Past Performances

 

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

The purpose of the VBMS project, as a whole, is to replace the Veteran Services Network (VETSNET) suite of applications, all supporting the claim and benefit business processes for a veteran. GeekSI had previously implemented and delivered the business logic for multiple applications within VETSNET.

 

VBMS also included the goal to eliminate paper and folder management, incorporating an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system known as the eFolder, implemented in FileNet for the storage of scanned images and BPM for workflow, Oracle Database and Oracle Web Services. This Core ECM system managed the scan images of claim and other benefit forms and evidence.

 

GeekSI, along with other partners, developed VBMS Ratings. The Ratings application’s purpose is to support a Raters ability to review claim evidence documents and information, including medical exams and military service, used to determine eligibility for compensation and pension benefits. Once the military service is confirmed, the disability is evaluated to determine a percentage based upon rating schedule regulations in the electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR). This percentage is used to determine an overall percentage that directly corresponds to a benefit monetary amount for the veteran to receive. A letter is generated to the veteran to explain the benefits and their rights to appeal, and is stored in the eFolder.

 

GeekSI created use cases maintained in the Rational Tool Suite. We facilitated daily team scrum meetings and held JAD sessions with SMEs. Maintained epics, user stories, and tasks in Rational Team Concert (RTC) as well as requirements in Rational Requirements Composer (RRC). We developed the application with Java Spring, Spring MVC, Hibernate frameworks interfacing with Oracle and Weblogic application servers.

 

Most notably, we also spearheaded the development of business rules within ILOG JRules, to determine the evaluation percentage and generate the text within the letter. Working with the VHA and their medical examiner staff, we integrated VA medical exams to automatically complete evaluations without user intervention. Finally, we also performed functional and performance testing, creating Master Test Plans and scripts and reporting defects and other change management critical issues.

 

 

 

Veteran Management Benefits System (VBMS) Ratings

The purpose of the VBMS project, as a whole, is to replace the VETSNET suite of applications, all supporting the claim and benefit business processes for a veteran. GeekSI had previously implemented and delivered the business logic for multiple applications within VETSNET.

 

VBMS also included the goal to eliminate paper and folder management, incorporating an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system known as the eFolder, implemented in FileNet for the storage of scanned images and BPM for workflow, Oracle Database and Oracle Web Services. This Core ECM system managed the scan images of claim and other benefit forms and evidence.

 

For VBMS, GeekSI, along with other partners, developed VBMS Awards. The VBMS Awards applications purpose is to evaluate the financial aspect of the Veteran, or other participants, such as family members applying for benefits. Using this information as well as the rating decision, an award benefit monetary amount is determined. This information is sent to other internal and external systems, such as the Department of Treasury, to issue the check to the veteran. It is a very large and complex project, serving as the point of claim processing to determine the Veteran’s and the Veterans dependents’ payment for benefits based upon Title 38 Part II Chapter 11, 13, 15, and 23. It has over 20,000 users nationwide, with multiple system to system integrations including generating correspondence, storage of correspondence generated via the Thunderhead correspondence engine stored in IBM Filenet “eFolder”, DOD information for military payment information, VBMS Rating as well as the Finance and Accounting Service. It also includes approximately 300,000 lines of code built on the Spring Model-View-Controller framework which provides a view layer (with UI components), Spring Context and Security, and database integration (Hibernate). Code includes business rules, UI Design specifications, and integration with VBA Service layer.  Additional components include SAML Authentication and compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and database integration through Hibernate.

 

GeekSI created use cases maintained in the Rational Tool Suite. We facilitated daily team scrum meetings and held JAD sessions with SMEs. Maintained epics, user stories, and tasks in Rational Team Concert (RTC) as well as requirements in Rational Requirements Composer (RRC). We developed the application with Java Spring, Spring MVC, Hibernate frameworks interfacing with Oracle and Weblogic application servers.

 

Most notably, VBMS-Awards has completely replatformed all 21 award types including awards still processed on the Benefits Delivery Network (BDN), introduced new calculators within the application to assist the user with pension awards that calculate income based on expenses, automated military drill pay adjustments, and seamlessly integrated letter generation and auto deposit in the eFolder within the user’s same application. Finally, we also performed functional and performance testing. Testing begins in development through unit testing with Junit and building tests with Maven Surefire execution of JUnits.  The Geek QA team members create Master Test Plans and practice test-driven development with interfaces and scripts using Rational Quality Manager (RQM) and reporting defects and other change management critical issues in Rational Team Concert RTC). Performance testing is conducted with VA viable tools and accessibility testing with VA-approved screen readers.

 

Veteran Management Benefits System (VBMS) Awards

The purpose of the Memorial Enterprise Letters (MEL) contract is to deliver a re-engineered letter generation capability in support of burial benefit claims processing for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).  In 2013 alone, NCA furnished 352,544 headstones and markers. It also provided approximately 654,400 Presidential Memorial Certificates to loved ones of deceased Veterans.

 

GeekSI executed all aspect of the SDLC on MEL. We gathered requirements in the form of agile epics and user stories, conducting JAD sessions to ensure the alignment with customer needs and expectation. We implemented the letter generation within a Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) framework, utilizing the Activi workflow engine, WODM rules engine, and Thunderhead correspondence engine for PDF files. Our SQA experts created Master Test Plans, test scenarios, scripts, and regression testing automation in support of the many facets of testing to verify a solid delivery each sprint and release.  GeekSI conducted this leveraging, an agile methodology, having daily team scrums, sprint reviews and planning to achieve and exceed customer milestones and satisfaction.

 

Memorial Enterprise Letters (MEL)

NAICS Codes

541511 Custom Computer Programming Services

541512 Computer System Design Services

541519 Other Computer Related Services

541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

 

            Certifications

Florida Women Owned Small Business

Socially Disadvantaged Business

Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business