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About Us: Overview

Vertical Horizons One, Inc. is a small disadvantaged service disabled veteran owned business corporation, established in 2001 to perform studies and analyses for government and other nonprofit organizations. Our objective is to improve public-sector management. In meeting that objective, we strive to provide unbiased advice, free of conflicts of interest.

Index

Our Organization
     
Our Commitment to Quality Objectivity
Our Staff
Our Areas of Functional Expertise -- Capabilities and Deliverables

Energy and Environment
Water and the Environment
INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT
     
Systems and Engineering Management
     
Health Systems Management
     
Human Capital Management
     
Organizational Improvement
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
     
Supply Chain Management
   
        Planning
            Sourcing
           
Making and Maintaining
           
Monitoring
OPERATIONAL LOGISTICS
     
Logistics Transformation
     
Advanced Logistics Technology
     
Logistics Modeling
     
Force Projection and Sustainment
     
NATO Logistics
     
Interoperability
     
Multinational Logistics
     
Logistics Analysis
           
Logistics Process Analyses
           
Enterprise Logistics Analyses
           
Logistics Analysis of Technology Deployments
           
Logistics Data Requirements
     
Logistics Technology
           
Technology Assessments & Prototype Demonstrations
           
Business Gap Analyses
           
Planning and Implementation Support
           
E-Logistics
     
Mathematical Modeling
           
Models
           
Relationships
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
     
Acquisition and Privatization Management
           
Advanced Software Development
           
Tool and Application Development
           
Electronic Business Strategies
           
Information Management
               
  Enterprise Planning
                 
Enterprise Sourcing
                 
Enterprise Program Management
                 
Enterprise Transition Management
     
Program and System Life-Cycle Support
           
Planning and Assessment
           
Procurement Support
           
Implementation
     
Systems Development and Technology Support
     
Technology Assessment
           
Evaluating Research Projects
           
Cost and Program Analysis
           
Resource Management

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Our Organization

Our work is carried out by several operating units, each headed by our CEO. The operating units are key to our overall success. Their responsibilities encompass all aspects of our day-to-day research and analysis activities, from helping clients identify management improvements to delivering products or ideas that lead to desired breakthroughs. In satisfying those responsibilities, our operating units make extensive use of advanced technologies, proven management concepts, best practices, and sound analytical techniques.

We pursue quality relentlessly in the types of work we undertake, in the advice and products we provide, in the skills and experience we require of our staff, and in the internal business practices we follow. Our project teams are committed to providing high-quality advice and products through their understanding of continuous process improvement, their use of early and thorough project plans, their detailed knowledge of functional areas, and their emphasis on clear and frequent communication and interaction with clients.

In addition to the project team's commitment to quality, we use peer review teams to ensure that we deliver high-quality advice and products on projects that require special attention. We also encourage staff members to continually upgrade their technical, management, and personal skills through attendance at various conferences, workshops, and seminars.

Building on our founder's in-service experience helps us focus on public-sector management, we are adamant that objectivity be the foundation of every project. We demand that our project teams deliver unbiased advice, free of commercial and political conflicts of interest.
                                                      
Our Staff
We offer our clients a full range of functional and technical expertise to resolve their most challenging management issues. Our staff is proficient in fields such as acquisition, logistics, engineering, health care management, inventory management, transportation, distribution, financial management, economic analysis, privatization and outsourcing, information systems, energy, environment, installations and facilities, mathematical modeling, operations research, resource analysis, statistics, human resources, facilitation, surveys, and grants management.

Our staff is also characterized by their education (almost 85 percent have advanced degrees) and their knowledge, many have more than 20 years of practical experience in government, private industry, the military, and academia.
                                                      
Our Areas of Functional Expertise -- Capabilities and Deliverables:
We provide analytical research support to government organizations in three operational function areas.  We offer eight functionally oriented business groups in these operating units.

                                                      
Energy and Environment
Our Energy and Environment group has expertise in three broad areas-environmental programs, energy conservation, and preventive medicine. In concert with a strong national interest in protecting the environment, human health, and pollution control, we help government organizations improve their compliance with laws, regulations, and societal concerns.

We specialize in the following areas:
   - Environmental program planning and regulatory compliance
   - Environmental management systems
   - Greening government cost estimating
   - Risk assessment studies
   - Resource conservation.
                                                      
Water and the Environment
We also help government organizations meet their water conservation responsibilities by
advising on complying with regulatory requirements and conserving valuable energy resources without jeopardizing their primary missions; preparing energy management plans for reducing utilities & energy costs, including the use of new energy conservation and global water solution strategies and automated systems for tracking energy and water consumption; and conducting water audits to promote energy conservation. In the area of preventive medicine, we are proficient in creating and implementing water-borne health hazards assessment programs, and in developing tools that enable mangers to integrate health risk management into their funding and decision-making processes.

