Will Defense Cloud Yield to Commercial Clouds?

John Rath, Data Center Knowledge,  Wednesday, December 21, 2011

After almost two years into the Federal Government data center consolidation project an interesting roadblock may have emerged to redirect cloud computing efforts. Plans to favor the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) cloud for military departments and agencies may be set aside in favor of private sector clouds.

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

Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com,  Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Vendors wanting to provide cloud services and assess other vendors under the FedRAMP program will be watched closely so as not to violate federal conflict-of-interest rules.

5 ways the cloud will change in 2012

Mathew Lodge, Fortune Contributor ,  Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In 2011, cloud computing demonstrated that it was a major driver of change in the IT industry. Organizations of all types and sizes began using the hybrid cloud -- a combination of public and private cloud computing -- in earnest. What can we look forward to in 2012?

White House Moves To Future-Proof Government IT

J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek,  Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The White House plans to require agencies to future-proof information technology decisions through the use of some mix of agile development, machine readable data, Web services and modular procurement techniques, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said in an interview with InformationWeek.

Expanding our Efforts on Data Centers

Steve VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer,  Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The President has been clear that every Federal dollar spent must generate a positive return for the American people and that as we tackle our long term fiscal challenges, we must root out waste in government. One area that we know we can do better in is with the thousands of duplicative data centers that sprung up across the last decade.

Congress directs Defense to use commercial data centers

Bob Brewin, NextGov,  Monday, December 19, 2011

Congress has thrown a roadblock into the Defense Department's plans to consolidate many of its data centers into facilities operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency or the military services.

Tangled oversight web clouds FedRAMP debut

Jill R. Aitoro, Washington Business Journal,  Friday, December 16, 2011

The devil is in the details, which is exactly what leaves some contractors concerned about the rollout of a new federal program that establishes security standards for cloud services.

VanRoekel's 2012 IT goals: Crawl, walk, run

Emily Kopp, Federal News Radio,  Friday, December 16, 2011

"Crawl before you can walk. Walk before you can run." That's how Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel framed his strategy to achieve his 2012 priorities in his first speech to government IT contractors in Washington, D.C.

GSA To Accept First FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Applications

Jeff Erlichman, AOL Government,  Friday, December 16, 2011

The General Services Administration will begin accepting applications Jan. 9, 2012, for the first group of companies to be chosen as Third Party Assessment Organizations (3PAO) for the newly launched FedRAMP initiative, also known as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program program.

Los Angeles pulling the plug on Gmail at LAPD is much bigger than you think

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Is the FBI trying to kill the use of cloud email services by local law enforcement agencies? Los Angeles, the first big city customer to adopt Google Apps for Government, now says the service cannot meet FBI security requirements. But is the FBI really at fault?