Commentary

Differing Privacy Regimes: A Mini-Poll on Mutual EU-U.S. Distrust

Paul Schwartz, IAPP,  Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There are notable differences between EU and U.S. data protection law. There is also equally notable skepticism in the U.S. and EU about the other legal system’s approach.

Is Cloud Computing Safe For Government?

Graham Scott, Global Government Forum,  Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The increase in cloud computing by governments for storage, processing and transmission of digital data brings with it increased concerns. This is an area being closely examined by organisations including the US Department of Homeland Security and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls

Richard Walker, InformationWeek Goverment,  Monday, July 21, 2014

Our new survey shows fed agencies focusing more on security, as they should, but they're still behind the times with cloud use, data center consolidation, and overall innovation.

Deltek: New York could change how state and local governments do business

Derek Johnson, Washington Post,  Sunday, July 20, 2014

New York has always had a larger-than-life influence on the state and local IT market. While perhaps not as innovative as Pennsylvania or as vendor-friendly as Colorado, the Empire State doles out upwards of a billion dollars in IT spending every year — and with that comes buying power and trendsetting influence on a scale that few other states can match. Now, state officials are cooking up plans for a set of IT contracts that could change the way state and local governments purchase their technology goods and services.

Bringing the cloud to data that cannot be moved

Jane Snowdon, FederalTimes,  Friday, July 18, 2014

Many regulations, laws, and industry guidelines govern how sensitive personal information and regulated data are managed in the healthcare, banking, and financial industries. Improper release of regulated or sensitive information can result in significant consequences and damage, making compliance with government regulatory acts and industry guidelines paramount.

What, exactly, does a cloud broker do?

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Thursday, July 17, 2014

The way government delivers IT services has undergone major changes in recent years. Now, as agencies move past simply getting their email to the cloud look to the next big thing, "cloud brokers” are stepping up to see where they fit into the equation.

Schedule 70 cloud listing could shower benefits

Mark Rockwell, FCW,  Thursday, July 17, 2014

The General Services Administration's effort to add cloud services to its huge multiple-award Schedule 70 IT contract might give it some leverage over competing government contracting vehicles and a leg up on advancing technology.

Federal Agencies Must Get Practical About Cloud

Elaine Beeman, InformationWeek Government,  Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Government agencies are working through the realities of making cloud a routine mode of computing.

Why Are Governments Stuck in the Stone Age?

Tod Newcombe, Government Technology,  Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cloud computing is a cheaper, more reliable way to manage electronic records than hard drives or paper -- yet a recent IRS scandal shows how governments at every level are slow to change their ways.

Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus on the government cloud forecast

David Stegon, fedscoop,  Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing.