Government Agencies and FED iFM

Government agencies have major problems managing facility data in disparate monolithic systems.  FED iFM looked at how to address managing facility data within any agency.  FED iFM builds a platform of shared services with modular facility life cycle solutions. Significant savings are possible compared to the current monolithic systems that are in place.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that were initially created for defense purposes, today can be used to find the nearest coffee shop. FED iFM was started as an initiative to bring  facilities into the 21st century. This initial two years + investment is the catalyst for the industry.  Other government agencies have shown interest in FED iFM. With the challenge exactly the same, a shared platform makes sense to solve those challenges.

No More Silos - Own Your Data

The US Government portfolio of facilities is a massive 3.35 billion square feet with an annual operating cost of 30 billion dollars. Plagued with antiquated IT systems, procurement processes and inefficient operations, FED iFM (Integrated Facility Management) was created as shared information service to lift the building industry and create an opportunity for change.  Rooted in tools and processes from the previous century, access to building data is tightly coupled, closed, monolithic and highly inflexible. This problem exists in monolithic commercial off the shelf systems (COTS) as well as government off the shelf systems (GOTS).

Buildings are starting to "talk" more while being connected to the Internet.  iFM defines a security structure that enables more collaboration in a controlled, yet open way. (Yes, you can have both).

FED + iFM = FED iFM for Government Agencies

FEDiFM was a project through the National Institute of Building Standards which opened up the process and results to owners and the facility community. The driving objective is to share facility standards, modular tools, and processes.

iFM is created on top of MAX.gov, a shared service among government agencies with over 120,000 users.  This allows FED iFM to benefit from many features already built in MAX (e.g., secure log ins) while offering new facility management tools to all existing users.
To introduce the facility management community to the power of sharing facility data and creating new opportunities, an iFM sandbox is an ideal environment for developers and owners to create tools and solutions that can plug into FED iFM.
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“iFM” of FED iFM