|[December 20, 2012]
CAGW Publishes "2012 Federal Cloud Review"
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) published its third
report on cloud computing, "2012
Federal Cloud Review," an update of the federal government's
activity on cloud computing. The report reviews federal information
technology (IT) spending, obstacles to widespread cloud adoption, the
General Services Administration's (GSA (News - Alert)) implementation of the federal
risk and authorization management program (FedRAMP), cloud brokering and
other new options for cloud purchasing and management, the stability and
security of cloud services, and digital government strategy as it
relates to cloud computing.
The use of cloud computing has been proven to increase efficiency and
save money. In 2010, when the Obama administration proposed that federal
agencies adopt a "cloud first" approach to IT procurement, the federal
chief information officer projected 5 billion annually in savings.
According to an April 2012 survey of federal civilian and defense
personnel, $5.5 billion had been saved through cloud computing, although
survey respondents stated that wider cloud adoption could have saved up
to $12 billion. A September 2012 survey of federal IT managers found
that they anticipated up to $16 billion in annual savings, which is
equal to 21 percent of the $74 billion federal IT budget for fiscal year
However, in order to achieve the optimum amount of savings, several
roadblocks to full cloud implementation and adoption must be overcome. A
July 12, 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that
there are still challenges in meeting federal security requirements,
obtaining guidance on deployment, acquiring internal cloud knowledge and
expertise, certifying and accrediting vendors, ensuring data portability
and interoperability, overcoming cultural barriers, and procuring
services on a consumption or on-demand basis.
One of the other challenges cited in the surveys and GAO reports as an
obstacle to cloud adoption is the need for government agencies to meet
the security requirements of the Federal Information Security Management
Act. However, FedRAMP, which is managed by GSA, is expected to
streamline the security certification process of cloud computing
purchases. GSA plans to have three cloud providers accredited under
FedRAMP by the end of 2012.
"As cloud adoption by the federal government grows, greater efficiency
and cost savings can be achieved, but the challenges to this transition
must be addressed proactively. The '2012 Federal Cloud Review' adds to
an important discussion on the technological future of the federal
government," said CAGW President Tom Schatz.
Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and
abuse in government.
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