NVI has provided a range of services under this contract varying from support of conference attendance by international experts in education issues, to literature reviews and technical consulting, and the design and development of the XTXS (International Cross-time, Cross-system Database) Project.
Our technologists conducted a literature review and composed a paper for NCES stakeholders identifying issues related to the implementation of assessments and test items in a computer-based environment and the possible differential effects, both positive and negative, of the mode difference in testing methodology. This work was expanded upon with follow-up papers and written recommendations regarding item development, the role of delivery platforms and guidance for Assessment Item Development Teams in preparing assessment items which maximized the value of the assessment opportunity.
NVI provided an array of custom computer programming services. NVI developed an MS SQL 2005 database and data-driven ASP.NET website based on the schema and specifications previously developed for the International Cross-time, Cross-system (XTXS) Database project. The purpose of the project was to plan, design and develop a database used to collect international educational data from various sources and produce project data files for use by researchers. The goal was to create a single source which contains information relevant to quantitative empirical modeling of international education. The database contains all assessment data from the TIMSS/PIRLS and the PISA international assessments, together with all relevant contextual and background variables from these data collections, and additional economic, social and political data from a variety of sources. It will span multiple years of currently collected data and will be used to house data from future years’ assessments.NucoreVision supported revision and upgrades through assistance in migrating new data, generation of new tables, revision of the database schema as needed and creation of any new triggers or programming required by new project demands or functionality. NucoreVision technical specialists performed website updates and expansions, changes to the graphic user interface, developed new pages and data driven functionality.
NVI developed the Country Profiles Tool (using C# and ASP.NET) to provide a smart, interface-driven tool for viewing assessment data and demographics information for the general public and decision makers. The Country Profiles Tool provides the ability to select, sort, and compare information within a web-based interface.
NVI assisted with the development of prototype interactive test items for the TIMSS study which simulated advanced and integrated assessment of participant conceptual knowledge about math and science. This required the development of items in Flash and the facilitation of expert input from international panel members.
Most recently, NVI program staff are providing conference facilitation and logistics for Teacher Meeting Panels.
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NVI has assisted ICITAP with a wide range of IT Management services for its world-wide law enforcement programs. Our managers have overseen the design and engineering support of data/network operation centers; the development of virtual networks; the design and deployment of enterprise networks; infrastructure assessments; the upgrade and expansion of the Kosovo Police Network; the build out of a new Kosovo Police Data Center, and the development of a customized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to manage administrative functions in Human Resources, Finance, Logistics & Professional Standards, Police Resources & Information Management Systems.
NVI staff has been responsible for the overall management of the contract tasks and meeting customer requirements in environments that can at times be unstable politically and lacking in basic amenities. The majority of the work of the contract’s initial tasks was conducted outside of the United States, either in newly democratized countries, those transitioning toward democracy, or those rebuilding post-conflict. Even under these conditions, NVI’s adherence to strong management principles as well as highly experienced staff managing projects ensured contract requirements were met on time and within budget.
Our managers have provided leadership for the technical review of Contracted Software Development by third party vendors for a multi-million-dollar information technology budget; the creation of software-base documentation; and implementation of a database rationalization and planning for the development of the Kosovo Police Information Systems Strategic Plan. Our project manager provided ICITAP with an assessment of the current state of Information and Communications Technology use in the Kosovo Police, identifying its most critical ICT needs, and prepareing technical specifications, budget and technology deployment planning, in addition to overseeing project implementation.
NVI provided Computer Support Consulting Services for the NIH Training Center (NIHTC), this training system was used to register and pay for off site training at: Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Rutgers University, University of Maryland and George Washington University. Our services included support for class/course preparation, website maintenance and updates, and the NIHITS Training Data Migration. NVI has supported a number of courses provided by the training center. In addition, NVI provided data updates for FAES (Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences) scientific course data in the following areas: Intermediate Epidemiology; Vaccines- Development and Evaluation of Efficacy; Current Concepts in Pharmacology and Therapeutics; and an additional 84 courses.
In coordination with NTSB officials, we identified control points and obtained detailed configuration data which was analyzed in terms of its impact on the mission.
The NVI evaluation team members used National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) methodology for assessing the information systems based on a client specified rating criteria. The NIST criteria formed the baseline for testing the controls that NTSB had determined for annual evaluation.
A Security Control Assessment (SCA) was performed as part of the Assessment & Authorization (A&A) activities to determine whether the residual risk to the system supported an approval to operate.
