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Igniting Innovation 2015 Top 30 Finalists

Army NETCOM Secure Passive Optical Network (SPON) 
U.S. Army
NCI Information Systems, Inc.

Compared with traditional networks, the secure passive optical network is more cost-effective, faster, consumes 80% less power, requires 90% less floor space, and is more secure as it is immune to electromagnetic emanations. It provides high availability, and the optical cable infrastructure is “future-proof” as it can support the bandwidth needs of the future. Combined with an approved optical network security system, the solution meets NSTISSI 7003 compliance to deliver voice, video and data over a secure fiber infrastructure. The alarmed protective distribution system (PDS) provides for remote monitoring and can automatically disable data throughput if tampering is detected.

BrainKit: TaskPlanner
The MITRE Corporation

BrainKit: TaskPlanner is an iPad app that allows survivors of traumatic brain injury suffering from prospective memory difficulties to better accomplish daily at-home tasks. The goals of the application are to (1) help foster carryover of skills learned in therapy and (2) act as an assistive technology for survivors who need more support in remembering when and how to execute tasks. Designed to mirror best practices used in therapy, the app allows users to plan the specific steps required to execute daily tasks such as cooking or laundry.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Central Facilities Repository (CFR)
General Services Administration

The goal of the CFR initiative is to centralize all current building information, including BIM information so that building data can interoperate with other business applications and be leveraged across the enterprise. The CFR will not just store BIM’s, but will function as an active system that will be continually updated with usable information. A proof of concept has been successfully launched for 11 buildings in 2 Federal districts, in 2 regions. The data will be leveraged for various facilities projects including operations and maintenance, renovation, and additions.

DOL Open Enforcement Data Initiative 
Department of Labor

Public access to useful government information creates safer workplaces, strengthens protections for workers and retirees, and creates pathways to profitable employment. The Enforcement Initiative pulls data from six disparate systems developed in complete isolation, (some collecting data for twenty years from various audits and reviews through wage, safety, health, and pension plan oversight programs) and makes it available for public search and download.  The Enforcement Initiative promotes public participation and encourages development of accountable and sustainable workplaces. The initiative is part of DOL’s commitment to the value of transparency, participation, and collaboration in the service of the American public.

Department of State
Accenture Federal Services

More than 100,000 U.S. Department of State employees, 40+ federal foreign affairs agency employees, accompanying family members and contractors request and receive a wide array of administrative services at 285+ embassies and consulates worldwide. After trying other software solutions to modernize its legacy system and implement an integrated tool for service management, the department successfully delivered myServices as a proof of concept using a cloud-based SaaS platform, ServiceNow, at a single post within eight weeks. Currently serving more than 250 customers from 13 federal agencies on the Internet, State is now focused on deploying this tool globally.

DHS Management Cube
Department of Homeland Security
REI Systems, Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton

The Management Cube brings data together from eight different DHS management systems so any authorized DHS employee can access the data, create customized dashboards, and perform analysis without the need for programming or database management skills. Dashboards can include text, graphic visualizations, or raw data to help identify trends and support evidence-based decision-making. Dashboards are automatically updated to ensure they are current and accurate and can be shared with appropriately authorized audiences inside or outside DHS.  The two year old Management Cube brings together key data from all lines of business for the first time in DHS’ ten-year history and is used by numerous analysts across the agency.

Digital Analytics Program (DAP)
General Services Administration

The Digital Analytics Program (DAP) is a one-of-a-kind shared service that provides meaningful digital analytics data to executive branch federal government agencies at no cost. The program provides web and program managers, supervisors, and department heads access to data from over 1.2 billion page views per month on more than 3,500 federal government websites maintained by 35 agencies. By using a customized implementation of Google Analytics Premium, the DAP not only provides cost savings, but is also the only program that can give agency stakeholders perspective into the way people interact with government websites on such a massive scale.

eHealth Exchange

The eHealth Exchange is a rapidly growing health information exchange network of partners who securely share clinical information over the Internet nationwide. The eHealth Exchange spans across all 50 states and is one of the most widely used health information exchange infrastructures in the US. The network was incubated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (HHS) beginning in 2004 with the goal of creating nationwide health IT interoperability. In 2012, it was transitioned to Healtheway to begin private sector stewardship of the network. Today the eHealth Exchange electronically connects roughly 1/3 of hospitals in the country.

