November 19, 2010: NEW Job Opportunities

Please see below for three new job opportunties with APG since my last posting in September.  As if you needed another reason to consider APG as your new employer…in Jan 2011, we will be adding a 401(k) match to our benefits package! Submit your resume for consideration to

  • PRISM Functional Consultant
  • Information Security Senior Consultant
  • Project Manager with PMP credentials

PRISM Functional Consultant

Location:  Bethesda, MD

Available:  Immediate—2 weeks

Length of Contract:  2 years        

Type of Employment:  1099/C2C or Full Time Employment

Position Requirements:

  • Resolve trouble tickets
  • Troubleshooting application issues
  • Develop lifecycle documentation (e.g., change requests, solution documents, and functional specifications)
  • Test software changes
  • Develop test plans

Knowledge of the following Application Modules:

  • Compusearch PRISM
  • Oracle-Compusearch Interface (OCI)
  • Oracle iProcurement
  • Oracle Purchasing

Information Security Senior Consultant

Location:  D.C metro area

Available:  Immediate

Openings:  2

Length of Contract:  Indefinite

Type of Employment:  Full-Time Employee

Position Description:

  • Conduct IA vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Certification and Accreditation (C&A) in accordance with DODI 8510.01, DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP)
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • Ports, Protocols, and Services Management
  • DoD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM)
  • Vulnerability Management System (VMS)
  • Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs)
  • Personal Identifying Information (PII)
  • Risk Assessments
  • Access Control
  • Audit Log Review
  • Oracle Encryption Methodology      

Experience Requirements:

  • DIACAP and DITSCAP experience (intel, military or defense)
  • Experience in Information Assurance policies, programs, procedures
  • Experience with the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP)
  • Experience with Federal Information Security Act (FISMA), DoD PKI, Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM), and Security Technical Information Guides (STIGs)
  • Experience planning and conducting Information Assurance vulnerability assessments
  • Technical writing

Project Manager–PMP  

Location:  D.C. Metro area or Denver, CO

 Available:  Next 30 days

 Openings:  2

Length of Contract:  1 Project Manager for a 3 to 6 month engagement (Must have VMware deployment expertise)

Length of Contract:  2nd Project Manager for 12 month engagement (Must have Strategic Planning experience and be a strong writer)

Experience Requirements:

  • PMI Certified or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of IT project management
  • Skills to use MS Project and Visio
  • knowledge and experience with effective software development lifecycle managment
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) PMBOK methodologies
  • IT Operations
  • Full Project Management Lifecycle
  • Configuration managment
  • Requirements management
  • User acceptance testing
  • ITIL Certification is added value

~Elisa Hillery/Recruiter


APG adds 401(k) matching to benefits package

We are excited to announce that effective Jan 1, 2011, APG will add a 401(k) match to it’s benefits package!

APG’s benefits package was already very attractive, offering benefits such as: absorbing 60% of health premiums, two options for medical plans, Flexible Savings Account, covering 100% of the premium for Core Life/AD&D/STD/LTD insurance, standard 120 hours PTO, and now a 4% match for 401(k) contributions.

In an ailing economy where health care costs continue to rise and companies are cutting costs by scaling back on benefits, APG is proud to be a company which rewards employees by mitigating costs and continually adds to its  rich benefits package.

Add this to the list of “Top 10 Reasons why APG is a Great Place to Work” !

~Amy Rigney-Gay/HR Director

In Honor of Veteran’s Day


“Raising Flag on Iwo Jima”: a statute inspired from an extremely popular photo taken in 1945. The statue is of five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. (Caitlin Mirra/


Veteran’s Day is a day for us to honor and thank the men and women who have courageously served our country and sacrificed their life for our freedom.  We would like to recognize and give special thanks to  APG’s 13 Veteran employees who have made the transition from armed forces to civilian life, and are committed to the success of the Company.

As a DoD contractor for the federal government, APG has had great opportunities to support U.S. government agencies who strive to preserve the safety and intelligence of our country. Last May, APG won a contract with the American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) as the systems integrator to implement the Commission onto the Oracle eBusiness Suite hosted at the National Business Center. The Commission honors the service, achievements and sacrifices of United States Armed Forces. The Commission’s commemorative mission includes designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries. The photo below is of the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris, France, taken by an APG consultant overseas working on the Oracle implementation.

So, this Veteran’s Day, take some time to remember those, and family members of those who have heroically served our country, but also take some time to think about those who are actively serving in the armed forces today.

Veteran’s Day marks the end of World War I. (Andrew Lawatsch/APG)

~Sarah Bassett/Marketing Analyst

Managing Director, Bryan Jester speaks at Oracle Fed Forum

October 20th—Bryan Jester is a keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Oracle Federal Forum hosted by Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President of Oracle Product Development. During the cleverly named session, Clouds with No Rain, Bryan will speak about how cloud computing has integrated with the solutions APG delivers and the potential cost savings for clients.

