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GSA’s Integrated Award Environment embraces GitHub

GSA’s Integrated Award Environment embraces GitHub

The General Service Administration’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will now use the cloud-based GitHub platform for both its software code repository and its outreach efforts to the broader developer community.

IAE is part of the White House’s E-Government initiatives and, according to GSA, aims to

"improve systems and operations for those who award, administer or receive federal financial assistance (i.e., grants, loans), contracts and intergovernmental transactions."

By adopting GitHub as the IAE’s new foundation, community developers can minimize repetition, avoid overwriting another’s code and more efficiently recover from errors, according to the post on GSA Interact.

Considering how many agencies and private-sector partners already use GitHub for public engagement, the platform was an easy choice for IAE.  Software code version control within the cloud is also extremely helpful in creating a distributed workforce environment for the many off-site GSA developers.

Additional benefits, according to the GSA’s blog post, include widespread developer collaboration, a secure and common ground for code sourcing, “roll back” capabilities to previously made code changes, documentation of bugs and better tracking of development progress and issues.

IAE will also use GitHub for outreach to the award management community as a means for software developers to review IAE architecture documentation. GSA plans for it to become one of the primary channels for the OpenIAE Initiative.

Posted by Amanda Ziadeh on Nov 03, 2015 at 11:23 AM


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