U.S. General Services Administration Obtains Benefits of Cloud-Based Google Apps for Government Implemented by Unisys — Press Release
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New email and collaboration system has transformed the way GSA employees work, increasing efficiency and cutting costs
BLUE BELL, Pa., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – More than a year after Unisys (NYSE: UIS) transitioned the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to cloud-based Google Apps for Government, agency officials say the new tools have transformed the way they conduct their business and led to increased collaboration and reduced costs.
The GSA awarded a contract to Unisys in late 2010 to install Google Apps for Government, which includes email and collaboration tools. About 17,500 GSA employees began using these tools in June 2011. Since then, GSA estimates it has saved about $2 million and expects another $15 million reduction in IT costs over the next five years.
GSA employees have created and shared more than 274,000 documents in Google Docs, and created more than 500 internal web sites using Google Sites.
GSA also cites a nearly 90 percent reduction in server energy consumption and 85 percent reduction in related carbon emissions. According to estimates by Google, the cost savings from this reduction in energy use will be $285,000 annually.
Examples of how Google Apps has transformed the agency were illustrated by the experiences of two GSA organizations: the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) and the Public Building Service (PBS).
FEDSIM, the GSA organization that provides acquisition services to enable large-scale technology projects for other federal agencies, has used Google Apps to promote the mobility of its workforce. Many FEDSIM employees must work remotely at client sites, and Google Apps allows them to use their smartphones and tablets to stay in touch with their managers, edit documents and to view their colleagues’ calendars.
The video chat functionality in Google Apps helps employees reduce travel expenses while still allowing them to collaborate “face-to-face.”
In addition, FEDSIM used Google Sites to set up an internal portal within three days, at no additional cost – a process that previously could have required months when the work had been done through a contractor.
The infrastructure is now entirely under FEDSIM control. Employees use it as a repository for forms and policy documents; to reserve conference rooms and government-owned cars; to create and share award nominations, marketing slides, training materials and other documents. They are continually adding new features.
Public Building Service
The managers of PBS quickly recognized the potential of Google Apps as a knowledge management tool for organizing information and making it accessible to the workforce using a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets. The organization has rolled out a project this year to use the tools to create a knowledge hub that serves as a focal point for sharing best practices, policies and standards for property management.
PBS used Google Sites to set up “communities” built around various mission areas such as facilities management, leasing and customers – allowing managers in different regions to share information on their activities. For example, PBS manages multiple facilities for the FBI across the country, and PBS managers who work with the FBI were able to use Google Apps to discuss common challenges and best practices.
Consequently, PBS is now better positioned to address GSA’s overall goal of driving consistency and standardization across the organization. As one PBS regional official stated, “The main benefit for me is knowing that there is a team of individuals working to reduce redundancy in effort.”
More importantly, Google Apps provides standardization and consistency, and that makes PBS more efficient and leads to better customer service.
“GSA has proven that innovative cloud-based solutions can help the government improve operations while cutting costs,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, group vice president for civilian agencies at Unisys Federal Systems. “We are thrilled to be GSA’s industry partner in this project and look forward to helping them continue to maximize the benefits of these tools as well as helping other agencies to follow GSA’s lead.”
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services and high-end server technology. With more than 22,500 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www . unisys . com.
OAI Receives New $9.299 Million Cooperative Agreement for Research With the Air Force Research Laboratory Air Vehicles Directorate — Press Release
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OAI Receives New $9.299 Million Cooperative Agreement for Research With the Air Force Research Laboratory Air Vehicles Directorate
DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) has just been awarded a new, $9.299 million Cooperative Agreement by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The Agreement will fund cooperative research in computational aeronautical sciences to be carried out by OAI researchers working in collaboration on site with researchers in the Computational Sciences Center in the Air Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH. $300,200 in funds have been immediately obligated for initial work being carried out under the Agreement. The Agreement will support research for the next five years.
