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GSA to tighten oversight of conflict-of-interest rules for FedRAMP

Under the cloud security requirements, vendors who want to be third party assessment organizations and cloud service providers must prove they have walled-off the two parts of their company. GSA released details Dec. 8 and held an industry day Dec. 16 for vendors who want to be third-party assessers. GSA expects to release the FedRAMP security controls early in 2012.

Tags: technology , GSA , Dave McClure , Kathy Conrad , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 11:03pm EST
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VanRoekel's 2012 IT goals: Crawl, walk, run

"Crawl before you can walk. Walk before you can run." That's how Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel framed his 2012 priorities in his first speech to government IT contractors in Washington. He said agencies would have to do "more with less," but he wanted to emphasize the "more."

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , technology , IT , acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , cloud computing , cybersecurity , ACT-IAC , Emily Kopp

Friday - 12/16/2011, 06:57pm EST
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New FedRAMP standards first step to secure cloud computing

OMB sets a six-month deadline for initial capabilities to be ready. Along with the cloud security standards and process, the administration highlighted other accomplishments on the one-year anniversary of the 25-point IT Reform plan. The White House said a new draft shared services strategy will focus on commodity IT services.

Tags: technology , Steven VanRoekel , Dave McClure , Richard Spires , OMB , DHS , GSA , cloud computing , TechStat , shared services , cybersecurity , IT reform , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 04:00pm EST
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FedRAMP cloud security memo makes it past OMB director's review

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew has approved the cloud security memo and guidance, known as FedRAMP, pushing it to the brink of public release, Federal News Radio has learned. Multiple sources confirmed Lew approved the documents before Thanksgiving and OMB could issue the memo and guidance as early as next week.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cloud computing , OMB , Jacob Lew , GSA , DoD , DHS , Dave McClure , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:32pm EST

Agencies using cloud to de-clutter IT systems

The Homeland Security Department and NASA moving to the cloud to support mission needs and reduce the cost and effort to support back-office systems. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said he is focusing on four areas of cloud: agencies, procurement, international and cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Richard Spires , Keith Trippie , Adrian Gardner , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , DHS , NASA , NIST , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:23am EDT
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FedRAMP cloud policy in final review

GSA's Dave McClure said a flood of documents will come as soon as OMB signs off on the cloud security guidance. McClure said among the documents will be the application for third party companies to become FedRAMP accreditors of cloud products and services.

Tags: technology , Dave McClure , GSA , DoD , DHS , cloud computing , cybersecurity , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , industry , OMB , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:45pm EDT

Federal CIO VanRoekel details his 'first' priorities

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants the government to move toward a share-first policy where agencies share IT before buying new. He also introduced his "Future First" initiative to standardize technology development and adoption across the government. This was VanRoekel's first major policy speech since taking over as CIO in August.

Tags: technology , policy , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , cloud computing , cybersecurity , mobile computing , Future First , entrepreneur-in-residence , Tech Fellows , citizen services , PARC , TechAmerica , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 03:05pm EDT
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DHS picks CGI to provide cloud Web services

The $1.8 million dollar deal is the first under GSA's governmentwide infrastructure-as-a-service contract.

Tags: technology , industry , contracting , DHS , GSA , CGI , cloud computing , infrastructure-as-a-service , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 04:15pm EDT

How effective are e-government projects?

Valerie Melvin, GAO's director of information management and human capital issues, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the watchdog agency's latest report on e-government projects.

Tags: Valerie Melvin , GAO , E-Government Fund , OMB , GSA , cloud computing

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 10:00am EDT
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IT reforms moving to optimization stage

Nine months since OMB issued its 25-point plan to improve how agencies oversee technology, the tone is changing. Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy CIO, said the goal is to make sure agencies are using their people, money and other resources as best as possible. Agencies are finding some early success with the IT reforms, especially around acquisition.

Tags: technology , workforce , contracting , Lisa Schlosser , OMB , Ken Rogers , State , AFCEA Bethesda , cloud computing , IT reform , data center consolidation , Commodity IT , Jason Miller , cybersecurity , service level agreements

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:14am EDT
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