 To read more about the event, click here.

Press Release: APG Becomes Oracle Partner Network Platinum Partner


APG is pleased to announce that APG is now part of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) at the Platinum Level! There are many benefits of an elite level of membership that are gained through the OPN. To name a few:

  • Increased visibility of our offerings and exposure to millions of potential customers via priority placement on product pages and the OPN Solutions catalog.
  • Maximum recognition within Oracle based on our in-depth expertise across a breadth of Oracle’s products.
  • Cost savings as a result of discounts on services offered through OPN.

In addition, all APG employees are now eligible to set up user access and begin to leverage OPN content, information, available training, metalink access, and other benefits afforded to partners and members. 

This is a tremendous and important milestone and our return to OPN and resumption of our historically strong and productive relationship with Oracle is being met with great enthusiasm on both sides — APG and Oracle.

Coordination is underway through the alliance channel, existing executive relationships, and sales organization to ramp interactions, coordination, and overall information sharing on relevant opportunities in the market.

To read more about the Oracle Partner Network, click here

~John Cockrill/Chief Operating Officer  

APG’s President has Ten Year Alumni Luck at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld is about meeting up with colleagues of years past, exchanging business cards….and walking everywhere, from hotel to convention center, back to the hotel, to meetings with customers or partners, to  lunches and dinners, Moscone West, Moscone South, Starbucks and always at least one stop to Beard Papa’s Cream Puff Bakery!  

I had incredible luck this year networking with executives from companies APG partners with which started with the plane ride to San Fran, which coincidentally was with Mike Steivater and Eric Stockton of Oracle Public Sector Sales – Civilian. Luck continued in the taxi ride to the hotel with Bob Lam, who is a Partner with Accenture Public Sector. Monday night I attended a Federal event at Jillian’s restaurant where I was able to connect with Mark Johnson– Senior VP for Public Sector Sale, Dennis Morgan– VP for Partners, Wayne Bobby– VP for Public Sector Solutions and many others. 

In line I was able to speak with Lesta Brady, VP for Public Sector Technology Solutions, and was introduced to Gerard Biggs who works the Civilian side of her group.  My luck carried me home as my seat-mate on the plane was Tamara Greenspan, VP for Public Sector DoD Applications Sales.  Needless to say, Oracle Public Sector Sales Reps and Sales Executives know APG is BACK as an Oracle Partner!  

In the end, Oracle OpenWorld is a “connectivity” event with colleagues, consultants, Partners, Oracle Sales and each other.  By any measure, this year was a total success!

~Tony DeSomma/President

Oracle OpenWorld – Bryan Jester’s Experience

Oracle OpenWorld hosted annually in the Moscone Center in San Francisco ended yesterday with an estimated 41,000 attendees.  OpenWorld provides an opportunity for Oracle partners and customers to converge together and soak up everything that’s new and up-coming in Oracle’s realm. Aside from learning about the next-big-thing from Oracle during important keynote sessions, attendees have the opportunity to explore new Oracle technology and solutions in the exhibit hall, network with attendees from companies around the world who are innovating with Oracle and see new products and applications in action during demos.  

This year, APG sent 8 executives and managers to OpenWorld.

 I have attended OpenWorld for the past few years, and I always look forward to Oracle’s big announcements. Whether it’s a new product release, or the announcement of a new direction Oracle is taking, it’s always something juicy that we anxiously await. This year, it was the application release of The Oracle Contract Life Cycle Management (CLM), after over two years of development.  The product’s purpose is to close the gap around the traditional missing elements of the existing Oracle Federal Procurement Suite. The ability to have a fully integrated Federal procurement solution including all the requisite FAR components is an exciting addition to the Oracle Federal application environment.   

The full solution requires an environment of Oracle Federal Financials (Core Financial Apps including Purchasing) as well as iProcurement for self service requisitioning components, Sourcing for the RFQ type components, iSupplier for Vendor self service and Core Purchasing.  CLM will be the “replacement” for Oracle’s Procurement Contracts for the Federal market, and provide the FAR capabilities that were missing and had caused a large amount of work-arounds and process solutions that have been challenging in the Oracle Federal environment.   

CLM is a strong contender to round out the Oracle eBusiness Suite and provide a complete integrated solution from Procure to Pay for the Federal market.   Read more about it in Oracle’s Press Release:

We were able to catch up with a number of APG clients as well as network with Oracle executives.  Chris Kennedy, the CIO of The Presidio Trust (one of APG’s clients) attended OpenWorld and it was great to catch up.  APG’s senior management had a number of good meetings with Oracle’s Partner Network leadership, as well as with a number of our commercial partners in attendance at the conference. 

~Bryan Jester/Managing Director