The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.
IBM comes under stark judgment in the Court of Federal Claims decision regarding the company's protest against the CIA's February award to Amazon Web Services of a long-term cloud computing contract. In a redacted decision (.pdf) posted online Nov. 8, Judge Thomas Wheeler says IBM manipulated its pricing proposal to create a bid protest issue and dismissed IBM arguments that it didn't do so with the conclusion that "the Court does not see any other explanation for IBM's final pricing strategy."
IBM has dropped its legal case against the CIA's award of a cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services, with Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler granting on Oct. 29 the company's motion to withdraw an earlier motion to stay his ruling that the CIA didn't misevaluate bid proposals.
Twelve thousands additional Defense Department personnel have joined the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud-based email service. Ten thousand of them are in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, with the remaining 2,000 users coming from Southern Command, an Oct. 23 press release says.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Federal adoption of commercial cloud computing complicates efforts to secure network perimeters because "neither agencies nor their cloud service providers understand...
The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange will reduce the complexity of credentialing, speed up integration with identity providers, improve consumer privacy and ease of use, and cut agency authentication costs, said Douglas Glair, manager of digital partnerships and alliances at the Postal Service, during a recent presentation. The FCCX will serve as a single broker to authenticate consumers, so end-users won't have to obtain a new credential each time they interact with an agency application, he added.
Making good on its promise to contest an unfavorable Court of Federal Claims decision over its effort to have the CIA reconsider a lucrative contract award for intelligence community cloud computing to Amazon Web Services, IBM filed two requests for an injunction on Oct. 10.
As cloud computing technology continues to become more pervasive, the application of the Fifth Amendment to protecting a suspect's encrypted data is likely to become a more prevalent issue in litigation, finds a paper by J. Adam Engel, vice president of Lycurgus Group published in the Whittier Law Review.
Total known and unclassified federal information technology spending will hover around $70 billion annually through fiscal 2019 when measured in today's dollars, predicts the TechAmerica Foundation in its annual near-term forecast. The real-dollar stagnation in IT spending predicted by the foundation will disrupt agency attempts at IT transformation, said Trey Hodgkins, head of TechAmerica's global public sector government affairs policy team.
Amazon Web Services prevailed this week in a lawsuit to overturn a Government Accountability Office June bid protest decision that disputed Amazon's win of a CIA cloud services contract worth up to $600 million over 4 years, with additional options.