Policy & Procurement

Senate to Debate Again When and How Government Seizes the Cloud

Scott M. Fulton, III, ReadWriteCloud,  Monday, January 30, 2012

The rapid migration by U.S. government agencies to cloud-based architectures is producing radical, and potentially beneficial, changes to these agencies' management structures. Costs are coming down, and as some agencies are just now realizing, security and resiliency could be going up. But the very concept of cloud infrastructure is something that legislators have yet to become familiar with.

Is government procurement ready for the cloud?

Alan Joch, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, January 27, 2012

Mention cloud computing to true believers and you’ll likely hear all about speed and agility. They'll tell you that agencies can simply dial IT services up or down as needed to quickly support new mission plans or workload changes. As a bonus, agencies pay only for what they use instead of bankrolling the often idle, over-provisioned computing capacity common in most data centers.

Defense board issues cloud recommendations, warnings

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Defense Department advisory board has issued a report making recommendations for DOD’s move to cloud computing and data center consolidation, among them suggestions to strengthen governance, to coordinate strategies better across the department and to act decisively.

NIST tackles security, privacy issues in cloud computing

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has finalized its first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing."Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing," Special Publication 800-144, provides an overview of the security and privacy challenges facing public cloud computing, NIST officials said.

DISA sees opportunity in commercial cloud mandate

John S. Monroe, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Officials at the Defense Information Systems Agency are considering the possibility of offering “brokering services” to defense customers who are interesting in buying commercial cloud services.

USA.gov, Data.gov Take Flight to the Cloud

Joseph Marks, Nextgov,  Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The General Services Administration has begun the process of moving its public Web presence to the cloud, according to a press release from CGI Federal, which won the $21 million five-year contract for the transition.

DOD to allow Android on classified networks

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New security standards expected to be approved soon would let devices powered by the Android operating system use the Defense Department's classified networks, according to an Army official.

Cloud services are vying for government business

Susan Wilson, Tech.Blorge,  Sunday, January 22, 2012

While many people are still trying to figure out what “cloud computing” really means, various businesses specializing in cloud services are going after the U.S. government’s business. Companies like Box and Amazon Web Services are looking to pick up federal government business by providing extra security and specialized “cloud areas”.

VanRoekel helping Congress grasp benefits of cloud

Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com,  Friday, January 20, 2012

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel isn't concerned about possible pushback from Congress now that agencies are in full cloud computing mode. But VanRoekel said he's not taking congressional buy-in for granted, especially after lawmakers forced the Army to pause and report back to them on the benefits of putting their email system in the cloud.

Defense Dept. CIO Needs More Authority, Board Says

J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek,  Friday, January 20, 2012

The Defense Department should give its CIO more responsibility to drive data center consolidation and the move to cloud computing throughout the military, a defense advisory board says in a new report.