U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesFederal Times reports on a keynote address given at the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center conference by Mark Schwartz, head of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

Schwartz outlined how agile and DevOps practices allow for continuous and efficient modernization of systems and services, which will help channel funding into new innovations instead of operations and maintenance.

As the Obama administration seeks $3.1 billion from Congress to update government computer systems, Schwartz said agile development could help the government avoid future tech overhauls.
“We can take these multibillion dollar programs that take four years to write the requirements for and instead start delivering value in six weeks, and use that value delivery as a way to control the program,” Schwartz said.