Our areas of expertise include the following:
   - International Water Resources Management
   - Occupational safety and health
   - Health hazard identification/control
   - Industrial hygiene
   - Environmental health risk assessment
   - Cost/benefit modeling
   - Military preventive medicine.
                                                      
INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

Systems and Engineering Management

Our Systems and Engineering Management group focuses on the efficient and innovative ownership and management of computing and other capital infrastructure. Most of its projects are concentrated in the areas of systems and business management, financial analysis and capitalization, economic analysis, and information technology.

Listed below are just a few of the services that it offers:
   - Management of facility assets
   - Cost containment analyses
   - Capital investment decisions
   - Staffing and manpower models for construction programs
   - Analysis of construction management costs
   - Construction acquisition process improvements
   - Computer-aided facility management practices
   - Reengineering maintenance management programs
   - Resource allocation models
   - Risk analyses
   - Economic impacts of development project closures or relocations
   - Performance measurement and benchmarking of facilities management and construction activities
   - Outsourcing and privatization reviews of facilities support operations.
                                                      
Health Systems Management
Our Health Systems Management group concentrates on research & development of vaccine for Biological Threat, for the general public, first responders and the military. VHO provides supporting government organizations that provide healthcare services or administer healthcare programs. It offers a practical combination of healthcare management experience from both the public and private sectors.

Its areas of expertise include the following:
Advising healthcare agencies on organizing and evaluating their programs, and helping them develop effective policies and procedures.

Performing economic analyses to guide decisions on investing in new medical technologies and implementing innovative management concepts. Analyzing health delivery systems and using simulation models to optimize planning response for them. Preparing plans and approaches for measuring the effectiveness of health-related programs, including those that deal with military medical readiness.

Developing innovative acquisition programs for commercial prime vendor contracts covering pharmaceutical and medical surgical supplies, and medical equipment. Designing logistics support and contingency plans for federal, state, and local medical first responders to acts of terrorism.
                                                      
Human Capital Management
Our Human Capital Management group provides a full range of human resource and workforce planning services to government organizations.

Those services include:
Developing and helping implement initiatives to improve human assets resources programs and organizations.

Conducting cost/benefit and economic analyses for system enhancements, determining information and communications system requirements, and developing prototype systems.

Analyzing current and future workforce requirements, comparing workforce requirements with current and future resources, and developing strategies for satisfying those requirements.

Developing workforce qualification standards; defining workforce requirements and behavior patterns in terms of numbers, skills, experience, and retention levels; conducting organizational staffing and design analyses; and preparing workforce transition management and program management plans.

Assessing and redesigning personnel management programs and policies, implementing
comprehensive career management programs, developing and applying complex models to project the results of proposed personnel policy changes, assessing compensation and incentive programs, assessing family and qualify-of-life programs, and developing transition plans to facilitate the implementation of new policies and personnel management legislation.

Reviewing and validating the educational requirements for certification in selected career fields, employing innovative methodologies to determine and validate education requirements for large classes of positions, and developing training and education standards and professional development training programs.
                                                      
Organizational Improvement
Our Organizational Improvement group helps government organizations improve their strategic direction, performance management, organization, business processes, workload distribution methods, and resource allocation procedures.

Some of the services we offer are summarized below:
Assisting in the development of an organization's vision, guiding principles, focus areas, and goals and objectives.

Analyzing organizational structures, activities, and interfaces for purposes of identifying opportunities for consolidating and realigning functions, balancing work to resources, targeting non-core activities for outsourcing consideration, and determining impediments to efficient communication and accomplishment of core functions.

Developing workflow models of existing and proposed processes to assist in reengineering business processes.

Employing benchmarks, survey techniques, and balanced scorecard methods in the development of performance measures critical to improving efficiency and effectiveness.

Assisting in the development of continuity of government operations plans and emergency response plans.
                                                      
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

Our Logistics Management operating unit provides clients with innovative logistics and supply chain solutions that embody efficient processes, industry best practices, and well-placed technology investments. It employs a unique combination of experienced staff members, effective analytical and implementation tools, and new technologies to increase service levels, reduce costs, and improve performance. VHO logistics group uses size and quantity configuration table kits in according with The Strategic Deployability School Standards incorporating, operational factors, re-supply assumptions, and availability goals.

