The department's consulting firm 18F pushed for the blanket purchase agreement because there was "explosive" demand for their services to build products for agencies through the agile process and it needed help.
Chief information officers are not always engaging records managers in the cybersecurity efforts that are underway at federal agencies and departments, said a top National Archives and Records Administration Official.
Thousands of Veterans Affairs Department employees appear to have been using the web-based collaboration tool Yammer since 2008, even though it wasn't approved by the department, potentially exposing some personal and sensitive information.
Federal researchers hope the agreement with San Diego-based EyeTracking Inc. will lead to the development of new software and hardware tools that will help intelligence analysts perform more efficiently and effectively.
18F released last week a style guide for its open-source documentation, in an effort to make communication as clear as possible between the often disparate parties that pitch in on open-source projects.
As federal agencies work to improve their customers' digital experience, one General Services Administration official says his team is scaling out techniques to help agencies institutionalize the real-time delivery of information technology.
In order to help federal agencies meet a new requirement to use HTTPS connections for all publicly accessible websites, 18F offered a how-to guide for beginners.
The federal government already has a great deal of talent in data science, but agencies aren't organized to best leverage it for their programs, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.
Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, outlined several initiatives underway now that would help agency IT contracting and acquisition officers better use shared services, become more innovative and strengthen relationships with vendors.
Digitization is forcing the public and private sectors to "re-imagine everything," and this means applying new design techniques, business models and workflows, Tony Scott said.