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GCSS-Army Increment 1: Full System Deployment Nearly Completed

By By Mr. James P. McDonough, Strategic Communications Lead, GCSS-Army

In November 2017, Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army) completed the majority of the Increment 1 deployment to the field, following a five-year intense fielding effort. This accomplishment makes it the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment in United States Army history. The deployment included over 100,000 users and every supply support activity, motor pool, unit supply room, property book and resource management office in the Army.

The GCSS-Army team reached their goal of reducing the logistics footprint and providing greater asset transparency. The Increment 1 deployment will migrate Army units from the legacy Standard Army Management Information Systems to GCSS-Army with an estimated value of $2.7 billion. The team also achieved the following:

  • Processing of over 12,190 Standard Army Maintenance System – Enhanced (legacy system replaced by GCSS-Army) files containing maintenance data
  • Work orders
  • Shop stock
  • Operational readiness
  • Qualification records critical to unit operations in GCSS-Army
  • Issuing of more than 800,000 certificates of training for seven GCSS-Army business areas and eight supplemental topic areas

GCSS-Army Increment 1 is an ERP solution that has innovated supply, maintenance, property accountability and associated financial management operations across the Army. GCSS-Army replaced over 40,000 antiquated, stove-piped tactical logistics and financial management systems with one integrated, web-based ERP solution. It leverages cutting-edge industry capabilities through its commercial-off-the-shelf software, SAP, which revolutionized the way the Army orchestrates tactical logistics and financial management. The logistics enterprise, with GCSS-Army as the tactical component, has propelled the Army toward its strategic goal of asset transparency, which permits the Army to rightsize unit supply levels.

Rightsizing enables "factory to foxhole" distribution, which reduces costs, avoids waste and improves readiness throughout the Army. Now, commanders have near real-time analytic-driven outcomes of their assets. With the fielding of GCSS-Army, the tactical logistics and financial management information will integrate into one system. The integration eliminates protracted conflicts and costly reconciliations between supporting activities, customers and supply sources native to the legacy systems.

The ability to access information in one location allows commanders to have an accurate picture of their logistic readiness posture to make critical battlefield decisions in real-time. Senior Army leaders and materiel managers can determine the total cost of equipment and vehicle fleets that the legacy systems did not permit. The GCSS-Army implementation ensures that leaders and managers at all levels can access "one version of the truth."

GCSS-Army has a governance structure to address resources, prioritize changes and approve implementation plans. The structure supports solutions that fall within the program's scope of operational enhancement and improvements, covering disconnected operations, live training environment and embedded performance system support among others. GCSS-Army is in the process of transitioning sustainment of the Increment 1 solution from the system integrator to the Army Shared Services Center. The transition is scheduled for completion in 2020.

GCSS-Army will coordinate with the Department of the Army G-4, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and other stakeholders to develop plans for future increments of GCSS-Army. The increments will help aviation maintenance transportation and ammunition management, and others meld into the integrated system.

Posted May 21, 2018

PEO EIS Welcomes New Program Executive Officer

By Mr. Twain Carter, Public Affairs Writer and Editor, PEO EIS


On April 27, Ms. Chérie A. Smith accepted the charter to serve as the Program Executive Officer, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), during an Assumption of Charter ceremony at Thurman Hall on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Longtime friend and colleague, LTG Paul A. Ostrowski, the principal military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) (ASA[ALT]) and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps, hosted the ceremony among more than 300 family members, friends and colleagues.

LTG Ostrowski addressed the audience giving a brief overview of Smith’s accomplishments. His humor and poignant storytelling recalled time spent with Smith capturing seminal moments of significant achievements and well-deserved advancement. LTG Ostrowski chronicled Ms. Smith’s career, which began in 1977 as an enlisted Solider both active duty and reserve until 1985, and spoke about her time as medical scientific software applications developer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Health Care Systems Support Activity on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. LTG Ostrowski joked that after 1985 he noticed a gap in her bio, concluding that perhaps she had “joined the Hell’s Angels [on an expedition to] the southwest; went to Tibet in search of the Dalai Lama; or became a nun and joined a convent” after consulting with friends and family. The crowd responded with laughter.

