Gradkell News

July 2013 - US Army Corps of Engineers goes live with DBsign in CEFMS
US Army Corps of Engineers goes live with DBsign integration into the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS). Over 30,000 CEFMS users will now digitally sign their financial transactions with DBsign®. CEFMS is an Oracle® Webforms based application that manages the Corps financials from budgetary through disbursing.
April 2013 - CEFMS Contract Awarded
Millington, TN. US Army Corps of Engineers: The USACE Finance Center exercises option year 3 for the Operation and Maintenance of the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS). Gradkell Systems, Inc. continues support in the operations and maintenance for CEFMS and has participated in every aspect of its design and development for over 22 years.
January 2013 - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard selects DBsign for SharePoint/InfoPath Integration
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard selects DBsign Data Security Suite to integrate with MS SharePoint adding authentication and digital signature technology.
September 2012 - USACE Finance Center selects DBsign for CEFMS
Millington, TN. US Army Corps of Engineers: The USACE Finance Center selects DBsign Data Security Suite version 4.0 to modernize its digital signature technology in the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS). In 1991, Gradkell Systems, Inc. pioneered digital signatures in the Department of Defense by implementing the first ever DoD digital signature solution and CEFMS was the application. Today, CEFMS is once again on the forefront of digital signature technology with DBsign 4.0.
June 2012 - US Army Cyber Command purchases DBsign Data Security Suite version 4.0 to secure its RM-Online transactions.
The Army Cyber Command/2nd Army plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, directs, and conducts network operations and defense of all Army networks; when directed, conducts cyberspace operations in support of full spectrum operations to ensure U.S./Allied freedom of action in cyberspace, and to deny the same to our adversaries. The total command strength will exceed 21,000 Soldiers and civilians and will be funded from within existing fiscal resources.
April 2012 - CEFMS Contract Awarded

Millington, TN. US Army Corps of Engineers: The USACE Finance Center exercises option year 2 for the Operation and Maintenance of the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS). Gradkell Systems, Inc. has participated provided design, development, operations and maintenance for CEFMS for over 20 years and continues support with the exercise of this option.

GPS Information Guidance, LLC and Gradkell Systems, Inc. have entered into Option Year 1 under the 5 year agreement that continues the Operations and Development (O&M) support for the US Army Corps of Engineers Financial Management System (CEFMS). Gradkell Systems, Inc. have been heavily involved with the design, development and maintenance of CEFMS since 1991.

March 2012 - Dynetics and Gradkell Partner to Provide DBsign to AssuredCompliance Users

Dynetics Inc. and Gradkell Systems Inc., both headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., announced that they have reached an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement, which provides Dynetics AssuredCompliance™ customers the option of digital signature capabilities with the DBsign®. Using AssuredCompliance, organizations automate and streamline management of the DIACAP and NIST C&A processes, leading to the dynamic generation of key reports and artifacts such as scorecards, plans of actions and milestones (POA&Ms), system security plans (SSPs) and security assessment reports (SARs).

"Dynetics is pleased to partner with Gradkell Systems Inc. for the benefit of AssuredCompliance customers," said Tom Baumbach, president of Dynetics. "Not only does Gradkell’s DBsign provide a key capability, but it does so through an inventive way that complements AssuredCompliance’s data-centric approach to C&A and risk management."

Read more on the Dynetics web site:

Dynetics and Gradkell Partner to Provide DBsign to AssuredCompliance Users
January 2012 - DBsign used in two separate systems at Air National Guard, Andrews AFB

Air National Guard has purchased the software application, RM-Online™ by CACI which comes with DBsign® embedded for digital signature generation. Also, the Air National Guard has purchased additional licenses of DBsign 4.0 to be used in the Air Force Reserve Order Writing System (AROWS) at Andrews AFB.

January 2012 - Andrews, AFB. The Air National Guard purchases DBsign
Andrews, AFB. The Air National Guard purchases DBsign to CAC/PIV enable and digitally sign transactions in the RM-Online COTS software application.
December 2011 - The US Army Corps of Engineers announces their 4th straight unqualified opinion on its Civil Works Financial Statements audited and signed by KPMG.
The US Army Corps of Engineers announces their 4th straight unqualified opinion on its Civil Works Financial Statements audited and signed by KPMG. Sustaining a clean audit opinion is a team effort, and Gradkell is proud to have been involved in the design, development and maintenance of the Corps financial management system since its inception. Gradkell congratulates the Corps and looks forward to providing continued support.
April 2011 - New DoD STIG from DISA for Application Security and Development!

