We are starting to hear very different language when federal IT leaders talk about modernization. At the recent Federal Focus: The Cloud Generation event, Small Business Administration (SBA) Deputy CIO Guy Cavallo and CTO Sanjay Gupta talked about their migration from data center to cloud, noting that the key was to “burn the bridge back […] […]

According to a Gartner study, there will be 26 billion internet-connected devices by 2020 – more than four devices for every human on earth. This hyper-connected world presents opportunities and challenges for federal agencies, particularly given data security and privacy considerations, and the enormous variety of IoT devices (many of which, unlike a laptop, are […] […]

The latest FITARA scorecard revealed the first overall “A,” issued to USAID, which managed a significant improvement following a string of D’s on the last three scorecards. Unfortunately, more agency grades declined than improved. The trend is frustrating, particularly as the December 2016 scorecard showed improvements. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is supposed to drive […] […]

The forecast is looking brighter for FedRAMP. The FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO) has worked to make the cloud procurement more transparent and more efficient. At June’s Cloud Brainstorm event, Congressmen Will Hurd (R-Texas), Gerry Connelly (D-Va.), and FedRAMP leadership from the General Services Administration (GSA) shared perspectives on progress to date and what’s ahead. […] […]

How fitting that Cloud Computing (the horse) beat favorite Always Dreaming to the finish line at the Preakness this year, particularly for those of us working in Federal IT. Just three days earlier, the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act passed the House, signaling continued momentum for agencies working to reduce reliance on outdated systems and […] […]

The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) was intended to, in part, “reduce the cost of data center hardware, software, and operations […] and shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies.” But it didn’t work – new data center construction continued. Six years after the FDCCI, the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) […] […]

As more and more Federal agencies turn towards cloud as the most viable modernization method – in a recent MeriTalk study, 76 percent of Federal IT cloud decision-makers said they are evaluating cloud solutions as an integral part of their overall IT strategy – agencies have to develop a clear plan on how to consolidate […] […]

The December 2016 FITARA scorecard  revealed a number of agencies continue to rely on legacy IT systems, wasting billions each year and making it increasingly difficult to secure sensitive government information. Many received Ds and Cs, and not one agency scored an overall A. Additionally, despite significant focus during the past several years, nearly 65% […] […]

The June 2015 breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) employee records demonstrated a real vulnerability in Federal IT. With legacy systems dominating the Federal landscape, securing sensitive government data has become very nearly impossible. Fortunately, Congress and the Trump Administration seem to be coalescing around a straightforward crisis response plan: IT systems modernization. […] […]

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (HR 306), which requires agencies to deploy energy-efficient technology in their data centers. Under the bill, every agency must use advanced power management tools – building information modeling, energy-efficient data center strategies, and more to reduce the data center footprint. […] […]

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