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Special Projects


Periodically, ACT-IAC undertakes projects outside of other groups that conduct projects like the Communities of Interest and the Institute for Innovation. These “Special Projects” involve a high-priority, high-visibility, high-impact issue often driven by new legislation, policy, or emerging issues of importance across the federal government. Teams of ACT-IAC subject matter experts convene to address the issue usually by developing a project report often accompanied by holding an event focused on the topic and the report.

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and the Federal Data Strategy (currently under development) establish new requirements for agencies to manage and use data to make better operational and policy decisions. Agency leaders face challenges setting goals, selecting practices, developing and implementing plans, and managing business process and organizational culture changes.

ACT-IAC launched the “Data-Driven Decision-Making Project” to provide agencies with effective management strategies and practices to strengthen their abilities to manage and use data to make decisions. The project will interview agency executives in order to develop a maturity model, assessment tool, and effective practices agencies can use to implement the Federal Data Strategy and support the PMA.

For more information on the Data-Driven Decision Making Project, contact Mike Howell or call ACT-IAC at (703)208-4800.

In May 2018, the Federal CIO Council Services, Strategy, and Infrastructure Committee asked ACT-IAC to evaluate the technical maturity, availability for procurement, and important issues related to potential federal agency adoption of zero trust networking (ZTN) and software defined networking (SDN). Those technologies could radically transform and improve cybersecurity and data protection and sharing. And, the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract could provide the means for agencies to acquire those capabilities. The project began with market research, presentations and demonstrations, and evaluation of the underlying trust algorithms. Future phases could include assessment of implementation issues, policy issues, and pilot projects.

The report was completed on April 18, 2019 and is available here.

For more information on Zero Trust/Software Defined Networking, contact Mike Howell or call ACT-IAC at (703)208-4800.



Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 3:30pm to 7:00pm

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