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Luke McCormack: DHS Seeks ‘Ready Access’ to Tech Through Agile Development, Open Source Buys

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security is looking at agile development and open source software approaches for its technology acquisition and implementation initiatives, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes DHS has kicked off five pilot programs for the Citizenship and Immigration Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Custom Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration agencies that seek to apply the agile and open source methodologies.

“We need to have ready access to a variety of technologies, cloud technologies, software development technologies, security technologies, and this is where the close partnership with the procurement organization comes into the fold,” Luke McCormack, DHS chief information officer, told the station.

McCormack and Soraya Correa, DHS chief procurement officer, worked together over the past six months to initiate the pilot projects through the Acquisition Innovations in Motion initiative that sets priorities for engagements with industry, Miller reports.

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