April 10, 2017 – Since its designation as an Operational Test Agent (OTA) for both, the Grants Management Modernization (GMM) and the National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP) in late 2016, Garud Technology Services, Inc. (GTS) has applied its considerable experience as an OTA in meeting the needs of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Information Technology (IT) acquisitions. GMM as well as NFIP are designated Agile Pilot programs.

GTS has teamed with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to complement our Test and Evaluation (T&E) expertise, in the application of Agile methodologies to our OTA support to FEMA.  PNNL has evolved Agile software development for years, and has hundreds of certified staff in Agile/Scrum processes and testing.  Collaborative GTS and PNNL efforts to date have resulted in the development of Test and Evaluation Master Plans (TEMPs) that incorporate Agile testing approaches, and testable user stories to guide software security testing.

GTS continues to support the FEMA mission in the Logistics Management Directorate (LMD) and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), a component of FEMA. For additional information on GTS’s contributions in this component, please contact our account manager, Ms. Diana Escobar at diana.escobar@garudtechnology.com.

About Garud Technology Services
Garud Technology Services, Inc. (GTS), is a Maryland-based, Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), SBA-Certified 8(a) Firm, and a highly-specialized provider of Test and Evaluation (T&E) and analytic services to organizations with demanding technical requirements. Our portfolio of customers includes Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) Program Offices tasked to develop, test and support cutting-edge technologies. We have supported some of the most challenging DHS Science and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and US Navy projects over the past decade. Our T&E service offerings include Operational Testing, Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technology evaluation, cybersecurity testing, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), specification compliance testing, and performance testing. For software-intensive systems we tailor T&E to meet the unique requirements associated with the Agile development process. GTS understands our service offerings are only as good as the people we hire and the processes that we employ. Our team includes engineers and scientists with highly specialized expertise and qualifications, and we apply industry-accepted processes including CMMI-DEV (Level II Appraised) and ISO-9001 (Certified). Through GTS’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Crucible Criminal Justice Programs (CJP) LLC, the services mentioned can be augmented with a security cleared workforce.