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FCW : July 15, 2015
Trending students are expected to graduate from coding boot camps this year 16,000 INK TANK In a rare show of unity, progressive populist Ralph Nader and anti-tax con- servative Grover Norquist championed open government data last month in a discussion of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. At the Data Transparency Coalition’s Data Act Summit, both men said releas- ing government data to the public was the primary con- cern, and ensuring that the data was machine-readable was secondary. “Never underestimate the bureaucracy’s creativ- ity,” Nader said in reference to agencies using disagree- ments over data formats as a stalling tactic or delivering documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act in the least usable formats possible. He also called for the full texts of basically every document the govern- ment produces to be published “with [only] a few redactions.” Norquist agreed. “If the federal government paid for a study, the full study should be available,” he said, not- ing that media outlets have generally stopped accepting poll results without seeing the details of how the poll was conducted. He said he hopes the same scru- tiny will soon be applied to government-sponsored research. Nader said the Data Act won’t be successful without public oversight because no matter how accessible and searchable the government makes its information, it is doomed to fail unless dedi- cated observers can make sense of all that data. Norquist had a more positive response. “We got used to 50 [kinds of coffee], we’ll get used to this,” he said. “Or our kids will, and they’ll explain it to us.” — Zach Noble Nader and Norquist deconstruct the Data Act 8 July 15, 2015 FCW.COM The General Services Administration’s 18F team has released a much-antici- pated request for quotations for blanket purchase agreements aimed at develop- ers of digital services. Through the BPAs, 18F seeks to establish a “streamlined and common contracting vehicle” for agencies that want to work with vendors specializ- ing in agile delivery services, includ- ing user-centered design, agile archi- tecture, agile software development and DevOps. “We are requiring vendors currently on GSA Schedule 70 who want to be on the Agile Delivery BPA to compete among three pools: a design pool (a total set-aside for small business), a development pool (also a total set-aside for small business) and a full-stack pool (unrestricted),” 18F team members V. David Zvenyach, Chris Cairns and Noah Kunin wrote in a blog post. Interested vendors must submit a working prototype based on a public dataset and show their work in a pub- licly available GitHub repository. Larry Allen, president of Allen Fed- eral Business Partners, said 18F’s use of GSA’s Schedule 70 for the agile BPAs is a little surprising given the recent emphasis on governmentwide acquisi- tion contracts, but it underscores the enduring appeal of the schedule. “This shows that schedule contracts are a great go-to place to get both inno- vation and substantial small-business participation,” he said. “It shows that [Schedule 70] doesn’t really deserve its reputation of being a bit behind the curve.” At a CIO Council symposium, deputy U.S. CIO Lisa Schlosser urged agency IT leaders to “be the change agent in your organization who says, ‘I am going to use an agile...contract for my next development project.’” — Mark Rockwell 18F readies agile BPA FLICKR.COM/WICKENDEN Ralph Nader said open-data efforts need dedicated observers to make sense of all that data. 0715fcw_003-010.indd 8 6/23/15 3:59 PM
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