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Dakota Consulting Wins IT Assessment Contract with Department of Homeland Security

June 29, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated was awarded a multi-year contract to provide security controls assessment services to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its enterprise IT systems.

An accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program, Dakota will work with CBP to conduct security control assessments for all new and enhanced information systems identified by the agency.

Dakota Consulting Announces ISO Standard Certification

May 11, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated announced its Silver Spring headquarters is now registered to ISO 9001:2015, the latest version of the standard for the establishment and maintenance of a Quality Management System (QMS).  Dakota’s QMS supports the continuous improvement of its software engineering, management and IT consulting services, cyber security, and scientific research and technical support services. 

Commenting on the significance of the standard, Dakota Consulting Vice President Lokesh Sayal said, "Achievement of ISO 9001:2015 registration and the matured QMS it enables allows Dakota to be efficient across the entire organization. Our customers will see the fruit of this effort in terms of overall customer satisfaction and high quality deliverables."

Dakota Consulting Wins Air Force Advisory & Assistance (A&AS) HQ AFMC/A4 Depot Maintenance Support Contract Modification

April 21, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated, a premier provider of integrated information technology and program management services, announced today the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a two-year, task order modification to the current contract under the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services – Small Business (OASIS SB) contracting vehicle. Dakota Team  will provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) support for the Depot Maintenance work at Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Directorate of Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection (HQ AFMC/A4) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Dakota is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) registered company under the ISO 9001:2015 standard for quality management systems and holds a Maturity Level 2 rating under the Capability Maturity Model Integration Development Constellation (CMMI-DEV v1.3). As a result, the company leverages best practices to ensure agile delivery, proactively manage risks/issues and execute results-driven operations in providing program management for A&AS support.

HQ AFMC/A4 plays a central role in Air Force Depot Maintenance, spanning a range of planning, policy, management, and operational support activities to keep aircraft and other resources available to operational users.  Dakota will support the processes, policies, tools, and oversight to monitor performance, ensure compliance and support leadership decision-making.  

Dakota Vice President Lokesh Sayal noted: “We are very pleased to receive the Depot Maintenance modification. The award demonstrates HQ AFMC/A4 confidence that Dakota will continue to provide a superior delivery of services, as we have shown during the base period of the award. Our continuous- improvement-of-services model will continue to achieve current task order enhancement.”

Dakota Consulting Awarded IT Security Contract for USDA

April 15, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated was awarded a contract to provide third-party security controls assessment services to the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), National Information Technology Center (NITC).

Dakota is an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program.

Dakota Consulting Wins Software Development Subcontract for NIST

March 1, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated was awarded a subcontract to provide software development and infrastructure support services under the competitive National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) IT-DATA Indefinite delivery, Indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Working in partnership with its prime, the team  will support the NIST Office of Information Systems Management (OISM) with software engineering services, including development, testing and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) to support several NIST enterprise systems. The team will also offer network infrastructure support services across the NIST Gaithersburg campus.

Dakota Consulting Kicks off DHS PACTS II Contract with Partner gTANGIBLE

February 28, 2017

Dakota Consulting won a spot on gTANGIBLE’s team as part of a program management and technical services set-aside contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The contract is part of an agency-wide vehicle, known as Program Management, Administrative, Operations and Technical Support Services (PACTS II). Dakota and gTANGIBLE kicked off their contract on February 28.

The five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides DHS with non-information technology services.  PACTS II is a set-aside program for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and designed to help DHS accomplish mission objectives and cross-organizational missions through non-IT solutions in various functional categories. Services provided in Functional Category 1 (FC 1) are program management services (including administrative and general management consulting services and processes, physical distribution and logistics consulting services) and technical services (engineering, environmental, technical and scientific consulting services).

Dakota Consulting Awarded State Department Contract for IT Security

February 1, 2017

Dakota Consulting Incorporated was awarded a multi-year contract to provide third-party security controls assessment services to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (INV). The project seeks to help the Office of Investigations achieve an Authority
to Operate (ATO) for its new software application.

Dakota is an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program.

