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GCN : October 2015
38 GCN OCTOBER 2015 • GCN.COM HONORABLE MENTIONS These five projects were also selected by the GCN awards judges as deserving recognition for their performance and originality. EN ROUTE AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION Federal Aviation Administration In March, the Federal Aviation Administration rolled out En Route Automation Modernization, a next-generation air traffic control system that uses satellite and digital technologies to pinpoint the locations of hundreds of aircraft en route to destinations across the nation’s airspace. By replacing 1960s-era, ground-based radar technologies, ERAM enables blanket coverage of air traffic and weather conditions that help make air travel more convenient and predictable while reducing fuel usage and time spent on the ground. The centerpiece of the system is a 4-dimensional trajectory software model — 3D plus time — that helps predict the path and manage the route of every aircraft from takeoff to landing. The system also uses the data to improve controllers’ situational awareness and warns pilots of aircraft unexpectedly entering their airspace. Altogether, the FAA said the tools will “dramatically improve the nation’s airspace.” MAIN COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY FOR SOUTHWEST ASIA THEATER Department of the Army In the early days of the Army ’s engagement in Southwest Asia, an aging data environment, out-of-date system maintenance and insufficient data storage threatened the U.S. military ’s mission. Therefore, the Army ’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems opened a $50 million, state-of-the-art communications hub at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in 2014. An Army team and contractor LGS Innovations built the Main Communications Facility for Southwest Asia Theater from scratch. They consolidated older data centers and provided secure command, control, communications and computer network capabilities across 20 countries in the Southwest Asia theater. The facility now connects thousands of warfighters and offers increased performance, data security and enhanced C4 services. When the program reaches capacity between 2016 and 2020, it will form the basis for establishing the Joint Information Environment, which is designed to allow all Defense Department personnel to use the network from any device, anywhere in the world. NEXT GENERATION NETWORK AND SECURITY PROGRAM Fairfax County, Va. When Fairfax County, Va. , officials wanted to build a new secure public network, they sought to deploy technologies that could pave the way for future plans and programs. As a result, the county ’s Institutional Network is built as a 10 gigabits/sec optical Ethernet with a redundant backbone that runs on Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology. The cutting-edge network is designed to secure future traffic between county business units and applications and enable a secure separation of future public safety traffic, voice over IP, public Internet access and surveillance video. In addition, multiple high-bandwidth Internet service provider connections have provided optimal traffic routing so that the county can offer secure e-government applications and better remote services for teleworkers. All in all, the county has provided a flexible, secure platform for current and future generations of county employees and residents. PURCHASE CARD ANALYTICS PROGRAM U.S . Citizenship and Immigration Services Last year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Office of Security and Integrity teamed with the chief financial officer ’s staff to detect and deter potential fraud in the agency ’s purchase card program. A team of OSI analysts created a process to identify transactions that showed a reasonable potential for abuse of the program. The team used advanced software to routinize analytics, validate data and archive findings for later analysis. The process is now a model for building oversight tools for other purchase-related programs, including fleet and travel cards. Within six months of beginning the project, OSI delivered the first report on anomalous purchases for closer review. Today, irregular transactions are provided to the CFO’s office on a monthly basis for review and possible action. OPEN GOVERNMENT AND WEB MODERNIZATION New Jersey Department of Health With a nearly 20-year-old web presence, New Jersey ’s Department of Health resolved to rejuvenate its online operations, a project that affected more than 170 web functions and involved creating a new design that more closely synced with how users interact with the agency. Web developers focused on enabling users to maneuver more rapidly to the information they needed. The system for paying fees online was redesigned for simplicity and speed, and sources for information about public health, health systems and health quality were overhauled and expanded. The department generated more than $12 million in revenue annually by moving from paper processes to electronic applications. It also cut costs related to aging content. The old site had more than 5,000 web pages, and in one program, the department eliminated 66 percent of the content, cutting the number of web pages from 83 to 29. 1015gcn_020-038.indd 38 10/5/15 10:41 AM
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