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Archive Press Releases
December 2011
Dakota wins Office of Personnel Management IT Services BPA

Dakota Consulting, Inc. was awarded as a prime contractor an Information Technology Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Through this IT Services BPA, Dakota will provide services in multiple security special technical areas (STAs), including: Certification and Accreditation (C&A) and POA&M management. In addition to Dakota's award as a prime BPA holder, we are a subcontractor to IBM, another BPA award winner in STA areas covering application systems and database development and maintenance, network and server operations and maintenance, security services, project management, and engineering. These joint wins allow Dakota to provide a complete range of IT services to OPM.



September 2011
Lori Renner of Dakota Consulting, Inc. selected as one of Washington DC's Smart100 Chief Executive Officers

In the 13th issue of Washington Smart100 Magazine, Smart CEO selected 100 CEOs for their knowledge, strategies, and success in the Greater Washington region. Smart CEO is a highly respected group for hardworking individuals that are looking for a positive influence from local CEOs. These 100 CEOs are chosen for their leadership, strategic vision, and character.

Lori Renner was recognized as a 2011 Smart100 CEO External Link for her creative solutions, outstanding customer service, and influential leadership.

When asked what makes Dakota different, Lori says, “We are committed to providing honest, accurate, and timely services. At Dakota, we believe that our clients are our best advertising and our employees are our greatest resource.”

As a Smart 100 award winner, Dakota Consulting, will be able to inspire others by sharing lessons, experiences, thoughts, and ideas through this unique program.



August 31st, 2011
Dakota was awarded a contract to provide web site and system administration support services to the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dakota was awarded a contract to provide web site and system administration support services to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through this contract, Dakota will provide web development, system administration and other support services for NSF's public web site (e.g., www.nsf.gov External Link) as well as NSF internal web sites.



August 31st, 2011
Dakota was awarded a BPA for software O&M for DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency

Dakota was awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide software operations and maintenance (O&M) support services for the Office of Chief Information Office (OCIO) within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).



July 29th, 2011
Dakota Consulting Inc. was awarded a GSA STARS II contract

Under this contract vehicle, all Federal Agencies can contract with Dakota to meet their Information Technology (IT) services and business solutions needs. STARS II is a competitive multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle. STARS II is designed to promote small business utilization when purchasing IT solutions for the Federal Government. Orders over $4 million are competed amongst contract holding industry partners in the chosen area.

8(a) STARS II Benefits include the following:
  • 8(a) socioeconomic credit transferrable to the agency
  • Pre-competed, easy to use contracts
  • Access to proven 8(a) small business technology providers
  • Shortened procurement lead time
  • A low user access fee (0.75 percent) built into contractor's ceiling price
For further information, please contact GSASTARS@Dakota-Consulting.com or 240.839.7812.



June 8th, 2011
Dakota was awarded a contract to provide Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Support Services to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dakota was awarded a contract to provide Scientific, Technical, and Engineering Support Services to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Through this contract, Dakota will directly support all NIST laboratories: the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). Support may also be provided to NIST cooperative programs such as the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, and the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) as well as joint institutes operated by NIST.



January 20, 2011
Dakota wins contract for operations management services for the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts

Dakota wins a contract for providing operations/event planning management support services for the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts.



September 13, 2010
Dakota wins contract for software development services for the Small Business Administration (SBA)

On September 13, 2010, Dakota won a contract with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide software development services in support of the Investment Division's Extranet Web-based System.



May 24, 2010
Dakota Wins Contract for Security Services at DOL's OSHA

On May 24, 2010, Dakota won a contract with the Department of Labor (DOL) to perform Certification and Accreditation (C&A) services for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).



April 24, 2010
Dakota Partners with Rebuilding Together for 2nd Annual Corporate Volunteer Event

On April 24th, 2010, Dakota partnered with Rebuilding Together for the 2nd year in our Annual Corporate Volunteer Event.

Colleagues and friends of Dakota completed a variety of home improvements on homes in Silver Spring, MD and Denver, CO. This is an opportunity for our team to do something great for those in need, and as you can see from the pictures, we had a great time as well!



April 23, 2010
Dakota Wins Contract for Security Services Support for OPM's USAJOBS Recruit

On April 23, 2010, Dakota won a contract with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to perform Certification and Accreditation (C&A) services for the USAJOBS Recruit program.



January 12, 2010
Dakota now WMATA & MD DOT Certified

On October 9, 2009, Dakota Consulting was awarded its Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority certification. On January 12, 2010 the company obtained an additional certification from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MD DOT). Dakota is excited about the opportunity to provide high quality IT services to WMATA and MD DOT.