Dakota Consulting Wins CDM Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

November 4, 2016

Dakota Consulting was awarded a contract to assist the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) with establishing the OPM directed Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) program.  The  focus will be working with the Risk Management Services Group (RMSG) and leveraging tools provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance BOR’s ability to respond to cyber threats.  Dakota Consulting is a management, scientific research and information technology services  company that provides comprehensive cybersecurity services, including consulting on IT program management and development, continuous monitoring program development, and independent third-party assessment services. Dakota is an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program.

Back to School Drive Helps Children in Need

September 28, 2016

Back-to-school supplies—backpacks, pencils, pens and paper—were collected by Dakota employees this summer as part of the company’s “giving back” commitment and the national imperative to educate the next generation of tech-savvy workers.

Dakota corporate office and its employees donated backpacks and supplies to children who are in need of the basic tools for education during a back-to-school drive, August 1-15. Dakota’s contributions were donated to two non-profit agencies that serve children and their families in need. In the Washington, D.C. region, Dakota donated supplies to the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda. Dakota’s Denver office employees donated back-to-school resources to MEED Colorado, which supports educational attainment for disadvantaged youth in the Denver area.

MEED Executive Director Sara Fuentes said Dakota’s contribution was especially appreciated. “We accomplish all that we do because of people like you that believe in and support our efforts. Because of your wonderful support, we have been able to provide the necessary essentials to a great number of homeless students.”

Backpacks and school supplies collected at  Dakota corporate office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Backpacks and school supplies collected at
Dakota corporate office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dakota Awarded Cybersecurity, IT Management Contracts with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

September 27, 2016

Dakota Consulting was awarded two contracts to provide cybersecurity and information management services for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). One contract award gives Dakota responsibility for implementing and maintaining compliance with Federal cybersecurity and privacy requirements for the Bureau.  Dakota will assist BOR with its Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliance effort and provide security services and support to BOR’s system owners, in accordance with the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF).

Dakota also won a contract to assist the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) with the implementation and compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.  Working closely with BOR’s Risk and Portfolio Management Office and Security personnel, Dakota will provide a range of FISMA services to include the development/improvement of processes, procedures, standards, and templates.  Dakota also will provide guidance on the agency’s security control implementation to advance BOR’s cybersecurity maturity initiatives.

Dakota Consulting is a management, scientific research and information technology services company that provides comprehensive cybersecurity services, including consulting on IT program management and development, continuous monitoring program development, and independent third-party assessment services. Dakota is an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program.

Dakota Presents at Local PMI® Chapter

June 13, 2016

Dakota Quality Manager Reid Spearman shared best practices for communicating effectively on projects to achieve desired results at the annual Actionable Intelligence Symposium, sponsored by the Silver Spring Chapter of the Project Management Institute® (PMI), held on June 13.

Spearman’s presentation, “A Process for Effective Requests,” outlined the need for project managers to be mindful of the context in which requests are made to allow listeners to understand the request and how it fits into a bigger picture.

Dakota’s Quality Department oversees quality initiatives across the enterprise. Reid helps managers and project team members achieve compliance with company policy and procedures. According to Reid, “making, receiving and taking action on effective requests at every level of the organization is essential to the successful achievement of goals and objectives at Dakota.”

Dakota Consulting Wins Air Force Advisory & Assistance (A&AS) Support Contract

May 23, 2016

Dakota Consulting, Incorporated, a premier provider of integrated information technology and program management services, announced today the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a five year, single-award task order contract under the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services – Small Business (OASIS SB) contracting vehicle. Leading a team of partners, Dakota will provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) support to Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Directorate of Logistics, Civil Engineering & Force Protection (HQ AFMC/A4) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

HQ AFMC/A4 has the mission responsibility to shape the workforce and infrastructure to provide logistics, sustainment and installation support for acquisition logistics, supply management, depot maintenance and base-level logistics operations and deliver responsive strategic facility and infrastructure oversight and over-arching direction for all MAJCOM security operations. Under the contract, Dakota’s team will provide A&AS support to A4 Directorate and consolidate requirements from 6HQ AFMC/A4 contracts.

Dakota Vice President Lokesh Sayal noted: “We are very pleased to be able to provide support to HQ AFMC/A4. The key to this win was Dakota’s cost-effective solution and a strong technical approach developed with excellent support from our partners. We look forward to a very successful program and an excellent partnership with HQ AFMC/A4.”

