Warrior Gateway and Common Access Cards (CAC)

April 15, 2011

Today we will be attending the launch of the White House’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  Warrior Gateway was approached by the Defense Manpower Data Center at the Department of Defense to be one of several private sector organizations to implement Common Access Card authentication, commonly known as CAC, as part of this launch.  Leveraging our innovative technology platform, powered by MarkLogic, we were able to quickly implement CAC authentication into WarriorGateway.org and will be demo-ing it today.

We are proud to be part of this launch and look forward to collaborating with the other private sector organizations who will be demonstrating their capabilities as well.  This launch will take place today at 11:30am when the White House releases the NSTIC Strategy on April 15 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  The video stream can be found here.


2011 Federal 100 Award

Recently, I was honored to be selected as one of this year’s Federal 100 award winners. The Federal 100 award is given out each year and recognizes individuals in government and industry who made significant contributions to the federal IT community in the previous year.

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from the past year that helped us win this prestigious award:

  • In March, we launched our flagship web portal: Warrior Gateway after only 40 days of development;
  • In May, we received the MarkLogic Innovation Award for our innovative use of MarkLogic Server in building information applications
  • Over the summer, we built the Gateway Information Network platform – Allowing others to build websites, portals and applications that use our data completely free of charge
  • In November, we launched our first partner on the Gateway Information Network: Challenge America, whose resource directory is powered by our platform

Here is the BENS Press Release – Federal 100 Award, the article about the Federal 100 awards and the official list of 2011 Federal 100 Award Winners.

I would like to thank our supporters and my team for helping me win the Federal 100 award and I look forward to an exciting 2011.


Government innovation: allowing veterans to keep their meds

In the same program that asked VA employees to make suggestions about how the VA can become more effective and efficient, the White House has asked government employees across the board to make similar suggestions about their various agencies. In a ceremony last week President Obama announced the finalists. And the winner is… Nancy Fitchner, who works at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO.


Nancy’s proposal noted that service members’ current medications are discarded by the various services when those service members are discharged. Then new medications have to be re-prescribed by the VA when veterans go to a VA hospital in their home towns. The beauty of Nancy’s proposal was in its simplicity: let veterans keep their medicines, thus saving the VA the cost of the duplicate prescriptions.

For her winning suggestion Nancy was awarded the SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award.

“She noticed that whenever patients left the hospital, leftover medications like eye drops or inhalers were just thrown away.  And often, veterans would have to go right back to the pharmacy to refill what was discarded.  So the VA is paying twice — it’s waste, plain and simple.  And thanks to Nancy — and to Secretary Shinseki and the folks at Veterans Affairs — we’re putting a stop to it.  The change is already underway,” Obama said during the ceremony.

You can read the full article at the LA Times here.