Enhances Collaboration for the Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment
and Violence at the Military Academies
October 1, 2004
The Secretary of Defense established the Defense Task Force on Sexual
Harassment and Violence at the Military Academies on September 22,
2004. The 12-member task force, composed of senior military and
civilian experts from inside and outside the Department of Defense,
is charged to assess and make recommendations concerning how the
Departments of the Army and Navy may more effectively address matters
relating to sexual harassment and violence at the U.S. Military
Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. The task force follows the Fowler
Commission that considered similar issues at the Air Force Academy
last year. They are to report back to the Secretary within one year.
Geographic separation and the sheer volume of information to be
reviewed and coordinated presented unique challenges for the Task
Force. Inverness Technologies is providing a solution – the
Collaborative Office Environment (COE) – that will enable
the Task Force to work efficiently and effectively.
Inverness designed the COE to enable Task Force members to quickly
and easily store, organize, and search for critical information
in the extensive document reference library. It also provides work
spaces where the Task Force committee member can collaborate on
briefings and reports, discuss issues at hand, vote on recommendations,
and coordinate schedules via team calendars. The COE will reduce
travel and communication costs and maximize the productivity of
this critical Task Force.
Inverness, an innovative IT consulting firm, is providing this
support as part of a follow-on effort sponsored by the Office of
the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In addition
to designing the COE, Inverness will provide user training, help-desk
support and system administration support to the Task Force.
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