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Federal List 20 September 30, 2014 FCW.COM toring contract with the Department of Homeland Security, and an advisory and assistance services contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. NC4, a safety and security solutions provider, launched a mobile app in July that uses location data to boost employ- ee safety. ActivPoint takes advantage of smartphones Global Positioning Sys- tem features to capture position data, which is delivered to analysts in the company s Risk Center. The app pro- vides incident alerts and global security information based on a GPS-enabled device s location. NC4 provides secure collaboration portal and risk mitigation services to a variety of federal customers, includ- ing DHS U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, the Office of Per- sonnel Management and DOE. The US-CERT initiative involves provid- ing secure cybersecurity information- sharing capabilities with other federal agencies and private-sector partners. The OPM project also involves secure information sharing, while the DOE effort provides management services for foreign visitors to DOE facilities. "Cybersecurity professionals are using technology in innovative ways that dramatically improve our abil- ity to respond to and mitigate cyber threats," said Jim Montagnino, presi- dent and CEO of NC4. Enterprise software As virtualization and the cloud revolu- tionize enterprise software, Delphix, Economic Systems and NuCivic are delivering technologies that capitalize on those developments. Delphix s data virtualization software targets modernization, migration, appli- cation development and consolidation initiatives. The company s federal sales team has doubled in size in the past year to expand its market presence. The Marine Corps and NASA are among Delphix s customers. The com- pany also works with In-Q-Tel and has partnerships with several federal inte- grators, including Deloitte, SAIC, Accen- ture and CSC. The expansion of the government s software inventory has fueled the demand for data virtualization, accord- ing to the company. Delphix is project- ing a growth rate of 300 percent for 2014. "The size, number and complexity of databases and applications have increased signi cantly, forcing agen- cies to streamline redundant systems to reduce storage overhead and increase ef ciency," said Ted Girard, vice presi- dent of federal sales at Delphix. Earlier this year, EconSys received the Federal Risk and Authorization Man- agement Program s seal of approval for its FHR Navigator software. The cloud-based human resources offering has been deployed at more than 100 federal agencies, according to the company. Customers include DHS, USDA, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Election Commis- sion, the Labor Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. EconSys has added cloud-based modules to FHR Navigator for position classi cation and management, staff- ing, onboarding, workforce planning, and electronic performance manage- ment. In addition, the company said it will release a module that integrates with the electronic Of cial Personnel Folder for federal employees in early scal 2015. As for alliances, EconSys is in dis- cussions with staff augmentation rms, human resources shared-services pro- viders and other federal software providers. NuCivic, which focuses on cloud- based OpenSaaS solutions for the public sector, can point to a number of govern- ment wins. A project with the U.S. Agen- cy for International Development, for example, employs the turnkey NuCivic Data portal, which is based on the com- pany s DKAN distribution of Drupal. Other efforts include a prototype of a DKAN open-data-sharing platform at USDA s National Agricultural Library. NuCivic partners with Acquia and Carahsoft to provide NuCivic Data, an 5 predictions for fiscal 2015 By Trey Hodgkins 1 The unstable budgetary envi- ronment drags on. A continuing resolution is likely through at least early December, but election results will determine whether the CR that follows is for a full year or part of an omnibus spending bill. 2 Congress continues advanc- ing public-sector legislation. In the lame-duck session, acquisition reform initiatives might emerge from the National Defense Authori- zation Act (NDAA). With many key lawmakers retiring, new leaders on public-sector issues will emerge in Congress. 3 Acquisition reform remains a top priority. Passage of an acquisi- tion reform measure before this Congress adjourns is unlikely, but legislators will focus on implement- ing stakeholder recommendations in the scal 2016 NDAA. 4 Sequestration rears its ugly head. Congress must address the issue in 2015 in order to avoid the catastrophic mandatory cuts that are slated to return in 2016. 5 Agencies continue driving innovation in acquisition. The rise of the General Services Administra- tion s 18F, the Of ce of Management and Budget s U.S. Digital Service, the Department of Health and Human Services Buyers Club and similar programs will demonstrate their potential in 2015. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice presi- dent of the Information Technology Industry Council's IT Alliance for Public Sector.
September 15, 2014