Emergency Medicine Management Tool (EMMT) Process Analytics Application
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
SyntheSys LLC

EMMT implements a business process management approach to emergency care delivery that supports a goal of ensuring high-quality emergency care across over 100 geographically dispersed VA Emergency Departments. That approach supports a vision of providing real-time situational awareness about emergency care service performance across the entire enterprise, allowing responsive management actions to address performance shortfalls. EMMT enables line of sight visibility into the delivery of emergency care services to all patients from any point in the VA enterprise and provides a first-ever control system for enabling effective grass-roots Lean Six Sigma improvement projects scalable to the broader enterprise.

Image Management Service, International Technology Services (ITS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

The “thin” image approach enables every USDA agency to customize the image to meet their requirements while sharing the same common core components. The customer receives more than just the building blocks that make up the imaging process itself. The customer receives comprehensive end-to-end management of all necessary imaging components to deliver a fully functional image.  Service includes the following: Drivers, Operating System Images, Boot Images, Task, Integrated Application Management, Core Infrastructure, Offline Installation Media. The Service offers a comprehensive operating system deployment process to include built-in support for backing up/restoring user settings/data, joining the domain, installing specific applications, etc.

Infosys Marketplace-as-a-Service Platform
Infosys Public Services, Inc.

Infosys “Marketplace-as-a-Service” (MaaS) is a CMS compliant health insurance marketplace delivered as-a-service. As a cloud-based platform, MaaS helps states meet today’s Affordable Care Act mandates quickly in months with a sustainable operating model and integrate different health and social programs, without the complexity and costs of IT. MaaS allows states to refocus on healthcare from IT. It offers core functionalities and interfaces with federal and state systems, configuration to state specific programs and requirements, extensibility to plug-in various state or third party services, and a variable OpEx pricing model that is more sustainable and lower than other alternatives.

Innovative architecture exploits Big Data to prevent fraud and misuse
Social Security Administration
Lockheed Martin Corporation

SSA established a high performing, scalable architecture with a 36-node Hadoop secure cluster infrastructure built exclusively from cost effective commodity hardware and Big Data techniques.The team developed a custom enterprise web service that establishes connectivity between Hadoop and the WebSphere graphical user interface. This innovative web service design provides needed flexibility to sift through terabytes of data based on any search criteria. This architecture allows SSA to perform comprehensive integrity reviews of several terabytes of data, changed the way we approach data analysis and data mining by providing unlimited search capabilities, and be highly effective against fraud and abuse.

Playback Detection for Voice Authentication
The MITRE Corporation

Voice is a convenient modality for authentication as there is no typing of hard-to-remember passwords. Voice authentication is also more resilient to hacking as it combine salient physical characteristics with personal private knowledge (the password) and the vocalization of the password. Voice authentication is stronger because it is a multi-factor authentication that uses biometrics, personal knowledge, and behavior. However, voice authentication is vulnerable to a recording device playback attack. The project’s innovation of voice liveness detection mitigates the playback vulnerability of voice authentication to make it stronger.

My:Time ™
Contact Solutions, LLC

The My:Time mobile customer care solution includes a cloud-based mobile platform, agent desktop portal, and mobile apps for iOS and Android™.  My:Time allows constituents to start a customer service interaction, stop if they get interrupted, and resume at their convenience, eliminating the frustrations of waiting on hold, having to start over, and needing to stay engaged for the entire service interaction. My:Time also supports a seamless transition between self-serve constituents and contact center agents, without having to leave the app, re-authenticate or repeat personal information.

NASA WESTPrime (Web Enterprise Service Technologies) Contract
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Infozen, Inc.

