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Frank Ponzio Presents at the Federal DAS

Frank Ponzio Jr., President and CEO of Symbolic Systems, Inc., presented a briefing at the Federal Data Architecture Subcommittee (DAS) highlighting the lessons learned in creating baseline architecture products.

“In order to maximize its effectiveness, data needs to be standardized beyond the Department of Defense (DoD) and across all U.S. government agencies,” Ponzio said. “Data, field manuals and training are being developed in such as a way as to make them ubiquitous, so that each part of the government can interoperate and increase its effectiveness.” 

The DAS met on October 14 in Ballston, Va. DAS encompasses representatives from federal government agencies along with input from government contractors. It was established to manage the sharing of federal data, and a community of interest (COI) became a viable option to reach these goals.

During his presentation, Ponzio discussed the baseline glossary, integrated data dictionary, and data model. These baseline architecture products were developed using a knowledge base and were used to build the required DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF). Ponzio also covered the approach taken and lessons learned in their development.

To fulfill a variety of tactical mission sets in Iraq and Afghanistan, the DoD performed rapid insertions of biometrics technology. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions were deployed to fulfill the urgent mission needs that included the use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) biometric identity capabilities.

In order to build the Biometrics Architecture for 2015, it was necessary to build the current architecture data products for the deployed and associated systems. An extensive knowledge base, which includes data concerning biometric systems and standards, was developed with strong COI participation. 
To promote data sharing and increase interoperability an integrated data dictionary was created for the initial COTS biometric systems fielded at the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Also developed was a Logical Data Model, used to exchange data between systems, including DoD systems and those of the FBI and DHS. Meanwhile the Biometrics Glossary offers a common vocabulary to the biometrics community in order to synchronize the biometrics domain, which is in a constant state of evolvement, Ponzio said

“With the standardization of data fields comes an improvement in interoperability and data sharing between government agencies, which in turn increases the size of the data pool used to identify potential threats to security,” Ponzio said.

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