Watchdog calls on Social Security Administration to improve agile software development

Written by Nihal Krishan

The Inspector General of Social Security Administration last week published an audit survey the agency’s agile software development projects.

In its report, the watchdog identified improvements the SSA should make to its development methodology, including implementing additional quality assurance checks.

“We have identified opportunities for SSA to improve its decision-making, gain efficiencies, and better position its people for success by using the Agile development methodology,” wrote Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of Social Security. Administration.

“We made 12 recommendations to revise the Agency’s directives, policies and procedures; leverage portfolio planning capabilities at the strategic level; create standardized reports to use for all Agile projects; and institute an Agile coaching program at the executive level,” Ennis added in the audit report.

The IG’s suggestions are intended to ensure that SSA reaps the benefits of agile development, including producing higher quality software at lower cost.

The former General Services Administration CIO told FedScoop last year that the federal government should prioritize agile methodologies not only in software development, but also in IT procurement, finance, budgeting and hiring.

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