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January 2015
Dakota Hires New Senior Director of Business Development

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.



January 2015
Dakota Continues to Sponsor Northwest High School Robotics Group

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 External Link.



December 2014
Dakota Donates to Toys for Tots

This year, Dakota's chosen charity for giving back to the community during the holiday season was the Toys for Tots program. Dakota's team supported the cause by donating toys and gift cards for kids of all ages. Mr. Lokesh Sayal, Dakota Vice President said, "I'm pleased to witness the outpouring of generosity and kindness by Dakota team members. We hope our contribution helps in lighting up a child's face and bringing them holiday season joy."

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October 2014
Dakota's Quality Manager Receives Award from Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation

Dakota's Quality Manager, Reid Spearman, was named Rookie of the Year at the annual awards presentation of the Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation, Inc. Mr. Spearman, applied to be a quality Examiner for the Maryland Performance Excellence Award (MPEA) program. MPEA is managed by the Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation, Inc. and is the state's Baldrige-based education and recognition program.

To earn this distinction, an Examiner must have had no previous experience with the Baldrige quality framework and must have made a significant contribution to his or her team. When asked for his reaction, he said, "I was privileged to be part of a great team. This recognition is more for them than for me. They helped me so much in my first year as an Examiner."



October 2014
Dakota Researcher Receives Associate of the Year Award

Dakota's Meltem Turan was recently awarded National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 2014 Information Technology Lab (ITL) Associate (non-employee) of the Year Award. This award was presented for outstanding contributions to the standardization of cryptographic algorithms. Ms. Turan presented a poster, titled "Multiplicative Complexity of Boolean Functions" with Rene Peralta at the ITL's 3rd Annual Science Day on October 1, 2014. Ms. Lori Renner, Dakota CEO, noted, "We know Dakota has incredibly talented people. It is so gratifying to see their work recognized by our clients."



October 2014
Dakota Staff Participate in NIST's ITL Science Day

Six Dakota employees presented posters and gave demonstrations of their recent work at the NIST Information Technology Lab (ITL) Science Day. Dakota presentations, highlighted computer science research applicable to cyber security, Big Data, and Health IT, and included:
  • Dr. Meltem Sonmez Turan - Poster: "Multiplicative Complexity of Boolean Functions"
  • Mr. Antoine Fillinger - Poster: "Smart America App Challenge: Data Logger & Playback"
  • Mr. Lukas Diduch - Poster: "Data Logger and Playback for an Integrated Clinical Environment"
  • Mr. Jing Gao - Live and interactive demonstration: "Interactive Measurements of Terabyte-Sized 3D Images"
  • Dr. Yooyoung Lee - Poster: "Generalizing Face Quality and Factor Measures to Video"
  • Dr. George Awad - Poster: "TRECVID - Learning context for video search"



October 2014
Dakota Wins Online Security Training Contract at USAID

Dakota won a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop Computer-Based Training for Security Courses for the Office of Security (SEC). Mr. Lokesh Sayal, Dakota VP, commented about the award, "We are excited to initiate this project with USAID. USAID's mission to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity resonates with the core values of Dakota."



September 2014
Dakota Wins Two Contracts at DOI OCIO

Dakota won two separate contracts to provide Program Management Office (PMO) and other IT support services to the Chief Management Office (CMO) of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Our services are in direct support of DOI's Cloud First initiative. DOI's Cloud First initiative resents new opportunities to modernize information technology delivery, reduce the burden of infrastructure expenditures and operations, and provide flexibility with on-demand commodity services. Dakota is proud to support this innovative initiative.



June 2014
Dakota Sponsors Northwest High Robotics Group

Dakota Consulting is a proud sponsor of the Northwest High School Jagbotics Group. The group designs robots that participate in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) competitions, in which they present teams of robots that battle teams designed by other groups. The group was founded in 2012 and won the Rookie Inspiration Award. More information on the program is available at http://www.gazette.net/article/20140528/NEWS/140529135&template=gazette External Link.



April 2014
Dakota Employees Work with Rebuilding Together

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, personnel from our Dakota West Division partnered with Rebuilding Together to restore the home of an individual in need in Denver, CO. Rebuilding Together is a national network of non-profits that, for nearly 25 years, has provided critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States. Dakota has supported Rebuilding Together in the Denver, CO area on an annual basis for the past several years. [See pictures]



April 2014
Dakota attains GovConNet Institute for Procurement Certification

govConNet Logo Dakota Consulting Inc. recently completed the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) GovConNet Institute, receiving its Procurement Certification. Dakota's Vice President, Mr. Lokesh Sayal, represented Dakota to attain this certification.

