While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program aims to accelerate the authorization of cloud computing technologies across the federal government, but instead of one more federal IT security mandate agencies must comply with, FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich says the program has a unique role to streamline security processes across several initiatives.
The National Institutes of Health gave the go-ahead to transfer controlled-access genomic and phonotypic data obtained from NIH-designated data repositories to either public or private cloud computing systems.
The Defense Department is pushing ahead with a plan that would permit commercial cloud computing providers operating in DoD facilities to serve non-federal government clients.
Wednesday, the city announced it had completed shifting its existing system to new a cloud-based platform.
The rapid growth of health data is helping federal agencies better chart the quality of care being provided and other trends nationwide, but it's also presenting some privacy and security challenges, said government officials.
The Defense Department plans to take the unclassified side of the its enterprise email to a commercial cloud solution, said Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.
There's been much discussion around the efficiencies to be gained from cloud computing – shuttering data centers and streamlining operations – but little talk of the freezing effect this end goal can have on the federal IT workforce. Cloud computing efforts would see stakeholder buy in improve significantly if there was some assurance that personnel would be protected, says one National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration IT executive.
Interoperability and portability remain largely unaddressed issues among cloud services. And until all cloud computing services can ensure clients' data is portable and interoperable, federal chief information officers need to think about how they can get out of their cloud contracts, said federal executives speaking Jan. 15 at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.
The General Services Administration provided an update on how the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is meeting milestones and laid out new deadlines as part of a Dec. 16 press briefing and the release of the program's roadmap.