Jane Edwards

Tony Scott: Cultural Resistance Hampers Federal Agile IT Development

Federal CIO Tony Scott has said cultural resistance is a challenge that hinders the advancement of agile information technology practices in the federal government, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. Scott told a Partnership for Public Service event audience agencies still use the waterfall model for software development even as the General Service Administration’s 18F group and …

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Glenn Gerstell Named NSA General Counsel; Michael Rogers Comments

Glenn S. Gerstell, formerly managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, has been appointed general counsel of the National Security Agency. Gerstell was sworn into the position this week by Glenn Leuschner, the agency’s associate director for corporate leadership, NSA …

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Army to Set Up Cyber Center; Robert Goldsmith Comments

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center plans to set up a campus to provide cybersecurity support for government agencies, the Army said Thursday. Carlotta Maneice writes the ARMDEC Cyber Campus will be based in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and is scheduled to be operational in 2017. Robert Goldsmith, …

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Mark Schwartz: Agile Contracting Model Helps CIS Speed Up IT Service Acquisition

Mark Schwartz, chief information officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said CIS has adopted an agile method to help expedite the acquisition of information technology systems and services within the agency, Federal Times reported Thursday. Schwartz said the agency’s Flexible Agile Development Services contracting model has shorter …

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Senate OKs Improper Payment Bill; Tom Carper Comments

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bipartisan bill that seeks to enhance existing procedures and requirements to help detect and curb improper payments by federal agencies. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) co-authored the Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015 with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as an amendment to the Improper Payments …

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Deloitte’s Beth McGrath Calls for IT Acquisition Process Reform, Cultural Change at Pentagon

Beth McGrath, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has called for a cultural change and reform in the process of acquiring information technology platforms at DoD. McGrath, now a director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, wrote in a Breaking Defense opinion piece published Wednesday that agency leaders should align …

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