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Lockheed Martin Information Services & Global Systems – DCPDS Program

Lockheed MartinDTSI has supported Lockheed Martin for over 10 years as a subcontractor on the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS).  The DCPDS is a large enterprise-scale Human Resource (HR) system (based on the Oracle Federal HR suite) serving DoD and the Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS) . It’s used to manage the entire career lifecycle of all DoD Civilians.  The suite of subsystems within DCPDS supports various global DoD agencies, customer service units, and regional customers. ’Corporate Management Information System’ (a large component) provides consolidated information on approximately 800,000 DoD employees.  DTSI continues to support the full lifecycle management of this major application to include system analysis, software development, software security, web services development, security layer integration, testing, and sustainment.

Establishing a Requirements Management Process

As an Acquisition Category 1A program, DTSI personnel have assisted in development according to a detailed Systems Engineering Doctrine, and the system has maintained the discipline of these standards.  The Engineering Approach has allowed the DoD functional areas and the other DoD components,  including various federal agencies,  interoperability with DCPDS over the years without failure. At project inception, the DTSI team assisted in establishing a requirements management process and the infrastructure to support the requirements elicitation and configuration management processes.  The environment now includes the use of requirements management tools, which facilitate requirements documentation and the change control process. DTSI utilizes native tools to manage baselines and changes that result from problem reports and change requests submitted during the development process or against existing applications. DTSI personnel have utilized Java and J2EE extensively for the development of OAFramework pages for various DCPDS subsystems (e.g. National Security Personnel System, Non-Appropriated Funds, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System, National Guard, and Automated Reduction-In-Force.)

A major objective accomplished within the course of DCPDS has been the migration of  DCPDS from the Oracle HR client-serve based version 10.7 to the Oracle HR version 11i. DTSI personnel were instrumental in supporting all elements of this upgrade, which involved modifications to production software at the lowest levels and significantly required alteration to the system baseline. The overall transition was successfully performed in parallel with day-to-day sustainment of DCPDS operations, and it was eventually completed without impacting DCPDS services to the customer community.

DTSI personnel have supported implementation of reusable web services within DCPDS.  Our team has applied their extensive knowledge of web services to assure effective incorporation of the applicable services into the various DoD Secure portal frameworks.  As an example, DTSI personnel supported development and integration of the web service layer for an Air Force career development application with connectivity to DCPDS.  The data exposed by these types of web services will eventually be reused by new applications currently being considered by the Air Force.

Providing a Leadership Role

The team was recently charged with development and implementation of a ’Reduced-Sign-On’ (RSO) initiative for DOD customer agencies served by this project. Our senior architect was specifically charged with providing a leadership role in assuring the solution fully complied with DoD Public Key Encryption (PKE) requirements. The security requirements coupled with the technologies utilized, posed several challenges to the team. The DTSI team was instrumental in assuring this requirement was completed on  schedule and according to imposed budgetary guidelines.  As a result, the DCPDS customer community heavily relies on RSO for multi-application authentication and login capabilities.

Finally, DTSI personnel have perpetually supported a variety of testing activities in various phases (from requirements phase to design phase, and program phase).  These testing activities have incorporated regression testing, new capability testing, stress testing, and operational testing.  DTSI personnel are adept at synthesizing application functional requirements into system test plans and solutions. DTSI’s continually applies efficient testing processes which assures comprehensive review and evaluation of requirements to insure completeness of the testing program.  The testing activity encompasses preparation and execution of comprehensive test plans, procedures, and testing schedules for the various subsystems of DCPDS. The DCPDS program has continually operated within strict performance thresholds, and DTSI personnel have contributed to excellent Service-Level Agreement (SLA) ratings received by the team.

In summary, DTSI’s long and positive experience with Oracle-based government personnel systems has transformed the company  into a valuable specialized component for Lockheed Martin Information Systems in the course of developing a complex, large-scale,  successful Civilian Personnel solution.  Multiple contract renewals and task orders have translated into a successful 12-year track record with this customer.