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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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NIST, GSA setting up cloud validation process

The goal is for independent third party companies to affirm commercial cloud providers meet the FedRAMP cybersecurity requirements. The agencies will model its approach after the one used to accredit vendors to provide products and services under HSPD-12. FedRAMP will not be ready until the fall.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , Ron Ross , Dave McClure , GSA , NIST , FOSE , cybersecurity , security controls , privacy , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 06:55am EDT
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Survey: What feds really think about cloud computing

29 percent of federal IT professionals are currently using cloud computing and another 29 percent plan to be using it within the next 12 months, according to the latest survey from InformationWeek Government and InformationWeek Analytics. InformationWeek surveyed 137 federal IT pros for the survey. Some of the other major findings in the survey: 21 [...]

Tags: cloud computing , InformationWeek , SAJACC , survey

Sunday - 04/17/2011, 03:55pm EDT
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