The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued corrective action on its high-profile Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) contracting vehicle, allowing the pilot program to move forward. DHS had awarded 13 vendors places on the contract, which pre-approves vendors to provide agile software development services, but faced protests from 8 additional vendors. DHS removed two companies from the original 13, but made no additional awards, to satisfy the protests.
Agile Government Leadership (AGL) has launched a new course for public sector leaders on agile development. According to StateScoop, the free, four-lesson course “begins with an introduction to agile and transitions into more advanced topics and further resources. The course contains HTML- and PDF-based lesson materials supplemented by video lessons.” The group says the course is designed for leaders who have some familiarity with agile, but “need to get up to speed.”
DHS Acquisition Innovation Bill Comes out of Committee
The Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act has been voted out of committee, according a statement by its sponsor, Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA). The bill would designate an individual within DHS to manage the acquisition innovation efforts, and encourage testing and developing acquisition best practices.