The winter Department of the Navy (DON) Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT) Conference, led by the DON Chief Information Officer (CIO), was held from January 30 to February 2, 2007, at the San Diego Convention Center.
The conference location and timing leveraged the San Diego fleet concentration area and an established conference held at the same time, West, co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International.
The conference provided a venue to share information about policy, initiatives, and the latest technology related to IM and IT in the DON. There were more than 40 sessions on topics that ranged from service oriented architecture to the civilian IM/IT workforce.
Another DON IM and IT Conference, with a similar range of topics, will be held on the East Coast June 18-21 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Va.
A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the DON IM/IT Excellence Awards. These awards are the successor to the DON eGov Awards, which have been presented since 2000, and recognize the superior quality of projects, teams and individuals helping to transform the Navy and Marine Corps through IT.
The awards were presented during a ceremony on the evening of Jan. 31. The award winners received a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments, presented by Mr. John Lussier, the acting DON CIO, and Mr. Dave Wennergren, the former DON CIO, who is now the DoD Deputy CIO.
The following are the 2007 DON IM/IT Excellence Award winners.
Cmdr. Mark Bodoh and Lt. Cmdr. William Batson transformed the way Navy Reservists reschedule and request additional drill periods. Through a streamlined process and supporting Web application, the availability and flexibility of Reservists to provide operational support is greatly enhanced. More than 9,000 manhours were saved as a result of the Real Time Administration of Reservists (RTAR) program during fiscal year 2006.
The Naval Special Warfare Command (NSW) Knowledge Management Working Group implemented KM transformation throughout the command. The NSW KM Working Group created a collaborative environment to promote knowledge sharing, significantly improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness and accelerating the command's migration to Web-enablement.
The FORCEnet Innovation and Research Enterprise (FIRE) team of the Information Sciences Department, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., advanced the Navy's management of knowledge and effectiveness of decision making. The team developed an advanced capability to manage the execution and analyses of complex experimentation in the Navy and Department of Defense.
The Marine Corps' Manpower Information Systems Support Activity, Kansas City, Mo., and its Manpower Information Systems Support Offices designed, developed, and implemented the Manpower Information Portal. This project ushered in advances in manpower information presentation, management, and access and consolidated over 12 disparate systems, which led to a more secure and authoritative access point for all manpower-related information.
The Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command Prometheus Team developed the primary system used by cyber warriors at NCDOC to provide situational awareness of the Navy component of the Global Information Grid. The team used innovative techniques to fuse disparate data elements from myriad sensors to create a holistic system that aggregates, correlates, processes and displays an integrated picture.
The U.S. Marine Corps Traumatic Injury Protection Program (T-SGLI), developed and implemented the Marine Corps' T-SGLI Office. T-SGLI provides monetary assistance to help service members, who suffer a loss as a result of a serious traumatic injury, and their families through the rehabilitation period. Through the effective use of IT, T-SGLI processed more than 1,350 applications and provided eligible Marines with more than $52 million in benefits.