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DHS Looks to Build In-House Contract for Agile Development

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The Department of Homeland Security is working on an in-house contract focusing on agile development to accelerate the modernization of information technology for the agency and its components, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The effort comes after Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa unveiled the third iteration of the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions contract in December. The Eagle Next Gen requires DHS to use established governmentwide acquisition contracts for its future IT procurements. 

Jaclyn Rubino, director of DHS’ Strategic Sourcing Program Office, said agency components are using the previous EAGLE II contract for agile development work. Eagle Next Gen will help DHS meet agile development requirements over the coming years while the agency works on a specialized agile contract vehicle. The agency hasn’t determined its new procurement strategy. Rubino noted the new vehicle will be specific to the needs of DHS and its components. It would also run in a full and open competition or a blanket purchase agreement.