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.


InnoVAtion at the VA

Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist and ardent supporter of veterans initiatives) has a guest post this morning on the San Francisco Chronicle’s City Brights blog about the Veterans Benefits Administration Innovation Initiative. The VBA Innovation Initiative is a program initiated by the White House seeking to “reduce the number of days to complete a claim, improve overall rating quality, increase transparency, and–ultimately–to better serve our Nation’s Veterans.” To do so, the VA has implemented an online tool that allows 19,000 rank-and-file VA employees throughout the nation to make suggestions about changes the VA can make to improve its effectiveness and speed. Employees can also vote on the suggestions of others. Eventually regional/local directors will choose the best suggestions and send them to the national VA office for consideration. The Innovation Initiative has also pledged to fund the best ideas and put them into action.

According to Craig’s blog, he’ll be meeting with officials in Washington to advise them on the program. This looks like a great program for affecting  meaningful change at the VA, and they’ve enlisted one of our nation’s top technological heavyweights. It will be exciting to learn what comes of it — stay tuned for more.