On the 29th of April the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released the Application Security and Development, Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) Version 3, Release 3.

Version 3 of this STIG originated a year earlier under the authority of DoD Directive 8500.1. This directive requires all IA and IA-enabled IT products incorporated into DoD Information Systems to be configured in accordance with DoD approved security configuration guidelines. DISA establishes these guidelines to require that components being used to provide IA or IA-enabled functionality will, in addition to meeting all the requirements specified in this document, be evaluated in accordance with the NIAP approval process. For information on the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) approval process or NIAP approved products, refer to the following web site: http://www.niap-ccevs.org/CC-Scheme/VPL/.

DBsign Data Security Suite®, the premier PKI/CAC enabling product for DoD, satisfies this requirement of the STIG. Furthermore, DBsign satisfies Application Security and Development STIG, V3R3 paragraphs:

  • 3.6 Cryptography
  • 3.7.5 Data Integrity
  • 3.8.3 PKI Authentication
  • 3.7.2 Data Storage
  • 3.16 Mobile Code
  • 6.11 PKI Certificate Configuration
June 2010 - U.S. unveils plan to make online transactions safer.

U.S. rolls out plan to help Internet users know who they're talking to, buying from online.

Read the whole story here.

April 2010 - Gradkell Systems, Inc. celebrates its 20 year anniversary.
Gradkell Systems, Inc. celebrates its 20 year anniversary. On April 9, 1990, the company was co-founded by Grady Gaston and Kelly Mitchell. In 1991, Gradkell helped pioneer digital signatures by working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Governmental Accountability Office.
March 2010 - DBsign chosen to CAC-enable the Air Force Reserves Order Writing System (AROW-S)
Warner-Robins, AFB chooses DBsign to CAC-enable the Air Force Reserves Order Writing System (AROW-S). It will be integrated at two central sites, Robbins, AFB and Kansas City. It will service the entire Air Force Reserves community.
November 2009 - CBS's 60 Minutes reports that cyber criminals have used the internet to steal over $100,000,000 from U.S. banks this year.

July 2009 - Warner-Robins AFB, Air Force Reserves selects DBsign to CAC-enable AFRC ALOD

US Air Force, Warner-Robins AFB, Air Force Reserves selects DBsign to CAC-enable the AFRC Automated Line of Duty system. DBsign will add CAC authentication, data integrity and digital signatures to AFRC ALOD.

June 2009 - Eglin, AFB Research Laboratory/Munitions Directorate selects DBsign to CAC-enable AFCORP

US Air Force, Eglin, AFB Research Laboratory/Munitions Directorate selects DBsign to CAC-enable the Air Force Corporate Information System (AFCORP). DBsign will add CAC authentication, data integrity and digital signatures to AFCORP.

May 2009 - DRS contracts with Gradkell for maintenance on the DSESTS database and user interface.

DRS contracts with Gradkell for maintenance on the DSESTS database and user interface. DRS provides maintenance for the A1M1 Bradley and other fighting vehicles. Diagnostics and equipment information is maintained in DSESTS. Gradkell will alter the database to track more information and make it interface more user-friendly.

February 2009 - Gradkell chosen to PK-enable the US Census Bureau's Travel Management Information System.

US Bureau of the Census contracts with Gradkell to PK-enable the Travel Management Information System. Gradkell will convert the symmetric key signatures generated in TMIS for over 10 years to PKI digital signatures while implementing DBsign to provide PKI authentication, data integrity and non-repudiation.

January 2009 - TSA purchases new DBsign Universal Web Signer licenses.

Transportation Security Administration purchases new DBsign licenses with UWS 1.0. TSA uses DBsign with the HRWORX Human Resource System. The Universal Web Signer 1.0 allows TSA to use DBsign with practically any client machine without a client-side installation.

December 2008 - DBsign successfully DIACAP validated as part of USAF PIPS application.

