Nine months after Federal News Radio asked if the agile craze is taking the government by storm, the data and actions continue to show a lack of coordinated contracting approach leading to a bunch of one-off contracts.
Over at the Homeland Security Department is the most obvious example of this growing challenge.
In late April, the Transportation Security Administration awarded Accenture a $64 million contract for the EAGLE II multiple award contract vehicle to transform more than 70 applications into a modern architecture.
About a month later, DHS’s procurement office bailed on setting up its $1.5 billion small-business contract vehicle for agile services after two rounds of awards and two rounds of protests. DHS told the Government Accountability Office (GAO) it didn’t have the expertise to fix the procurement and would develop a new acquisition approach in 2018.
The same agency is trying to implement agile with separate approaches, leading to duplication of resources and potentially putting vendors through the long and costly procurement process multiple times.
Let’s dig deeper into what’s going on across the government.
Keep reading this article at: https://federalnewsradio.com/reporters-notebook-jason-miller/2017/06/normalcyagilecraze/
The MITRE Corp. has developed a free online platform called Acquisition in the Digital Age (AiDA) to provide tools, references and best practices for agencies to use agile methodologies. It can be accessed here: https://aida.mitre.org/