Harvesting Agricultural Data
STG designs, builds and manages survey software for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Through Web-based survey, paper-based survey and computer-aided telephone interview (CATI) technologies, our software suite helps harvest agricultural production data and improves internal organizational productivity and efficiencies. NASS interprets survey response information to report on the agricultural health of the nation with its implications for the economy and stock market, as well as impacts on ranchers and farmers.
Tracking Lost Passports
STG provides the Department of State with systems support and application maintenance, development and linguistic support for two vital applications — CLASS and CLASP. STG provided complete life-cycle support for software development and maintenance of the CLASS system to facilitate the processing of visa information worldwide for 250 embassies. The CLASP application, which tracks lost and stolen U.S. passports, is an entirely new Web-based application developed by STG. Because of the criticality of these systems and their worldwide impact, we provide 24x7x365 support for the CLASS and CLASP applications.
Keeping Track of Employees Worldwide
STG provided full life-cycle support for the software development and reengineering of E*Phone, a Web-enabled application that expands the capabilities of the Department's Employee Locator System that tracks employee information worldwide. These services range from requirements analysis to software development and maintenance.
Over a 3-year contract period that began in 2006, STG successfully delivered systems engineering, technology integration and requirements management initiatives to the Veterans Administration (VA). During this period, STG worked with four different program offices, four customer locations and four VA project managers. Despite the dynamic challenges presented by VA’s organizational realignment during this time, STG won high marks from VA.
STG supported the VHA Health Information Architecture office in planning, designing and implementing of systems engineering and requirements management initiatives. Key tasks involved health IT engineering, development of blueprints for health architecture, requirements engineering and risk management. When a segment of the HIA program office transitioned to become part of the VHA CHIO EHT program office, STG seamlessly adapted to this split. STG established a VHA wiki, including a “how-to” user guide and development of content articles and blogs. STG developed position papers on open source technologies and natural language processing. We also developed a demonstration and presentation of virtual reality (also known as Second Life). When another segment of the HIA program office transitioned to become VA OI&T OED Software Engineering Standards Division, STG remained flexible and provided the new division with requirements engineering, design and architecture and development services. STG team members were awarded letters of commendation for their contributions. VA project managers gave STG a satisfaction rating of 10/10.
United States Department of Agriculture — National Agricultural Statistics Survey
STG is developing and deploying a Question Repository System (QRS) for USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is the primary collector of U.S. agricultural data and publishes official statistics as authorized by USDA. STG’s role in the project is to provide comprehensive software requirements and design and develop the system in a phased approach. STG staff elicited and documented requirements from NASS stakeholders. The team also conducted requirements discussions and prototyping sessions to evaluate the various modes of survey administrations and collection of respondent data. STG’s approach has helped to streamline various survey modes, such as Web-based surveys, live call center surveys and CATI technologies, to more efficiently harvest agricultural production data. NASS interprets this information to report on the agricultural health of the nation, which has implications for the economy and stock market, as well as impacts on ranchers and farmers.