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Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Oct 29, 2013    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Development of a Configuration

 Management Standard

by: Al Florence and Ron Perrella

Tuesday October 29, 2013

After a brief discussion of generic Configuration Management (CM) concepts the presentation will focus on applying the CM principles to the development of a CM Standard to be used within a large Government Agency with multiple centers that are responsible for the development and acquisition of Information Technology (IT) systems.  The standard is used by the agency for their internal CM activities as acquirers.  It is also made available to the suppliers for implementation of their development CM activities.  It supports both the suppliers and the acquirer in ensuring they both have similar CM processes.  As a standard it contains �what� CM activities are appropriate for the agency and does not dictate �how� CM is applied on specific engagements.  The how would be documented in CM plans, procedures and guidelines based the standard. 

  Mr. Florence has been employed at Shell Oil, Hughes Aircraft, TRW, Martin Marietta, SAIC  and MITRE.  He has been involved in all phases of the life cycle in different disciplines as a developer and manager. His clients have included: DOD, NASA, DISA, IRS, FBI, INS, FAA, CIA, DOE, VA, CMS, DHS and others.  He has been involved in oil exploration, spacecraft, aircraft, missiles, weapon systems, particle accelerators, information systems, and process improvement.  He has made over 100 technical presentations at conferences and has published in technical journals. Mr. Florence is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has BS degree from UNM in math and physics and graduate work in computer science at UCLA and USC. He has the equivalence of a MS in Geophysics from Shell Oil Technical Institute.

  Mr. Perrella has been responsible for program management, architecture, software engineering and development of mission critical systems, in various industries. These have included telecommunications, billing, financial, hospital information management, satellite telemetry, publishing, banking, and government. He has managed organizations through transformations such as process improvement, outsourcing, quality improvement, and automation activities. His commercial clients include IBM, Equifax, The Coca-Cola Company, and AT&T. His Government clients include the IRS, Customs and Border Protection, DHS, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and CMMS. He received his MBA from Kennesaw State University, a MSCS from Florida Atlantic University, and a BSCS from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

6:00 - 7:00 PM IEEE Pre-Meeting (Merits of Membership & IEEE-USA Policy Arena)

                               Murty Polavarapu


How well do you know IEEE?  Did you know that�. 

  • IEEE is one of the largest professional societies in the world. 
  • We have over 400,000 members world-wide. 
  • We are the world�s largest standards-setting organization. 
  • We have the world�s largest library of technical publications. 

Even if you knew all of that, you probably didn�t know that IEEE maintains a strong presence in Washington, DC.  Our staff and volunteers in Washington, led by IEEE-USA, played a central role in creating the 401K retirement plan, in drafting the interconnectivity standards that govern the electrical grid, and in hundreds of other legislative initiatives over the years.

This year we are fighting aggressively to:

  • Protect federal R&D spending in a tight budget,
  • Open up the patent system to small inventors,
  • Roll back restrictions of federal participation in technical conferences
  •  Protect American high-tech workers during the immigration reform debate

IEEE-USA is the leading voice for engineers and technology professionals in the United States.  We regularly work with Congress, the media, Supreme Court and the White House to protect your interests and to ensure the technical feasibility of government programs. 

Join the IEEE Northern Virginia Section on October 29th for a discussion on the merits of IEEE membership and public policy with one of IEEE-USA�s top Washington Representatives, Russ Harrison.  Russ is one of IEEE�s most popular speakers, having presented at over 180 local section meetings across the United States.  He will talk about all the top issues of the day that affect you and your career.

IEEE members have a unique and important role to play in setting public policy.  Come join The IEEE Northern Virginia Section on October 29th to learn how we, as a profession, can better influence our elected leaders.

Additionally, Murty Polavarapu and Rhonda Farrell  will present an overview of IEEE membership benefits, career aids, and special referral programs.

7:00 � 8:00 PM � Regular Meeting Program and Pizza(*)

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE-2, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976

MITRE, Northgate Building A

209 Research Blvd., Suite #200A

Aberdeen, MD 21001

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112

MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Aaron Dagen

desk: 732-578-6301

MITRE, room 6FD111

300 Sentinel Drive

Annapolis Junction, MD

Meg Weinberg: 410-707-2211

Tom Everett: 978-852-2400

Mitre Bedford is no longer participating.

For details and driving directions, see: October 2013 Software SIG Announcement

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact

Scott Ankrum 703-983-6127


Registration Website: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

Join online meeting https://meet.mitre.org/salwa/1MQ3M136

Join by Phone +1 (703) 983-2020

Conference ID: 6168561