Information technology is rapidly advancing in ways that directly impact the business of government. In this special report, FierceGovernmentIT explores some of the ways federal agencies are managing this change.
The benefits of cloud computing — such as speed, security and scalability — are appealing to chief information officers everywhere, but finding a way to acquire cloud solutions has been a tough nut to crack for those working in the federal government.
A new report recommends the federal government take several actions as it navigates the Internet of Things, such as ensuring privacy and security protections are in place without imposing regulations that would hinder innovation.
Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott plans to issue updated data center consolidation guidelines to agency CIOs in the coming months.
Nearly one year ago, Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen signed a memorandum that allowed the military services to handle their own acquisition of commercial cloud computing technology rather than requiring the Defense Information Systems Agency to serve as middleman.
Virtualization will be a major focus of the Defense Information Systems Agency moving forward, said Alfred Rivera, director of DISA's development and business center.
"The information has always been there, but it's always been a matter of, how do you store it?" asked Steve Pugh, presidential response officer at the White House Communications Agency.
Civilian agencies are only slightly more mature than Defense organizations in terms of adoption of cloud computing technology, according to a survey published by FierceGovernmentIT last month.
The General Services Administration flipped the switch on Cloud.gov Oct. 9, going live with a new offering from its innovation lab, known as 18F. The service aims to provide agencies with a ready-to-go Platform as a Service cloud for building, testing and managing web applications.
The Central Intelligence Agency is embracing cloud computing technology to help ease the burden of computing-intensive analytics programs that produce intelligence for its agents. It's also opening doors that will help the CIA to partner with innovative vendors in the big data market.