OAI was selected for this award as the successful proposing organization among a field of competing applicants. The new award will allow OAI to continue and grow its collaborative research activities with the Computational Sciences Center in the AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate, including basic and applied research in high-fidelity computational analysis of fluid dynamics across all flight speed regimes. OAI researchers have received multiple awards and recognition for research excellence for their work in collaboration with AFRL.
“OAI is elated to have won this important opportunity to continue to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Vehicles Directorate to perform critically important research that will ultimately benefit our nation’s war fighters,” said Dr. Michael L. Heil, President and CEO of OAI. “We are especially delighted that this agreement affords us the opportunity to continue to expand OAI’s presence in the Dayton area, and our support for the Air Force.”
“Our goal at all times is to deliver absolute excellence in the research that we do for our partners and clients,” said Ann Heyward, Vice President, Research and Educational Programs, OAI. “We believe that the demonstrated excellence of our research personnel, and their contributions and accomplishments, were key factors leading to our successful bid for this opportunity.”
The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is a nonprofit organization that builds Ohio’s aerospace economy through research and technology development, education and training, and collaboration and information exchange. For more information, visit www.oai.org.
SOURCE The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
July 7, 2010
CHICAGO, - Boeing (NYSE: BA) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney issued the following statement after today's announcement by the White House of appointments to the President's Export Council. President Obama named McNerney chairman, and Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox, vice chairman of the council on March 11.
"President Obama has assembled an outstanding team to help reach the goal he has set for our nation to double U.S. exports over the next five years. It is an ambitious goal. However, with this team in place, I am confident we can develop a solid plan for the public policy decisions that will expand free and fair trade and strengthen the United States economically. I congratulate and welcome the new members named today and look forward to working with them in the months ahead."
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Following up on its recent MRAP-ATV and heavy truck contracts Oshkosh announced that they have been awarded another contract to build Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) trucks and trailers. This contract is called the rebuy program. If all options are exercised over the next five years the contract could be worth up to $2.6 billion.
The initial order is for about $280 million worth of the vehicles. The rebuy seems to indicate that this contract is to begin replenishing the supply of the vehicles in the Army. The U.S. lost a great deal of vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan to IED and mines. These were of all types including tanks, armored personnel carriers and logistic support vehicles like the FMTV.
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Cobham Wins US Army Personal Cooling System Deal Worth Up to US$110 Million
7 July 2009
Orchard Park, New York – Cobham has been awarded a five year, Indefinite Delivery, Definite Quantity (IDDQ) contract from the US Army to provide Microclimate Cooling Systems to the Air Warrior program office. Cobham’s initial task order is valued at approximately US$6.5 million, with expected revenue of up to $110m during the next five years.
Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Life Support, a strategic business unit within Cobham’s Mission Systems Division, at Orchard Park, New York. The US Army Aviation and Missile Command is the contracting authority. This award was announced June 30, 2009 on the US Government’s Federal Business Opportunities website.
Kelly Coffield, Cobham Life Support President said:
“We are pleased with the US Army’s continued commitment to increasing the performance of the warfighter through the use of microclimate cooling. These systems significantly contribute to keeping our forces mission ready and combat effective.”
Cobham’s Microclimate Cooling System (MCS), a compact, lightweight, self-contained vapor compression cycle cooling system, is designed for operation on helicopters and ground vehicles and can accommodate single or multiple users. More than 15,000 systems are employed by US military helicopters – including the AH-64 Apache, the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Blackhawk – and US military ground vehicles including the Bradley, Stryker and M1A1 tanks where high temperatures can limit human operational effectiveness.
The MCS helps prevent heat stress by maintaining safe core body temperatures. It extends the mission duration of Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen who are deployed to extreme climates, or who are thermally burdened by required body armor or other protective clothing. To see how the microclimate cooling system serves the troops, please view Cobham’s microclimate cooling video.
Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.
Cobham Life Support is a world leader in life support and personal survival equipment for use under extreme conditions including oxygen systems for aviators and astronauts, crew restraints, flotation gear, emergency beacons and crew and cargo release mechanisms.