Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives.

Study Suggests Google Harms Consumers by Skewing Search Results

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, June 29, 2015

New research by two U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search company. The research combines statistical testing with detailed legal and economic analysis to examine the ramifications of Google’s practice of promoting its own specialized search services, such as for local restaurants or doctors, at the expense of rivals such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. It was sponsored by Yelp, which has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities over Google’s search practices. It was presented to EU regulators on Friday.

Cloud computing definition in constant flux

Jeff Kaplan, TechTarget,  Sunday, June 28, 2015

The proliferation of cloud services has created a double-edged sword. The stream of new cloud alternatives has produced a buyers' market, characterized by intensifying price competition. But it has also made it more difficult for IT and corporate decision makers to determine which cloud offerings are best suited to meet their particular business and technological requirements.

Forced Data Localization Hurts Businesses Economically, Google Says

Jaikumar Vijayan, eWeek,  Saturday, June 27, 2015

Laws that require organizations to store customer data in a specific country or geographic location undermine many of the economic benefits of cloud computing, Google said, quoting a new report from the Leviathan Security Group. Forced localization can also negatively affect data security and privacy, the company said. Large cloud services typically offer better resiliency and redundancy than locally hosted services. They also have access to more skilled security resources than organizations that host data locally.

Planning, procurement and purchasing the cloud: A primer

Mark Rockwell, FCW,  Saturday, June 27, 2015

When planning for the cloud, don’t forget procurement. "If procurement is left out, all the good intentions of cloud are reduced or eliminated," said David DeBrandt, business development capture manager for Amazon Web Services. “If you use traditional procurement frameworks, the benefits of cloud are taken away.”

Congress shouldn't overlook FedRAMP funding in 2016 budget

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Friday, June 26, 2015

FedRAMP is charged with standardizing security assessments for cloud systems across government. While underappreciated, these standardization efforts are vital to improving the security of government data.

18F builds agile contract for agile development

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Solicitations close June 26 for 18F's agile delivery services blanket purchase agreement (BPA), which, when finished, will enable agencies to buy services for agile development projects in an agile way. The Agile BPA being piloted at 18F — a division of the General Services Administration created to help agencies with software development — will include some 20 vendors with a proven ability to facilitate rapid code development and deploy functional software through an iterative approach.

NSF wants to test-drive the cloud of the future

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Thursday, June 25, 2015

The National Science Foundation is looking for projects that push the envelope on cloud computing. To help advance cloud technology, the NSF recently announced that its “future cloud” prototype environments are now available to help researchers "develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures ... [and] go beyond the use of existing commercial cloud offerings ... to influence such offerings in the future." The prototypes are part of the NSFFutureCloud initiative, which NSF announced in 2013 to help the academic research community explore resource sharing in clustered computing, virtualization and the interplay among applications architectures and the physical environment.

Eight EU nations urge caution on Internet regulation

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eight European Union nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland on Tuesday urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behaviour of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, who will this week chair a meeting of the EU's 28 heads of state, the leaders of Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands, said the EU should only regulate "where there is clear evidence to do so."

European Officials Push Telecom Regulating for Tech

Mark Scott, New York Times Bits,  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For regulators here, the divide between European telecom companies and American tech companies is fast eroding. Those blurring lines have moved European officials to argue for regulating many tech companies’ under the same strict rules that govern telecom and cable operators, a decision that could have broad implications for the tech companies.

Is Google Trying To Become A One-Stop Shop For Everything Online?

Jayson DeMers, Forbes,  Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For more than a decade, online marketers have joked that Google is trying to take over the world. Now, it looks like they might actually do it—the online world, at least. Based on some of the recent moves we’ve seen Google making, it appears that the search engine giant is extending its boundaries further than ever before, offering new functionality and new capabilities that improve online user experience, but also eclipse the functions of many of its competitors and contemporaries.