The operating unit offers clients a full range of logistics analysis and consulting services on such topics as supply chain management, transportation and distribution management, inventory management, maintenance management, force projection, readiness, multinational logistics, and logistics transformation. In providing those and other services, it makes extensive use of sophisticated mathematical and simulation models, emerging technologies, proven management concepts, and in-depth understanding of the latest logistics practices.
                                                      
Supply chain management
A supply chain—an integrated approach for managing logistics processes and information—includes all elements of planning, sourcing, making, maintaining, monitoring, and delivering a product to a customer, as well as, reverse logistics flows to support remanufacture processes and activities.

We are proficient in each of those areas and have developed unique tools and methodologies to facilitate the collection, analysis, and evaluation of supply chain management functional areas and activities.
                                                      
Planning
We prepare strategic plans; establish performance measures; evaluate supply chain performance; develop business case analyses; assess the use of supply chain information; and provide advice on supply chain resources, distribution requirements, production capacities, and channel interfaces.
                                                      
Sourcing
We develop sourcing policies (including outsourcing options and use of third-party logistics providers); evaluate relations with suppliers, repair sources, and carriers; and provide advice on prime vendor programs, vendor-managed inventories, Internet ordering and on-line catalogs.
                                                      
Making and Maintaining
We evaluate repair and production processes and schedules; determine the best level for repair actions and evaluate maintenance capabilities for depot, intermediate, and unit locations; and advise on the electronic document management of technical manuals, drawings, and related information.
                                                      
Monitoring
We advise on providing visibility of assets in the supply chain to reduce costs, respond to customers quicker and more efficiently, and use scarce assets more effectively; and we assist in using automated identification technology (including bar codes, optical memory cards, radio frequency tags, and satellite-tracking systems) to capture asset information, reduce processing times, and improve data accuracy.
                                                      
OPERATIONAL LOGISTICS

Our Operational Logistics group focuses on the concepts of logistical support, processes, organizations, programs, and technologies that are vital to the worldwide projection and sustainment of military forces and materiel. Consistent with that focus, we offer a full range of services in support of defense operations involving U.S., NATO, and coalition forces.

Those services include the following:
                                                      
Logistics Transformation
We have an extensive background in evaluating the management of logistics programs to include developing alternative and preferred program elements, identifying required resources, and assisting in program execution.
                                                      
Advanced Logistics Technology
We are proficient in assessing the technical aspects of emerging technologies, examining how those technologies
could be employed in logistical processes, and assessing their impact on effectiveness and cost.
                                                      
Logistics Modeling
We are experienced in developing and using models and automated tools for assessing and portraying the impact of varying logistical operations concepts and processes; for assisting in the development of strategic mobility policies, plans, and programs for efficiently and effectively deploying military forces and materiel; and for estimating casualties for the full spectrum of military operations.
                                                      
Force Projection and Sustainment
We are skilled at evaluating new force structures and logistics concepts, assessing the logistics and mobility impacts of new technologies and concepts on deployment and sustainment operations, and formulating guidance for the development and implementation of military pre-positioning programs for both ashore and afloat operations.
                                                      
NATO Logistics
We have experience conducting logistics exchanges and assessments for numerous member countries of the Partners for Peace (PfP) program.
                                                      
Interoperability
We have a proven record of assessing complex military interoperability issues, evaluating alternative solutions to those issues, and then helping implement the best solution.
                                                      
Multinational Logistics
We are experienced in developing, coordinating, and harmonizing multinational logistics policy, doctrine, foreign freight forwarding and programs.
                                                      
Logistics Analysis
Our Logistics Analysis group offers a broad array of logistics analysis services that focus on helping senior managers make better decisions.

Those services include:
                                                      
Logistics Process Analyses
We evaluate logistics processes, information systems, and policies to ensure that resources are efficiently applied to support mission performance; we also emphasize the integration of these three features to ensure a comprehensive management approach.
                                                      
Enterprise Logistics Analyses
We focus on the analysis and efficient utilization of enterprise logistics and cost data to support enterprise goals and objectives.
                                                      
Logistics Analysis of Technology Deployments
We perform business case analyses and independent verifications of new technologies to ensure efficient and practical deployments; we perform these analyses at both the process and enterprise levels.
                                                      
Logistics Data Requirements
We help develop logistics data requirements that support process improvements and enterprise decisions.
                                                      
Logistics Technology
Our Logistics Technology group conducts analytical studies that involve the use of advanced technology to improve logistics performance.

