Where's government data in the cloud

John Foley, InformationWeek,  Friday, December 31, 2010

Amid the Obama administration's 'cloud first' strategy, federal agencies face the prospect of seeing their data go offshore. There's a lesson to be learned from WikiLeaks.

State Government at Risk: A Call to Secure Citizen Data and Inspire Public Trust

Deloitte,  Friday, December 31, 2010

As states confront the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, governors across the country find themselves forced to cut many vital programs and services. Against this backdrop, it’s difficult to encourage new investment; however, there is one issue that is too crucial to ignore: cybersecurity.

Cloud Computing for the Public Sector

Harley Young, this is ha.rley.org,  Monday, December 20, 2010

Public, private and hybrid clouds present tremendous opportunity for organizations to reduce costs, lower their carbon footprints and enable more fluid responses to the competing demands for information technology resources. Unfortunately, legacy organizational design may hamstring progress. This paper explores how cloud computing can help IT organizations—and especially those in the public sector—shift toward service and value driven organizations, identifies the evolutionary gap they must cross if they are to improve outcomes, and offers a 5-step plan to help even the most timid organizations take their first steps toward improved outcomes.

US government to close 800 data centers, move to cloud by 2015

Dean Wilson, TechEYE.net,  Friday, December 10, 2010

The White house has announced that it is to close down over 800 of its federal data centres and move much of its work to the cloud by 2015.

Federal Cloud Computing Strategy - FederalCIO 25 Point Plan

Vivek Kundra, US Chief Information Officer,  Thursday, December 09, 2010

Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people. But despite spending more than $600 billion on information technology over the past decade, the Federal Government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT. Too often, Federal IT projects run over budget, behind schedule, or fail to deliver promised functionality. Many projects use “grand design” approaches that aim to deliver functionality every few years, rather than breaking projects into more manageable chunks and demanding new functionality every few quarters. In addition, the Federal Government too often relies on large, custom, proprietary systems when “light technologies” or shared services exist.