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CRITICAL READ Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. RT @afspc_cto: DOD's cautious path to the cloud - FCW http://shrd.by/gDGtZB via @FCWnow Why are we creating roadblocks instead of enablers? 7:49PM-7Jan2014 cdorobek @cdorobek Reply Retweet Favorite Trending The Justice Department is suing the security clearance rm USIS for fraud, alleging that the contractor submitted more than 660,000 faulty or poorly reviewed background checks during a four-year period. According to the complaint, USIS obtained almost $12 million in federal bonuses from 2008 to 2012, in part on the basis of background checks that its contracting agency, the Of ce of Per- sonnel Management, presumed were being done according to established procedure. The complaint alleges that USIS wrote software designed to "dump" incomplete investigations on OPM. The court documents also spotlight the joking tone on the part of company of cials in memos allegedly discuss- ing their plans to furnish incomplete background checks to OPM. In ling the lawsuit, Justice is backing claims made in a whistleblower lawsuit led by a former USIS executive. USIS performed background checks on intelligence community contrac- tor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, but the com- plaint does not indicate whether those checks were improperly performed. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) revealed that USIS was under investiga- tion in June 2013 during a Senate hear- ing convened in part to spotlight a gap in the ability of OPM s inspector gen- eral to tap into the agency s revolving fund to conduct audit investigations. The House recently passed legislation to make the fund available to OPM s IG. "Since rst learning of these allega- tions nearly two years ago, we have acted decisively to reinforce our pro- cesses and management to ensure the quality of our work and adherence to OPM requirements," a USIS spokesman said in a statement. "We appointed a new leadership team, enhanced over- sight procedures and improved control protocols. From the outset, we have fully cooperated with the government s investigation and remain focused on delivering the highest quality service under our OPM contracts." USIS, which employs 6,000 people, was established after the privatization of the investigations arm of OPM in 1996. Federal contracts make up about 90 percent of the company s business, and the rm has received upwards of $4 billion in federal contracts in the past 10 years, according to the Wall Street Journal. --- Adam Mazmanian Justice Department sues security clearance rm 8 February 2014 FCW.COM people have signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act 3 million WHAT: A primer --- the latest in the IBM Center for the Business of Government's "Using Technol- ogy Series" --- that offers execu- tives a high-level explanation of how agile development works and why more agencies should explore it. WHY: Agile development is the default for most Silicon Valley tech rms, but the approach --- which emphasizes iterative and collaborative coding over detailed requirements, documen- tation and " nal release" deliv- erables --- is often at odds with government regulations, pro- curement processes and agency cultures. This report identi es 10 critical success factors and also notes situations in which popular agile methods alone might not be suf cient. VERBATIM: "Agile requires a change in how work is pro- cured, executed and moni- tored. Proposal and con- tract language needs to be adapted to enable partners to deliver with lighter deliv- erables, xed resources, xed time and variable scope. Mis- sion leadership and subject- matter experts (from both parties, government and con- tractors) must be committed to participate directly in the agile approach." FULL REPORT: BusinessOfGovernment.org Using Technology Series A Guide to Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery Philippe Kruchten University of British Columbia Paul Gorans IBM Global Business Services Champions Agile Delivery Existing Knowledge Verbal Communication Product Owner Reviews Top Sta Tooling Needs Upfront Work Specialty Skills
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