Since 1976

 

Last Updated 07/16/2014

 

Project Summary


A few key projects:

2007 - Present

1995- 2007   

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Reporting to the Office of the Secretary and with the Division of Logistics Policy, Office of Acquisition Management and Policy, co-founded Know Net

Know Net was supported through financial and in-kind resource allocations from the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources & Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Secretary, Program Support Center, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and these Federal Agency Partners:

  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Health and Human Services and its Operating Divisions
  • Department of Navy
  • Department of State
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • General Services Administration
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Social Security Administration.

Project began as a small policy shop knowledge management project and evolved into a Governmentwide e-learning, performance support and knowledge management demonstration project.

Integrated thousands of documents, input from hundreds of Federal employees and statutory law, administrative law, Agency policy and guidance, and Agency and industry best practices into a multi-tiered e-learning, performance support and knowledge management solution used Governmentwide.

Also developed training for 10,000 employees across the Department in Acquisition for Project Officers and in Personal Property Management deployed on CD-ROM.

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U.S. Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is the one institution that touches nearly every member of the DoD Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) workforce throughout all professional career stages.

Project: Acquisition Reform - Communicating Change Version 1.0 and 1.01

Project Category: Federal Acquisition System

Role: Subcontractor to Army Management Engineering College (AMEC)

Description: Course taught more than 220 operational procurement changes affecting acquisitions involving one-fifth of the Federal budget, more than 130,000 Federal employees and over 19,600,000 contract actions per year representing expenditures of $22.5 billion. Course was created while changes to major Federal acquisition laws and regulations were being drafted, discussed and implemented. Course was fielded as law was signed.

Challenges Overcome: All knowledge was concentrated in a select group of experts...the challenge was to pull the instruction from their minds as they were making their minds up!

Accomplishments:
Handled explosive content changes so course development stayed in synch with the laws and regulations: Worked with the leading experts in acquisition from across the Federal Government.

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U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

GSA's  mission is to help other Agencies better serve the public by meeting – at best value – their needs for products and services, and to simplify citizen access to government information and services.

Project: Governmentwide Purchase Card Interactive Customer Assistance & Training Version 1.0

Project Category: Federal Acquisition System

Role: Subcontractor to Army Management Engineering College (AMEC)

Description: Built from scratch, this course taught use of the purchase card as the preferred method of payment for all Federal purchases under $2,500.

Challenges Overcome: Testing of electronic learning course was done in a skunk works experimental lab setting. It took special people with creative spark to bring something out of nothing!

Accomplishments:  Zillions of technical details were mastered along with the normal ration of content challenges inherent in developing a course from scratch.  An information model based on solid learning theories and patent pending methodology was incorporated in a custom-developed content authoring tool and utilized in the software code for the course. This product was put into use across the entire Federal Government including the White House.

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U.S. Department of the Navy/Marine Corps

The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

Project: Purchase Card Training and Interactive Customer Assistance Version 1.0 and Version 2.0

Project Category: Federal Acquisition System

Role: Subcontractor to Army Management Engineering College (AMEC)

Description: Version 1.0 was a customization of the GSA product. Version 2.0 was an update. Version 2.0 offers Certification of Course Completion printout at the desktop. Training is used by the Navy and the Marine Corps on land, in the air and at sea around the world and now is also available on the Web.

Challenges Overcome: Project required extraordinary creativity, discipline and willpower to overcome severe personnel and management problems of prime contractor.

Accomplishments:  For Version 1.0, in addition to duties associated with content, updated project software code to latest version. Identified and corrected bugs responsible for most of the technical support calls in earlier projects. Developed Software TQM database to identify/monitor bugs/fixes.  Introduced numerous new features that represented significant improvements over previous products in functionality and code stability.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has a core mission - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

Project: Redesign, Reduction and Renewal Version 1.0

Project Category: Federal Personnel System

Role: Subcontractor to Army Management Engineering College (AMEC)

Description:  A new program created on this CD-ROM helps human resources and other managers learn more about reduction in force, staff adjustments (for excepted service Title 38 personnel) and career transition assistance.

Challenges Overcome: Taught custom-developed authoring tool to a platform instructor with no multimedia experience while simultaneously producing product under tight deadlines. 

Accomplishments: Broke new ground in Educational Total Quality management (TQM).

What Was Said About McKirchy & Company: "Your assistance in working with us was invaluable...you demonstrated an excellent grasp of our objectives and assisted us in presenting the material in the most effective way possible...I hope we have the opportunity to work with you again in the future."

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