Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
Certification and Accreditation is required by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002. All systems and applications supporting Federal government agencies must go through a formal C&A before being put into production, and every three years thereafter. Certification is the comprehensive evaluation of the technical and non-technical security features of an information system and other safeguards, made in support of the accreditation process, to establish the extent to which a particular design and implementation meet a set of specified security requirements. Accreditation is a formal declaration by the Authorizing Official (AO) that an information system is approved to operate in a particular security mode using a prescribed set of safeguards at an acceptable level of risk to the Agency.
OCIO provides Certification and Accreditation services through a proven engagement methodology that ensures customer readiness and efficient delivery, minimizing impact to your technology support teams.
OCIO's Information Systems Security Line of Business Center of Excellence (ISSLOB COE) performs the development, update and review of all required security documentation, provide C&A consultation services to the information system personnel, and performs an independent assessment on the information system to ensure all required system security controls are in place, implemented correctly and operating as intended. All services are implemented in accordance with the guidelines specified within NIST 800-37, Certification and Accreditation.
NIST 800-37 establishes a standard security certification and accreditation process to be used throughout the Federal Government. The NIST process is designed to be adaptable to any type of information system and any computing environment and mission within the government.
Our A&A Services
In the Initiation Phase, the certification agent (OCIO) analyzes the security documentation supporting the information system. The purpose of the initiation phase is to ensure that the Authorizing Official (AO) and the client's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) are in agreement with the contents of the System Security Plan (SSP). In the Initiation Phase we review:
System Characterization Assessment
System Security Categorization Assessment
Privacy Impact Assessment
System Security Plan
Contingency/Disaster Recovery Plan
Security Certification is a comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical security controls in an information system, made in support of security accreditation. The purpose of our testing is to determine if the controls are implemented correct, operating as intended and producing the desired control described in the System Security Plan. Activities include:
Security Test and Evaluation Plan
Security Assessment Report
Plan of Action and Milestones
Security accreditation is the official management decision given by a senior agency official to authorize operation of an information system and to explicitly accept the risk to agency operations, agency assets, or individuals based on the implementation of an agreed-upon set of security controls. Activities include:
A&A Package Review
Authorization Package Submission
Customized C&A Services
OCIO offers customized C&A services to include:
System Development Lifecycle A&A Services Integration
Pre-Deployment Certification and Accreditation
In-flight Annual Reviews
CP/DR Test, Compliance Verification (Optional)
In addition to the basic C&A package, OCIO can provide assistance creating or updating the following:
A&A Documentation Preparation
Security Technical Guidelines
Security Awareness and Training Plan
Configuration Management Plan
Patch Management Plan
Rules of Behavior
Contingency/Disaster Recovery Plan
Incident Response Plan
Continuous Monitoring Plan
No separate contract is required. No sole source justification is required.
The OCIO ISSLOB COE is positioned to provide C&A services to DOI and federal government agencies. As an OMB designated ISSLOB, work is initiated through an Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) with the Interior Business Center Line of Business.
The IAA will reference an agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding, with supporting Proposal, Statement of Work and Rules of Engagement documents. Authority Under Which C&A is Provided: Economy Act — 31 USC 1535 and Working Capital Fund, 43 USC 1467, 1468.
For Additional Information:
Please contact the OCIO ISSLOB at ISSLOB@nbc or 303-969-5700.