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Big Data Analytics: Positive Impact on Agency Missions

Based on the survey results published in MeriTalk’s recent Big Data Forecast report, about one-fourth of Federal IT execs say they have launched at least one big data initiative. In five years, Federal IT execs predict they will spend 16 percent of their IT budget, or nearly $13 billion, on big data. Federal IT execs estimate their agencies can save an average of 14 percent of their overall budget from successfully leveraging big data – or nearly $500 billion across the Federal government, and 69 percent say big data will help government work smarter.

Not only does big data analytics help customers save money, it directly affects their mission effectiveness including improved decision-making ability and operational intelligence, fight crime, increased transparency and elimination of waste, fraud and abuse. Big data is no longer about dealing with large volumes of data; it is an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging types of data and content, to help agencies positively influence the mission, and to answer questions that were previously considered beyond our reach.

While it’s commonly known that data can help track criminals, the latest data science is helping to stop crime before it ever starts in cities across the country. Big data analytics is now being used widely by law enforcement officials to identify high crime areas and patterns of crime.

The Smart Policing program, implemented in 38 different American police departments, funds and empowers local, data-focused, crime prevention tactics. A key feature of the program is “hot spot policing” which analyzes geographic patterns to uncover highly likely crime locales. Analysis incorporates information from GIS mapping and predictive analytics to search for trends in criminal activity, and to determine its root causes. For example, from 2012-2013, big data analytics helped the Philadelphia Police Department identify at-risk areas for crime and send more regular patrols to those places. The result was a 39 percent reduction in home burglaries.

Big data analytics can help with Insider Threat Detection and Mitigation. Insider threats are not numerous, but they are certainly the most costly and extensive when it comes to damages. New advances in big data analytics utilize data mining and behavioral-based techniques to detect and stop insider threats. Powerful tools such as Splunk and Varonis help provide visibility into the human behavior changes, baseline computer behavior (volume, frequency, and patterns) as well as psychosocial risk factors to weed out insider threats before they happen. They help detect behavioral patterns based on the digital footprints that people leave behind in the course of their normal daily activities. Several government agencies like the FBI are now using big data analytics to identify patterns on an insider threat continuum using diagnostic analysis.

A number of troubling events over the last several years, including the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Fort Hood shooting by Major Nidal Hissan, Edward Snowden’s big security data breach, and the WikiLeaks disclosures have called into question the procedures for providing access to facilities and documents to government employees. The Army is testing a program called Automated Continuous Evaluation System. Utilizing advanced big data analytics solutions and context aware security, the system analyzes government, commercial, and social media data to uncover useful patterns. The program revealed 21.7 percent of those in the pilot had not disclosed important information like serious financial problems, domestic abuse, drug abuse, or allegations of prostitution. In about 3 percent of cases the charges were serious enough to result in the suspension or revocation of their clearances.

Hadoop is another technology that is gaining a strong foothold in the big data space. The primary usage of Hadoop is for processing massive amounts of data in a scalable manner. Hadoop enables the agencies to organize and process large amounts of data while keeping the data on the data storage cluster. Typical enterprise use cases include business analytics, extraction, transformation and loading/data warehousing, log analysis, and Web search engines.

With all the benefits that big data can bring, it’s no wonder why state, local, and Federal organizations have begun to harness it as a powerful tool not only in decision-making, but as a means to enhance security and foster a better relationship with the public. The impact of big data will be transformational; the path to effectively harnessing it does not require the agencies to start from scratch with green field investments. It is clear that the government can build iteratively on the capabilities and technologies it already has in place. Agencies looking to leverage big data solutions will have to start evolving their IT infrastructures including massively scalable storage and network infrastructure designs, as well as considerations for data protection, data sharing, data reuse, ongoing analysis, compliance, security/privacy issues, data retention and availability.

