Architecture

Today, LiensNC, LLC Executive Board President Steve Brown and NIC Inc. Director of Operations Kim Tanner accepted the Construction Standard of Excellence Award on behalf of the North Carolina Online Lien Agent System (LiensNC). “I believe LiensNC is the only online lien agent system in the country,” said Brown. “Being the industry leader in this… Keep reading →

The uncertainty of 2012 has many pondering how to plan their federal Architecture, Engineering and Construction pipeline for the coming year. By getting back to basics, companies can balance trends found in three sources – historic federal spending , budget requests, and what potential opportunities are to be released in the next 12 to 18 months – to develop a business development plan for 2013. Keep reading →

Dr. Barclay Butler, Director, DOD/VA Interagency Program Office

Since rebooting efforts nearly a year ago to merge their electronic health care management and record keeping systems, the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs have made what top officials described as considerable progress after the program was in danger of slipping its schedule. Keep reading →


I recently was asked to comment about the evolution of XML for a story about what the Government Printing Office is doing in migrating data to XML — and about how APIs (Application Program Interfaces) can help get agencies extract data out of their systems using XML (extensible markup language)

It reminded me of a conversation I had with GPO managers about 15 years ago in which I advocated how XML would give them “author once — use many” capability that would stand the test of time and it has! Keep reading →

In 2010, as part of his 25-point plan, former federal CIO Vivek Kundra called for the reduction of 800 of the federal government’s 2,100 data centers by 2015. But one key issue to consider with data center consolidation is data center innovation. When done correctly, data center innovation can reap operational and financial rewards.

And we’re not talking five year safe harbor plans either; we’re talking mere months. Data centers aren’t like cars. You don’t keep the same model until the engine drops out. This year’s model will be faster and more energy efficient than last year’s. That’s the basis of innovation. Keep reading →

The MITRE Corporation, in partnership with the Federal Service-Oriented Architecture Community of Practice (SOA CoP), recently hosted the SOA for e-Government Conference: Practical Models Across the Federal Government.

The event drew more than 250 practitioners from industry and government to discuss examples of how government is effectively adopting SOA technologies to enhance flexibility, share data and operational capabilities, and reduce costs.

The day-long conference, held on October 11 at MITRE‘s McLean, Va., campus, was the 12th in an ongoing series launched by MITRE and the Federal SOA CoP in 2006. Co-sponsored by both, the conferences aim to enable government and associated organizations achieve the benefits of SOA through collaboration, demonstration, and community efforts. Keep reading →