Hot Topics from the 2016 International Data Week

International Data Week was held in Denver during the week of September 11-17, 2016. A triumvirate of three organizations including the International Council for Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the Research Data Alliance, and the International Council for Science World Data System brought together a week-long event. Two days of academic sessions […]

EarthCube Architecture Implementation Planning is Underway

View Original Article The National Science Foundation (NSF) has tasked the EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) with creating a detailed architecture and implementation plan from the EarthCube architecture blueprint defined at the May 2016 Architectural Framework Workshop and in discussions at the 2016 EarthCube All Hands meeting. NSF has outlined an aggressive schedule, and ESSO is working with a […]

What data shows was different about the 2015 Wildfire season

This wildfire season has definitely seen a different trend. Not necessarily a massive overall national increase in fire, but definitely a change in WHERE the fires did occur. For instance, in Colorado, it has been a VERY tame season, where of course the Pacific Northwest has seen a very busy season. Climate data shows Jet […]

Denver-Metro Based Government Agencies and Functions

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Our blog on Blending a Distributed Transformation Team points out:

It is no secret that Politicians and Senior Executives in the Federal Government are Washington DC based. In the corporate world, they are Headquarter-based. They lead new policies, budget decisions, funding distribution and forming core principles and program direction for defense and civilian programs. 

But, its not very well known that a very large amount of those same programs are actually run out of Colorado. Colorado has over 53,000 Federal Government employees (Denver Post June 2011), not including federal contractors. The concentration of Federal Labs, Military Bases, Land and Science Program management, and multiple Science and operations centers are the main culprits. Specifically, for the civilian programs, Denver, has over 10,000 Federal Employees and contractors running the operations, hosting, and mission functions for those programs are in and around the Denver Federal Center. A majority of these agencies are Earth or Land Program focused. See a list of over 100 Agencies and functions.. In the commercial world, Denver also has a large presence in Communications, Satellites, Financial, and Restaurant Headquarters given its central U.S. location.

The paragraph references “See a list of over 100 Agencies and functions.” – here is that list

Government Service Agencies – Land and Earth Focused

Denver Federal Center (26 Agencies)

  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – National Operations Center, Multiple System Engineering and Management Programs
    • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – National Water Quality Lab, Water Resources Research and Programs, Geospatial Operations, Earth Science and Analytics, Energy Resources, National Training Center, National Ice Core Lab, Core Research Center, Biological Resources, Geology Research Labs, Geologic Mapping, Library, Minerals and Availability, Global Change and Climate
    • Office of Surface Mining & Reclamation (OSM)
    • Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) – Technical Service Center, Civil Engineering, Water and Environmental Resrouces, Geotechnical, infrastructure services
    • Interior Business Center (IBC, formerly NBC) – Hosting Center, financial and business management systems
    • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) – Mineral Revenue Management
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of Labor – US Mine Safety and Health Administration

Due to long-term Federal Center development issues, around 10 other agencies are located just around the Denver Federal Center or next door in Golden

Denver Federal Center Perimeter & Lakewood
  • Department of the Interior (DOI) 
    • National Parks Services (NPS) – Denver Service Center, NPS Planning, Design and Construction Management Office, Technical Information Center
    • Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) – Multiple System Engineering and Management Programs
    • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Energy
    • Western Area Power Admnistration (WAPA)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Office

Golden

  • Department of Energy
    • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Golden Field Office
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DOE) – National Lab for Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydrogen, Geothermal, water power research, Technology Transfer, and Commercialization
  • Department of the Interior
    • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Boulder

  • Department of Commerce
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
      • Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
      • The Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) – NOAA Environmental Software Infrastructrure and Interoperability Group (NESII); NOAA’s Renewable Energy Program; and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program (UAS).
      • National Weather Service (NWS)
      • Denver-Boulder Weather Forecast Office 
      • Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) 
      • National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS)
      • National Geophysical Data Center 
      • National Climatic Data Center – Paleoclimatology Branch

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 Fort Collins

  • Department of the Interior 
    • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – Science Center, John Wesley Powell Research Center

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Information Technology Center
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Animal Care, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, International Services, Plant Protection & Quarantine, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Lab, Veterinary Services, Wildlife Services, Wildlife Damage Management, National Wildlife Research Program (NWRC)
    • Agricultural Research Service – Natural Resources Research Center, Crops Research Lab, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation

Other Civilian Government Agencies

    • Denver Federal Center Perimeter & Lakewood
      • Department of Veteran Affairs
      • Department of Transportation
    • Denver
      • Federal Bureau of Investigation

      • Small Business Administration
      • Department of Treasury – Denver Mint

Military Government Agencies

There are six Military Air Force Bases including Buckley AFB in Aurora and Fort Carson AFB in Colorado Springs. Tenants include: Northern Command, Homeland Defense, FEMA, NORAD, US Army, Air National Guard, and National Guard as well as Intelligence functions.

Providing Services to Enterprise and to Missions focused on Earth challenges

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Our Services Catalog focus on architecture, management, research, and communication lifecycle challenges for large organizations for private and public sector. We offer these services in traditional manner at corporate or agency headquarter to level to design, analyze and enhance management of the overall entity, enterprise, etc. We operate in extending the current leadership and management capabilities to offer out innovative architecture, design, and change approaches and solutions that help accelerate and increase quality and relevance of the project, program, management, governance, and implementation. 

And on top, rather than use proprietary methods unique to Xentity, more methods and tools are non-proprietary and adopted by Federal and Large Enterprise Architecture programs. And we even provide the toolsets, methods, templates, training to our clients and partners. We plan to release a collaborative wiki area of our extensive library of tools, templates, and training guides over 2013 and 2014 to help in expanding use and understanding of the approach.

Read more on Developing a Transformation Approach 

 

So what is different?

As discussed in Blending a Distributed Transformation Team, we approach transformation by reporting to corporate sponsor, but with close on-the-ground ties as much as possible with the team in the program, in the mission, in the operations and product management. Moreso, we try to focus our subject matter expertise, as one of our core architecture concepts point out, on services for Earth Mission Areas. So, on top of our enterprise services, our consultants have subject matter expertise in applying these services in issues that are critical to large world transformation such as energy, water, climate, geospatial, remote sensing, natural resources, travel, and education. To grow our subject matter expertise, we also invest in researching and piloting our patterns to allows us to prove our concepts and strengthen the specific business cases addressing these world challenges. This allows us to provide re-usable approaches, innovative concepts and solution patterns that are applicable to specific to your industries.

This is a major differentiator over staff augmentation agencies. We not only can bring the technical requirement, the staff and business management, and domain knowledge, but can share the architecture, management, and communication patterns from our knowledge base across the industry on emerging commodities such as in cloud, geospatial, energy information, etc.