Our areas of specialization include the following:
                                                      
Technology Assessments and Prototype Demonstrations
We are skilled in assessing the use of emerging logistics technologies in government applications and in demonstrating the potential contributions of those technologies through the use of prototypes.
                                                      
Business Gap Analyses
We are experienced in helping government organizations analyze their logistics operations, including defining their customers, formulating strategic plans, and identifying and monitoring performance metrics.
                                                      
Planning and Implementation Support
We are specialists in helping government organizations develop operating concepts and technical architectures for their logistics systems.
                                                      
E-Logistics
We have an background in automating logistics processes, including the development of electronic information formats and implementation conventions. We also are experienced in applying advanced technology to military logistics, capitalizing upon the best transportation and distribution practices in the private sector, and improving integrated transportation management. The results often include dramatically improved speed, reliability, and efficiency in moving personnel and materiel as well as better and more timely information on the location and status of those movements.
                                                      
Mathematical Modeling
VHO uses mathematical, statistical, engineering, and operations research techniques, along with information technology, to solve complex logistics problems:
                                                      
Models
We use innovative modeling to evaluate logistics alternatives and track how improvements in logistics Processes can reduce the costs of obtaining higher system availability. Our Aircraft Modeling determines the spares for deployment box configuration kits and their quantities. We size these configuration kits according to Strategic Deployability School Standards incorporating, operational factors, resupply assumptions, and availability goals.
                                                      
Relationships
We use mathematical modeling to develop relationships between the inputs or resources a function uses and the function's outputs or levels of activity (such as sorties, steaming hours, miles driven, repair schedules, or replacement rates). We use those relationships to estimate budget requirements and improve their productivity.
                                                      
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Our Resource Management operating unit helps clients make informed, sound decisions about allocating resources, evaluating competing advanced technologies, and investing in information technology. In providing that assistance, it uses decision support tools, customer satisfaction surveys, life-cycle cost analyses, models and simulations, system prototypes, web applications, and business process improvement techniques. This operating unit is proficient in improving processes for acquiring products and services. That proficiency covers the entire acquisition cycle, beginning with acquisition and contract policy and ending with support for systems nearing the end of their useful life. It also is adept at evaluating the risks of new software systems and proposing actions for mitigating unacceptable risks; conducting independent reviews of new financial systems, with a focus on design, management, and implementation; developing technology-based solutions to management problems; designing and developing complex software systems; and giving strategic advice about enterprise-level systems.

This operating unit consists of seven functionally oriented business groups:
                                                      
Acquisition and Privatization Management
Our Acquisition and Privatization Management group combines the talents of specialists in acquisition, program management, finance, logistics, surveys, and performance management to develop innovative yet practical solutions to a wide range of business issues.

Its areas of expertise include the following:

Improving the performance and effectiveness of government acquisitions and grants with special emphasis on competitive sourcing (A-76), commercial products and practices, performance-based contracting, source-selection strategies that reduce program cycle time, life-cycle ownership costs, and socioeconomic programs.

VHO has used the implementation of results-oriented performance measurements and meeting of the requirements under the Government Performance and Results Act using performance budgets, cost-workload measurement, and customer satisfaction surveys.

Applying benchmarking and commercial best practices to reform the way government acquires goods and services, deals with suppliers, and trains its acquisition workforce. Equipping frontline acquisition and grants professionals with the information and skills they need to speed execution, achieve better long-term results, and make better decisions.
                                                      
Advanced Software Development
Our Advanced Software Development group develops and implements fully integrated software solutions for clients. In providing those solutions, we use best-in-class commercial software applications and processes, wherever possible, to provide a core set of "ready-built" functionality. We assist our clients by staying current with technology advances and fully understanding solid and reliable commercial product offerings that leverage these advanced technologies, processes and methods. Our in-depth research and evaluation of each client's particular challenges enable VHO to fully understand the strengths, risks, features, shortcomings and overall investment return.

Our specific areas of expertise include the following:
                                                      
Tool and Application Development
We build tools and applications tailored to meet clients' needs, including the design and development of tools for supporting complex process planning, predictive modeling, and decision support analyses. Some of the functional areas in which we've used these tools and techniques include health systems and support structures, aviation analysis systems, crisis response systems, and customer relationship management systems.
                                                      
Electronic Business Strategies
Our Electronic Business Strategies group helps clients identify improvement opportunities, restructure operating practices, and exploit enabling technologies for e-business/government. As a result of more than 15 years of direct experience, we understand business and technology trends, value propositions, and success-oriented models. We are experienced across the range of e-business/government technologies, innovational and knowledgeable of private-sector best practices, and well qualified to assist in any business area streamlining initiative.

