Office of Management and Budget Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said her office will start holding agencies more accountable for taking advantage of plays in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook. The playbook lists 13 best practices for delivering products and services to the public more quickly.
Consultant Jesse Fewell will discuss agile software development from the perspective of the program manager, He'll discuss creative ways for federal workers to collaborate and how gaming can assist in generating software ideas. January 5, 2015
A team at the Office of Personnel Management, along with the agency's Innovation Lab, has been adding new features to USAJobs.gov in six to eight week increments. Program Manager Michelle Earley said it will take another 18 to 24 months to fully launch the next generation of USAJobs.
Speed matters, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin. When Defense Secretary Robert Gates stomped and hollered when MRAPs weren't there during the height of the Iraq war, by golly, DoD found a contractor to build them in march time.
Sonny Bhagowalia, Treasury’s chief information officer, said over the last year the department has closed 17 core data centers and reduced the time to deliver IT capabilities by more than 60 percent.
Vendors chide the government for keeping programs running that were coded in COBOL. But there's still life in the market of this much maligned language.
Half of federal agencies earned a failing grade from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on their use of incremental development, as part of their implementation of FITARA. But agencies are still learning how to navigate an often confusing field of agile.
GSA's 18F organization meets both of its goals in developing this much-anticipated contract for agile development services.
The drive to make software more and more functional may be behind what seems to be a disturbing trend towards failures in critical systems. Because of this, two problems linger with software controlled systems: they can be difficult to interact with, and in their complexity, they produce effects even expert operators can’t foresee.
18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services release a request for quote to Schedule 70 vendors to provide agile development services. The 5-year contract has a ceiling of $25 million.
The Department of Health and Human Services\' Buyers Club released a major solicitation for website development services using an agile development process. Mark Naggar, the program manager for the Buyers Club, said the two-stage methodology focuses on user needs first and foremost.
The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.
With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.
Mark Schwartz, the Citizenship and Immigration Services chief information officer, said the Flexible Agile Development Services (FADS) requires four vendors to coordinate software development and keep the government's best interest in mind.