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Beth Cobert: OMB to Update Digital Services Playbook, TechFAR

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

The Office of Management and Budget is updating the Digital Services Playbook and TechFAR to help federal agencies through their transition to digital services and leverage the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes that the changes are based on feedback from both federal customers and the general public regarding concerns such as security and the guidance’s language.

Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at OMB, said in a recent event sponsored by ICF International and the National Academy of Public Administration that the U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration‘s 18F will in turn help agencies develop the needed skills for going digital.

“It’s explicitly part of their mission to not just to make improvements in the IT projects, but to help build the capabilities of the people we are working with,” she said.

According to Cobert, USDS is utilizing a “train the trainer” approach as well as both IT- and acquisition-oriented training programs to teach workers about agile development and dev/ops.

These efforts seek to address concerns on digital services implementation that federal leaders identified in a recent NAPA/ICF survey, Miller reports.

The report said respondents also pointed to a lack of communication or awareness of digital strategy and the satisfaction of stakeholders on its implementation.

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