Cloud caveat: Responsibility cannot be outsourced

William Jackson, Government Computer News,  Friday, September 30, 2011

Cloud computing is becoming a fact of life as agencies are pressed to make IT infrastructures more flexible and efficient. Agencies can off-load much of the work and expense of acquiring and managing hardware, software and services under a variety of cloud models, but responsibility cannot be outsourced.

Who's Winning the Cloud War?

Andy Opsahl, Government Technology,  Wednesday, September 28, 2011

State and local governments are expanding their use of cloud-based services, but it’s hard to pick a clear winner among cloud providers in the public-sector market.

5 Kundra plans: Which ones have staying power?

Alice Lipowicz and Matthew Weigelt, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, September 27, 2011

As the nation’s first federal CIO, Vivek Kundra brought a high-energy approach to the job and a wealth of fresh ideas to promote innovation and efficiency. He won support, sparked conversation and elbowed the status quo out of the way a few times. But it remains to be seen whether his initiatives have staying power now that he has left the government.

Congress' piece of the cloud: Supporting open standards, flexible acquisition

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Thursday, September 22, 2011

Congress can put its weight behind standards efforts, acquisition policies and laws that promote trust to move cloud computing forward, representatives from industry and government told members of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation at a hearing in Washington.

Federal Cloud Crucial To Economy, Tech Chiefs Say

Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek,  Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The federal government's adoption of cloud computing is not merely critical to technology innovation, but also is crucial to ensure that the United States can remain economically competitive across the globe, technology experts said Wednesday.

Breach fears push federal cloud computing initiative to private cloud

Richard W. Walker,,  Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Under pressure to move to cloud computing by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), yet harboring intractable concerns about protecting sensitive data, many federal agency managers are opting for private clouds, which they consider more secure than public cloud environments.

Open Group releases a book on reaping cloud's benefits

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Monday, September 19, 2011

The Open Group has released a book on how organizations can use cloud computing to gain business benefit.

Security worries cloud Web migration

Jennifer Martinez, Politico,  Sunday, September 18, 2011

Federal agencies — ranging from the Defense and State departments to the National Institutes of Health — are having second thoughts about moving government secrets and essential functions to the Web in the face of a growing number of cyberattacks from online assailants.

Stakes high for cloud contractors

David Saleh Rauf, Politico Pro,  Sunday, September 18, 2011

To the ranks of billion-dollar federal contracts for fighter jets and vaccine development, add cloud computing to the list of Uncle Sam’s most hotly contested procurements. The biggest names in the tech business are believed to be in the running for a piece of General Services Administration contracts capped at $2.5 billion to provide cloud-based email accounts for federal workers across departments.

Amazon Web Services Earns Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation, Expanding the AWS Security and Compliance Framework

Business Wire,  Thursday, September 15, 2011

Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an company, today announced it has received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate Authorization and Accreditation from the U.S. General Services Administration. FISMA requires federal agencies to develop, document, and implement an information security system for its data and infrastructure.