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Business Analyst Expert High
Ref No.: 18-01225
Location: Albany, New York
Start Date: 10/19/2018
Agency: Information Technology Services (ITS)

Is this a Project or Program specific request (e.g., Connections, SFS)? Yes
If yes, please list the Project or Program Name: NCHIP/NARIP 

Please provide a short description of the project: New York State views achieving the objectives of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act as a fundamental step in protecting the safety of the citizens of our State and of the nation.  
The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-180), codified at 34 U.S.C. §40912 (NIAA), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records also reduces delays for law-abiding persons to purchase firearms.
Through the NARIP and NCHIP grants, New York State continually improves the scope and accuracy of the records maintained and contributed to the NICS database. NYS recognizes that complete and accurate records are essential cornerstones in achieving the public safety goals of the Brady Act, in addition to protecting the rights of individuals lawfully purchasing a weapon.  New York State's recent success, continued efforts and vision demonstrate our commitment to sustaining our partnership with NICS.  

Please provide a full listing of the day to day tasks to be performed by the Consultant (be descriptive and specific):
Background: 
The candidate will be expected to conduct analysis interviews with NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services to determine existing workflows and what is needed by the business to improve public safety.  The candidate will also participate in technical discussions and will then gather and document business, functional and technical requirements as well as create mock screens and reports to be reviewed by the business.  Once the requirements and report designs have been signed off by the users, the candidate will develop use cases for each business workflow. Use cases will be reviewed by a team; once the use cases are approved, the candidate will develop test cases/scripts in Quality Center and perform system testing using Quality Center. The candidate will also create a User Acceptance Test plan and coordinate User Acceptance testing.  The candidate will also provide knowledge transfer to state staff. Collaboration with Information Technology Services staff and DCJS staff will be required. The candidate will be expected to participate in status review meetings and provide weekly reports. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are expected. Experience with Agile Scrum framework is desired but not required.

Daily Tasks include but are not limited to the following:
• Work with end users to review/analyze existing workflows, reports and documentation. 
• Participate in business user and stakeholder meetings for requirements gathering sessions. 
• Develop, write, and maintain comprehensive use cases which will also contain requirements. All documents will be done according to ITS standards.
• Analysis of what statistical reports will be needed, document the requirements and design the reports
• Participate in Data analysis for data mapping of the DCJS Missing Person system.
• Participate in the development and updating of Test cases/scripts utilizing Quality Center 
• Execute tests and record results using Quality Center.  This will also include recording and tracking of defects.
• Interact with ITS staff, business users and stakeholders as necessary to determine and implement functional and technical requirements
• Participate in status meetings and provide weekly reports.
• Provide knowledge transfer to state staff in order to implement and support the system.
• Work closely with the project manager and functional manager to ensure timely deliverables.

Which Service Group is required?
Service Group 1. STANDARD TITLES
What is the number of staff being requested? 
(maximum of 5) 1
Which Job Title Category is required? 
Business Analyst
Which Skill Level is required? 
Expert
Which Skill Demand is required? 
High
How many Candidate Response Forms are being requested per Contractor per position?     (1 or 2) 1
When is the Target Start Date?
(30 Business Days minimum from date of request) 11/15/2018
How long is the engagement? (in months) 24
When is the estimated completion date? 11/14/2020
Is this a Full or Part-Time Position (Full time is considered 40 Hours Per Week)? Full Time
If  Part-Time, enter approximate number of hours per week:
What are the daily work hours? (note if negotiable or list preferred start and end time): 8:00am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday)
Where is the Home Base Region? 
Region 1 - Capital Area
Where is the work office located?  Enter Building Name (if known) Full Street Address, City, and ZIP 80 South Swan St , Albany,  NY , 12210
What type of software is typically used by the Agency?  (e.g., Agency is an "IBM shop.”) JAVA, JEE, RAD, MQ Series, SOA, SQL, Web Services, XML, XSLT, AJAX, IBM Rational, JSF, JavaScript, MS Visio, LoadRunner, Subversion (SVN), Maven, Client ALM Quality Center v11.00, Unified Functional Testing v12.52, NIEM v2.1
What type of hardware is typically used by the Agency? (e.g., Agency is a "Client shop.”) IBM WebSphere/Portal server 8.5 and 9.0, AIX, LINUX, Oracle 12c, SQL Server 

Position Mandatory Qualifications
Business Analyst
- Manages small to medium-scale business analysis work or projects with distinct deliverables to a solution
Expert
84+ Months: Candidate is able to provide leadership of large teams and/or extensive industry experience and is considered at the top of his/her field

Requested Qualifications 
Minimum of 84 months experience eliciting/extracting detailed business requirements from customer/project stakeholders or system artifacts.  
Minimum of 84 months experience in obtaining and writing business, user and functional requirements, use cases, process models, workflows, creating screen mock ups, report mock ups, and technical documents with attention to detail.
Minimum of 60 months experience developing/maintaining test plans and detailed test cases, executing those tests, validating test results, and logging/tracking related defects.  
Minimum of 24 months experience with automated testing or experience using Client Quality Center.
Minimum of 24 months experience designing user interfaces using tools such as Balsamiq or equivalent.

Additional Information Requests:
Are there additional security requirements for the Authorized User? Mandatory ITS Security Agreements and Fingerprint-based Background Check.
Will additional training possibly be required during the Engagement? No  
If Yes, provide description of anticipated training.
What type, or manner, of Knowledge Transfer is requested during the engagement? Resource will work with State staff to ensure that sufficient document/artifacts reviews take place during the course of the project.
Resource will perform tasks associated with the KT Project plan which includes cross training and overviews for projects which are completed without the involvement of State staff.
Written documentation may be required.
Is travel anticipated during the Engagement? No