In 2003, Ms. Smith was the program manager for General Fund Enterprise Business System, a PEO EIS program of record, where she led the program from initial concept through the system development and demonstration phase. LTG Ostrowski spoke of growth opportunities and how Ms. Smith continued to advance through the ranks. He highlighted her time PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), a role that prepared her for another growth opportunity as Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO EIS, from October 2017 to January 2018 and then as the Acting Program Executive Officer, PEO EIS, from January to March 2018. “You deserve this job more than any — and you’ve certainly earned it — there’s 
no doubt in my mind,” said LTG Ostrowski. “Congratulations to you.”

Ms. Smith was greeted with rousing applause before addressing the room. She thanked friends, family, former colleagues, current staff and, notably, two previous ASA(ALT)/Army acquisition executives in attendance, the Hon. Heidi Shyu and the Hon. Katrina McFarland. “[It’s] about someone being there to help me…giving me the opportunity to walk through the door,” said Smith. “I have been blessed.”

The Assumption of Charter ceremony, similar to an Assumption of Command, is steeped in military history representing the passing of the responsibility, authority and accountability to an incoming leader in view of their senior officials as well as the personnel holding allegiance to that organization. In traditional military units, this is represented by the passing of the unit’s colors. Since PEO EIS is a nontraditional military unit, the Charter takes the place of unit colors and represents management responsibilities and authority. PEO EIS was originally established in 1987 as the Program Executive Office, Standard Army Management Information Systems (PEO STAMIS). Since its inception, there have been nine appointed to the position of program executive officer. Ms. Chérie A. Smith is the 10th appointee.

Posted May 01, 2018

chess-admc-3

By CHESS public affairs

FORT BELVOIR, VA, April 23, 2018 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), in coordination with the Army Contracting Command - Rock Island (ACC-RI), awarded a contract extension for the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing - 2 (ADMC-2), a $6.545 billion Indefinite-Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract, on April 20, 2018. The ADMC-2 contract vehicle has been extended in six months increments for up to 24 months. The ADMC-2 ceiling has increased from $5.675 billion to $6.545 billion. Extension of the contracts were done on a sole source basis to all current contract holders. Ordering is open to Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies.

The ADMC-2 provides ID/IQ contract vehicles specifically designed as the primary source for information technology equipment to integrate, support, modernize and refresh the Army's net-centric architecture while providing standardized interfaces. ADMC-2 includes standard common configurations of laptops and desktops (as well as tablets, monitors, printers, ruggedized and semi-ruggedized devices) that meet Army requirements and GSS standards configurations.

The extension applies to the following vendors:

  • W91QUZ-06-D-0001 - Telos
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0002 - Dell Federal Systems, L.P.
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0003 - CDW-G
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0004 - HPI Federal LLC
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0005 - ITG
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0006 - Transource
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0009 - NCS

This extension of the ordering period is intended to bridge the Army's ability to purchase hardware until award of the Army Desktop Mobile Computing - 3 (ADMC-3) suite of contracts. ADMC-3 was awarded February 16, 2017, and is currently under protest and being review at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

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About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) reports to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the Army CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted April 25, 2018

CHESS ITES-SB

By CHESS Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, VA, April 19, 2018 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), awarded a contract extension for Information Technology Services - Small Business (ITS-SB). The $800 million Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (MA ID/IQ) contract vehicle was extended April 13, 2018; the ITS-SB contract vehicle has been extended for 24 months. The ordering period is extended from April 14, 2018 to April 13, 2019, and an option period of April 14, 2019 to April 13, 2020, is incorporated. The ceiling was previously increased to $800 million March 23, 2017.

The ITS-SB Contract covers a full range of services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy its support of the Army enterprise infrastructure and infostructure goals with information technology (IT) services within CONUS. The IT services solutions are categorized in the following task areas; Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), Information Assurance (IA), Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V), Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Engineering Services, Migration / Integration IT Services, and Warranty and Maintenance. Ordering is open to Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies.

