M Powered Strategies assisted the government with closing out FY 2011 with a 3-day Lockdown and a draft of the FY 2012 Budget Operating Plan. There are many constraints on the budget this year, which ranges from the continuing resolution, rescission from Congress, lack of FY 2012 Appropriation, to the reprioritization of the Presidential initiatives.
How successful were we? Participants and sponsors in the room have repeatedly voiced M Powered Strategies’ success in keeping agenda and conversations on track. M Powered Strategies has a proven track record of adding an environment of professionalism, having quick reaction time, and being effective problem solvers.
From a contract standpoint, the government granted us a 30-day extension ending October 5th and we are anxiously awaiting another 45-day extension ending November 18, 2011. We are partnering with a prime called Exeter for the follow on work with ITRM. As soon as the Task Order drops, we are in a good position to win the follow on work in the ITRM space!
M Powered Strategies has been supporting HPTI on the VRM PMO PCM contract. In addition, we have supported the FY12 VRM Operating Plan development.
M Powered Strategies’ support has focused on acquisition planning, and assistance has been in maintaining the acquisition database and associated files of acquisition artifacts. The maintenance of the acquisition status and awarded contract artifacts has allowed the VRM initiative executives to focus their attention on an acquisition strategy aligned to the business requirements.
M Powered Strategies’ support for FY12 VRM Operating Plan development has focused on providing OIT budget information and aligning the FY12 VRM Operating Plan workplan deliverable to planned FY12 acquisitions. This alignment has proved vital in the FY12 budget prioritization process as it demonstrates the linkage between resource fulfillment and the delivery of needed business capabilities.
During the VLER IPT in Altoona, PA, the ISI Team along with the VLER AMPs attended a post-meeting gathering at VLER IT PMO Director Gerry Lowe’s barn (or what was once a barn and is now a bar). The IPT was held several days before Gerry’s weekend-long Annual Celtic Fling Party which includes Highland Games. Mike is pictured in the barn with the Celtic Spear that was to be used as part of the Highland Games that weekend.
The AMPP VLER team officially reconvened in October to continue their successful summer project. Led by Jenny Weng, Alexandra Reames and Rachel Brody are both working remotely while they finish their graduate degree programs to continue lending support and expertise in improvement for the contractor onboarding process. Since the end of the AMP Program, the VLER team’s work has progressed and become a wider Veterans Affairs policy as their contractor onboarding deliverables were used in the HR Lockdown in November. Additionally, the team has again been invited to the VLER IPT conference in Park City, Utah and is looking to further support the initiative in other process improvement projects.