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EPA watchdog: Agency's cloud oversight faulty, resulting in $2.3M wasted spending

In its Aug. 15 report, the EPA inspector general said the agency's poor oversight of its cloud projects led to missed opportunities for savings. Agency management also doesn't have a "reasonable assurance" that the initiatives will be effective and efficient because adequate policies and procedures weren't developed.

IG: EPA's Water Office did not have proper oversight of cloud computing activities

The report noted that the agency did not know when its offices were using cloud computing capabilities nor could the EPA provide evidence that it could access contractor's cloud networks for auditing and investigative purposes.

New TechAmerica commission to advise federal government on tech convergence

An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.

HHS considering Desktop as a Service

The Health and Human Services Department is interested in moving as many as 200,000 desktop computers to the cloud as part of a shift to Desktop as a Service, or DaaS.

NIST launches new cloud computing working groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is standing up three new working groups to fulfill requirements laid out in the U.S. government's Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap. The roadmap (pdf), which NIST published in November 2011, details high priority tasks necessary to further cloud adoption in the federal government and elsewhere.

Deadline for FedRAMP compliance with cloud services arrives

After two years of planning, agencies are now required to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for cloud services designated as low or moderate security risk under the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA. 

RAND: Navy should adopt a cloud-based system to help it better collect, analyze and distribute sensor data

The Navy should adopt a cloud-based system to keep pace with the growing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data that are needed for situational awareness and other mission-critical tasks, said researchers in a new RAND report.

Postal Service cloud contracts omit security measures

The 13 cloud computing contracts that the Postal Service awarded in recent years inadequately addressed data security, says the USPS office of inspector general. Contracting officials worried that integrating policies from the agency's handbook on cloud security would drive up the cost of the contracts.

FTC in position to enforce data stewardship standards among cloud providers, says paper

Enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission have laid a foundation for establishment of data stewardship standards controlling cloud services that involve processing personal data, say two academics. 

Spotlight: DoD approves Amazon cloud

All military services and Defense Department components are now permitted to lease computing space through Amazon Web Services.