DBsign has been successfully DIACAP validated as part of USAF PIPS application.

August 2008 - Gradkell will exhibit the capabilities of the PKI enabling software component, DBsign at the Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, AL Aug 24-27.

Gradkell will exhibit the capabilities of the PKI enabling software component, DBsign at the Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, AL Aug 24-27.

Come to booth # 620 to see a demonstration.

July 2008 - Gradkell Systems, Inc. Receives 2008 Best of Huntsville Award

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Gradkell Systems, Inc. Receives 2008 Best of Huntsville Award

U.S. Local Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., July 11, 2008 -- Gradkell Systems, Inc. has been selected for the 2008 Best of Huntsville Award in the Computer Services category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association

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U.S. Local Business Association
June 2008 - Crane, IN - Navy Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division implements DBsign UWS in the Information Logistics Support Management Information System (ILSMIS).

DBsign Universal Web Signer (UWS) will be used to place CAC digital signatures on purchases and approvals in ILSMIS. The application is developed in Oracle Web Forms which creates complexity in dealing with external interfaces such as CAC. But with DBsign UWS, PK-enabling this Oracle application is greatly simplified.

DBsign UWS requires no client-side install, but loads a Java applet via the browser instead. This gives applications the flexibility of being accessed from multiple client O/S machines including Macs and Linux.

May 2008 - Dayton, OH - The Job Order Cost Accounting System (JOCAS II) program implements DBsign for digital signatures.
JOCAS II is a robust cost accounting system with an open architecture based on Oracle9i information systems technology. Through its easy-to-use, web-enabled, graphical user interface (GUI), JOCAS II simplifies the cost accounting process and provides a detailed accounting of those costs. JOCAS II is currently used by Major Range and Test Facility Bases (MRTFBs); Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E); Space Command; and the Defense Security Service (DSS). These communities have relied on the JOCAS II application since the early 1990s and continue to trust the system to provide financial information for the decision-making process. From a technical perspective, the JOCAS II application is a complex application that supports Government financial regulations, and cost accounting business processes. JOCAS II conforms to the statutory requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) and is verified by Air Force Audit Agency as compliant with The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). JOCAS II is a web-based application that meets secure sockets layer (SSL) and Government security requirements. It is comprised of 303 database tables and 308 software modules (Oracle forms, Oracle reports, C processes, and PL/SQL packages) with an estimated 2.8 million lines of code.
February 2008 - Randolph, AFB - DBsign is chosen to PK-enable the Virtual Military Personnel Flight's (vMPF) automated DD214.
DD Form 214 is a document of the United States Department of Defense issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military. DD Form 214 is widely regarded as one of the most important documents in the military as it is a complete record of a service member's time in the military, awards and medals, and other pertinent service information such as promotions, combat service or overseas service, Military Occupational Specialty identifiers and record of training and schools completed. The vMPF is an electronic replica of the traditional personnel office that serves military members on a base. Like the real thing, the virtual personnel shop will supply information to visitors, allow them to check their records, and within limits, let them initiate actions that formerly have required in-person visits. DBsign's implementation in vMPF gives the USAF personnel the ability to sign their electronic transactions with the CAC badges.
November 2007 - Scott, AFB - USAF LeaveWeb application implements DBsign for digital signatures.
Airmen throughout the Air Force can take advantage of a simplified and automated online leave system called LeaveWeb. LeaveWeb streamlines the leave process by allowing airmen to submit leave requests and approvals electronically, saving time and improving customer service, according to finance officials. The paperless process allows people to electronically coordinate leave with supervisors, orderly rooms and financial services offices. In November, Secure Data, Inc., the LeaveWeb contractor, implemented DBsign to add CAC digital signatures to the application. The USAF Permanent Change-in-Station Processing System (AF PIPS) also was PK-enabled using DBsign.
October 2007 - Wright-Patterson, AFB - The Automated Business Services System (ABSS) gets a makeover with DBsign for HTML applications with Universal Web Signer (UWS) for Macs and Linux.
The US Air Force's ABSS was the first application to implement DBsign in May 2000. At the time, and until recently, ABSS was a client-server type of application. With its move to the web, the application has now implemented the version 3.0 of DBsign with the new Universal Web Signer (UWS). ABSS is developed in Oracle Web Forms and the UWS simplifies the CAC login and digital signatures without using cumbersome Oracle methodologies.
June 2007 - US Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA) chooses DBsign to PK-enable the Navy's DD 2875.
Following suit with the Air Force, the Navy also chooses DBsign to automate the public key digital signatures of the agency's System Authorization Access Request (SAAR) also known as the Department of Defense Form 2875. The application is expected to be deployed sometime in 2008.
May 2007 - Accenture purchases DBsign® for TSA human resources system.
Accenture chooses DBsign® to secure the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) human resources system from HRWorx with digital signatures.
March 2007 - US Army Material Command (AMC) chooses DBsign® to digitally sign their resource management data.
AMC is an RM-Online customer of CACI. This resource management tool with DBsign® for digital signatures provides AMC with data integrity and non-repudiation.
October 2006 - Gradkell Systems, Inc. sponsors the Documentation and Paperless Automation for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Conference.