Leading the way in government around an enterprise-wide cloud migration, NASA migrated over one million pieces of content and 110 websites and applications to the cloud. The agency brought together development and operations teams to implement an open source content management system, enabling new levels of collaboration across NASA facilities and partners in academia and industry.The move is saving NASA more than 25 percent in monthly operations and maintenance costs and lets employees update online assets more quickly. The project demonstrates a successful enterprise-wide approach for moving to the cloud.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Derived Credentials 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA PIV Derived Credential provides an enterprise solution for the implementation, utilization, and management of PIV derived credentials for mobile services utilizing NASA approved ICAM infrastructure and services. The NASA PIV derived credential addresses the problem of providing strong (LOA-3) user authentication on mobile devices by utilizing the device as a container for the PIV derived credential freeing the user from relying upon additional components for securely accessing and utilizing NASA services on their mobile device(s). This capability is currently available to all NASA users, and has been built so it can be extended to other government Agencies if desired.

National Cancer Institute, Initiative
National Cancer Institute
ICF International

SmokefreeTXT is an evidence-informed smoking cessation text messaging intervention program developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that helps people quit smoking. It provides 24/7 tailored support via regularly scheduled messages and interactive messaging functionality. Messaging provides general motivational support, tips on preparing to quit, advice on dealing with cravings, suggestions of smoke free activities, relevant smoking facts, and recognition of quit smoking milestones. It is the first federally recognized, evidence-informed text messaging cessation program available to U.S. smokers. In 2011, the program was piloted in the U.S. and in 2013 underwent a substantial overhaul to improve engagement and program adherence.

NYCStreets Permit Management System
New York City Department of Transportation

NYCStreets Permit Management System replaces a 30 years old mainframe system. NYCDOT issues approximately 400,000 street excavation permits each year. With NYCStreets, utilities and contractors can apply for permits 24/7/365 using any device: desktop, tablet, or smartphone. After processing, approved permits in pdf format can be printed. NYCDOT project managers and other staff have access to all permit applications and all approved permits: past, in-progress, and future. They can evaluate conflicts through the web-map interface and the integrated Google Street View. The new system provides more self-service options to stakeholders and brings better transparency and accountability to the permitting process.

“One USDA” program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

“One USDA” is a modern, cost effective, standardized, and interoperable HR solution that delivers common-core functionality to support strategic management of human capital. It is an HR Enterprise Solution project which enables data sharing and processing across agencies, while allowing HR information-system operations to migrate and align USDA talent acquisition/onboarding functions within a cloud-based IT solution. It eliminates the use of decentralized and inconsistent resources and mitigates duplicated agency functions throughout mission areas.

Open Data in Motion
General Services Administration

In 2014,, the Federal Government’s data site, revamped how the government’s open data is gathered and presented, making it possible for users to get instant access to an up-to-date catalog of the entire Federal Government’s open data resources. Through automation, open source tools, and extensive collaboration with federal agencies, transformed the process of presenting open data and assisted agencies in meeting the goals of the federal Open Data Policy.

PEAK Real Time Eligibility
State of Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

On October 1, 2013, Colorado’s updated public benefits self-service portal - PEAK (Program Eligibility and Application Kit) - went live allowing Coloradans to submit an electronic application for Medical Assistance and receive a real time eligibility determination in most situations. This consumer friendly innovation streamlined a process that previously required hands on action by a worker and could take as long as 45 days to complete, is now being  done electronically in as short as 45 minutes - with the bulk of the time spent on filling out the application.

Smart Phone Ad-Hoc Networking (SPAN)
The MITRE Corporation

Recent events from Hurricane Katrina to the Boston Marathon bombings have showcased that our current communications infrastructure is not completely reliable. Cellular towers can be destroyed or overloaded beyond capacity, and Wi-Fi hotspots rely on power and network connectivity. It's always the same problem: no connectivity and no communication. The SPAN project provides an alternate means for information dispersal by utilizing Mobile Ad-Hoc Network technology to create a framework for communication between individuals when infrastructure is unavailable, overloaded, or untrusted. The result is an infrastructure-less network that dynamically links common smart phones together, forming a web of trust across peers.

