The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month. The NGA uploaded two related projects to the online repository and version tracking system in early April – one for geographic tasking system web app developed with the Django web framework, and the other a set of installer software for running the web app on a virtualized platform.
Federal realties that mitigate against easy adoption of Agile Development within agencies can be overcome, say proponents in a new white paper.
Anyone who thinks Agile Development for federal software projects is a riskier proposition than traditional, waterfall methods "is just wrong," said a senior federal technologist Thursday. "New things that aren't well known are perceived as more risky," said Mark Schwartz, chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
FierceGovernmentIT spoke with Ben Balter, GitHub's government evangelist and former Presidential Innovation Fellow and new media fellow at the Federal Communications Commission, to discuss government's move to GitHub, the state of open government and what the government shutdown means for agencies' open data projects.
Some agencies have adopted the technique with such gusto they now have dedicated presonnel focused on running competitions. But not everyone thinks challenges are the vehicle for efficiency and innovation proponents claim. Challenges and competitions do more harm than good, writes Kevin Starr in an Aug. 22 post in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
The Federal Chief Information Officer Council announced Aug. 9 a reorganization effort that will shift its work to operate in three core committees--innovation; portfolio management; and information security and identity management.
The federal government should adopt an enterprise approach that breaks down agency and department silos in order to leverage areas of overlap to meet mission needs, recommends a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Officials across the federal government want a venue where they can share their experiences working with foreign regulatory agencies, the Government Accountability Office says. Venues for agencies to discuss international regulatory cooperation do exist, but they involve high-level officials, not those who are responsible for day-to-day implementation, GAO says in a report (.pdf) released August 1.
The National Institutes of Health announced July 22 it will spend up to $24 million per year, over four years as part of a plan to bring researchers together around big data in biomedicine.