New Procurement Method Uses Innovative Coding Challenge to Eliminate a Written Proposal

by Nicolette Emmino

REI Systems¬†announced that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)has awarded it a three-year contract to support Outcome Based Delivery and DevOps Services II (ODOS) under DHS’ EAGLE II contract vehicle.

REI Systems is a leading provider of advanced web-based technologies and software solutions. We offer full life-cycle grants management, customer relationship management, and tools to generate data analytics and visualizations. REI delivers reliable, effective, and innovative solutions by partnering with our customers to address today's complex business challenges. (PRNewsFoto/REI Systems)

What’s really unique about the arrangement is that USCIS selected REI Systems using an innovative “coding challenge.” Instead of requiring a written proposal that tells how a vendor will address an agency’s need, this procurement called on REI Systems and competitors to design and develop sample working software code. USCIS selected REI Systems based upon a real demonstration of the company’s engineering expertise and the quality of results delivered.

As REI Systems takes on this task, it will innovate together with USCIS to implement new, advanced technology quickly and efficiently. REI Systems will implement DevSecOps in an open source, cloud-based environment, leveraging infrastructure as code and relying upon Test-Driven Development. REI Systems will demonstrate the value and flexibility of Containerized and Microservices-based Architecture and deploying new capabilities on an OpenShift Enterprise Container Platform.

¬† “USCIS is strengthening its technology advantage by using Agile to help achieve its mission in positive increments. This ‘show me, don’t tell me’ approach to procurement will ensure that USCIS finds the best technology partners to help achieve its mission,” said John Druitt, REI Systems’ Senior Director.

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