Tag Archives: agile

Tim Persons: GAO Plans to Build Up Cloud Capabilities Through Innovation Lab

Tim Persons

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) in March 2020 to come up with a cloud infrastructure for its Innovation Lab through GSA’s Centers of Excellence initiative and Tim Persons, chief scientist at GAO, said the congressional watchdog intends to ramp up its cloud capabilities through the lab to help increase its return on investment.

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Kristen Baldwin on How Air Force Advances Digital Engineering

Kristen Baldwin

Kristen Baldwin, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said the service is applying digital engineering to speed up the development of new platforms and an example of that is the T-7A trainer aircraft. Baldwin said the Air Force is working with industry and pursuing efforts to develop a “digital stack of models and infrastructure.

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force to Establish New Commands, Warfighting Analytical Function in 2021

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said that the service plans to continue integrating the force with other military branches and combatant commands this year. He said the service established Space Operations Command in October and intends to complete the design and set up a Space Training and Readiness Command and Space Systems Command in 2021.

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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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Will Roper Addresses U.S. Air Force Agile Development Into 2021

Dr. Will Roper

Will Roper, the assistant secretary of acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the U.S. Air Force should leverage data, IT and agility to remain competitive against adversaries across the digital landscape. Roper noted that federal acquisition heads should bring deep technology expertise that extends to modern software development

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Stuart McGuigan: State Dept’s New Task Force Looks to Apply IT Lessons Learned During Pandemic

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer at the State Department, said a new “reimagine taskforce” completed a 90-day sprint to explore ways on how the agency could apply lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to address information technology challenges. The State Department had invested in cloud platforms prior to the pandemic.

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Gen. John Raymond Unveils Priorities in Planning Guidance for Space Force

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, laid out in a planning guidance his five priorities for organizing the new military branch and one of those is to establish a lean and agile service. “This planning guidance is going to be absolutely critical to us as we develop that force design going forward,” Raymond said. 

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Excelicon Named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 List; CEO Tushar Garg Quoted

Tushar Garg

For the second consecutive year, the Inc. 5000 list has named Excelicon as a part of its 2020 edition, an annual list to celebrate the nation’s brightest business minds and their remarkable achievements. “We are so proud of our team that continues to deliver ‘Excellence in Consulting’,” said Tushar Garg, CEO at Excelicon.

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Rajive Mathur to Step Down as SSA CIO; SSA Administrator Andrew Saul Quoted

Rajive Mathur

Rajive Mathur, deputy commissioner and chief information officer at the Social Security Administration (SSA), will step down as CIO on Oct. 26th but will continue to work at SSA through the end of 2020 as a senior adviser within the commissioner’s office. Mathur joined SSA in June 2017 from the IRS. 

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GSA’s 18F Unveils Guides to Help Federal, State Agencies Implement IT Projects

GSA Transactional Data

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) 18F digital services unit has released “de-risking” guides to help federal and state government agencies plan and address issues in implementing information technology projects. The guides explain the six basic principles of modern software development: agile software development, user-centered design; DevOps, product ownership, modular contracting and building with loosely coupled parts.

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