• Optimal Solutions Group Appraised at CMMI Level 3 – Development

    Optimal Solutions Group, LLC today announced that it has been appraised at level 3 for Development (DEV) of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by Abridge Technology. CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

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  • FNS Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Report Published

    The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), as part of its efforts to reach out to small businesses, awarded Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) a contract to conduct the Annual Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor Tiering Determination Assessment for 2014.

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  • USAID Education Data

    International Education Progress Reporting Website Launched

    Optimal is pleased to announce the launch of the public version of USAID 2011-2015 Education Strategy Progress Report website at www.usaideducationdata.org. The website serves as a public access point for data and documentation used by the USAID Office of Education to measure progress towards the targets of the 2011-2015 USAID Education Strategy. The public version of the website details results […]

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  • SAMHSA

    Using Mobile Applications in Opioid Treatment: Opportunities and Challenges

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) awarded Optimal a contract to assess the implementation and effectiveness of mobile application technology to provide recovery support services to patients undergoing treatment for opioid dependence in an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).

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Recent Press Releases
Optimal Solutions Group to Create Platform to Review Sites for Accessibility Compliance

October 11, 2018

Like buildings and homes, websites may have barriers to accessibility that are not obvious until you know what to look for. Site users who are blind need text descriptions of images that can be read by a screen reader device, while users who cannot easily grip objects will need forms with fields that are navigable without clicking a mouse.


Understanding the effects of 7(j) online training for 8(a) firms

October 2, 2018

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Performance Management has contracted with Optimal Solutions Group to assess the effectiveness of online training on topics such as marketing, contract management, and federal contracting rules and regulations for participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program.


Understanding the role of HUBZone businesses in fulfilling federal government contracts.

October 2, 2018

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Performance Management has contracted with Optimal Solutions Group to provide analyses to determine whether HUBZone-certified firms can fulfill the needs of the available federal government contracts.


Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop

September 20, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Auer of Optimal Solutions presented a paper, “Business Assistance and Women Entrepreneurs” at the Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop on Sept. 20, 2018.


2018 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) STATS-DC Stats Data Conference

July 27, 2018

At this year’s NCES DC Stats Conference, “Visualizing the Future of Education Through Data,” Optimal Solutions shared its work on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and with state assessment data via a presentation and demonstration booth.


Optimal Founder and CEO appointed to University of Maryland Economics Leadership Council

July 1, 2018

Dr. Mark Turner, founder and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, LLC, has been appointed to the University of Maryland Economics Leadership Council (ELC).


Optimal awarded GSA IT Schedule 70

June 29, 2018

On June 29, Optimal was awarded the U.S. General Services Administration’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 070 contract, 47QTCA18D00FC. The contract expires in 2023, with the potential of three (5) year options to follow.




Archived Press Releases
Optimal Runner-up in Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

January 30, 2018

The State of Ohio moved forward with an $8 million dollar technology challenge to help in addressing our nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. Ohio currently spends $1 billion annually in this battle. To help advance innovation in this area, the State launched a three-phase challenge to find solutions in “opioid abuse prevention, treatment and overdose avoidance and response.”


Optimal Solutions Group Supports SBA’s Office of Performance Management and Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) in Program Evaluation Efforts

September 27, 2017

Optimal is pleased to announce that it has received a contract from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Performance Management and Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) to support their program evaluation efforts.


Optimal Solutions Group Appraised at CMMI Level 3 – Services

September 20, 2017

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC today announced that it has been appraised at level 3 for Services (SVC) of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by Abridge Technology. CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. An appraisal at maturity level 3 […]


CMS Approves Optimal’s Authority to Operate

August 17, 2017

Optimal is pleased to announce that it has received its second Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Acting CIO and Director of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at CMS for the Learning System Data Management (LSDM) Data Management, Analysis and Reporting System (DMARS) system.


2017 NCES DC Stats Conference: Using Tableau for Displaying Percentile and Regional Data Maps from NAEP Assessments

August 2, 2017

Dr. Brian Cramer and Rahul Rathi, along with Ebony Walton of NCES, presented on using Tableau for displaying percentile and regional data maps from NAEP assessments at the 2017 NCES DC-Stats in Washington, DC on August 2.


UMD’s human-computer interaction lab launched 34th annual symposium

May 25, 2017

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) hosted its 34th Annual Symposium on May 25, 2017, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The HCIL symposium was founded in 1983 with a mission to transform the experience people have with new technologies. Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has been a long-term sponsor for this gathering of innovative thinkers.


Land Tenure and Green Growth

March 7, 2017

Green growth is the process of fostering economic growth and development while still maintaining our natural resources. Green growth entails investment and innovation, by way of technology, giving rise to new economic opportunities. The environment must be sustained in the process of green growth. Rodney Schmidt, Ph.D. discussed the history and concept of green growth while examining green growth policy […]


Optimal publishes Child and Adult Care Food Program Assessment of Sponsor Tiering Determination for 2015

February 21, 2017

Optimal Solutions recently released the Annual Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor Tiering Determination Assessment as part of its contract through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that was awarded in 2015.


The Benefits of Nutrition Investments for Older Adult Health

February 16, 2017

Research suggest that more than half of community-dwelling older adults in America are at risk of malnutrition as a result of poor health outcomes. Erika Rogan, a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management at Yale University, spoke with Optimal staffers to provide a deeper look into the relationship between nutrition investments and health outcomes.


USAID Approves Optimal’s Authority to Operate

January 20, 2017

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) is pleased to announce that it has received an Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Chief Information Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Secondary Analysis for Results Tracking Education (SART-Ed) system.


Optimal Supports APPAM as a Silver Sponsor

November 1, 2016

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold its annual Fall Research Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 3–5, 2016.


Tackling Technical Debt: Carolyn Seaman, Ph.D.

July 19, 2016

Optimal’s Analytics team recently attended an in-house lecture given by Dr. Carolyn Seaman, who inspired the staff to think more deeply about the software they currently use to prevent accumulating “technical debt.”


Optimal partners with the National Women’s Business Council to launch new database

June 30, 2016

Women business owners now have access to a web-based database that offers a wealth of information on everything they need to start and grow a business. Aptly named Grow Her Business, the site and database was recently launched by the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) with assistance from Optimal Solutions, a public policy and research firm.


The New ABC’s of Research

May 19, 2016

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Optimal to Speak at 15th Annual DOE SB Event

May 18, 2016

The Forum will house over 600 attendees that will represent all levels of federal, state, local government agencies, the small business community, and large;and prime contractors.


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