Federal IT professionals report, on average, that it will take their agency at least three years to fully take advantage of big data. Have you started your big data journey yet? Are you ready to leverage the power of big data in you agency? The time has come to start thinking about big data and how it can help your agency support mission outcomes. I would encourage you to reach out to the big data experts at Government Acquisitions and let them help you realize the full potential of your data to positively influence and further your agency mission.

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Government Acquisitions, Inc. Awarded NASA SEWP V Contract

CINCINNATI, OH, Nov. 11, 2014 – Government Acquisitions, Inc. (GAI), a leading Federal Information Technology (IT) solutions provider and small business, today announced that it was awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V (SEWP V) contract vehicle in the Small Business and SDVOSB group, otherwise known as “Group B and C.” GAI’s contract numbers are NNG15SD23B and NNG15SC78B.

https://gov-acq.com/contracts/nasa-sewp-v-contract/

Over 200 companies submitted proposals, and the select group of awardees will compete for delivery orders under the vehicle. Each firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a ceiling of $20 billion with an effective ordering period of 5 years with one 5 year option period. All NASA centers as well as all Federal agencies and approved contractors can order from SEWP V. NASA selected GAI based on past performance, advanced capabilities with competitive pricing, a mature, collaborative team, and a world-class partner ecosystem. 

With the NASA SEWP V contract, GAI will provide Federal agencies with secure solutions for data center and network modernization, and migration to public, private, and hybrid cloud models. In addition, GAI will work with agencies as they support their increasingly mobile workforce, and work to harness and leverage Big Data. GAI delivers access to new solutions from vendors including Cisco, Dell, Hitachi, HP, Intel, and Juniper.

“We are honored to be a NASA SEWP V contract recipient,” says Jay Lambke, president, GAI. “This year, GAI celebrates 25 years of dedication to supporting the missions of our Federal customers. We understand the challenges – the need to shift from legacy systems and to new ways of thinking and new models for IT services. SEWP V provides a trusted path to progress.”

“Many believe Federal IT is at a tipping point,” says Prem Jadhwani, chief technology officer, GAI. “Data is growing at unprecedented rates. Keeping that data secure is more challenging than ever. But, virtualization, Big Data, and cloud solutions provide new opportunities. We support Federal agencies as they enhance and centralize IT service delivery, reduce downtime during migration cycles, and continue to shift from CapEx to OpEx. The goal is to innovate so you can keep up with the pace of change and efficiently support Federal mission success.”

Mr. Jadhwani will be speaking at the upcoming TribalNet “TribalNet 15” event this Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. PT, as well as the MeriTalk “Stealing From Uncle Sam” event on Wednesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. ET.

In addition to SEWP V, GAI delivers IT solutions to the Department of Defense, Federal civilian agencies, and the Intel community via a broad range of contract vehicles including the NIH ECS III GWAC, GSA Schedule, and a series of other IDIQ and BPA contracts. The company has been honored for dedication to the mission with awards including the DHS “Outstanding Achievement Award,” the USDA “Small Business Achievement Award,” and the IRS “Small Business Partner of the Year Award.”

About GAI

GAI is a Federal IT solutions provider with more than 25 years of dedication to Federal mission success, and a performance culture to power real innovation. A mission mindset is in our DNA. We understand that success is driven by partnership, process, and technology. GAI’s experienced team members work side-by-side with Federal IT executives and industry-leading OEM partners to modernize, optimize, and deliver unparalleled mission support. To learn more, visit www.gov-acq.com or call (513) 721-8700.

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Government Acquisitions Inc. Achieves Cisco Premier Certification in U.S.

Cincinnati, OH  July 7, 2014 – Government Acquisitions Inc. (GAI) announced today it has achieved Premier Certification from Cisco® with the Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization track.  To earn Premier Certification, GAI had to meet standards for data center networking and architecture competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.

