Powerhouse digital service team taking shape at VA
May 27, 2015
As the beleaguered agency confronts personnel and staffing challenges, its plan to attract the best tech talent is beginning to materialize.
The federal government spends more than $75 billion annually on information technology. Due to its size and critical mission requirements, feds have often lagged behind the commercial sector in embracing new technologies. With cloud computing, however, the federal government is leading the way.
From the earliest days of his Administration, President Obama along with his technology team focused on the importance of cloud computing as a key innovation that could reduce energy consumption and enhance agility within U.S. federal agencies. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra laid out a vision for cloud computing that addresses the “Five Pillars” of the government’s IT agenda: citizen engagement, reducing the cost of government operations, driving innovation, transparency, and cybersecurity.
Many other governments around the world are getting on the cloud now. They are interested in the United States’ lessons learned and future vision. In a short time, federal agencies collaboratively created a formal definition for cloud computing; launched the first government cloud storefront, Apps.gov; created a federal cloud computing program and governance structure; and began addressing critical success factors such as security, portability and interoperability, and education and awareness.
Cloud computing is truly a game-changing development. A few examples:
Of course, the private sector is a vital partner helping the federal government realize the benefits of cloud computing. Companies such as those participating in the FedScoop Cloud Computing Shoot Out will play a critical role in advancing innovation and overcoming challenges. Cloud computing has a bright future, and today’s event is one more step in that direction.