The extension applies to the following vendors:

  • W91QUZ-11-D-0005 - Exeter Information Technology Services, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0006 - Future Research Corporation
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0008 - Link Solutions, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0009 - M-Cubed Information Systems
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0010 - Micro Technologies, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0013 - SNVC, L.C.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0014 - Superlative Technologies, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0015 - T4, LLC
  • W91QUZ-11-D-0021 - Tantus-OnPoint ATO Systems Support

Ceiling labor rates for FP and T&M-type task orders are held at the option year two ceiling rates for the duration of the extension.

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About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), reports to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted April 20, 2018

CHESS Press Release ITES-2S

By CHESS Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, VA, April 19, 2018 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), awarded a contract extension for Information Technology Enterprise solutions - 2 Services (ITES-2S), a $20 billion Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (MA ID/IQ) contract vehicle, April 14, 2018. The ITES-2S contract vehicle has been extended for 24 months. The ordering period is extended from April 14, 2018 to April 13, 2020.

The ITES-2S Contract includes a full range of services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy its support of Army net-centric goals with Information Technology (IT) services worldwide. The IT services solutions are categorized in the following task areas: Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (IA), Information Technology Services, Enterprise Design, Integration, and Consolidation, Network Support, Systems Operation and Maintenance, Program/Project Management, and Education/Training. Ordering is open to, Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies.

The extension applies to the following vendors:

  • W91QUZ-06-D-0010 - IBM
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0011 - Dell Federal Systems
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0012 - General Dynamics
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0013 - HP Enterprise Services
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0014 - Apptis Inc.
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0015 - STG, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0016 - SAIC
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0017 - Leidos
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0018 - CSRA LLC
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0019 - Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-06-D-0020 - CACI ISS, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-07-D-0001 - Harris IT Services Corporation
  • W91QUZ-07-D-0002 - Pragmatics, Inc.
  • W91QUZ-07-D-0003 - BAE
  • W91QUZ-07-D-0004 - NCI Information Systems
  • W91QUZ-07-D-0005 - Northrop Grumman

Ceiling labor rates for FP and T&M-type task orders are held at the Ordering Period Year Nine ceiling rates for the duration of the extension.

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About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), reports to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command, and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted April 20, 2018

Task Management Tool (TMT) – Seven Months Since “Go Live” at HQDA

By PD Enterprise Services Public Affairs

February 15, 2018 - In June 2017, the Program Office, Army Enterprise Staff Management System (AESMS) replaced the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) Tasker Tracking System with a proprietary, commercial-off-the-shelf Task Management Tool (TMT) system for both Non-Secure and Secure Internet Protocol Networks. TMT is automated, enabling the end-to-end tasker lifecycle to be completed electronically within a single application. Not only has TMT increased tasking efficiency, the tool provides transparency and accountability of works in progress and completed assignments.

More than 11,000 trained users at every level have contributed to the tools success—equaling more than 25,000 unique taskers and more than 100,000 tasker assignments on Non-classified Internet Protocol Router (NIPR). TMT has provided a mechanism to handle the volume of assignments apportioned to HQDA. As a result, HQDA has experienced a 33 percent decrease in late taskers and a 14-day reduction in completion time.

AESMS TMT also helped the U.S. Forces Command, Korea manage their tasks and achieved the following:

  • More streamlined business processes
  • Downtime reduced by 40 percent due to Army
  • Logistics Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS) hosting
  • Increased staff productivity by more than 25 percent.
  • Central Hosting at ALTESS reduced costs by $2.2 million

To date, Enterprise Tasking Service (ETS) has completed more than 1,300 taskers, allowing HQDA to exchange tasks across the DoD. Moreover, ETS enables HQDA to transfer taskers with other TMT tenants, including the U.S. Forces Command; U.S. Army Reserve Command; U.S. Army European Command; the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Correspondence and Task Management System (CATMS). The TMT allows AESMS to move towards realizing its vision of an enterprise-wide service and task management solution for the Department of the Army.

The TMT allows AESMS to move towards an enterprise-wide, software as a service and task management solution, realizing its vision of becoming a program of record for the Department of the Army.

