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.
Adam Mazmanian, FCW, Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The devastating hacks of the legacy systems at the Office of Personnel Management are a reminder that government needs to move off of antiquated IT and into modern systems built with integrated security. Federal CIO Tony Scott is urging cloud vendors to come up with solutions that operate at the government scale.
Michael Tarbet, Business2Community, Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Interview with Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D. who is CIO for the City of Palo Alto, California. He is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, and previously the CIO at O’Reilly Media and the Director of IT Innovations at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal, Monday, June 29, 2015
New research by two U.S. academics suggests that Google Inc. is harming Internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own services, a potentially significant twist in Europe’s long-running antitrust investigation of the U.S. search company. The research combines statistical testing with detailed legal and economic analysis to examine the ramifications of Google’s practice of promoting its own specialized search services, such as for local restaurants or doctors, at the expense of rivals such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. It was sponsored by Yelp, which has filed a complaint with European Union antitrust authorities over Google’s search practices. It was presented to EU regulators on Friday.
Jeff Kaplan, TechTarget, Sunday, June 28, 2015
The proliferation of cloud services has created a double-edged sword. The stream of new cloud alternatives has produced a buyers' market, characterized by intensifying price competition. But it has also made it more difficult for IT and corporate decision makers to determine which cloud offerings are best suited to meet their particular business and technological requirements.
Jaikumar Vijayan, eWeek, Saturday, June 27, 2015
Laws that require organizations to store customer data in a specific country or geographic location undermine many of the economic benefits of cloud computing, Google said, quoting a new report from the Leviathan Security Group. Forced localization can also negatively affect data security and privacy, the company said. Large cloud services typically offer better resiliency and redundancy than locally hosted services. They also have access to more skilled security resources than organizations that host data locally.
Mark Rockwell, FCW, Saturday, June 27, 2015
When planning for the cloud, don’t forget procurement. "If procurement is left out, all the good intentions of cloud are reduced or eliminated," said David DeBrandt, business development capture manager for Amazon Web Services. “If you use traditional procurement frameworks, the benefits of cloud are taken away.”
AG Strategy Group
Friday, June 26, 2015
FedRAMP is charged with standardizing security assessments for cloud systems across government. While underappreciated, these standardization efforts are vital to improving the security of government data.
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times, Thursday, June 25, 2015
Solicitations close June 26 for 18F's agile delivery services blanket purchase agreement (BPA), which, when finished, will enable agencies to buy services for agile development projects in an agile way. The Agile BPA being piloted at 18F — a division of the General Services Administration created to help agencies with software development — will include some 20 vendors with a proven ability to facilitate rapid code development and deploy functional software through an iterative approach.
Amanda Ziadeh, GCN, Thursday, June 25, 2015
The National Science Foundation is looking for projects that push the envelope on cloud computing. To help advance cloud technology, the NSF recently announced that its “future cloud” prototype environments are now available to help researchers "develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures ... [and] go beyond the use of existing commercial cloud offerings ... to influence such offerings in the future." The prototypes are part of the NSFFutureCloud initiative, which NSF announced in 2013 to help the academic research community explore resource sharing in clustered computing, virtualization and the interplay among applications architectures and the physical environment.
Julia Fioretti, Reuters, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Eight European Union nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland on Tuesday urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behaviour of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, who will this week chair a meeting of the EU's 28 heads of state, the leaders of Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands, said the EU should only regulate "where there is clear evidence to do so."