While the sudden transition to mass telework may have created some initial hurdles for Federal agencies, Federal CIO Suzette Kent said that the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) IT modernization initiatives remain in full swing. […]

In collaboration with the Army Medical Research and Development Command, the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is seeking cloud tech to provide tele-critical care to COVID-19 coronavirus patients.






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The Defense Department’s (DoD) award to Microsoft of its 10-year Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) contract for general purpose cloud computing in October 2019 was not influenced by pressure from the White House, according to a report issued today by the DoD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).






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The Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) is seeking a cloud-based tool for managing new talent recruitment and event management, according to an April 15 request for information (RFI).






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Cloud is more important now than ever to provide the necessary flexibility, security, and scalability to support the growing remote workforce. While government agencies have made significant progress in adopting cloud – through OMB’s Cloud First and Cloud Smart policies – there is still more to be done.






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The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (AI)  is calling for a national research cloud led by the Federal government to fuel innovation and collaboration between academia, the public sector, and industry.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on Draft Special Publication (SP) 800-210 which will help in understanding security challenges in cloud-based systems.






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A recent MeriTalk research report found that 86 percent of Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners believe migrating to milCloud® 2.0 will have a positive impact on DoD missions, but resource constraints and lack of clarity are holding agencies back from making the transition. On a recent webinar discussion, Jeffrey Phelan, cloud services portfolio lead for milCloud® 2.0 at GDIT, said that DISA and DoD OCIO are stepping in to mitigate.






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Nathan McGuirt started working in the cloud about ten years ago. Now, a senior solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, McGuirt can testify that a lot in the space has changed.






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Public sector organization can’t bet on luck when it comes to the cloud, but smart helps – specifically OMB’s Cloud Smart policy, according to MeriTalk’s newly released “Smart > Lucky: Pillars to Fed and SLED Cloud Success” report.






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Despite tech and efficiency benefits, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) – which oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks – documented “third-party, information security, and business resiliency risks” in its transition to and use of the public cloud.






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HUD Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is seeking out a cloud-based technical solution for its Single Family Acquired Asset Management System (SAMS), a legacy system that’s integral to managing HUD’s portfolio of homes with a total value of between $3 billion and $6 billion.






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The General Services Administration (GSA) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced today that they’ve partnered on GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative and are “entering into a sprint-based discovery phase to address strategy, acquisition, and technology challenges and solutions, including cloud architecture and security configuration.”






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Oki Mek, senior adviser to the CIO at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on Feb. 20 discussed the agency’s current effort to draft a cloud strategy, and the importance of going forward with a unified strategy that guides the entire organization.






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A senior General Services Administration (GSA) official said today the agency is supportive of the primary aims of a new report recommending steps to modernize the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.






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The Intelligence Community (IC) will be moving towards a Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) strategy and a Hybrid Compute Initiative (HCI), IC CIO John Sherman said today.






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A MeriTalk survey of 175 milCloud® 2.0 mission partners shows that while 86 percent believe migrating to milCloud® 2.0 will have a positive impact on Department of Defense (DoD) missions, just 21 percent of them are in the process of migrating to the service – pointing to an opportunity for additional training and resources to accelerate migration.






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