Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives.

Government-as-a-Platform – Former White House CIO argues the case for sharing data with private sector

Derek du Preez, diginomica,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Government-as-a-Platform is at the forefront of the public sector’s agenda. Just a year ago and barely anyone had even heard of the term, but it seems that you can’t go to an event today without it being the topic of a lot of conversations. Which is a good thing, considering that there are very few (if any) examples of living, breathing, all-encompassing government platforms.

National treasure Stephen Fry publicises video about making technology work for everyone

Megan Titley, Stroud News,  Friday, May 22, 2015

Acclaimed actor Stephen Fry has tweeted a video about how disabled people are excluded from digital content to his 9.7m followers as part of a social media campaign. Commissioned by the award-winning Fix the Web project the animation explains how to improve the accessibility and avoid design issues which marginalise people with special needs. Fix the Web helps people facing accessibility issues, such as disabled and older people, to report problems with websites.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

Nonprofit Technology Network,  Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recall a time when you encountered one of those websites where it was hard to read and navigate. You wanted to get some basic information or perhaps complete a simple transaction, and you ended up spending a lot longer than necessary, or maybe even left the site in frustration. For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites. In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

International privacy standards for governments and schools?

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, May 21, 2015

While many think of state and local governments as just repositories of public records, they also store massive amounts of highly sensitive personal information, including tax returns, family services files, student records and health data. And as state and local governments move more data to the cloud, privacy concerns become paramount. It is imperative governments establish robust privacy standards for cloud storage to prevent the misuse of personal data. Moving forward, governments should require their vendors to follow the recently adopted International Standards Organization (ISO) 27018 cloud privacy guidelines. These standards foster transparency while increasing security and data privacy. Without adherence to ISO 27018, government entities — such as public schools, which collect, process, and archive tremendous amounts of student data — could have their data used for non-educational purposes.

Cloud Adoption Among Government Entities to Skyrocket, Says Report by Forbes Insights and Microsoft

Forbes,  Thursday, May 21, 2015

”From Promise to Reality: How Local, State and Federal Government Agencies Achieve Results in the Cloud,” a new report released today by Forbes Insights, in association with Microsoft, provides strong evidence that when it comes to cloud adoption, government agencies are fast approaching a tipping point. Many groups are moving from mere “toes in the water” to a true “cloud first” orientation, and the number and form of cloud installations in government is poised for explosive growth.

Fed Cloud Computing Caucus Report Outlines Plan to Increase Cloud Services Adoption

Laura Stotler, TechZone 360,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The U.S. government has been slowly making a migration to the cloud since the Cloud First policy was instated in 2011, but the going has been tough and there has been a certain amount of resistance to making such drastic changes. Congress is trying to speed up the process and encourage cloud migration with a new report courtesy of the Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus.

How To Modernize IT Without Leaving Legacy Behind

Julie Urban, B2C,  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One of the big challenges facing government agencies today is the need to use updated cloud technologies whenever possible, per The Cloud First policy. This policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization and minimize cost. An underlying issue that comes with the implementation of cloud technologies is that Government agencies need to find a standardized way of fielding capabilities that don’t work that well in cloud.

Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances

Frederic Lardinois, Tech Crunch,  Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save even more on some of their cloud computing tasks. Today’s cuts focus on the Compute Engine side of the service and include cuts of up to 30 percent for the smallest instances. A Micro instance on Google Cloud platform will now cost as little as $0.006 per hour under regular usage. For other instance types, the price cuts are somewhat less dramatic and range between 5 percent for High CPU instances and 20 percent for the Standard instances.

Waiting on FedRAMP for cloud brokers? Don't hold your breath

Molly Bernhart Walker, Fierce Government IT,  Monday, May 18, 2015

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, has played a critical role in accelerating the authorization of cloud computing services across the federal government. Some have suggested a similar program – a FedRAMP for cloud brokers – would be helpful for agencies seeking to strike up a relationship with a cloud middleman, but an official with GSA's Federal Acquisition Service says it's probably not feasible.

Federal CIOs want better cloud vendor support

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Friday, May 15, 2015

Among federal CIOs, there is no shortage of interest in the cloud, but many agency IT leaders say they worry about security, what kind of support they'll get from their vendor, and the restrictions that come with long-term contracts, among other issues, government IT insiders say.