Weekly Roundup April 3 – April 9 2015

Weekly Roundup
April 3 – April 9 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

The U.S. Army has made public a roadmap to bring cloud computing products and services into its operations and previewed some of the next steps it will take to further the process.

In an April 2 blog post, Deputy Army CIO Gary Wang said the branch will also publish a new policy guidance for commercial cloud services providers “within the coming weeks.”

Wang said that guidance will focus on rationalization, acquisition requirements and how the Army should use off-premise cloud service providers.

He also highlighted network capacity and security as priorities for the coming migration, as well work to prepare and transition applications into a cloud environment.

“The potential vulnerabilities of and impacts to expeditionary operations in highly contested and inevitably degraded communication environments must be carefully and continuously assessed, then weighed against the advantages of adopting cloud technologies.”

Pat Tracey, vice president of homeland security and defense for HP Enterprise Services, told ExecutiveBiz in March the decisions that surround cloud migrations go beyond just the product an agency plans to adopt.

“Moving into a cloud implies things about what you are willing to do to adapt your business processes to the cloud environment,” Tracey said.

“It involves thinking about security in a cloud environment that is probably different from a way that you have thought about it in a private dedicated traditional environment.”

The current state of cloud computing in the federal government and what could be in store going forward will be the item of discussion at the Potomac Officers Club’s “FedRAMP Forum” May 14 in Falls Church, Va.

Matt Goodrich, who leads the FedRAMP program for the General Services Administration, will address the breakfast event for GovCon and government executives.

Claudio Belloli, who serves as FedRAMP’s cybersecurity program manager, will also offer his insight and perspective at the forum.

Click here to register for the FedRAMP Forum and to learn more about other future POC events.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES
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NASA Includes 118 Small Business Teams on IT Products, Services GWAC
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Navy Awards 464 Additional Spots on SeaPort-e Vehicle
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Tetra Tech Vet Susan Chodakewitz to Join Econ Consulting Firm Nathan Associates as CEO
Chodakewitz previously led Tetra Tech’s AMT subsidiary for 10 years.
Nick Urick on FireEye’s ‘Adaptive Defense’ Cyber Approach and How to Reimagine Security
FireEye’s federal division lead discusses public-private collaboration in Q&A.
Randy Morgan on Parsons’ Secure Mission Solutions Buy
Morgan, an EVP for Parsons’ government services business, also discusses the company’s cyber focus and the “Internet of Things” during interview.
Phyllis Schneck: Tech Industry’s Trust Key to Cyber Efforts
DHS’ lead cybersecurity official tells Washington conference she has prioritized work to build trust with industry.
Ashton Carter: DoD Invests in Newer Platforms for US Military’s Pacific Strategy
Carter addresses the country’s rebalance to the APAC region.
Lt. Gen. John Johnson: JIEDDO Reorganizes, Will Function as Combat Support Agency
The counter-IED arm will now be overseen by the Pentagon acquisition chief.
Richard Montoni: Maximus Wraps Up Acentia Purchase
Reston-based Maximus used available cash and a $225 million credit facility to finance the deal.
DISA Issues RFP for $4B Global Network Services Contract
The agency wants to connect 1 million DoD users to a single network by 2020 through the Global Network Services contract.
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