2018 Government Innovation Awards

Rising Star: Jeremiah Burch

Scrum Master, TCG

 

Creating a new federal website that blends data from 27 agencies while balancing the needs of the Office of the Federal CIO and the vendor community is a monumental task.

Jeremiah Burch tackled that challenge when he helped lead the development team that created the new ITDashboard.gov. A big part of the job was communication because TCG needed to ensure that the various users of the application would get the functionality they needed.

“It’s a lot of clarifying requirement, a lot of prioritization, a lot of planning and testing and all of that,” Burch said. “The day-to-day is really communication.”

To put those insights into action, Burch used an agile approach that included multiple sprints planned well ahead of time. That planning required understanding the budgets of the agencies that would use the dashboard and any internal policies that would have an impact on the system.

One of the dashboard’s goals is to give Office of Management and Budget officials more insight into the implications of the budgets they are considering by showing in more detail how each of the agencies would be affected.

“I am inspired by the OMB federal employees here who are doing the work that they’re doing,” he said. “I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

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