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April 2019: A4SAFE Showcases IoT Interactions and Impacts with Existing Federal System and Data Centers (Data In-Transit and or In-Rest) to NBAC Emerging Technology Tiger Team
A4SAFE briefed the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (multiple Federal agencies and State and Local representations) Emerging Technology Tiger team on the impacts of IoT data while in transit or at rest (once received) when used with existing data centers and or Federal Government enterprise systems.
"IoT is only going to increase the velocity of the problems and make them harder to manage, prepare and be proactive. IoT simply increases the organization's number of asset, alerts, and threat vectors, all of which requiring active assessment, evaluation, and mitigation. Its like a loud speaker that amplifies existing issues ...".
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Tiger team is to review emerging technologies, including current and planned projects, use/business cases to determine impact to NIEM Program or domains/members/stakeholders and alignment activity required.
January 2019: The Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (H.R. 150)
October 2018: A4SAFE Data Management SMEs brief Multiple Federal Agencies
A4SAFE Data Subject Matter Experts briefed the NIEM PMO and NIEM Business Architecture Committee (multiple Federal agencies and State and Local representations) on the impacts of upcoming GREAT Act Legislation and the data management changes required to ensure compliance.
The GREAT Act will involve over 23 Federal agencies and 50 States, whom issue grants funding to many recipients. The GREAT Act will transform federal grant reporting from disconnected documents into open data by directing the executive branch to adopt a standardized data structure for the information grantees must report to agencies. By replacing outdated documents with open data, the GREAT Act will deliver transparency for grant making agencies and the public. It will also allow grantees to automate their reporting processes and reduce compliance costs.
- (External Link): Summary of Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2019
January 14, 2019: President Signs Government-wide Open Data Bill
President Trump signed into law the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking (FEBP) Act, which includes the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act (Title II). The Law (P.L. 115-435) will go into effect Monday, July 8, 2019, and we anticipate a large part of the implementation work being merged with the Administration's ongoing Federal Data Strategy.
- (External Link): Data Coalition Submits Ideas to Inform the New Federal Data Strategy
January 17, 2019: GREAT Act Passes the House of Representatives
The House unanimously passed the bipartisan Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (H.R. 150) as re-introduced by Representatives Virginia Foxx (NC-5-R) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34-D).
December 2018: A4SAFE Team Presents at Winter Simulation Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military and academic sectors. Simulation has been found useful for a range of scientific, engineering and business applications as evident by the papers presented at Winter Simulation Conferences over the past 50 years. Simulation has been employed to help noble causes too over the recent past, but such efforts have received limited attention.
A4SAFE led the briefing and covered both business and technical elements of The Standard Unified Modeling, Mapping, and Integration toolkit (SUMMIT), which is an innovative simulation platform that enables users to discover/reuse models and execute case studies to analyze emergency events. SUMMIT accelerates “what-If” analysis of disaster scenarios and improves the planning and execution of test run (exercises). The key features of SUMMIT are in reuse of models that have been integrated into the model library, an interface that helps non-programmers to compose scenarios, ability to rapidly test and compare disaster scenarios from one location to another. SUMMIT contains several case files that constitute synthetic data from analysis of response and recovery operations, trends, impacts, and risks. SUMMIT supports the National Preparedness System as described in the Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) and has been transitioned into an operational environment for use in training, exercise, threat/hazard risk assessment, resilience, and other preparedness activities.
October 2018: A4SAFE Team Briefs the DFBA Forensics & Biometrics Standards Working Group on “Standardized Datasets as a Microservice Enables a Connected Future Now”
The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) consolidates and coordinates forensics and biometrics activities and operations for the Department of Defense in support of identity operations and is responsible for applying biometrics and forensics capabilities through various tactics, techniques and processes. Biometrics and forensics are critical to identifying known and unknown individuals by matching them with automated records (such as for access control) or with anonymous samples (such as crime scene investigations).
September 25 - 27, 2018: A4SAFE's Kamran Atri, speaks at 2018 Federal Identity Forum and Exposition on “Unified Information Sharing”
The U.S. Government has identified preeminent challenges facing biometric programs, including maximizing mobile and multi-modal authentication technology to expand reach and enable flexibility while maintaining speed and accuracy guidelines. Additionally, the management and development of more efficient and effective large-scale operational capabilities and the establishment of standards for plug-and-play performance and system interoperability will inform our discussion throughout the event.
This three day summit will bring together an audience comprised of 120+ Secretaries, Directors of Security Agencies, Heads of Acquisition, Biometric Program Managers and Industry Executives from the U.S. and regional partners for critical discussions on multimodal biometrics, the development of “touchless” sensing technology, securing the borders with innovative technology, information data accessibility and storage, investing in biometric solutions and strengthening national preparedness and resilience.
January 23, 2017: A4SAFE Team Speaks at Biometrics in Government and Law Enforcement Event
On January 23, the 11th annual Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference was once again held in Arlington, Virginia. The three-day conference featured speakers and event attendees from multiple organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Interpol and many others discussing a variety of topics related to information exchange within the biometrics and identity management community.
Opening the event, NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC) Co-Chair Kamran Atri conducted a wide-ranging session for an audience of approximately 80 attendees that braved heavy rain and cold temps to attend the event. Kamran's session provided an overview of how NIEM has continued to be an integral tool in the information exchange arsenal of an increasing number of organizations around the globe.
October 11, 2016: NIEM Program Office Announces NBAC Leadership Change and appoints A4SAFE's Kamran Atri as the new NBAC Co-Chair
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Program Management Office is pleased to announce leadership changes for the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC), which maintains NIEM’s business architecture and requirements. NIEM is fortunate to welcome another longtime NIEM expert and advocate as NBAC’s new co-chair. Effective with the start of Fiscal Year 2017, Kamran Atri is the committee’s new co-chair, serving alongside Ryan Schultz of DoD Joint Staff J6.
Kamran Atri, is a NIEM enterprise architecture and data management subject matter expert. In his more than 13 years as an active NIEM advocate, Kamran has established a track record of championing and enhancing NIEM. He played an integral role in creating NIEM Cyber Domain, NIEM Biometrics Domain and NIEM Emergency Management Domain, as well as the business practices and operational processes that empower these and many other NIEM Domains. He has helped leverage the NIEM.gov GitHub site for public review of Federal Grants data unified Conceptual Data Model and has been a tireless supporter of NIEM outreach efforts. Kamran will continue to co-chair NIEM’s International Tiger Team, in addition to his NBAC role.
- External Link: NIEM Governance
September 19 - 22, 2016: A4SAFE's Kamran Atri, Program Manager of NIEM Biometrics Domain, offers NIEM Training during Global Identity Summit in Tampa, FL
A4SAFE's Kamran Atri, presents the NIEM Biometrics Domain overview and facilitates NIEM technical sessions. This training session will include additional technical material as well as a brief examination and demonstration of tools used to search attributes and work with NIEM.