GovConNet Institute provides advanced training to Federal government contractors. The course is instructed by subject matter experts on best business practices in compliance, human resource management and capture strategies. The instruction is focused on winning and profitably maintaining Federal government contracts.

Dakota was one of 15 businesses to graduate from the GovConNet Institute. The Institute covers topics like teaming agreements, joint ventures, risk management, financial reporting, regulatory requirements, and proposal writing strategies.

Lori Renner, CEO of Dakota, remarked "The GovConNet program provides a valuable opportunity for Maryland-based businesses to network while learning from experts about best practices in a variety of topics—teaming agreements, joint ventures, risk management, financial reporting, regulatory requirements, and proposal writing strategies."

"The GovConNet Institute is designed to help government contractors take their business to the next level," said Barbara Ashe, Executive Vice President, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. "The GovConNet Institute certification means that these 15 businesses are now better prepared to expand their business capabilities because they will have a foundation that will support accelerated growth."

For information on The GovConNet Institute: Barbara Ashe, 301-738-0015 x215; bashe@mcccmd.com



March 2014
Dakota to Provide Risk Cyber Security Support to DOI's Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has awarded a contract to Arrow Ventures Enterprise, LLC, a joint venture comprised of Dakota Consulting as well as our partners, TIKRAS Technology Solutions Corporation and SeNet International Corporation. Through this contract, we will provide cyber security and information assurance support services for the next 5 years, including:
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Assessment and Authorization (A&A) Services
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Information System Security Officer (ISSO) Support
  • Cyber Security Assessment and Management (CSAM) Administration



March 2014
Dakota Awarded GSA OASIS Contract

Dakota Consulting has been selected as one of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services–Small Business (OASIS SB) multiple award contract (MAC) awardees by the General Services Administration (GSA). This MAC is available for use Government-Wide by any Federal Agency. OASIS SB could be valued at as much as $10B over its fifteen year contract life. Agencies that utilize the small business OASIS contracts to release task orders will receive credit toward their small business goals.

Dakota was awarded one of 43 prime contracts in Pool 1. Services available within this pool align closely with core capabilities and past performance experience including:
  • Scientific Services: physics, mathematics, engineering, life, physiological, environmental, and social sciences, etc.
  • Engineering: systems engineering, IV&V, quality assurance, system design, requirements analysis, data analytics, data management, system security and information assurance, software development, and software IV&V, etc.
  • Program Management: PMO, acquisition support, project management, regulatory compliance, configuration management, risk management, technical data management, vulnerability assessments, and risk assessments and mitigation, etc.
  • Management Consulting: business process reengineering, change management, strategic planning, concept development and requirements analysis, strategy development, and information analytics, etc.
  • Logistics: deployment, inventory, security, supply chain, technology and industrial base, etc.
  • Financial: budget analysis and tracking, affordability analysis, financial risk analysis, safeguarding personal data, and economic analysis, etc.
Lori Renner, Dakota's founder and CEO, was thrilled by the announcement. "Dakota is honored that GSA selected us to continue to offer innovative, hybrid solutions for Federal Agencies. As an industry supporter of the OASIS concept, we applaud GSA's vision in the development of a contract vehicle designed to meet Agency complex problems, not a single discipline solution."



December 2013
Dakota participated in A Wider Circle's holiday program which matches organizations and families

During the 2013 holiday season, Dakota's Silver Spring office continued the tradition of adopting a family in need to make their holiday brighter. Dakota employees generously donated over $500 of gifts to the family of four. The mother joined us for a holiday luncheon on December 19th and was overjoyed with the gifts she was able to deliver to her family.



November 2013
Dakota Employee Attends 2013 Veterans Day Salute as Invited Guest

Dakota's Wayne McFadden talks with Dakota Meyer, recipient of the Medal of Honor, at the 2013 Veterans Day Salute
On November 6, 2013, Wayne McFadden, a Quality Assurance Engineer at Dakota and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was an invited guest at the 2013 Veterans Day Salute sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. McFadden participated as part of a select group of veterans who have successfully transitioned into the workforce after the conclusion of their military careers.

The event honored veterans for their service and urged employers to hire veterans and service members. The event was attended by Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, and Sergeant Dakota Meyer, recipient of the Medal of Honor, among many others.

