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DB to Host 7th Annual Health and Wellness Fair, September 27, 2013

September 12th, 2013

On Friday, September 27, DB will team up with Lux Consulting Group, Inc. to host the 7th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. The event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about this community event, check out the event flier (English version) (Spanish version).

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

    Since 2009, DB has 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 operates and maintains an automated database system capable of storing detailed status information on each award, generates letters and memoranda of inquiry to various organizations within the public and private sectors, reconciles financial accounts, reviews audits, prepares closeout documentation, and advises 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.