The primary intent of the assessment was to determine whether adequate security countermeasures had been implemented to comply with the minimum standards required for a moderate-impact system as reflected in NIST SP 800-53 rev 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations , which provided a process to determine baseline security controls at varying security impact levels while still providing a consistent and repeatable process.
In addition, as part of the annual SCA process, our team members contributed to vulnerability scanning activities against all in-scope web-based applications, databases, and operating systems (OS).
Team NVI worked closely with System Owners and Technical POCs to develop and maintain Security Assessment & Authorization (SA&A) Artifacts:
Roadmap and Strategic Plan: Team NVI’s highly-skilled security personnel were the principal contractors securing the EOP Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) infrastructure and application architecture. Our personnel provided strategic guidance and planning; reviewed emerging security requirements and developed the policy and guidance. The NVI Team developed and published an EOP IAD Roadmap and Strategic Plan that articulates an approach and timeline for transforming the IAD and its service offerings, as well as significantly improving security across the EOP. We developed a detailed Information Assurance Program Policy (IAPP) that addresses all elements of Cyber Security and compliance requirements. The IAPP addresses emerging security issues and requirements with elements such as the use and protection of mobile devices and social networking.
Security Review and Analysis of Automated Information Systems: The NVI Team evaluated, assessed, and determined the security state of emerging systems and tools at the EOP. Due to the EOP's extremely dynamic and demanding environment, in which technologies, systems, and tools are routinely being identified and recommended for incorporation into the EOP technical architecture, the NVI Team's role in executing test and evaluation activities was considered critical to the security of EOP’s operational and technical infrastructure.
FISMA Implementation Support: NucoreVision has established processes for collecting and maintaining FISMA data in anticipation of higher reporting requirements. Each time a C&A Package was completed, the NVI Team completed a FISMA-compliant Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) documenting outstanding issues and risks, corrective actions, and timeframes for correcting the issues. The NVI Team reported the status of outstanding POA&M items on a monthly basis and worked closely with EOP personnel to closeout outstanding POA&M actions.
NVI performed custom software development enhancements for the DOL's Web Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) applications. Our technical staff produced software concept development and design. Additionally, NVI provided DOL automated data processing (ADP) support of the iMIS (Investigation Management Information System) mainframe, NCR IMIS application, and Web IMIS applications and supporting systems, which included the IMIS standalone Oracle application.
Systems Analysis and Design: NVI provided computer software analysis services to maintain and enhance the current IMIS applications. NVI prepared applications system specification documents to serve as a guide for software implementation and testing and required changes and enhancements following DOL’s Systems Development Life Cycle Manual (SDLCM).
Existing Design Document and Implementation Plan: NVI documented the data flow and software structures, as well as modules and interfaces.
Data Migration and Conversion: NVI supported OSHA on all aspects of the IMIS in the analysis of the host Micro and Web IMIS systems for migration/conversion to Oracle and other packages. NVI provided programming skills in UNIX Shell scripting and the C programming language.
Test and Evaluation: NVI tested all software applications developed for DOL for 100% operational validity and data integrity to meet DOL’s requirements for acceptance.
Software Documentation: NVI documented programs for all existing applications under development. These functions included maintaining the data dictionary of all software applications to include data fields and associated tables to ensure efficiency of structure and normalization of data.
NVI provided onsite and remote support for the management and operation of network systems, hardware and software. NVI managed network file shares and New Technology File System (NTFS) permissions; and resolved trouble tickets via a web-based help desk system.
Using MS System Center Configuration Manager, our personnel provided systems operations support by administering patches and updates; d eploying software; and tracking operating system deployment. We deployed new operating system builds to all workstations, upgrading all onsite workstations.
NVI admins deployed SharePoint support, administering site libraries, lists and managed user roles, group memberships, and permissions. Our technicians also migrated an Internet Information Services (IIS) site to SharePoint site libraries.
NVI staff ensured systems adhered to VA and industry standards for IT. As part of the P2V effort, our personnel migrated physical servers to virtual ones with VMWare. In support of the Continued Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP) Security Audit, NVI technicians updated servers to meet VA compliance and baseline standards.
When the VA decided to relocate its data center, our staff assisted with the move to its present physical location. We assisted in the configurion and installion of a new training center at the Research Triangle Park (RTP) facility. Our personnel performed data backups and data restoration services for the VA using Veritas Backup Exec.