Communities of Interest (COI)
The Communities of Interest (COIs) are the heart of the ACT-IAC collaborative forum, where government and industry are working together to develop best practices, new solutions, and innovative strategies to improve government through the application of technology. The COIs address specific areas and provide an opportunity for government and industry to work together to improve government. COIs enable awareness of community events, activities, news, and other information sharing. They also host programming that interests their members and establish projects and events that enable close collaboration.
The COIs provide a government-driven, objective, vendor-neutral ethical forum where government and industry communicate and collaborate. Participation in the COIs is open to all ACT-IAC current members.
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Current ACT-IAC COIs include:
The Acquisition COI focuses on increasing engagement and facilitating the sharing of best practices between the government and industry to improve the federal acquisition process. Our primary focuses are initiatives and program outcomes that directly improve acquisition for both government and industry and increasing the participation of our government and industry COI members in initiatives and programs. Current projects and activities within the Acquisition COI include:
The Cloud COI coordinates and facilitates cloud computing related activities across ACT-IAC. The group coordinates cross-COI related activities on cloud computing, reduces redundant cloud computing activities across ACT-IAC, promotes cross-pollination of ideas and activities, aligns ACT-IAC’s efforts on cloud computing with the needs and requirements of government, and provides a mechanism and platform to collaborate and communicate effectively on the topic of cloud computing. Current projects and activities within the Cloud COI include:
The Customer Experience COI strives to change the culture in government and industry to understand what is needed to be customer-centric. This includes all aspects of supporting the citizen journey, from understanding customer expectations through training and educating leaders to understand the importance of being customer-centric. This COI focuses on culture, training & professional development, innovation, agency support, and tools & practices to break down barriers to improving the overall customer experience. Current projects and activities within the Customer Experience COI include:
The Cybersecurity COI is focused on being a primary contributor for our membership to solve their key challenges of information security and privacy. Our goal is to provide thought leadership to effectively enable them to address their mission security and privacy needs in the midst of mission needs, applicable governmental policy, regulations and laws, and the ever-changing IT security and privacy threats. COI members focus on blending information security, sharing, and privacy policies from acquisition through execution.
The Digital Enablement COI was created to foster collaboration and communication on issues regarding mobile computing in the federal government, including citizen services, remote connectivity, employee services, workforce productivity, digital publishing, and enterprise mobility. We facilitate an open dialogue between government and industry to identify issues salient to the government’s adoption of mobility technologies, architectures, and delivery models and the establishment of a timely repository of mobile computing best practices, experiences, and theory/policy discussions. Current projects and activities within the Digital Enablement COI include:
The Emerging Technology COI collaborates with federal CXOs and other government executives responsible for identifying, assessing, and deploying emerging technology and maturing it to become a major component of the IT & business strategy, as well as industry, government, academia, and the greater community to provide products, services, processes, and business models enabling innovative approaches to solving government issues and challenges. Our primary focuses are agile development, analytics & big data, promoting game-changing technologies, sharing lessons learned from the adopted emerging technologies across the federal space, and cultivating sub-communities to provide insight on high-potential technologies to accelerate awareness and adoption. Current projects and activities within the Emerging Technology COI include:
The Evolving the Workforce COI brings industry and government executives together to exchange information, support professional development, improve communications and understanding, solve issues and build partnership and trust, enhancing the government's ability to serve the nation's citizenry. The COI discusses best practices in the human capital management arena, with topics including workforce development, the inter-generational workforce, analytics & talent management, and emerging learning/training models, and employee engagement. Current projects and activities within the Evolving the Workforce COI include:
The Financial Management, Information Sharing, & Shared Services (FM-IS-SS) COI focuses on the business/people issues related to government transformational and collaboration initiatives. When performed well, these areas make programs more successful - enabling technical solutions to be more easily and more effectively implemented. The COI tackles key topics, spawns sub-communities focused on those topics, and provides a supporting structure to incubate those sub-communities as future candidates for full COI status. Our primary focuses are open data, financial management, shared services, information sharing & governance, and independent verification & validation (IV&V). Current projects and activities within the Financial Management, Information Sharing, & Shared Services COI include:
The IT Management and Modernization Community of Interest, is a new COI focusing on issues related to IT Management and Modernization, including strategy and policy development.
The mission of the Networks & Telecommunications COI is to provide clarity, impartial feedback and points for consideration on networks and telecommunication issues identified in collaboration with our government advisors, provide insight that serves the collective interests of the government and industry, and ensure that viewpoints represented include all aspects of the collective interests that are discussed. Topics we address include Network Services 2020, passive optical networks (PONs) / gigabit-capable passive optical networks (GPONs), wireless strategies, cellular reinforcement systems (digital antenna systems), customer contact centers, broadband services, the role of cable companies, unified communications, acquisition strategies, and the future of teleworking. Current projects and activities within the Networks & Telecommunications COI include: