(PRWEB) August 1, 2004
VISTA Technology Services, Inc. (VISTA), the leader in facilities infrastructure analysis, today announced that it has begun developing an IT-based tool set to help government agencies comply with Executive Order 13327 on Federal Real Property Asset Management (EO13327). The tool set will support VISTAÂs consulting practice for its government clients.
The framework for the EO13327 tool set will be based on proven applications and methodologies developed by VISTA for the military. VISTAÂs two decade long track record of real property data collection and analysis for the military has saved one client, the U.S. Army, one billion dollars in ongoing construction programs.
Executive Order 13327 calls for a close accounting of and analytical approach to real property asset management. One requirement is the development of a real property inventory database Â a government-wide shared repository of information on federal facilities and their utilization. The first step in creating such a database is to have an accurate inventory of the governmentÂs real property assets.
ÂVISTAÂs background in facilities infrastructure analysis, combined with our long history of success in real property issues for the military, give us a strong foundation for the development of tools to support EO13327 compliance,Â said VISTA CEO and President David Baxa. ÂMost Federal agencies already may maintain some real property information, which must be integrated to cover all requirements for compliance. VISTA will not only provide a baseline approach to addressing these requirements, we can flexibly modify the tools we use to make best use of the data already maintained by each individual agency.Â
VISTAÂs tool set will focus on three aspects of real property asset management: inventory, requirements analysis and decision support.
Inventory includes collection of information regarding the facilities portfolio under each agencyÂs management, as well as the quality and condition of those facilities and how they are being utilized or will be utilized in the future. Requirements analysis examines facilities requirements (what is needed to meet current missions), life-cycle management requirements (cost of maintaining facilities over time), and operational requirements (what may be required over time to address evolving operations and missions). Decision support will assist in development of strategies for disposal of excess owned/leased facilities, optimization of maintenance investments, and optimization of operational funding investments.
Depending on the agency, the tool set may need to integrate with existing Enterprise Resource Planning frameworks.
For the inventory aspect of its tool set, VISTA plans to modify an online data collection tool it has developed, which is being used in several Department of Defense (DoD) agencies nationwide. The tool is a Web-based application written in the Oracle PL/SQL language, which generates HTML pages and provides all program logic and control, data entry and error checking, and manages users. Security is provided through the SSL layer of the Web server and through internal Oracle security controls.
VISTAÂs IT consulting capabilities and expertise in real property asset management will enable its civilian agency clients to tailor the tool set to their particular needs. ÂIn the case of the DoD, VISTAÂs data collection tool was pre-loaded with data elements and requirements specific to the needs of the department,Â Baxa explained. ÂFor EO13327, VISTA will work with its clients to define appropriate data elements, pull from existing requirements, and provide quality control over the type of data to be collected. This is important in creating the kind of inventory of facilities that is crucial to the early stages of compliance with the Order.Â
In its current form, VISTAÂs real property inventory data collection tool is in use at both military and civilian agencies within the Department of Defense, including:
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Infrastructure Analysis [DASA (IA)]
- Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
- Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
- Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
- Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
- Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
VISTA is an acknowledged authority in understanding compliance with EO13327. David Baxa will address compliance issues at the Federal Real Property Association professional development conference on October 26 at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.
About VISTA Technology Services, Inc.
VISTA Technology Services, Inc. (VISTA) is known for managing change from the ground up. A leader in facilities infrastructure analysis, IT and management consulting, VISTAÂs expertise supports Defense Transformation and civilian agency efficiency requirements. To meet changing governmental organizational structures and responsibilities, VISTA has developed a proven methodology for facilities infrastructure analysis, including produced IT-based services for data collection, certification, and analysis, budgeting, management and archiving. VISTA is a wholly veteran-owned company and combines a thorough practical knowledge of military processes and procedures with superior technological expertise. For more information, contact VISTA at 703-561-4100, or visit http://www.vistatsi.com.
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