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Video teleconferencing technology widely embraced at DISA

Video teleconferencing is more than an alternative to travel at the Defense Information Systems Agency. In fact, the demand for the agency's VTC facilities is exceeding expectations. It's no wonder then that the agency announced last week that it was re-awarding AT&T a contract to continue maintaining DISA's Video Services - Global (DVS-G) VTC system. "Telepresence is quite effective, in lieu of face-to-face meetings, in reducing the requirement for frequent travel," said Julia Brown, project manager for Defense Information Systems Network Video Services at DISA, said in an email to Federal News Radio. "Our challenge is keeping up with current level of demand." The agency has two telepresence options for employees to use. The Defense Connect Online (DCO) system allows employees to connect using equipment located at their desks. DCO is available to all authorized Defense Department employees DISA's other option is their VTC system that connects employees through rooms containing video teleconferencing equipment that function much like television studios, Brown said. The rooms are linked electronically allowing the participants in one room to see and hear the participants in the other rooms. Participants schedule a meeting through VTC coordinators and DISA maintains VTC facilities at military bases around the world. "It saves travel time and expenditures while allowing all participants to engage fully in meetings across the world," Brown said. "Our senior leaders use it for high-level meetings with other senior leaders in the DoD, but DISA also uses it for when we need all our agency employees around the world to meet for important issues, such as an all-hands meeting with our director." AT&T, which currently owns a majority of and maintains all of equipment and software under the DVS-G contract, has been DISA's vendor since 1997. The company currently is on its second contract with the agency. The current contract is worth up to $244.8 million. In early November, DISA announced that they would award AT&T a new sole-source contract, continuing the company's stewardship of VTC services for up to another five years. The new contract has a two-year base, with three one-year options. The new contract will be awarded effective Nov 30. "VTC has proven useful across the world, allowing our senior leaders to see the body language of meeting participants, assisting in a better understanding of objections, reservations, or approval," Brown said. Next week, the Video Teleconferencing Center takes an in-depth look at DISA's DCO system.

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , AT&T , DoD

Monday - 11/15/2010, 01:02pm EST

How is Open Government Working for Federal Agencies?

November 17th, 2010

Listen to a discussion on key milestones or changes that have come out of the first year of President Obama's Open Government Directive (OGD).

Tags: management , FedCentral , Deloitte , Ira Goldstein , David McClure ,

Monday - 11/15/2010, 12:20am EST
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DISA awards contracts to Iridium

The DoD's Iridium EMSS Gateway serves as a dedicated portal for the uplink and downlink of voice and data traffic through Iridium satellites for DoD and other U.S. government users throughout the world.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , DoD Report , intelligence , Iridium

Friday - 11/12/2010, 09:40am EST

Army CIO Sorenson to retire

The general spent more than 37 years in the service, including the last three as CIO. Mike Kreiger will be the acting CIO in the interim. Sorenson led several enterprise initiatives including moving the Army's e-mail system to DISA.

Tags: technology , management , Jeff Sorenson , Mike Kreiger , Malcolm O'Neill , Mark Bowman , Army , DoD , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 03:40pm EST

Government Cloud Computing-"Progress & Best Practices"

November 18th at 12PM

Program will discuss the progress report on Government Cloud Computing Initiatives, top cloud computing priorities , challenges to overcome, lessons learned & best practices, and vision for the future.

Tags: technology , Federal Executive Forum , Trezza Media Group , Jim Flyzik , The Flyzik Group , Gunnar Hellekson , Red Hat , Dawn Leaf , NIST , Jack Wilmer , Mike Krieger , Army

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 02:58pm EST

Teleworkers are so last fiscal year

Faster, smaller, hipper, and even more efficient, teleworkers are morphing into mobile workers.

Tags: technology , Telework Ceter , telework , Polycom , GSA , Martha Johnson , Michael Brinks , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 11/01/2010, 05:12pm EDT

DISA to offer classified telework perk

As part of a huge move, DISA finds little things can mean the most. To keep just a few feds on the job, a new classified telework center is in the works. We get details from DISA's Jack Penkoske.

Tags: Federal Drive , BRAC , Jack Penkoske , Ft Meade , Suzanne Kubota , best practices , management , lessons learned , telework

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Army expects saving by moving e-mail

In the name of efficiency, the Army is making what it calls a big change in the way that it manages e-mail. The service said the move is designed to save millions of dollars at a time when the secretary of Defense is mandating significant savings.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , Army , AUSA , Jeffrey Sorenson , Alfred Rivera , e-mail services , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 10/26/2010, 07:24am EDT
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DoD launches information-sharing program

The Net-Centric Enterprise Services Program, a project of the Defense Information Systems Agency, allows secure information sharing between soldiers in the field, as well as between systems, DoD reports.

Tags: Denise Gentile , DoD Report , Net-Centric Enterprise Services Program , technology , information sharing , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 04:10pm EDT
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