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PD EC2M Discusses the Future of Army Collaboration and Communications at AFCEA Small Business Networking Session

By Alison Dickson-Kozloski, PD ES strategic communications

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John Howell, Product Director for Enterprise Content Collaboration and Messaging (PD EC2M) presented an overview on Project Director Enterprise Services/PD EC2M’s current focus, including upcoming activities with Unified Capabilities (UC) and Army Knowledge Online (AKO) at the February AFCEA Fort Belvoir small business networking session. “We have an affordability issue between all the legacy systems and requirements,” Mr. Howell said. “If we’re going to get to the next generation of service the Army must prioritize its enterprise requirements.” As the Army moves toward greater use of managed, enterprise services he stressed the need to focus on getting to the next generation of technologies, not on just replacing current capabilities. “AKO was the first Army Enterprise capability and it continues to serve us well. However, the days of owning and operating are numbered. Most capabilities within AKO will be eventually be replaced by managed services” he said. The one capability that must continue to be maintained, and at high rates of availability is Single Sign On (SSO), as it is critical, to both end-users and more than 600 applications with SSO integrated into their design. Eventually SSO will be replaced by a future authentication/authorization service; but until this is defined and funded, SSO will remain the primary service for this. For UC, Mr. Howell shared that, due to limited resources, the Army would likely not seek to initiate an acquisition for UC as a Service in fiscal year (FY) 2015, but instead continue efforts on market research and requirements development, with an eye towards releasing an RFP in FY 2016. “We’ve been here before- last year we asked you (Industry) specific questions about deploying a limited set of capabilities on a very limited timeline. Now that we’ve got the time to re-define the requirement we need Industry’s help in showing us what’s possible.”

Posted February 20, 2015

PEO EIS panel highlights Army IT opportunities

By David Wood, Communications Division

PEO EIS Mr. Douglas Wiltsie led a panel discussion at the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Northern Virginia (NOVA) chapter’s Army IT Day on Feb. 4, 2015 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The 14th annual gathering of AFCEA NOVA brought together over 1,000 members from industry and government and featured a keynote address from Army CIO/G-6 LTG Robert Ferrell.

The PEO EIS panel was composed of Project Manager Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) Mr. Michael Padden, Project Director Enterprise Services (ES) Mr. Jeremy Hiers and Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) Mr. Thomas Neff.

Mr. Wiltsie’s comments focused on top-level EIS efforts, including modernizing the Army’s network. Mr. Padden expanded on that topic by discussing how Enterprise Service Management System as a Service, a key portion of network modernization, will deliver an easy-to-use, reliable and secure information technology service management capability as a managed service.

Mr. Neff provided an update on the Army’s strategic sourcing efforts, including a look at fiscal year (FY) 2014 sales figures. He also mentioned that the IT Enterprise Solutions (ITES)-Software contract is expected to be awarded during the end of the second quarter of FY15 and the ITES 3-Hardware contract should be awarded in the fourth quarter of FY15. CHESS is also planning to release a draft request for proposals for the ITES 3-Services in the third quarter of FY15. The nine-year contract will have a $14 billion ceiling.

Mr. Hiers discussed the Army’s Unified Capabilities (UC) acquisition, which is tentatively planned for FY16. According to Mr. Hiers, UC represents the next logical step of network modernization and includes integrated voice, video, chat, instant messaging as well as other potential data services. Mr. Hiers went on to say that integration of commonly used communication and collaboration capabilities at the enterprise level are possible as the network becomes more powerful and, eventually, UC will replace a significant portion of the Army’s legacy telephone infrastructure.

Another major discussion topic and frequent subject of questions from the audience was cloud computing. Mr. Hiers stated that implementing the Army cloud strategy is a critical step in enabling data center consolidation. Therefore, the Army plans to establish contractual vehicles for commercial hosting services and will be conducting market research to explore ways to increase standardization and cloud management across varying hosting environments.

The EIS leaders all expressed their interest in hearing from industry and met with a number of AFCEA members following the panel discussion. Several media outlets mentioned PEO EIS in their coverage of Army IT Day; some highlights can be found on the PEO EIS website under In the News.

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Posted February 18, 2015

LTC (P) Mollie Pearson Selected for Fed 100 Award

By PEO EIS Communications Division

Congratulations to LTC (P) Mollie Pearson who has been selected as a Fed 100 Award recipient for 2014. This prestigious award recognizes the top 100 professionals across the federal IT sector, Click here for article.

LTC (P) Pearson has demonstrated outstanding leadership as PdM P2E. She is solely responsible for the Army's Strategic IT infrastructure outside the continental United States. She recently led the successful execution of over $1 billion in enterprise investments while expertly managing the most complex and diverse IT portfolio within PEO EIS. Overseeing 124 government and contractor personnel across six global offices, five continents and 16 time zones, LTC (P) Pearson provided visionary leadership and tactful diplomacy with myriad senior Army leaders, DoD stakeholders, U.S. allies, and international partners. She spearheaded multiple global building projects and will continue to shape the Army's future by providing modern C4I services and seamless IT infrastructure upgrades in support of the Army's LandWarNet 2025 strategic vision. Her multifaceted contributions enabled the Army's globally deployed forces to perform their missions successfully and achieved significant cost savings for the Army.

Army Strong!

Posted February 10, 2015

COL Kevin Vanyo Promoted

By Mr. Andre Revell II, IPPS-A communications support

Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie presents a Certificate of Promotion to COL Kevin Vanyo during his promotion ceremony held Friday, January 9, 2015. 

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Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie presents a Certificate of Promotion to COL Kevin Vanyo during his promotion ceremony held Friday, January 9, 2015. Click on the image to view more photos

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

The Agile Edge

By Mr. Jim N. Cook and Ms. Rita G. Bartholowmew

Agile software development methodology helps PD RCAS innovate today for tomorrow's Army.

For the full AL&T Magazine article click HERE

Posted January 12, 2015

IPPS-A Brings Army Human Resources into the 21st century

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

Posted December 30, 2014

AMIS personnel donate to toys for children

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

PEO EIS 2014 Holiday Party

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

LTG Williamson Visits PEO EIS

By Jon Walman, PEO EIS Public Affairs

LTG Williamson, ASA(ALT) MILDEP, meets with PEO EIS workforce Dec. 2. Click on the image to view more photos.
LTG Williamson, ASA(ALT) MILDEP, meets with PEO EIS workforce Dec. 2. Click on the image to view more photos.

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

IPPS-A Team Golf Tournament 2014

By Andre Revell II, IPPS-A Communications Support

COL Robin Parsons (left) and COL Darby McNulty (right) share opening remarks with the golf teams before the start of the IPPS-A tournament.
Photo by John LaRose
COL Robin Parsons (left) and COL Darby McNulty (right) share opening remarks with the golf teams before the start of the IPPS-A tournament.

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

Posted November 28, 2014