Enterprise Computing

U.S Marshals plot data strategy

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WHAT: The Marshals Service is in the market for an enterprise upgrade.

WHY: The agency that runs the federal witness protection program has some pretty strict security needs for a planned data integration platform.

The Marshals' needs for data processing, analytics, and storage are expected to grow, and users across the 94 districts and headquarters need access to a variety of data, including documents and biometrics. There's personally identifiable information that needs a high security storage solution -- federal witnesses, jury information, DNA evidence and more. The agency also needs analytics and geospatial tools to maximize efficiencies and logistics across its transportation line of business -- the U.S. Marshals Service moves 280,000 prisoners each year.

Marshals aren’t in the big data business, but their needs are expected to increase over the current capacity of 15 terabytes, according to a July 8 request for information posted on FedBizOpps. The word "cloud" doesn't appear once in the 14-page RFI. Instead, the document refers to "an integrated solution which may involve more than one vendor," that includes commercial, government, and open source elements.

Plans include the integration of agency financial data with in the solution, to support decision making. Any system must also be able to control and track access to records.

Click here to read the RFI.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

Click here for previous articles by Mazmanian. Connect with him on Twitter at @thisismaz.


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