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.

Four 2016 federal IT predictions: It’s all about the data

Rob Stein, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Cloud computing has changed the speed and the efficiency at which data can be processed. But it has also changed the way in which data is moved, stored and managed. Make no mistake: Data is any agency’s most important asset and managing that data most effectively is vital. Based on our work with government agencies over the past year, we have developed four federal IT predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Data isolationism will hold back the cloud

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Politicians and government want to keep data in the country of origin, but doing so will make the cloud less viable. The essence of cloud computing is to provide utility-based computing services that use any cloud resource available. If it's in another country, so be it. But the data-management laws come from a very different perspective: that of data isolation.

Take-up of cloud storage in Europe affected by privacy issues

Bryan Betts, Computer Weekly,  Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cloud storage is hot, so we are told. It will rejuvenate your company, offload all that troublesome and expensive on-premise hardware, and help you ready staff and applications for Generation Mobile. But when we look at European organisations, we see a somewhat different – and, dare one say it, more realistic and nuanced – response to the preachings of the technology evangelists.

U.S. and EU firms warn of 'enormous' consequences if data pact talks fail

Julia Fioretti and Dustin Volz, Reuters,  Monday, January 18, 2016

In a letter, seen by Reuters, to U.S. President Barack Obama, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the 28 European heads of state, four business associations warned of the dire economic impact if data flows between the two blocs were disrupted.

Data center of the future: 5 key elements

Bob Fortna, GCN,  Monday, January 11, 2016

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s data center consolidation efforts are establishing a foundation for the federal data center of the future. In DISA’s own words, “consolidation will establish a core computing infrastructure that provides assured and ubiquitous access to vital enterprise services and aggregates computing services and infrastructure requirements to gain economic efficiencies of scale.” In short, DISA is moving aggressively to build a more powerful, yet streamlined, operation -- one that works well today, but also is built for future demands.

GSA wants to make it easier for agencies to get to the cloud

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Friday, January 08, 2016

GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is pondering its role in helping agencies get to the cloud. In an industry request for information released Wednesday, OCSIT seeks to gather vendor feedback for how the government might improve the cloud computing experience across five topic areas.

Government IT: Hot Tech Trends In 2016

Esther Schindler, Information Week Government,  Thursday, January 07, 2016

Governments are supposed to be accountable to their citizens. Each technology decision, whether made by a federal government or a rural town council, is beholden to the citizenry that government branch serves. Such entities have little control over the budget, and they need to be transparent in everything from purchasing decisions to data management. The situation hands government IT unique challenges, especially in regard to gazing into crystal balls (which the department had to requisition from another department, or purchase from the lowest-price bid).

3 Government Tech Trends to Watch in 2016

David Brinkman, Nextgov,  Tuesday, January 05, 2016

As we ring in 2016, we will see a significant acceleration within three key technologies as the public sector fundamentally transforms its services to meet the needs of 21st-century population: The Use of Public Cloud Technology, Mobile Engagement, Apps and Services Architecture.

IG: DOD can't decide what it wants to call 'cloud computing'

Greg Otto, FedScoop,  Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Defense Department can’t agree on an internal definition of cloud computing, and it's preventing officials from measuring any savings or benefits from the technology, according to an agency watchdog. In a report released Tuesday, the DOD inspector general found the department and three of the four military branches have differing knowledge of various cloud computing contracts and varying opinions on what exactly constitutes a cloud computing service.

EU calls for controls on surveillance tech exports

Rene Millman, SC Magazine,  Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has called on the EU to strengthen safeguards on the export of surveillance and interception technologies to third world countries. Giovanni Buttarelli, said in a report published by the EU, that there was "tension between the positive use of ICT tools and the negative impact that the misuse of technology can have on human rights, and especially the protection of personal data and privacy".