milestones set firm in their sights, along with compliance, sustainment and transition of services work, the LMP team is looking forward to continuing its efforts to strengthen AMC’s support to Soldiers around the world.
Posted November 19, 2013