The MITRE Corporation

STRONGARM delivers the first incident response solution that enables network defenders to identify victims, stop attacks, and conduct deep adversary analysis. In an era of well-funded, highly active, and evolving advanced persistent threats, enterprise network defenders must operate under the assumption that their network has been systematically infiltrated. To date, the enterprise security community has not transformed their incident response mechanisms to keep pace with dynamic threat activity.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network (BRAIN)
National Institutes of Health
Corner Alliance, Inc.

The BRAIN provides a collaborative cloud and web-based solution for presenting vetted information on demand. The BRAIN is a trusted source for the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, who faces the challenge of presenting high-stakes information such as testifying on Capitol Hill, where a misstep can impact NIH’s appropriations. The BRAIN contains a presentation mode that allows the Director to collaborate in real-time with staff to develop a presentation on the fly and a data management mode that automates an inefficient and largely manual data collection process. The BRAIN tracks information workflow and the approval process, which has given the NIH full confidence that the information it has is the best and most up-to-date possible.

Trust Network Pilot for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
IJIS Institute
Resilient Network Systems, Inc.

The IOCTN provides a consistent means for identity verification and access control across applications and organizations, by leveraging authoritative sources from network participants to derive identities/credentials and to resolve access policies that include context and business policy. Trust Networks are peer-to-peer networks created via secure protocols and distributed services that manage complexity by enabling data/application owners to establish and dynamically change access policies in the network versus each application, thereby rapidly forming and modifying communities-of-interest as circumstances change.

TSA Pre✓®
Transportation Security Administration

TSA Pre✓™ is a newly launched intelligence-driven, risk-based initiative helping TSA move away from a one-size-fits-all model to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way. The use of risk-based initiatives will allow TSA to maintain its high security standards and improve the passenger experience while ensuring as many travelers as possible experience the benefit of expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ lanes.

U.S. Navy Bremerton Power Dreaming Program
U.S. Navy
ICF International 

The Power Dreaming software was developed to help sufferers of PTSD deal with emotional stressors by creating a sense of control within a Virtual Reality (VR) setting. Very simply, consider that suffers of PTSD have lost a ‘locus of control’ in their lives, suffering from a variety of co-morbid conditions (i.e. anxiety, anger, depression) and simply cannot break the pattern of anxiety based thinking.  Power Dreaming is a new science based practice to deal directly with PTSD using a combination behavioral and virtual reality based training protocol.

Utah Hunting and Fishing Mobile App
Utah Interactive with Utah.Gov
NIC, Inc.

Utah Hunting and Fishing is the mobile resource for wildlife events, licenses, permits, information, and communicating with the DWR for outdoor enthusiasts.Hunters and anglers can download all current valid licenses and new licenses to their mobile device and display them for game wardens. From the application users can view walk-in-access properties, report poachers, and check shooting hours. The application helps sportsmen identify wildlife, waterfowl, and fish species found in Utah.

Want to Be a Bioengineer?
National Institutes of Health National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
LCG, Inc.

LCG “gamified” the NIBIB’s Office of Science Policy & Communications’ (OSPC’s) presentation for the 3rd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo.  Using OSPC’s PowerPoint presentation, LCG developed a tablet-based game--“Who Wants to be a Bioengineer?”-- to interactively engage students in exploring the field of bioengineering and to encourage careers in research. Thousands of students learned in a fun and interesting way, increasing outreach and furthering NIBIB’s strategic goal to “train the next generation of diverse and interdisciplinary scientists, bioengineers, and health care providers and promote the value of research that synergizes [engineering and physical and life science] disciplines.”

Watershed Index
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

Restoring the nation's tens of thousands of impaired waters represents an immense workload. No restoration program, public or private, has the resources to work in all watersheds at once. The Watershed Index (WSI) tool was developed by EPA Region 4 in collaboration with the EPA Office of Water to assist federal, state, and local partners in prioritizing where to invest limited resources towards watershed restoration and protection. This tool allows the user to measure, for each watershed, several ecological, stressor, and social context indicators that are associated with the likelihood that a restoration effort may succeed.


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