Jay Lambke, President of GAI said, “Being awarded Cisco Premier Partner status and achieving Cisco Data Center Architecture Specialization is a great achievement for GAI and endorses our team’s commitment to successfully deploying, implementing, and optimizing Cisco solutions with specialized domain expertise in data center solutions such as unified fabric, unified computing and unified management. We look to Cisco as a core solution to our existing and growing data center, cloud computing, networking, big data, security, mobility and healthcare solution business.”

As a Cisco Premier Certified Partner, GAI demonstrates a range of technical expertise including design, architecture and implementation. To achieve Cisco Premier Certification, GAI chose to pursue the popular Cisco Data Center Architecture Specialization. This specialization recognizes GAI as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deliver and support comprehensive Cisco® data center network infrastructure solutions. This specialization provides GAI an advanced level of knowledge and skill, allowing GAI to meet customers’ diverse data center needs, including consolidation and virtualization, private cloud computing, application- or infrastructure-as-a-service, and big data. This specialization includes tests on technical competency in the integration of basic routing and switching, wireless LANs, and security technologies as well as advanced data center solution sets.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills. Cisco resale partner certifications—Gold, Silver, Premier and Select—represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner’s ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations—Master, Advanced and Express—reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies.

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U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Selects Clearwell eDiscovery Platform through Government Acquisitions

Cincinnati, OH December 7, 2012 – Government Acquisitions in partnership with Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has selected the Clearwell eDiscovery Platform to streamline its electronic discovery processes. Clearwell enables USPTO officials to efficiently manage and analyze documents through search, review, tagging and exporting.

Clearwell’s strengths include advanced search, advanced analytics and the ability to automatically eliminate duplicate information – which play a key role in cost reduction. In addition, Clearwell provides users with the ability to review, tag and export documents.

“With millions of U.S. patents and trademarks in force, not to mention hundreds of thousands of new applications each year, the amount of electronically stored information that the PTO generates and manages is astounding,” said Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager for Symantec Public Sector. “Clearwell turns the complex and costly eDiscovery process into a streamlined, manageable and cost-efficient operation for the agency.”

The Clearwell eDiscovery Platform is an enterprise-class solution that was purpose-built for eDiscovery. With Clearwell, customers can utilize several features such as transparent search, discussion threads and people analytics to significantly accelerate early case assessment, defensibly eliminate irrelevant documents and false positives, and rapidly perform a first-pass review. Clearwell also lets customers view all related documents in context, perform one-click tagging, redact documents and apply reason codes in order to increase review throughput and consistency. In addition, the Clearwell eDiscovery Platform meets stringent security standards and automatically tracks all actions on case documents throughout the eDiscovery workflow, ensuring a defensible eDiscovery process.

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Government Acquisitions Wins Tactical Communications IDIQ Contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Cincinnati, OH March 26, 2012 – Government Acquisitions, Inc., a proven provider of optimized IT infrastructure solutions and a trusted advisor to the federal government, is pleased to announce the award of a prime contract for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tactical Communications (TacCom) Equipment and Services Program. TacCom is a Multi-Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a 2-year base and 3-one year options with a contract ceiling of $3 billion. The contract is open to all Department of Homeland Security Agencies, White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Department of the Interior, Department of State, and Department of Justice.

Government Acquisitions has partnered with industry leading manufacturers to support this contract with technologies and related services that further the program’s stated goal of “implementing fully interoperable solutions to support mission critical, public safety communications”. Over the past 10 years, we have worked alongside the Department of Homeland Security on various intricate IT and communication projects which helped to establish exemplary past performance. This new contract award will allow us to expand on this success.

“Government Acquisitions is excited to have received this award, and we are grateful for the opportunity to build upon the TacCom work we have been doing for ICE, CBP and other components”, said Jay Lambke, Executive Vice President. “The contract’s five-year duration and flexible structure will serve as an invaluable framework for us to partner with the Department in delivering innovative, mission-focused technologies.” For more information on the contract, please visit: https://gov-acq.com/contracts/

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