General Services Administration
GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) is a Presidential initiative to adopt all forms of innovation to improve systems used by stakeholders seeking to work with or receive financial assistance (i.e., grants, loans, contracts) from the Federal Government. The IAE-managed systems include CFDA, PPIRS, CPARS, WDOL, FBO, SAM, FPDS, FSRS, ESRS, and FAPIIS. Collectively, these systems have nearly two million registered users and manage almost $4 trillion in annual federal awards. Because the 10 systems were developed independently, they use different and often outdated technologies, duplicate common functionalities, and have inconsistent design, resulting in high maintenance costs and an overall inconsistent/poor user experience.
Octo is assisting GSA with modernizing the IAE systems by implementing Human Centered Design (HCD) techniques using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) while applying DevSecOps methods. We staff key program personnel such as the Release Train Engineer, Design Architect and Runway Architect who help guide the Agile Release Train to ensure the program’s vision is implemented smoothly. Meanwhile, Octo’s Agile teams are consolidating legacy application functionality into a single, secure, cloud-based application – beta.sam.gov – using a consistent information architecture, the latest open-source technology stack, and a cloud-based modern microservice architecture.
With Octo’s assistance, GSA has been able to successfully retire four legacy systems including CFDA, WDOL, PPIRS (merged with CPARS), and FBO, with more planned for 2020. The new application, beta.sam.gov, provides end users with myriad benefits, including common, fully responsive design; CAC/PIV card-enabled, multi-factor authentication; improved performance, fault tolerance, and scalability.