By Mr. Andre Revell II, IPPS-A communications support
Kevin Vanyo, Increment II Product Manager (PdM) for the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A, INC II), was promoted to the rank of Colonel, United States Army, in a ceremony led by Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie, United States Army Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems, on January 9 at the Hoffman Building, Alexandria, Va. Remarks were shared by COL Darby McNulty, IPPS-A Project Manager, and COL Robert McVay, PEO EIS Director of Cyber. COL Vanyo’s rank insignia was pinned on by his wife, Dana Vanyo, and he was presented a Certificate of Promotion by Mr. Wiltsie. COL Vanyo has served as the INC II PdM since November 2012. He will continue to lead the development, integration, testing, fielding and sustainment of IPPS-A, INC II, which will provide the majority of IPPS-A functionality and is essential to integrating Human Resource (HR) and military pay into an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
Congratulations on your promotion, COL Vanyo!
Posted January 13, 2015
By Mr. Jim N. Cook and Ms. Rita G. Bartholowmew
Agile software development methodology helps PD RCAS innovate today for tomorrow's Army.
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Posted January 12, 2015
By Amanda Koons IPPS-A Communications Support
Alexandria, Va. – The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) Increment II program achieved its Milestone B December 19, 2014, with an approval from the Defense Acquisition Board. This decision authorized IPPS-A to enter into the Development and Fielding phase for Increment II. The decision also authorized IPPS-A to move forward with the IPPS-A Increment II Systems Integration Services Contract, which was awarded to CACI-ISS, Inc. of Chantilly, Virginia on December 29, 2014. “We are looking forward to working with our new industry partner to begin Increment II and keep IPPS-A moving toward its goal of one integrated personnel and pay record for every Soldier,” said Col. James (Darby) McNulty, IPPS-A Project Manager.
“The Defense Acquisition Board’s approval of IPPS-A Increment II Milestone B is a vote of confidence in the program and allows us to take the next step toward fielding a system that will improve the lives of Soldiers, Commanders, and human resources professionals,” said McNulty. “We are creating the largest human resources Enterprise Resource Planning system in the world that will integrate personnel and pay capabilities into one system for more than one million Soldiers, from all three Army components.”
The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) is a Web-based Human Resources (HR) system that will provide a comprehensive personnel and pay record for every Soldier in all Army components (Active Army, Army National Guard (ARNG), and United States Army Reserve (USAR)) and will alleviate the Army’s reliance on more than 40 antiquated systems. IPPS-A will offer Soldiers, leaders, and HR professionals a HR system that triggers Soldier pay actions in response to personnel information changes. This system will be the Army’s authoritative and comprehensive source of personnel and pay information for all Soldiers.
The Army is committed to developing and deploying a system that is efficient, comprehensive and meets the needs of today’s modern military. When it is fully deployed, IPPS-A will:
- Create an integrated personnel and pay record for each Soldier for their entire career.
- Allow Soldiers to access their personal information 24 hours a day.
- Ensure access to accurate and timely military personnel data and delivery of benefits to all levels of management.
- Serve as the authoritative database for personnel and pay data, subsuming many antiquated and disjointed systems.
For more information visit the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army website at https://www.ipps-a.army.mil/.
Posted December 30, 2014
By Judith Avery, AESIP Public Affairs
PD AMIS personnel generously donated 15 bicycles to area children through the Toys for Tots campaign this holiday season!
Posted December 19, 2014
By Jon Walman, PEO EIS Public Affairs
The PEO EIS family filled the house on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Waterford Hotel Grand Ballroom in Springfield, Virginia, with over 600 staff attending its annual holiday party. The festive occasion celebrated 2014 accomplishments and was presided over by Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, who offered appreciative remarks and encouraging words about next year’s expected milestones and opportunities. Senior leaders awarded prizes to winners of the PEO door decorating contest and shared some humorous ribbing while raffling off their creative gift baskets. Of course, everyone enjoyed sharing a delicious meal and an afternoon of dancing.
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Posted December 16, 2014
By Jon Walman, PEO EIS Public Affairs
LTG Michael Williamson, the Principal Military Deputy (MILDEP) to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) paid a brief visit to Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) headquarters Dec. 2, 2014. LTG Williamson was accompanied by ASA(ALT) Command Sergeant Major Rory Malloy and met with Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, PEO EIS, and his senior staff before touring the program offices.
