Northern Virginia Technology Council to assess problems at Arlington National Cemetery

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is moving ahead with a pro-bono assessment of Arlington National Cemetery’s technology requirements.  The council said Monday that Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC and The MITRE Corp., along with 13 other members, will begin the assessment immediately and hope to have it turned around in 60 days. 

The purpose of the report, the council said in a statement, is “to identify and develop solutions to restore America’s confidence in the integrity of Arlington National Cemetery.” The assessment comes in response to a request from Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) who sought a remedy after massive recordkeeping problems came to light this summer. 

An internal Army investigation found unmarked graves and burials not marked on official maps among other deficiencies. The Army hired a new director to carry out reforms, but that wasn’t enough to prevent veterans groups from asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to take control over the busy cemetery, which frequently handles more than 20 burials a day. 

The NVTC plans to provide a written report with findings and recommendations to the cemetery’s new Executive Director Kathryn Condon and the Secretary of the Army. 

“I appreciate the willingness of Army and Arlington National Cemetery officials to continue working in close partnership with these NVTC member companies,” Warner said. “Fixing the problems at Arlington has to be everyone’s priority, and I am pleased to see this strong partnership move forward.”

The NVTC is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. It’s the largest tech council in the country, serving 1,000 companies and about 200,000 employees in the region.

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