The event was held at the Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Labor. More information on the event can be found at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/vets/VETS20132145.htm External Link.



September 2013
Dakota West gave back to the Cole Neighborhood as part of the Rebuilding Together Metro Denver's Rebuild-a-Thon

The Dakota team spent the day working on a house that had not been maintained for many years. The years of neglect caused the exterior of the home to become susceptible to mold and rot. The team scraped lead based paint and primed and painted the outside of the home. The members worked on ladders most of the day stretching and sometimes contorting their bodies to scrape that last bit of paint off. Donning face masks, holding scrapers and paintbrushes and using a HEPA vacuum all while balancing on a ladder, our team prepped the house and cleared the way for additional work groups to continue the makeover. [See pictures]



September 2013
Dakota to Perform FISMA and CIPSEA Assessments for DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has awarded Dakota a contract to perform a FISMA Security Controls Assessment for its National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) System. NLS is physically maintained at BLS offices in Washington, DC, as well as the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in Chicago, IL.

As an OMB-designated statistical unit, the BLS system assessment will ensure compliance with the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2002 and the OMB Order Providing for the Confidentiality of Statistical Information.



September 2013
FDA's Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories Awards Dakota LabView Programming Contract

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) has awarded Dakota a contract to provide LabView programming services.

Dakota will provide software development services for the Functional Performance and Device Use Laboratory (FPDU), in support of studies on the impact of human performance factors and the design of a medical device on the successful use of a medical device. Dakota's synergized service offerings will allow us to operate at the intersection of engineering and software domains to develop an application that allows lab personnel to collect and store data from multiple sources.



August 2013
Dakota selected Among 27 Offers to Re-Design National Mediation Board's Home Page

The National Mediation Board, an Independent Agency of the Federal Government, has selected Dakota to redesign its homepage: www.nmb.gov.

Dakota will provide NMB with a low cost, easy to maintain, 508 compliant website that better captures the Agency's mission of "facilitating harmonious labor-management relations within two of the nation's key transportation sectors: the railroads and airlines."



April 2013
OPM Awards Dakota BPA to Provide IT Security Support to USA Learning

OPM has awarded Dakota a 5 year, $22.5 million BPA to provide IT Security Support to USA Learning's Learning Management Systems.

Services provided under this agreement will include: security assessments, system evaluations, program management, POA&M management, IV&V, and A&A document preparation among other services.



April 2013
Dakota Receives FedRAMP accreditation as Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO)

Dakota is pleased to announce it has been granted Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) status under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Information on this program can be obtained by clicking here External Link.

As a FedRAMP Accredited 3PAO, Dakota is authorized to perform independent, third party security assessments for cloud service providers (CSPs). Dakota's FedRAMP Inspection Body supports the Federal Government and CSPs seeking a FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO).



April 2013
USDA Awards Dakota BPA to Provide RMF Services

Dakota has been selected as a prime contractor to provide Risk Management Framework (RMF) services to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) under a Blank Purchase Agreement (BPA).

The scope of this BPA includes RMF Steps 1-3b and 4-4b, Information Technology Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A) of the over 700 USDA-wide Agency systems.



March 2013
Dakota Awarded BPA to Provide Cybersecurity Services to the Peace Corps

Dakota Consulting, Inc. (Dakota) has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to support the Peace Corps. Through this five (5) year, $5M multi-award contract, the Peace Corps will attain the Security Architecture/Engineering, Secure Coding, and Technical Writing services required to secure and maintain their technical infrastructure.

Dakota is pleased to support an organization with such an honorable mission and outstanding tradition. Dakota's Peace Corps BPA activity support will occur within the Cybersecurity Business Services organization.



December 2012
Smart CEO 100 ImageDakota Consulting has been selected as a 2012 SmartCEO100 Best-Run Company, a program by SmartCEO External Link magazine

The SmartCEO100 Best-Run Companies honors companies selected for their successful operation and strong executive leadership. Members of this program have been identified as proactive, profitable companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.
"The Best-Run Companies have the vision, talent, customers and internal processes in place to serve as strong examples to others in their markets and industries," says SmartCEO group publisher Jaime Nespor. "These companies have stood the test of time and have a proven track record of outperforming competitors. Their brand has created a strong reputation in the community they serve and we are very proud to recognize them and wish them continued success."



