DB Upgrades to ISO 9001:2015

September 29th, 2016

Why ISO 9001:2015?

ISO 9001:2015 Standard has been widely recognized and embraced throughout the world with over 1,000,000 organizations independently certified as compliant with its requirements. The 2015 revision provides an opportunity for organizations to leverage the standard for continuous improvement, and customer satisfaction, therefore improving the bottom line. DB was among those pioneering companies that embraced implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 even before formal issuance of the new standard’s final revision.  As a result, on September 29, 2016, DB became ISO 9001:2015 certified.

For many companies, including DB, it is imperative to maintain ISO 9001 compliance for several reasons:

  • Customers may require demonstration of compliance with its mandatory requirements;
  • ISO 9001 provides a model for management to enhance internal process effectiveness while concurrently enhancing customer satisfaction;
  • The processes the standard requires have been widely recognized as value-adding to organizational accomplishment and not as a bureaucratic impediment.
  • It allows for executive management of all organizations, large and small, to maximize effectiveness and efficiency while ensuring achievement of the strategic and tactical goals of the organization.

DB was able to enhance its Quality Management System (QMS) by deepening and concentrating on the standard’s updated 2015 revision, specifically:

  • The integrity of the QMS’ foundation;
  • Top and Senior management demonstration of  leadership;
  • The requirements and reasons for the organization to address the requirements of interested parties beyond customers;
  • The requirements related to addressing risk and the necessity for liability mitigation; and
  • How process management can impact both internal effectiveness and customer satisfaction.DB’s secret of success is that our management team ensures that quality management activities are not viewed as a “necessary evil” but rather are pursued because they make sense and add value.
  • Achieving results in record time could not happen without the ultimate commitment of the team and leadership of our executives and senior managers. The ISO 9001:2015 Registrar was truly impressed with DB’s approach to implementation of the mandated requirements.

DB Mentoring: Keeping NASA Glenn Research Center’s Information Secure and Mentoring the Next Generation of IT Professionals

July 15th, 2013

As an incident response analyst, DB’s Joshua Glemza is part of a team that is responsible for keeping NASA Glenn Research Center’s information technology secure. This is a pretty important job for a world-class research, technology, and development facility that employs more than 3,400 talented scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative and support personnel who are dedicated to developing innovative technologies for aeronautics and space flight.

However, when Glemza’s former mentor told him about Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project and the Computer Technology Explorer Post that the facility hosts, he knew he wanted to take on another pretty important job ― that of an Explorer Advisor.

This past April, Glemza completed a six-month stint as the Explorer Advisor for the Computer Technology Explorer Post 631. Each week, he met with young men and women ages 14 to 20 to teach them about computer technology through hands-on activities. Students gained experience in animation, robotics, graphics, game programming, Web development, Arduino programming, signal processing, data acquisition, and image processing, as well as programming, computer architecture, and basic circuitry. The students also tour various labs at Glenn Research Center and in the Greater Cleveland area.

Joshua Glemza teaching Exploring Project Computer Technology Post 631
Explorer Advisor Joshua Glemza leads the Explorer Post Computer Technology as part of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project.

Glemza discovered that by sharing his expertise and experience with students, he too learned a great deal.

“The Exploring Program has allowed me to grow personally and professionally while helping students determine their own interests in the computing field,” he said.

About the Exploring Project
Glenn Research Center’s Educational Programs Office, in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America, has been part of the Exploring Project and has hosted an Explorer Post since the 1970s. The project was established to expose students to research and technology activities specific to Glenn Research Center and promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Exploring Advisors, who are Glenn Research Center staff volunteers, lead Explorer posts and meet with students once a week from October to April to explore various aspects of STEM, NASA, and Glenn Research Center.

In addition to the Computer Technology Explorer Post, the Glenn Research Center’s Exploring Project hosts four other Explorer posts, including:

  • Aeronautics Activities
  • BalloonSat Technology
  • Human Space Flight
  • eXtreme Green
  • This past session, 89 students from 40 Ohio high schools participated in the Exploring Project. Glemza was recently recognized by Center Education Director Dovie Lacy and is looking forward to his next class of students.

    USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance

    May 3rd, 2013

    The Art of Contract Closeout: Helping Government Agencies Discover Hidden Money

    DB helped the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) in Washington, D.C. close nearly 3,000 unclassified contracts and assistance instruments (grants and cooperative agreements) and deobligate more than $175 million.

    Each year, millions of dollars are left sitting in the accounts of government contracts that have ended. If this money is not found and repurposed, it may simply remain in the inactive account doing no good to anyone. Unused money also may be returned to the U.S. Treasury, and future budgets will be adjusted based on this unspent money. It is during the closeout process that contract specialists discover this money and enable agencies to repurpose it. Contract closeout also assures conformance to contractual commitments and protects the interest of the government.

    For USAID, DB operated and maintained an automated database system capable of storing detailed status information on each award, we generated letters and memoranda of inquiry to various organizations within the public and private sectors, reconciled financial accounts, reviewed audits, prepared closeout documentation, and advised USAID on pertinent closeout matters.

    CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

    May 3rd, 2013

    Since June 2012, DB has provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) level of effort contractor staffing for a broad range of information technology and related public health services. Staffing support includes a variety of positions, including biostatisticians; computer programmers; computer statistical assistants; business systems, data, and public health analysts; public health and medical specialists; project managers; subject matter experts; technical writers; and web designers and developers.

    DB Awarded National Institutes of Health Public Information and Communication Services (PICS) Contract

    March 1st, 2013

    DB Consulting Group, Inc. (DB) has been selected to compete for task orders issued under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Information and Communication Services (PICS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Twenty-five firms were chosen to support the contract that enables NIH institutes and centers to purchase communication goods and services from designated contractors. These services will help NIH institutes and centers maintain exceptional performance in the areas of media, communication, and information dissemination and technology. The combined value of the contract, which includes one base year and four option years, is $500 million.

    “This latest win builds on DB’s long-standing professional relationship with NIH,” said DB’s Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Boyd, Jr. “We have supported numerous communications projects with various NIH offices and divisions in the past, and it’s always been a positive and rewarding experience that has led to some award-winning work. Communication services is a core capability of DB and an area in which we excel so we are excited to get working on some task orders.”

    For the NIH contract, DB assembled and will lead a team of respected firms, including CACI International, Inc.; MSL Group; Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.; Social Solutions International; and TKC Global Solutions, LLC.

    For more information, contact Gerald Boyd, Jr. at (301) 589-4020.