The LTG Williamson received briefings on key program efforts and met with PEO leadership, program managers and Fort Belvoir staff members. LTG Williamson and CSM Malloy received orientation briefings on Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS); Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2); Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS); Force Management System (FMS) and Acquisition Business (AcqBusiness).
The relaxed engagement allowed PEO EIS teams to highlight recent program developments and share their success stories. The MILDEP will visit EIS program offices located at the Hoffman building in Alexandria, Virginia, in early 2015.
Posted December 03, 2014
By Andre Revell II, IPPS-A Communications Support
On Friday, 19 September 2014, over 45 members of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) staff, comprised of military, civilian and contractor personnel, formed teams to compete against their colleagues in a friendly game of golf. The IPPS-A Program Management Office (PMO) hosted the IPPS-A Golf Tournament at Old Hickory Golf Course, Woodbridge, VA. The “best ball” format allowed beginning and experienced golfers to play together but still experience a sense of competition. This is the first in a series of team-building events organized by the IPPS-A leadership with the aim of networking and building camaraderie among staff.
“I witness the hard work of our military, civilian and contractor staff every day. The team is engaged and actively sharing the ideas that are going to drive this system to success. Team-building events, like the golf tournament, allow staff to take a well-deserved break and come back to work refreshed,” said COL Darby McNulty.
IPPS-A is a web-based Human Resources (HR) system, currently in development, that will provide a comprehensive personnel and pay record for each Soldier, regardless of Component. IPPS-A will alleviate the Army’s reliance on more than 40 systems that do not efficiently share information with one another. The IPPS-A implementation team is led by COL McNulty, IPPS-A PMO Project Manager, and COL Robin Parsons, IPPS-A Functional Management Division (FMD) Chief. For more information about IPPS-A, visit www.ipps-a.army.mil.
Posted November 28, 2014
By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs
Mr. Douglas Wiltsie, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), was the keynote speaker for the AFCEA Belvoir Chapter’s STEM Symposium Day at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club Nov 13.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) refers to a rapidly declining skills set among the next generation of American students and future leaders, prompting education policy and curriculum choices in schools encouraging them to pursue degrees and future employment in technology fields. The STEM program embraced by government, education and industry seeks solutions to address shortages in candidates for high-tech jobs by fostering interests in STEM areas as early as elementary school, and continuing into college.
In 2006 the United States National Academies expressed their concern about the declining state of STEM education in the United States. Its Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy developed a list of ten actions federal policymakers could take to advance STEM education in the United States. Their top three recommendations were: (1) to increase America's talent pool by improving K-12 science and mathematics education, (2) to strengthen the skills of teachers through additional training in science, mathematics and technology, and (3) to enlarge the pipeline of students prepared to enter college and graduate with STEM degrees.
The AFCEA Belvoir STEM Symposium Nov. 13 featured a technology briefing from Mr. Wiltsie during the chapter’s monthly luncheon, and included a robotic demonstration by Fort Belvoir Elementary School students and an afternoon panel moderated by COL Robert McVay, PEO EIS Director of Cyber. The STEM panel, which was comprised of local elementary school, industry and academic leaders, discussed ideas for fostering STEM interest in K-12 and beyond.
“STEM is a vital program that reaches down to students at an early age and fosters an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that they choose related career fields as adults,” said Mr. Wiltsie of the importance of STEM. “Ms. [Heidi] Shyu and other Army and Department of Defense leaders have talked about the importance of building future leaders in technology and industry in order for the U.S. to continue to lead the pack in the fields of research and development, and in building and deploying these technologies. So the work that this chapter – and that all of you in industry – are doing to support this is important.”
Mr. Wiltsie’s command briefing at the luncheon portion of the program provided updates in the business process areas of enterprise resource planning (ERPs), network modernization, biometrics, medical, and general technology updates, as well as upcoming procurement opportunities, and included the premier of the new command video, which can be viewed on the PEO EIS website.
The AFCEA Belvoir Chapter has a history of robust STEM support, sponsoring scholarship programs at local schools and hosting regular demonstrations and STEM Days to promote industry and community awareness. PEO EIS has been actively engaged in AFCEA Belvoir STEM events in recent years, sending representatives from Product Director Defense-Wide Transmission Systems (PD DWTS), Project Manager DOD Biometrics, and the Product Director Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (PD AMIS) to demonstrate their programs’ technologies at STEM Days at local K-12 schools.
