The Environmental Protection Agency is casting its net for Agile, environmentally-conscious suppliers of cutting-edge digital services. The agency’s move toward modern technology comes none too soon, reports The Register, noting that Agile and test-driven development are high on the priority list:
The sprawling federal agency is looking for “vendors who specialize in modern digital practices such as human-centered design, agile software development, and DevOps. Vendors who qualify for this marketplace will then be able to bid on EPA contracts for digital services.”
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The EPA’s marketplace will be modeled after the Agile Delivery Services Marketplace developed by 18F, the in-house digital brain trust assembled by the General Services Administration, and which is now working with the EPA. That effort, was part of a recognition that government IT was hung up on technology cycles of one to three years. The marketplace aimed to get delivery of digital services down to more than three months. It puts a premium on dealing with small businesses.
Of course, this would all be somewhat at odds with the sort of drawn out, pork-laden contracts beloved of many major government suppliers.
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