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Enhancing public sector effectiveness with Business Intelligence solutions.

In the public sector, the focus of decision making and resource allocation is shifting from cost effectiveness to measuring the impact of decisions and investments over time. Traditionally, this measurement has been accomplished through intuition or by simply capturing process outcomes. The current environment demands more progressive tools and information sharing to allow agencies to form a comprehensive view of their operational information.

Velaris consultants have helped to modernize the BI and performance management environments in agencies such as the Social Security Administration (SSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of the Navy (DoD). These initiatives were planned, implemented and documented to comply with the requirements and expectations of program offices and agency oversight committees. The end result is a Business Intelligence environment that drives strategic alignment and supports agency performance requirements.

Velaris, a DoubleStar business, operates under DoubleStar's GSA contract GS-35F-0812M. Our GSA contract vehicles include:

Information Technology Schedule 70

    • FPDS Code U012
    • FPDS Code D302 IT Systems Development Services
    • FPDS Code D308 Programming Services
    • FPDS Code D317 Creation/Retrieval of IT Related Automated News Services, Data Services, or Other Information Services

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), August 7, 1998

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C.794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

Development, procurement, maintenance, or use of electronic and information technology

When developing, procuring, maintaining, or using electronic and information technology, each Federal department or agency, including the United States Postal Service, shall ensure, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the department or agency, that the electronic and information technology allows, regardless of the type of medium of the technology --

  1. individuals with disabilities who are Federal employees to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities; and
  2. individuals with disabilities who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal department or agency to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data by such members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities.

Velaris Consulting and our software partners are committed to complying with Section 508 for our Government clients. Velaris Consulting provides Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) services to the government. As a systems integrator and IT consulting company, Velaris Consulting has expertise in accessibility or Section 508 for people with disabilities. This includes application evaluation and recommendations for accessibility compliance. Velaris Consulting ensures that knowledge transfer takes place during system development as well as customized training in developing 508 compliant web front-ends. Our experienced staff understands business and government applications. We have either built or trained personnel for compliant applications for the Social Security Administration, (SSA) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Navy's Bureau of Medicine & Surgery (BUMED).