September 2012
Dakota Receives United States Secret Service Software Implementation Support Contract

Dakota expands its software and IT support for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a recent contract award for the United States Secret Service. Dakota has been awarded a contract to provide IT support and assistance for the United States Secret Service implementation of DHS's Integrated Security Management System (ISMS).



September 2012
Dakota's Support of USDA Expands through Two APHIS Awards

Dakota is pleased to announce that it will provide software development and security support services to another USDA agency, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Dakota's Cybersecurity unit will provide security services for the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) in Fort Collins, CO under a prime contract award. As part of a five year contract awarded to our partner, PhaseOne Consulting Group, Dakota will provide software development support services for APHIS's Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Integrated Data Services (PIDS).



September 2012
Dakota Consulting wins $100M contract with NIST

Dakota Consulting, Inc., a Silver Spring, MD based 8(a) and WOSB, has won a single-award, five year, $100M IDIQ contract to provide the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Support Services. Services will principally be performed on the Gaithersburg, MD campus for the Physical Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, and Information Technology Laboratory and may include:
  • Standards support and development
  • Biometric research and algorithm development
  • Physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology research
  • Computer science
According to Dakota CEO and Owner, Lori Renner, "Dakota is proud to have supported NIST since 2004. We look forward to the opportunity to continue supporting the NIST mission."



August 2012
Dakota Awarded $10 Million Dollar IDIQ to Support NIST

Dakota has been awarded an IDIQ contract to provide Information Technology and Database Application Support Services (ITDASS) by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This competitive, multi-award, small business IDIQ will provide for the performance of computer science support services to the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and Materials Measurement Laboratory (MML) in areas including: Health IT, Biosciences Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, Voting, Computer Security, and Forensics. Specific projects may require the development of IT models, standard reference database implementations, IT test tools, archival database applications, and the archiving of electronic documents.



July 2012
Dakota Metro DC Area enjoyed the day at the Washington Nationals game

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June 2012
OPM Awards Dakota Cybersecurity Task Order

Dakota's Cyber Security Services Area was awarded an order under our OPM BPA to provide the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s Federal Investigative Service Authorization and Accreditation (A&A) services.



June 2012
Dakota Denver enjoyed the day at the Colorado Rockies game and saw our name in lights!

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May 2012
Dakota received the ISO 9001:2008 certification

Dakota Consulting Inc., a leader in delivering high quality, creative, and innovative business solutions in Software Engineering, CyberSecurity, and Scientific Research & Technical Support Services received the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification. This certification demonstrates on-going corporate commitment to continuous improvement and outstanding customer service.



May 2012
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Awards Dakota Order to Support EABM and WebIDENT

Dakota was awarded an order under our BPA to provide on-going operations and maintenance support services for the ENFORCE Apprehension Booking Module (EABM) and Web-Enabled Automated Biometric Identification System (WebIDENT) systems. This system is part of the portfolio managed by the OCIO's Systems Development Division (SDD) which has responsible for providing information technology support services in the development, implementation, and maintenance of agency software applications.



May 2012
Two of Dakota's researchers were recognized at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Information Technology Laboratory's 2012 award ceremony

Yooyoung receiving her ITL award
Ms. Lee received the Associate of the Year Award for developing statistical methods for analyzing the performance of biometric algorithms.

Antonio receiving his ITL award
Mr. Izquierdo and his team members at NIST won the Outstanding Support Award for significant contributions to the national effort to design and plan a high speed nationwide network for public safely agencies.



April 2012
Dakota awarded a contract to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services for Department of the Interior (DOI)

Dakota was awarded a contract to conduct an independent IV&V evaluation for the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s proposed Network Optimization and Conceptual Infrastructure.



April 2012
Dakota Awarded Contract to Support of NIST's Health IT Transactional Testing Effort

Dakota was awarded a contract to provide software engineering support NIST's Information Technology Laboratory's (ITL) Software and Systems Division (SSD) in Health IT.



March 2012
Dakota Awarded Contract to Provide Security Assessment and Authorization (A&A) services to NIST

Dakota has been awarded a contract to provide Security Assessment and Authorization support services at the NIST campuses in Gaithersburg and Boulder.



February 2012
Dakota Awarded Orders by the Office of Personnel (OPM) for financial and administrative mission support services (invoice processing, system reconciliation, and project coordination)

Dakota has been awarded tasks by OPM to provide financial and administrative support services including invoice processing, project coordination, and project reconciliation.

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