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OMB Recommending Modular Approach, IDIQs For IT Projects

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a guide to help agencies use a modular development approach to information technology systems projects, Fierce Government IT reports.

In the guide published June 14, OMB said that agencies should use the modular method instead of using the waterfall method, which OMB says results in projects costing more and taking longer to complete.

Under the waterfall method, by the time projects are completed, the technology is already out-of-date, OMB said.

The Contracting Guidance to Support Modular Development memo also said agencies should use indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to support the modular approach, as agencies can issue small orders over shorter time periods.

IDIQ contracts help fulfill specific needs over six-month intervals and rapid response activities in 90-day periods, the memo said.

Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer, wrote in a blog post that OMB will seek input from other agencies on how they used the modular method.

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