December 8, 2009
Two Dakota-supported Projects win National Awards at NIST's 37th Annual Awards Ceremony

The NAIS-Web Team was honored with the NIST Bronze Medal award for developing and implementing the web-based NIST Associate Information System (NAIS). Dakota staff supported the NAIS-Web effort by providing on-site project management, database, software development, testing, and training support services as part of the integrated team effort.

From NIST Director, Patrick Gallagher's e-mail to NIST staff: "The Bronze Medal Award is the highest honor presented by NIST. The award, initiated in 1966, recognizes work that has resulted in more effective and efficient management systems as well as the demonstration of unusual initiative or creative methods and procedures. It also is given for significant contributions affecting major programs, scientific accomplishment within the Institute, and superior performance of assigned tasks for at least five consecutive years."

William A. Kamitakahara received the NIST Colleagues' Choice Award for his efforts on the NCNR (NIST Center for Neutron Research) Proposal System. The NCNR Proposal System, was described as the backbone of NCNR scientific operations and broadly hailed by the user community as among the world's best. Dakota staff supported the full life cycle software engineering effort for the NCNR system, including requirements validation, design, technical architecture, development, testing, training, and operations and maintenance.



September 10, 2009
Dakota Wins a New Project With Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

In September 2009, Dakota won a new project with Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Dakota's team is working with MEP to implement a robust web based portal using Microsoft Technologies. The portal will support MEP's internal staff, as well as Center staff located across United States. The portal will provide extensive reporting capability and will allow users to collaborate across various communities of practices.



August 15, 2009
Dakota Wins FAA eFast Program Award

The FAA awarded Dakota Consulting Inc. a BPA for the eFAST program. The eFAST program is the FAA's preferred acquisition vehicle for fulfilling Agency Small Business goals. Dakota is qualified to provide services under the followinge FAST functional areas: Business Administration and Management (BAM); Computer/Information Systems Development (CSD); and Computer Systems Support(CSS).



August 1, 2009
New Project with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 in Denver

Dakota won a contract with Region 8 EPA for implementation support services of their Service Desk. We're excited to be working with EPA to provide outstanding service to the Region 8 customer base.



July 16, 2009
Dakota Consulting's Antoine Fillinger published an article entitled "Middleware and Metrology for the Pervasive Future" in the July-September 2009 issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems

Dakota Consulting's Antoine Fillinger, a member of the NIST Smart Space Project, published an article entitled "Middleware and Metrology for the Pervasive Future" in the July-September 2009 issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems. The article presents the NIST Data Flow System II middleware for distributed sensor data acquisition and processing. It also describes an effort to advance pervasive computing technology by a community of industrial and academic researchers working to integrate pervasive components into complex multimodal systems using this middleware. The article can be found at here External Link.



June 26, 2008
Dakota Consulting's Antoine Fillinger wins the Best Demo Award at the 2008 IEEE World of Wireless and Multimedia conference in Newport Beach, CA.

Antoine's Best Demo Award was for his outstanding demonstration and work on the NIST Data Flow System II (NDFS-II). NDFS-II is a middleware for sensor data acquisition, transport and distributed processing. It offers network transparent services to build multimodal applications. An application is represented as a data flow graph, with streaming data flowing between the different computational components allocated on a local network of systems. It was originally developed to support research on pervasive environments such as smart spaces but it also facilitates the development of complex multimedia applications with very high bandwidth requirements and the simulation of large complex systems.



October 31, 2007
Dakota Consulting Inc. was awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract

GSA has made an award to Dakota Consulting, Inc. under Schedule 70, Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program.

Dakota Consulting, Inc.'s contract information is as follows:
  • Contract number: GS-35F-0013U
  • (Base) Period of Performance: 10-15-2007 through 10-14-2012
Government officials can order our services through the GSA Advantage! website.



June 20, 2007
Ms. Lorraine Renner, President of Dakota Consulting, accepted the USDA Agency Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Award

Ms. Lorraine Renner, President of Dakota Consulting, accepted the USDA Agency Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Award on behalf of teaming partner Catapult Technology. The nominating agency for the award was the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The USDA annually conducts the small business and AbilityOne award program to recognize the outstanding work achieved by members of the USDA community; including small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, HUBZone, service disabled veteran-owned and AbilityOne businesses.

Ms. Lorraine Renner and FSIS Officer Goldman  Gilbert Smith, Ms. Lorraine Renner, FSIS Officer Goldman, and James House  

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