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Google Files Suit Against Interior Department

 Google has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department in an attempt to prevent the agency from going ahead with bid requests to host a cloud-based electronic messaging system. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Google says they met with Interior Department officials on several occasions asking them to [...]

Tags: Google , GSA , Interior Department , Microsoft , Onix Networking , technology , U.S. Court of Federal Claims , Wall Street Journal , William Corrington

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 03:14pm EST

OMB lays out plan to improve IT management

The Office of Management and Budget announced five structural changes to put renewed focus on improving IT management. OMB CPO Jeffrey Zients says the way government currently budgets for and acquires IT is "broken."

Tags: OMB , Jeffrey Zients , technology , management , budget , IT , Scott Carr , data center consolidation

Friday - 11/19/2010, 07:13pm EST
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Cloud services coming to Apps.gov

Apps.gov, the GSA’s cloud-based storefront, will soon offer storage, virtualization and Web hosting applications to government agencies. Vendors with an infrastructure-as-a-service contract will provide their services on the website. Apps.gov will alleviate the federal IT strain on storage, computing power and website hosting. The new cloud infrastructure will also eliminate the need for agencies to [...]

Tags: GSA , apps.gov , Vivek Kundra , technology , Federal Information Security Management Act

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 04:39pm EST

Morche: Cheaper, faster telecom solutions driving better performance

You have a lot of options to consider when you're considering cloud computing. Sorting through the possibilities to find the right fit for your agency becomes tougher.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Industry Chatter , technology , Ed Morche , Level 3 Communications

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 08:31pm EST
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Report: Human factor weak link in cloud computing

Cloud computing and security – you never hear one talked about without the other. In a new report, Allan Friedman, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, explores how to think about privacy and security in the cloud. He argues the real weak link in security is the human factor. For this reason, Friedman tells Federal [...]

Tags: Allan Friedman , Brookings Institution , cybersecurity

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 05:58pm EST
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Have ideas about cloud computing certification? Tell GSA

Think you can help the federal government speed up its certification and accreditation of cloud computing products and services? If the answer is yes, the General Services Administration wants to hear from you. GSA recently released requirements for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), an interagency initiative that will provide the government-wide certification [...]

Tags: FedRAMP , GSA , technology , Vivek Kundra , FedRAMP , GSA , technology , Vivek Kundra

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:45pm EST

How to stay secure in the cloud computing age

Allan Friedman, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, describes how to maintain security and privacy in the cloud computing age.

Tags: Allan Friedman , Brooking Institution , technology , security , privacy , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:36pm EST
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Feds raise questions about cloud security

Several cyber experts are not sold on how security around cloud computing will work. Some of the doubts come as GSA issues draft requirements for FedRAMP. Others say agencies likely will move to a private cloud first before trusting data to a public provider.

Tags: technology , David Stender , Brian McGrath , Census , IRS , GSA , Doug Bourgeois , VMware , Sam Curry , RSA , TechAmerica , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Scott Carr

Monday - 11/08/2010, 06:36am EST
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NIST defining steps to cloud computing

Agencies are laying the foundation for the use of cloud computing in the government. Officials are marking their progress in smaller steps instead of big strides.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , NIST , Dawn Leaf , Cita Furlani , Vivek Kundra , GSA , OMB , Max Cacas

Friday - 11/05/2010, 07:06am EDT
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NASA discusses challenges of data center consolidation

It's been more than nine months since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative began with the intent to reduce energy usage, lower IT costs and improve security. And some federal agencies are discovering that it's difficult to reduce spending without putting some money upfront first. NASA is just one of the federal agencies trying to [...]

Tags: OMB , Chris Kemp , NASA , technology , Federal Cloud Blog , Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative , IT , IT infrastructure

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 01:21pm EDT
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