DOD teams with Census Bureau in search of novel solutions to common problems

The Defense Department is coordinating with a somewhat unexpected ally in a search for high-tech solutions related to data, mobility and communications: the U.S. Census Bureau.

On Sept. 25 DOD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office released a solicitation notice outlining plans and inviting companies to participate in a January 2013 workshop. The event, to be held in the Washington, DC area, will aim to “help discover emerging commercial capabilities relevant to the United States Census Bureau's technical efforts preparing for the 2020 Census.” Particularly innovative solutions could end up being used by DOD as well, according to the notice.

By convening workshops, leaders at the agencies hope to cut costs and improve accuracy, as well as stay up to speed on evolving technological developments, the notice indicated.

“The goal of this workshop is to speed adoption of promising new commercial technologies to both DOD and Census; and, to encourage broader commercial support to each. Workshops provide timely information to government users about emerging technical innovations and pilot opportunities,” the FedBizOpps documents noted.

The two agencies are focusing on a handful of areas that look to take today’s cutting edge a step further. Under data/data management are several provisions for analytical tools; mobile infrastructure and strategy contains specific references to BYOD and data protection. Workforce management needs include virtual tools, and within communications are requests for high-tech and virtual applications. Geospatial requirements, such as next-generation database and geographic data needs, could be particularly critical for census work, and social networking requests include tools for crowdsourcing, trend analysis and gamification.

Companies interested in participating have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 to apply.

About the Author

Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.

Rising Stars

Meet 21 early-career leaders who are doing great things in federal IT.

Featured

  • SEC Chairman Jay Clayton

    SEC owns up to 2016 breach

    A key database of financial information was breached in 2016, possibly in support of insider trading, said the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DOD looks to get aggressive about cloud adoption

    Defense leaders and Congress are looking to encourage more aggressive cloud policies and prod reluctant agencies to embrace experimentation and risk-taking.

  • Shutterstock / Pictofigo

    The next big thing in IT procurement

    Steve Kelman talks to the agencies that have embraced tech demos in their acquisition efforts -- and urges others in government to give it a try.

  • broken lock

    DHS bans Kaspersky from federal systems

    The Department of Homeland Security banned the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab’s products from federal agencies in a new binding operational directive.

  • man planning layoffs

    USDA looks to cut CIOs as part of reorg

    The Department of Agriculture is looking to cut down on the number of agency CIOs in the name of efficiency and better communication across mission areas.

  • What's next for agency cyber efforts?

    Ninety days after the Trump administration's executive order, FCW sat down with agency cyber leaders to discuss what’s changing.

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 Jeffrey

Having worked on a contract with the DOD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office, I can tell you that this is a unique opportuinity for ALL small companies to get noticed by the federal government. If you think your have the solution to one of there problems, read and respond to the FedBizOPs announcement. It could just give you the boost that your need to succeed.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group