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.
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.
An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All military services and Defense Department components are now permitted to lease computing space through Amazon Web Services.