Dakota Consulting Mourns Passing of Founder Lori Renner

May 19, 2016

Dakota Consulting Incorporated today announced the passing of Founder and President Lorraine “Lori” Renner after a valiant fight against cancer. For more than 12 years, Renner steered the growth and development of the IT management consulting company with more than 100 employees and consultants in two offices in Silver Spring and Denver, Colorado. Dakota serves the IT management and business needs of more than a dozen Federal departments, agencies and private businesses.

Dakota Vice President Lokesh Sayal said Lori left a solid foundation for the company’s continued growth and commitment to excellence.

“Using her practical common sense and skills learned over a lifetime, Lori built Dakota into a strong, cohesive, and well-established organization that provides our government and private clients effective and exceptional programs and services, and gives our employees a fulfilling place to work. We have lost our founder, but the Dakota values she instilled—honesty, integrity and flexibility—will be part of our corporate identity forever.”

Sayal said, “Lori leaves Dakota with arrangements in place to continue providing our clients with the outstanding service they have come to expect.”

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Dakota Vice President Lokesh Sayal at lokesh.sayal@dakota-consulting.com

Dakota Consulting Launches Website Redesign

February 18, 2016

Dakota Consulting today launched a redesign of its website, dakota-consulting.com. The newly styled site features majestic natural imagery set against a translucent look-and-feel that embodies the strength and breadth of the company’s technical and project management capabilities. The new site mirrors the responsive and dynamic functionality of open-source websites that Dakota designs and maintains for a growing roster of government clients.

“I am very pleased with phase one of our web site redesign,” said CEO and President Lori Renner. “My objective was to make content available quickly to Dakota audiences that are looking for specific information and provide an easy-to-navigate, comprehensive site for those audiences new to Dakota. I think our web design team hit the mark. Our next phase will expand upon the theme of making the right data available, at the right time, to the right people.”

Dakota Consulting Receives Software Engineering CMMI® LEVEL 2 Appraisal

November 4, 2015

The Software Engineering Business Unit of Dakota Consulting achieved appraisal at Level 2 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. A capability improvement approach, CMMI provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.
 
Reacting to results of the appraisal, Dakota Consulting Vice President Lokesh Sayal, the Executive Sponsor for the CMMI® effort, said: “Our commitment to deliver quality software services and solutions was formalized through our attainment of CMMI Level 2 assessment. Attainment of CMMI Level 2 status is a key milestone in the company's strategic plan. It represents market recognition of our commitment to timely, accurate, and cost-effective solutions and services for our clients.”
 
The CMMI® Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is dedicated to elevating organizational performance through best-in-class solutions to real-world challenges. The Institute is the home of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for Development, Services, and Acquisition; the People Capability Maturity Model; and the Data Management Maturity Model (DMM)SM, which are capability improvement models that create high-performance, high-maturity cultures. The models are used in thousands of organizations worldwide to deliver business results that serve as differentiators in the global market.

Dakota Consulting Selected for FedRAMP Assessment

September 15, 2015

Dakota Consulting was selected by a commercial Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to provide third-party assessment services (3PAO) in connection with the CSP's goal to achieve FedRAMP compliance. As the market continues to evolve to cloud-based services, Dakota’s expertise in cloud-based security and years of Federal assessment expertise offers prospective clients a low risk, high value proposition for ensuring compliance with Federal guidelines and Agency-specific implementations.
 
Dakota's cybersecurity program provides a full range of services to Federal and commercial clients, including Third-Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) assessments, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) assessments, cybersecurity consulting, security package preparation, and cybersecurity program development.

Dakota Wins Human Resource Support Contract at USAF

August 21, 2015

Dakota Consulting won a contract today with the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to provide position classification, analysis and advisory services, and human resources support for its Human Resources Office. Dakota CEO and President Lori Renner commented about the award: “USTRANSCOM is our first win under the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services – Small Business (OASIS SB) contracting vehicle. Our team is prepared to support TRANSCOM's mission, and we are poised to deliver the same high-caliber, cost-effective solutions and customer-focused service to the Air Force and other OASIS customers that we have delivered for the past 11 years to other Federal customers." 

