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Thursday
Dec082016

AINS Customer Honored at the 2016 Coalition for Government Procurement Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Awards

Photo credit: Susan Hornyak Photography From left: Roger Waldron, President of the Coalition for Government Procurement; Mandana Massjouni, Director of Enterprise Applications and Innovation at EEOC; Bill Gormley, Chairman - The Coalition for Government Procurement

On November 16, 2016, AINS was honored to join its customer, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s 2016 Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Award Dinner. Mandana Massjouni, Director of Enterprise Applications and Innovation at EEOC, was recognized as the winner of this year’s Government Savings Award.

The Coalition for Government Procurement presents the Government Savings Award to an individual for developing innovative solutions resulting in savings to the government and taxpayer through sound acquisition planning and development, and well-defined contracting requirements. AINS nominated Mandana based on her drive for developing cost-effective solutions and her uncompromising commitment to technical excellence.

As a Federal agency, EEOC is responsible for enforcing Federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee. In order to fulfill its mission, EEOC tracks, investigates and reports on discrimination charges submitted by the public. 

Initially, AINS worked with EEOC to implement FOIAXpress, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case management solution. Mandana recognized the benefits of the case management platform, realizing that AINS’ solutions could assist EEOC’s streamlining efforts way beyond FOIA request processing.

Photo credit: Susan Hornyak Photography 2016 Excellence in Partnership Trophies

Working with AINS, Mandana led the initiative to develop an integrated, public portal to allow individuals to submit and track discrimination complaints, easily access information about their discrimination cases, and perform quick and efficient self-screenings for discrimination coverage. Her innovative approach to leverage existing IT investments already made by EEOC in an enterprise case management system allowed the agency to accelerate the delivery time of the public portal, while ultimately saving the government and taxpayers money. 

Congratulations to Mandana and the entire EEOC team!  AINS is honored to recognize her for this achievement, and looks forward to continuing to develop solutions that support EEOC’s mission. 

 

Tuesday
Oct252016

FOIAXpress User Conference & Technology Summit 2016 Recap

This year, AINS marked the 11th annual FOIAXpress® User Conference & Technology Summit. We celebrated our 2016 event with the theme “Changing Landscape: Reshaping Citizen Engagement through Technology.” More than 250 FOIA and Privacy professionals were in attendance from across North America representing federal, state and local government agencies and institutions. This exclusive, one-day event was a great opportunity for all to learn, share and network with many of the best and brightest in the industry.  We had a jam packed agenda – with a combination of key industry speakers, interactive breakout sessions and best practice workshops designed to ensure our attendees walked away with at least one new idea to bring back to their organizations.  


Wayne R. Jewell Award winners from HUD celebrate their acheivement.The insightful speaking sessions offered a wide range of perspectives on the FOIA process as they were hosted by FOIA thought leaders and educators, FOIAXpress customers and power users, and our very own AINS product experts. Sessions ranged from the general to more issue-specific; touching on the impact of the new FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, how to maximize fee and tolling efficiency, and tips and tricks on how to improve agency use of FOIAXpress. 

AINS works with many wonderful agencies and FOIA departments. Every year at our annual conference, we pause to acknowledge one customer who has displayed an extraordinary working relationship with AINS and FOIA processing performance. This year, we recognized the entire Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Freedom of Information Act Office with the Wayne R. Jewell Customer Appreciation Award. HUD has been a FOIAXpress customer for more than 10 years and also utilizes AINS’ eCase case management platform to manage agency processes.

If you were unable to attend or would simply like to review them, speaker presentation slides are available on the FOIA Summit website.

 

AINS works with many wonderful agencies and FOIA departments. Every year at our annual conference, we pause to acknowledge one customer who has displayed an extraordinary working relationship with AINS and FOIA processing performance. This year, we recognized the entire Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Freedom of Information Act Office  with the Wayne R. Jewell Customer Appreciation Award. HUD has been a FOIAXpress customer for more than 10 years and also utilizes AINS’ eCase case management platform to manage agency processes.

 [DH1]Is this part of the Executive Secretariats office?

Wednesday
Aug102016

URAC Wins Case Management Excellence Award

AINS and URAC make one terrific team! Last month, URAC was honored with the 2016 Workflow Management Coalition Award for Excellence in Case Management.

The WfMC award highlights the very best of case management technology and innovation, and URAC certainly deserves a round of applause. URAC, a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education and measurement, teamed with AINS’ to implement the eCase Adaptive Case Management platform. They used the case management tool to modernize and transform their accreditation process through their AccreditNet web portal. Accreditation applicants now submit their information through an interactive portal which is then processed through eCase, improving accuracy, speeding processing, and delivering top-of-the line positive user experience.

 

For more information on URAC's Case Management Excellence Award, download the full press release.

 

Tuesday
Jul262016

AINS Corporate Funrun and Annual Picnic

Last week was a fun time for AINS since we had not one, but two great events.

Last Tuesday July 19th, AINS participated in the Corporate Funrun 5K at High Point Farm in Clarksburg, MD. Twelve runners (and walkers) turned out to run the grassy course and enjoy some BBQ and music after the race.

"I had a ton of fun," said one AINS racer. "I finished the race a lot faster than I hoped. I'll have to beat my time next year!"

The AINS team had a mix of walkers, joggers, and runners with the best finishing time coming in at 26:30. Congratulations to everyone who finished the course!

 

The fun continued into the weekend with the Annual Company Picnic. This year's festivities were held Sunday July 24th at The Pavilions at Turkey Run in Northern Virginia. AINS employees and their families joined together to enjoy food and drinks, a zip-line, misty rainforest trail, and beautiful picnic grounds.

For those brave enough, the zip-line proved to be a thrilling experience. Riders took turns climbing up the wooden tower before swinging across the field adjacent to the picnic area.

We would like to thank everyone who participated for making these events a fun and fantastic success!

 

Get in on the fun - find open careers postings to join the AINS team.

 

Thursday
Jul072016

Federal Workforce by the Numbers

How do you manage 4,185,000 workers?

With 4 million workers and uniformed military, all Federal Human Capital Officers know that strategic workforce planning starts with numbers. Critical data, tools and reports to see the big picture and support decision making.

The face of the Federal employee is changing. Being in the know when it comes to measuring these changes is critical to running your HR department effectively.

How many workers are eligible for retirement? How long does it take to onbaord an employee? What demographics make up the largest percentage of the workforce? 

Do you know your HR numbers?  Download the infographic to see the statistical trends at the heart of today’s federal workforce.