When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wanted to take a more agile approach to technology, they found help inside the government from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Using its Joint Venture Partnership program authority, USCIS was able to execute an interagency agreement and within six months, launch its first cloud-native application on Amazon Web Services. Using a more traditional approach would have taken 18 months or longer, according to a USCIS official. In exchange for its services, NTIS charges agencies a small percentage of the cash value for each joint venture it arranges between an agency client and a service provider.
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