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DHS Component Seeks to Boost Adoption of Agile Software Development; Luke McCormack Comments

Luke McCormack
Luke McCormack

A branch of the Department of Homeland Security has launched efforts to bolster its adoption of agile software development practices, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released on April 23 a request for quotes for the Support for Platform Engineering and DevOps Integration services contract, which is part of the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II contract vehicle.

Under the RFQ, the vendor will be required to convert CIS’ waterfall model-based development processes into an agile framework, which requires the creation of cost-effective and scalable cloud services and enterprise platforms, Miller reports.

CIS has said it also plans to use agile development methodology for “all components of the value stream of delivering services,” according to the report.

Luke McCormack, chief information officer at DHS, said CIS’ move to adopt agile development promotes innovation.

“We see that now and all of us are beginning to recognize that and take advantage of that, which I think is very important to deliver on these real-time needs that continue to emerge,” he added.

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