The Defense Information System Agency (DISA) plans to begin limited user testing of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) first-ever cloud environment authorized to host classified data, the agency said on Jan. 31.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking to industry for insight into how the agency can develop an overarching cloud-based enterprise management system capable of automating its data collection and dissemination, according to a request for information (RFI) issued Dec. 12.

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Air Force

The Department of the Air Force (USAF) wants to become a “cloud-first” agency and is committed to making continued investments in cloud computing and migration, according to USAF Chief Technology Officer Jay Bonci.

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DoD Pentagon Military

The four vendors selected for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) program – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft, and Oracle – will duke it out for task orders beginning in about two weeks, DoD leaders told reporters during a Dec. 8 press briefing.

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The Defense Department said late today that it has awarded Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) cloud contracts to the four bidders that have been in the mix for sizable chunks of the contract since the beginning of the process – Amazon Web Services, Google Support Services, Microsoft, and Oracle.

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Officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the General Services Administration talked about key decision points in their agencies’ move to cloud services at the Google Government Summit on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

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DoD Pentagon Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) remains on track to award its $9 billion Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract by December, DoD CIO John Sherman said during the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Forecast to Industry 2022 event on Nov. 7.

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Federal cloud experts from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said this week that while government policy mandates for zero trust migration and cloud adoption are key to advancing IT modernization and security, they should also be paired with funding in order to help agencies get the job done.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a special notice on October 5 to explore options to transition from hardware-based ground radio processing to cloud-based software applications.

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NIH

Federal agencies are increasingly moving to cloud computing environments, but as cloud service options have become more diverse, the General Services Administration (GSA) is stepping up its efforts to help agencies with developing informed strategies to understand, anticipate, rationalize, and optimize major cloud architecture decisions.

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Cloud Computing Brainstorm 2019 - Mason McDaniel

In this second installment of our two-part story on the nearly completed six-year cloud transition at the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Chief Technology Officer Mason McDaniel talks about the funding aspects and mission payoffs of this remarkable journey.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released cloud use case guidance for its Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 program, the agency announced on June 16.

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The General Services Administration (GSA) has released a supplemental special notice to go along with its request for information (RFI) on GSA’s intent to establish a multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) known as the Ascend BPA for commercial cloud services.

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently opened up a third round of free COVID-19 rapid tests to send to households across the nation. But before the program was announced, the Office of the CIO had just three weeks to stand up a site that had to handle up to 20 million orders a day.

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As Federal agencies are looking to modernize and undergo enterprise-wide digital transformations, leaders at the Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are pointing to changing organizational culture and “having the right conversation” first.

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Recently MeriTalk sat down with Monzy Merza, vice president of cybersecurity go-to-market at Databricks, a data and artificial intelligence (AI) company that offers the first and only lakehouse platform in the cloud. Merza chatted about the implications and opportunities with M-21-31 and offered insights for successfully meeting its mandates.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed that it re-awarded a cloud computing contract believed to be worth up to $10 billion to Amazon Web Services (AWS) after the agency’s initial award of the deal to AWS last summer was derailed by a protest by Microsoft.

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CISA

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities are still coming to bear as Federal agencies continue to understand how these technologies can help drive cloud adoption and evolution. However, to be successful in this environment Federal agencies must understand their security obligations and those of a cloud computing provider to ensure accountability, along with the role that AI/ML plays in security automation, a senior Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) official said.

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GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) is launching a new initiative that will set up the agency as the prime destination for cloud solutions, a GSA official said on April 6 at FCW’s Cloud Summit event.

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Moving to the cloud comes with a number of benefits, but Federal experts on April 6 stressed that agencies still need to implement good cloud governance and management processes in order to control costs.

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Having an on-premises data center and a cloud computing environment – otherwise referred to as hybrid cloud – is the norm for many Federal agencies and industry partners, and an official from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) predicts a “more deliberate usage of hybrid cloud” in the next few years.

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