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Kevin Roney: SoSOA Program Needs to Focus on User-Centered Feature

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Kevin Roney, principal data scientist at the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate, has said there is a need for the department’s analytics enhancing system to make its user-centered feature as its focal point.

DHS said Thursday Roney expects the System of Systems Operational Analytics program to sustain itself and provide an elaborate tutorial for future government employees to allot more time and effort in training workers in disparate information systems.

The U.S. Secret Service and Customs and Border Protection have started using the beta version of SoSOA to modify the computing capability and process of complex systems to help users make better decisions.

USSS, CBP and the National Protection and Programs Directorate will use the capability to monitor their operations, which includes how they leverage technology and their workforce.

“All of the current customers are very excited about SoSOA, because it attacks a problem they have not been able to address before. These groups are even eager to give S&T access to their information to help them achieve their goals,” Roney said.

DHS S&T aims to develop a small scale prototype of SoSOA at the end of 2018, which will possibly lead to more component operations beyond USSS, CBP and NPPD.

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