Energy projects have corporate flavor

The Energy Department is making progress on several information technology initiatives that reflect a more corporate approach to management, officials said.

DOE has put service-level agreements in place for the Extended Common Integrated Technology Environment initiative, which will fuse common services on desktops departmentwide, said Karen Evans, DOE's chief information officer. The department wants to complete the consolidation by the end of this year, she said.

RS Information Systems Inc. is handling the work as part of a $409 million, performance-based task order for IT support.

On May 31, the department plans to hand off the requirements to IBM Corp. for linking budget, cost accounting, performance and other applications that will form the Integrated Management Navigation System (I-Manage), according to Evans.

I-Manage will move the department to an automated, Web-based system from the existing manual, paper-based process. A data warehouse will serve as a "knowledge bank" that delivers alerts on program activities, including cost updates and achieved milestones. It also will customize information going to desktop computers, creating dashboard displays.

This summer, DOE officials hope to award a contract for the deployment of enterprise licenses across the department. The rollout will be part of a larger effort to manage cybersecurity through software, she said.

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