Dakota Team wins NIST IDIQ for IT, Database Application Support

August 5, 2015

As part of a multi-vendor team, Dakota Consulting won an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide support for Information Technology and Database  Applications (IT DATA) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a follow-on contract to the Information Technology and Database Application and Support Services (IT DASS) IDIQ.

The competitive, multi-award small business IDIQ will provide computer science support services for multiple NIST units focused on areas, ranging from health to materials innovation. Services may be provided for work in NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Material Measurement Laboratory, and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Laboratory. Specific projects may require the development of IT models, IT standard reference implementations, IT tools to develop standard reference database (SRD) applications, and scientific and technical information archival projects.

Dakota Consulting Renews Accreditation as FedRAMP 3PAO

July 24, 2015

Dakota Consulting renewed its accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), as part of the ISO 17020 Inspection Body Accreditation Program. Concurrent with this accreditation, Dakota was re-accredited by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) as a Third-Party Assessment Organization (3PAO). As an accredited 3PAO, Dakota provides independent cybersecurity assessment services to Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) seeking to achieve FedRAMP compliance.
 
“Increasingly, cloud-based solutions offer efficiencies that enterprise organizations—both Federal and commercial—need to remain agile and effective. Our accreditations provide the ability to ensure these benefits outweigh the potential liabilities of those efficiencies. We have the expertise to identify and recommend solutions to risks that can become liabilities and impede successful outcomes," said Gary Jacobs, Dakota’s FedRAMP Technical Program Manager.

Dakota Consulting to Manage Integrated Digital Communications Strategy for NSF Program

July 15, 2015

Dakota Consulting will support the National Science Foundation (NSF) in expanding its reach and engagement of a virtual community of accomplished science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholars and mentors. Through the development of a redesigned, interactive website, enhanced online newsletter, and a social media community management and growth strategy, Dakota will serve NSF’s need to expand STEM mentorship among diverse groups and professionals.

As part of the contract, Dakota will serve NSF’s community management requirements and encourage leading academic and non-academic STEM mentors nationwide to share successful practices and explore strategies to expand STEM talent in the United States.

Dakota Consulting Wins IT Security Contract for EPA

June 15, 2015

Dakota Consulting was awarded a contract to provide information technology security services for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). Working in partnership with the EPA’s information system security personnel, Dakota will provide a range of IT security services. Dakota Consulting is a management, scientific research and information technology services  company that provides comprehensive cybersecurity services, including consulting on IT program management and development, continuous monitoring program development, and independent third-party assessment services. Dakota is an accredited third-party assessment organization (3PAO) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management (FedRAMP) program.

Dakota Hires New Senior Director of Business Development

January 1, 2015

Dakota is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert Mariani as Senior Director of Business Development. Mr. Mariani brings 30+ years of experience in a range of disciplines including public sector and commercial business development and sales, capture, and marketing. Prior to coming to Dakota, he has held leadership positions with a number of companies including AT&T, SAIC, WilTel Communications (now Level 3 Communications), and Sabre Systems. "I am very excited about joining the Dakota team. Dakota has impressive capabilities and provides excellent support to its customers, as evidenced by the company's steady growth over the past 11 years. I look forward to contributing to the company's continued success", said Mr. Mariani.

Dakota Continues to Sponsor Northwest High School Robotics Group

January 1, 2015

As part of Dakota's dual commitment to the next generation of science and technology leaders and giving back to the community, Dakota continued our sponsorship of the Northwest High School Robotics Group, known as Jagbotics, this year. This group, one of the few in Montgomery County, designs robots that participate in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) competitions. Madan Thakur, Dakota Technical Lead and a parent of one of the team's students, said, "Dakota has been gracious in their support of Jagbotics, a rookie team, for the past couple of years in line with the STEM initiative. As a parent, I observe the real difference of this support, allowing the team to focus more on using the state-of-the-art technologies collaboratively in making their project and dream come true. Dakota, as a tech company, can leverage its expertise of software engineering processes to lend and garner support as part of the 'Care and Share' effort for community outreach for the 'Gen Next.'" For more information on the Northwest Jagbotics team, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkvv5htWoWk