FCW reports that the White House’s Office of American Innovation (OAI) is seeking to establish “centers of excellence” on identity management and authentication, cloud computing, consolidated contact centers and data transparency and access.
A Request for Information released Oct. 20 by the General Services Administration on behalf of OAI says these centers would be staffed by a mix of federal employees and industry contractors.
Former Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray says these areas of focus will help ‘improve the agility, resiliency, and effectiveness of what public service provides’.
From the article:
The RFI puts an emphasis on recruiting specialists with strong backgrounds in agile development. That software development methodology is being increasingly adopted at the federal level, with one survey released in September indicating that a majority of federal CIOs use it in at least half of their IT projects. Bray said that focus makes sense given the quick pace of technology modernization, but cautioned that the government would also need to tweak the non-IT processes, like acquisitions, to support agile IT project management.
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