Changing federal procurement procedures starts with culture and communication.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) is shifting its digital services training program from pilot mode to fully operational, and is requiring agencies to start using the program's modern, agile approaches for digital service acquisition.
A recent report by the Defense Science Board (DSB) praises the Department of Defense for its move towards greater use of agile approaches, and discusses the advantages of agile for ongoing development of cyber defense capabilities.
A group of agile, non-traditional IT contractors in the federal space have formed a support group to help foster collaboration and openness as they seek government work.
To provide leadership and governance to agencies that are struggling to implement incremental development processes, qualified agile IT program managers are needed.
Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Government Insights has produced a new guide, Agile in Government, to give specific, actionable advice to government managers embarking on an agile journey.
The Office of American Innovation is recruiting specialists with strong backgrounds in agile development for its planned "centers of excellence" for IT modernization.
Steve Kelman's column in FCW discusses the benefits and future of tech demos - the practice in government procurement of allowing IT vendors to show what they can do instead of relying purely on the complicated proposal process.
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.
While newly released spending reports are helping bolster public faith in government's desire to maintain transparency, the successful launch of the reporting project shows the value of agile, user-centered development methods.