We also combine a unique set of functional, analytical and technical skills to assist clients in:
   *Identifying and prioritizing their business opportunities,
   *Developing sound mission-focused strategies and plans,
   *Enhancing their focus on customer requirements,
   *Improving the quality and management of their decision making processes, and
   *Managing change.
                                                      
Information Management
Our Information Management group focuses on addressing strategic issues related to enterprise-level information management programs and systems.

In this role, we support clients in the following major areas:
                                                      
Enterprise Planning
Preparing strategic plans and providing business case analyses, requirements analyses, architectural analyses, and investment analyses for information management and technology-based programs.
                                                      
Enterprise Sourcing
Developing acquisition and evaluation strategies and plans, assessing alternative solutions (including outsourcing), preparing business case justifications, and conducting evaluation tests.
                                                      
Enterprise Program Management
Evaluating and managing software-intensive program risk, conducting independent verification and validation analyses, providing development life-cycle oversight support, and planning for continuity of operations.
                                                      
Enterprise Transition Management
Managing the change associated with transitioning to new operating environments and technology, including business process reengineering, communications planning, and risk planning.

Our services in these areas include assisting in the development, implementation, and documentation of budget formulations and execution procedures; conducting requirements analyses; developing improved integration of planning and budgeting processes; developing linkages between performance measures and budgeted resources; and performing process analysis to reengineer and realign financial management business processes so they interface with financial management information systems.
                                                      
Program and System Life-Cycle Support
Our Program and System Life-Cycle Support group has extensive experience helping clients improve their program management and integration activities throughout all phases of the program life cycle, from concept development through operations and maintenance.

We specialize in three major areas:
                                                      
Planning and Assessment
We conduct market surveys, system assessments, and economical analyses of available technologies; prepare system life-cycle documentation (including acquisition, requirements, test, and deployment plans); and pilot systems.
                                                      
Procurement Support
We provide comprehensive procurement support to clients, including the development of source selection plans and automated source selection tools; requests for proposals; and technical, management, cost and past performance evaluation plans. We also have served as members of government source selection teams that evaluated competitive proposals.
                                                      
Implementation
We determine the resources required to support system installation and management, provide independent assessments of various implementation tasks and test plans, conduct business process engineering reviews, and evaluate new and emerging technologies.
                                                      
Systems Development and Technology Support
Our Systems Development and Technology Support group focuses on helping clients implement technology solutions. We also have experience in designing and developing complex software systems. In providing these services, we use structured methodologies for managing all phases of the software development life cycle. Those methodologies are particularly effective at keeping projects on track while mitigating risks.

Our core capabilities include functional requirements analysis, systems analysis, structured design, systems prototyping, rapid application development, independent technical assessments and evaluations, systems integration, systems support, and hosting.

We also have demonstrated capabilities in the following application areas:
   Client/server
   Database
   Internet business applications
   Knowledge management
   Document and workflow management
   Data warehousing
   Data mining
   Web applications
   Internet filtering software solutions
                                                      
Technology Assessment
Our Technology Assessment group focuses on helping government managers improve their alignment of strategic objectives within available resources. It has three areas of specialization: evaluating the operational and economic effects on and of government- and industry-sponsored research and development projects; improving the management of research, development, and production programs; and improving resource management.
                                                      
Evaluating Research Projects
We help clients quantify the benefits, costs, and safety implications of introducing advanced technologies and identify high-payoff investments. In providing that assistance, we use a multidisciplinary approach to understanding complex systems, such as air traffic management, by developing and exercising analytical models and simulations that capture the key aspects of real world operations.
                                                      
Cost and Program Analysis
We help clients improve management of development and production programs by using the latest tools for assessing project cost and schedule risk. VHO has expertise at identifying the factors that influence the developmental costs of complex systems. In the creating of predictive cost models based on those factors; developing metrics for measuring performance in infrastructure activities, such as maintenance depots, supply activities, and transportation organizations; and identifying best commercial practices in accounting for inventories and recommending how to apply those practices to government organizations.
                                                      
Resource Management
We work with government resource managers to improve their processes, procedures, and mechanisms for developing plans, programs, and budgets that support agency goals and objectives. We evaluate internal and funds controls to ensure compliance with statutes, and help to integrate resource and performance standards to measure effectiveness and efficiency.
                                      
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This is Vertical Horizons One, Inc. offer to the Federal Supply Service for Corporate Contract Schedule Management, Organizational, and Business Improvement Services (MOBIS) as of April 15, 2003.


 

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