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2013 2014 2015 2016 The CIA announces plans to transition IT services to commercial cloud infrastructure. FEBRUARY 2013 The FedRAMP office releases a draft of a high impact baseline. JANUARY 2015 DISA launches milCloud, a set of cloud services tailored to DoD customers. MARCH 2014 GSA adds a Cloud Special Item Number to IT Schedule 70. APRIL 2015 NIST publishes the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. OCTOBER 2014 GSA announces plans to develop a government- wide IDIQ contract for cloud services. JANUARY 2016 DISA’s cloud-based enterprise e-mail program hits 500,000-user milestone. AUGUST 2012 GSA and DoD in par ticular are assembling a set of technical and acquisition tools to prepare agencies to adopt new cloud features and services. In an effort to increase agency cloud adoption, for example, GSA annou nced it is prepari ng grou nd - work for a cloud indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract designed to serve as a “one -stop shop and an i mproved way to buy cloud” system and services for federal agencies. The timing seems right. GSA’s cloud infrastructure-as -a - service blanket purchase agreement has already expired, and its email-as -a-service BPA will expire in two years. This sets the stage for an om nibus-type cont racting vehicle helping agencies avoid gaps in the provision of cloud services, including IaaS. This contract “will serve as a single procurement source for all things cloud, with flexibility so as to incorporate valuable cloud services and technologies that emerge over its lifecycle,” says Mary Davie, GSA assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services in a blog post. GSA also joined forces with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to vet the project. The two agencies have been able to identify mo re than 200 requirements and other desirable features that support DoD’s “rigorous security requirements and accommodate other buyers with similar needs.” Cloud-accelerating program tools are also in the works. GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) wants to expand its cloud effor ts by creating an “ IT portfolio of cloud products” that can help agencies in their transition to the cloud. In an RFI on the plan, GSA said agencies still face obstacles to moving to the cloud, “including a long procu rement process, u nclear budgets and no insight into current legacy systems.” Agencies need a broad source of tools, platforms, and consulting help to do this right. “T he OCSIT cloud portfolio has the opportunity to shine the light on this path for an agency customer to have a direct journey to the cloud,” according to a statement in the RFI. “No matter where an agency is on their journey to the cloud, OCSIT wants to be able to deliver a product or service that will help an agency get to the cloud faster, with less confusion, a nd no errors along the way.” To support developing a cloud portfolio, GSA has also undertaken a program — called “Cloud Special Item Number” (Cloud SI N)—to provide agencies with centralized access to cloud services through the federal government’s mammoth IT Schedule 70 acquisition contract. Using this tool, GSA customers can distinguish cloud services from non- cloud IT products and services in order to quick ly arrive at the right solution. “ The goal of the Cloud SIN is to provide customers cent ralized, streamli ned access to cloud computing ser vices through IT Schedule 70 to meet their eligible government, state, and local needs,” according to the Cloud Computer P rogram Management Office. That office has managed more than $450 m il l ion for dozens of cloud acquisition awards, either directly through its own cloud acquisition tools or by helping agencies direct their cloud orders to GSA IT Schedule 70 alone. Besides contracting and consulting support from GSA, government technology policymakers also moved early this year to strengthen the security of agency cloud investments. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedR A MP) is readying draft baseline standards and requirements for cloud systems that warrant the highest levels of government information secu rity, such as law enforcement , personal health and national security-related data. Together, these new tools and policies should give agencies latitude to deploy a range of cloud tools to support current business objectives and requirements. S -15 SPONSORED CONTENT
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