More information about AFCEA Belvoir’s STEM program and photos from the event can be found on the PEO EIS website, and at www.afceabelvoir.org.
Posted November 17, 2014
By Courtney Cashdollar, P2E Public Affairs support
The Product Manager, Power Projection Enablers (PdM P2E) team completed the Gray Cyber Center project in Wiesbaden, Germany on October 30, 2014. PdM P2E worked extensively with the 5th Signal Command in the development and implementation of the information technology (IT) infrastructure portion of this 52,000 square foot facility named in honor of the late Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray, a former United States (US) Army Signal Officer.
German and American officials broke ground for the Gray Cyber Center in June 2012 with 5th Signal Command slated to oversee the entire project, including the IT infrastructure portion. Approximately one year into the project, 5th Signal Command realized the magnitude of the effort and engaged PdM P2E to manage the $6.16 million IT infrastructure project to engineer, furnish, install, secure, and test (EFIS&T) a Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) system for the Cyber Center.
The resulting facility, located at Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany, consolidates tactical, theater and strategic communications functions in support of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR). This complex facility system now manages all services networks to greatly enhance cyberwatch oversight complexities from the Stuttgart-based European Command and serves as the network and communications provider for over 40,000 users in Europe.
This state-of-the art building encompasses the latest in modern technology and is expected to significantly expand its scope of activity in the coming years.
Regardless of the short timeline from the January 29, 2014 contract award date through the projected completion date of October 30, 2014, the serious threat to the building occupancy date (BOD) that could have cost the Army millions of dollars, and numerous other obstacles that were beyond P2E’s control, the team remained aggressive and developed a course of action that allowed the team to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC) on August 21, 2014.
The completed project includes:
- Support for over 350 users with Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR), Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR), Battlefield Information, Collection, & Exploitation System (BICES), Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS)-ISAF (CX-I) and Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) Networks
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Capability for over 350 users
- Digital Media Suite with: Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Video Teleconference (VTC) central bridge and Audio/Visual room digital matrix switching capabilities
- Theater Combined Operations Information Center (TCOIC) video wall, two large VTC rooms, 1 Medium VTC,1 Small VTC and 10 SIPR Telepresence units
PdM P2E has enabled 5th Signal Command the ability to shield its computer networks throughout Europe and parts of the Middle East and strengthen theater strategic and tactical communications gathering sustaining future missions of EUCOM, AFRICOM and USAREUR. This newly constructed building represents the latest technology, which is expected to significantly expand its networking capacity of activity in the upcoming years.
Mr. Albert Adams, PdM P2E Integrated Project Lead, successfully managed this project with supporting leadership from Mr. Michael Moseley and Mr. Tom Dunaway (PdM P2E Europe Directors), and LTC (P) Mollie Pearson, the Product Manager for PdM P2E. The 5th Signal Command is extremely satisfied with the facility and they are already using it to support Soldiers across the world!
Posted November 10, 2014
By Joanna Corcoran, Public Affairs support, PD CHESS
On October 28, Project Director Tom Neff, Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), presented an ITES-3S program update at the AFCEA Belvoir Matchmaking Event. The AFCEA Belvoir Matchmaking Event gives small businesses the opportunity to network with contract primes. Over 200 industry personnel and 21 companies were in attendance.
Mr. Neff provided a brief overview of ITES-3S, including planned scope, period of performance of a five-year base and one four-year option, and task areas. Task areas for ITES-3S include Cyber Security Services, Information Assurance and Information Systems Security, Information Technology Services, Business Process Reengineering, Enterprise Design, Integration and Consolidation, Network/System Operation and Maintenance, Telecommunications/System Operation and Maintenance, IT Supply Chain Management and IT Education and Training.
The ITES-3S restricted suite will be awarded to the top 14 small business contractors, and the unrestricted suite will be awarded to the top 10 contractors regardless of size. The contract ceiling for ITES-3S is $9.5 billion. FedBizOpps will be the method of notification for releases such as (but not limited to): industry day, draft performance work statement, draft Sections L and M, draft solicitation and final solicitation.
Please continue to monitor FedBizOpps for any releases or updates to this acquisition. Meanwhile, Army Contracting Command - Rock Island will be working an extension for ITES-2S. For additional questions about CHESS and its programs please visit the CHESS IT e-mart at https://chess.army.mil or contact Customer Support at 1-888-232-4405.
Posted November 10, 2014