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Prem Jadhwani and Darren House served on the TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission and will share their insights on the results of the Big Data report issued by the commission.
A new program to start issuing governmentwide security certifications for cloud computing products is officially up and running. The agencies in charge of managing the FedRAMP program have declared initial operating capability. That means commercial cloud service providers will be able to start applying to have their products certified under FedRAMP, which is intended to let the government certify a solution once and use it multiple times across agencies. It will take another six to 12 months before the first cloud product is approved.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is trying to demystify cloud computing for federal agencies. They've just published the final version of a document called Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations. In it, NIST aims to provide a plain-language breakdown of how clouds are deployed, what services they can offer, typical terms of service, and security issues. NIST says the publication is aimed at IT decision makers, designed to help them decide what cloud technologies and configurations will meet their needs.
The General Services Administration is moving its huge database of federal spending information to a big data cloud. The USASpending.gov site will make the move to a platform that can take in federal contract award information from a variety of sources and perform data analytics. The system is based on the Apache Software Foundation's open source Hadoop platform. USASpending lets users search for federal spending information, both prime contracts and subawards, by using simple keyword searches.
A new report finds federal agencies can wring a lot more potential savings by implementing cloud computing. The study by the group Meritalk finds agencies are saving about 5 billiion dollars a year right now…but total potential savings could be as much as 12 billion dollars. A survey of more than 100 government IT managers found percieved security concerns are the biggest factor holding back cloud adoption. 85 percent of those surveyed cited security worries. The second biggest factor: agency culture, at 38 percent.
A milestone on the federal government's path toward faster security approvals for cloud computing. Agencies that manage the FedRAMP program have named the first batch of third party assessment organizations that will put commercial cloud products through their paces, making sure those industry offerings comply with FedRAMP's baseline security controls. The program's designed to certify a cloud product once, then let agencies use it several times without having to perform their own security assessments from the ground up.
The Pentagon is beginning to roll out a cloud-based network that it hopes will one day serve warfighters from each of the military branches around the world. DoD will begin testing some of the initial elements of its new Joint Information Enterprise in the European theater of operations this summer. It'll then take those lessons learned for more testing in the Pacific. The effort aims to make the military branches IT systems more interoperable. It's being pushed from the highest levels of Pentagon leadership.
Although GTSI has an "awesome" brand name in the federal IT marketplace, GTSI's name was "sullied" after the Small Business Administration suspended the firm in October 2010, said Dendy Young, CEO of GTSI from 1996 to 2006.
The offer will be $7.75 per share, a 48 percent premium over GTSI's closing stock price Friday.
During his exit interview with Federal News Radio, he talks about his tenure at GTSI, and gives his views on the government IT market.