Learn how USCIS has experimented with the procurement process in order to shorten the time to contract award, and how the results have been applied to larger procurements.
To stay ahead of evolving security threats, agencies should integrate security teams and the DevOps process.
The Department of Homeland Security created an Agile Acquisition Working Group to kickstart the agency's pilot attempt to move five existing programs into agile processes.
Agile teams at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are weaving Section 508 compliance testing into the development process as early as possible while building a culture of training and teamwork to improve compliance processes.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to modernize its Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) program, but the new TIC should help federal agencies take advantage of existing cloud technologies that are already approved through FedRAMP and other cyber security programs.
Sarah Fahden, the chief of the Verification Program Portfolio at USCIS, said the journey to being a dev/ops or agile shop started quickly after DHS made the project a high priority modernization program almost six years ago.
In a July 26 letter to DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa, several vendors who had been awarded spots to participate in FLASH offered encouragement and appreciation to the agency despite the disappointing outcome of the attempted contract.
The Homeland Security Department is looking beyond the "DevOps" trend -- blending development teams with operations teams to encourage closer collaboration and quick deployments -- with the intention of adding security teams into the mix.
Using agile methods to update multiple pieces of its verification system while still maintaining the legacy system for customer use, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 'changing the tire while driving," according to Federal News Radio.
While FLASH was flawed, it showed the tremendous potential of running a contracting process that rewards excellence at designing and building working software, rather than competence in writing proposals and navigating bureaucracy.