CAMBRIDGE, Md.--Radical budget cuts amounting to about a 50 percent reduction over 4 years forced Customs and Border Protection to use shared and cloud services to a degree previously unthinkable, said CBP Chief Technology Officer Wolfe Tombe while speaking during a panel session of the annual ACT-IAC Management of Change conference.
The intersection of cloud computing and big data gives government agencies opportunities in areas such as DNA sequencing and national security, said speakers at a National Institute of Standards and Technology workshop. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said that the federal government in only at the "tip of the iceberg" in its use of cloud and big data.
According to a Ponemon Institute survey (.pdf) of 272 officials, most of them chief executives of police or sheriff departments, 46 percent of law enforcement agencies are not considering utilizing cloud computing. Thirty-eight percent say they're considering it, or planning for adoption within the next 2 years, and 16 percent say they use it now. Ponemon did the survey at the behest of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and cloud computing promoter SafeGov.
Security challenges involving infrastructure-as-a-service cloud computing technologies and geolocation are being addressed in a draft proof of concept implementation document (.pdf) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
While federal agencies have made progress expanding their use of cloud services, many challenges remain for full implementation, Citizens Against Government Waste says in its 2012 review of the federal cloud.
A Cary, N.C.-based small business has received the first Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program provisional cloud security authorization from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board, says a General Services Administration press release .
Despite strong European privacy laws, Dutch legal experts have warned that cloud-based data originating in Europe could be acquired and reviewed by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Patriot Act.
Cloud computing technical specification standardization, model contracts and a pooling of requirements among European Union governments would cause the gross domestic product impact of cloud computing in the EU to nearly triple to €250 billion by 2020, says the European Commission.
The Veterans Affairs Department awarded Sept. 25 a $4.22 million contract for a mobile apps "collaboration environment" and a mobile device management solution, according to a contract document (.pdf) obtained by FierceMobileGovernment .
The Obama administration issued a comprehensive records management directive Aug. 24, which sets a variety of records management goals for agencies while previewing further guidance and rules from the National Archives and Records Administration. The first deadline for agencies comes Nov. 15, according to a memorandum (.pdf) from Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients and Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.