Additional TMT benefits:

  • Currently deployed at more than 30 organizations and used by approximately 75,000, TMT has increased staff collaboration from 10 percent to 40 percent in every organization measured
  • TMT has capabilities designed specifically for large enterprises, assigning tasks to teams or individuals, creating levels of sub-assignments as needed and ensuring all staff sees task information and deadlines in one location.
  • As situations change, information updates can be provided immediately. TMT assignments can be changed at any time and email notifications are sent automatically to affected parties. As staff members respond, real-time status and responses are visible across the entire organization.

About PD Enterprise Services

In 2016, the U.S. government passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act to streamline, protect and modernize information technology (IT) assets. Project Director (PD) Enterprise Services (ES) supports the Army’s network modernization efforts and strives to enable a globally responsive and regionally aligned network designed to meet the needs of joint force commanders across the full range of military operations. PD ES is responsible for acquiring, fielding, and performing lifecycle sustainment of enterprise level services supporting many of the Army Chief Information Officer’s highest priority enterprise initiatives. The project director provides leadership to a staff of more than 300 government and contractor personnel across six product offices, in three geographic locations.
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Posted February 16, 2018

PdM I3MP visits Ft Leonard Wood as part of the TDM-IP transition

By Mr. Scott Sundsvold, I3MP Strategic Communication Support


Fort Leonard Wood is the first Army installation in the continental United States to complete a migration from a legacy analog telephone system to an Internet Protocol-based voice architecture.

To mark the historic event, Soldiers, Civilians, and Contractors gathered at the Network Enterprise Center, “cutting the ribbon” on the installation’s upgraded voice architecture on December 13, 2017.

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Posted February 02, 2018

CHESS ITES-SW 2 Information Exchange a Success

By Ms. Tricia Shelley, Public Affairs, CHESS

On Dec. 12, 2017, Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) hosted an information exchange for the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW 2) follow-on contract with 27 companies in attendance. The day was intended to facilitate Army and industry collaboration for the upcoming ITES-SW 2 requirements. Mr. Doug Haskin, product lead, CHESS, provided opening remarks; Mr. Wayne Sok, deputy product lead, CHESS, welcomed industry; and Ms. Nicki Wilson, product officer, CHESS, presented on the upcoming ITES-SW 2 contract alongside Army Contracting Command – Rock Island contracting officers Ms. Jill Sommer and Ms. Angie Graff. A panel question and answer session was held following the presentations to allow for industry feedback.

For more information about this event or to learn more about upcoming events, please check out the CHESS IT e-mart at https://chess.army.mil.

Posted February 01, 2018

P2E Welcomes New SWA APM

By Ms. Brittney Brown, Strategic Communications Specialist, P2E

CPT Jordan (right) meets Mr. Renato Garcia (left), project control analyst, P2E.
CPT Jordan (right) meets Mr. Renato Garcia (left), project control analyst, P2E.

The Power Projection Enablers (P2E) Southwest Asia (SWA) directorate has a new addition to its team. CPT Lonnie Jordan Sr. reported to Fort Belvoir in mid-October as the SWA assistant product manager (APM). CPT Jordan joins P2E after serving as the munition branch chief in Wichita, Kansas, for two years. He brings more than 29 years of military experience to the organization and a wealth of knowledge as a logistician.

CPT Jordan is a native of Houston, Texas, and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. CPT Jordan continued to pursue his interest in criminal justice and earned a second bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and protective services from Excelsior College. CPT Jordan also recently earned a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling. His interest in behavioral science lead to his position as an adjunct instructor at both Upper Iowa University and Central Texas College, where he taught conflict resolution and criminal justice classes. When asked about conflict resolution tips, CPT Jordan said, “The first step to resolving any conflict is to first acknowledge that an issue exists. Then you have to know your audience and how they will receive the information. You have to be flexible in your communication and approach.”

CPT Jordan’s most important job is father to his three children; Lonnie Jr., Isley and Kyarra Nicole. In addition to spending time with his kids, CPT Jordan enjoys working out, fishing and reading.

Welcome, CPT Jordan!

Posted February 01, 2018