At this conference speaker Grady Gaston of Gradkell Systems, Inc. will present:

Electronic Signature Implementation for Data Integrity and Non-Repudiation

The Food and Drug Administration's requirement for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance can easily be satisfied with today's electronic signature technology. Furthermore, electronic signatures can help satisfy Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, as well as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance.

  • Approaching the specifics of 21 CFR Part 11 for Records under Predicate Rule requirements
  • Data Integrity for Long-lived documents
  • Non-Repudiation and its impact on satisfying Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA

Gradkell Systems, Inc. pioneered electronic signatures in 1991 in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the General Accounting Office (GAO). Today, more federal funding transactions are digitally signed with Gradkell's technology than any other.

June 2006 - US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) elects to digitally sign their resource management data using DBsign®.
ATEC chooses RM-Online, provided by CACI, for their resource management tool with DBsign® for digital signatures.
January 2006 - President Bush calls for "wider use of electronic records and other health information technology" in the State of the Union speech.
In the State of the Union speech, President Bush states: "We will make use of electronic records and other health information technology to help control costs and reduce dangerous medical errors." DBsign® provides accuracy and security for medical databases by adding public key authentication, digital signatures, and non-repudiation. Gradkell Systems and its partners provide NIAP validated, HIPAA compliant solutions.
January 2006 - DBsign® 3.0 begins JITC testing for recertification
DBsign® Data Security Suite version 3.0 begins Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) testing for recertification. DBsign® for Oracle Web Forms, DBsign® for Client/Server Applications, and DBsign® for HTML Applications are undergoing JITC testing for the third time.
November 2005 - DBsign® 3.0 Released
Gradkell Systems announces the NIAP validated release of DBsign® Data Security Suite Version 3.0.
October 2005 - DBsign® receives NIAP CCEVS validation
DBsign® Data Security Suite version 3.0 completes NIAP CCEVS evaluation at assurance level EAL 2. Click the following links to view the validation reports: DBsign® for Oracle Web Forms, DBsign® for Client/Server Applications, and DBsign® for HTML Applications.
September 2005 - Piasecki Aircraft Corporation contracts Gradkell
Piasecki Aircraft Corp. contracts with Gradkell Systems to provide EVMS, CMM Level 3, and AS9100 Project Management support for its FCS Class II and Class III Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program.
July 2005 - ASM Research, Inc. chooses DBsign®
ASM Research, Inc. chooses DBsign® for the digital signature solution in its Line-of-Duty (LOD) medical system for the National Guard.
March 2005 - DBsign® and PeopleSoft
The Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System (DIMHRS) will be PK-enabled by DBsign® Data Security Suite. The PeopleSoft application running in the IBM AIX environment will have its digital signature capability provided by DBsign®. DIMHRS is the largest PeopleSoft deployment ever attempted, serving over 3.1 million users.
March 2005 - State of Indiana chooses DBsign®
The State of Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) selects DBsign® to Public Key (PK)-enable its Oracle WorkFlow application. DBsign® adds authentication and digital signatures to DOC's Substance Abuse Management System (SAMS). About 30 to 35 percent of offenders eligible for a time cut do not receive their full time cut because the current system is choked with paper. DBsign will conservatively save the State of Indiana $85,000 annually by adding digital signature to SAMS and eliminating the need for a paper signature.