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VA Technical Reference Model v 18.11

GitHub Desktop (Classic)
GitHub Desktop (Classic) Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: GitHub Desktop (Classic) is a native Git client for macOS and Windows with a graphical user interface. This application allows users to contribute to projects on GitHub and GitHub Enterprise.

Note: There is no longer a dedicated website for the classic version of GitHub Desktop. Per the vendor, there is no current migration path to import existing repositories from GitHub Desktop (Classic) into the new, redesigned application. Users can drag-and-drop repositories from disk onto the application to get started.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Constraints: Users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Office (ISO) or local OIT representative for permission to download and use this software. Downloaded software must always be scanned for viruses prior to installation to prevent adware or malware. Freeware may only be downloaded directly from the primary site that the creator of the software has advertised for public download and user or development community engagement. Users should note, any attempt by the installation process to install any additional, unrelated software is not approved and the user should take the proper steps to decline those installations.

Technology must remain patched and operated in accordance with Federal and Department security policies and guidelines in order to mitigate known and future security vulnerabilities.

This product is no longer approved for information technology (IT) projects that are or will be mandated to follow standardized processes and tools governing IT activity critical to VA`s implementation of the Veteran-focused Integration Process (VIP).

This technology or standard can be used only if a waiver, signed by the Deputy CIO of AES or designee and based upon a recommendation from the AERB, has been granted to the project team or organization that wishes to use the technology.

Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v18.6
Decision Date: 06/06/2018
Aliases: GitHub for Windows, GitHub for Mac
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Github
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (06/06/2018).