Focus on Mobility 2015: Creating a more mobile government
April 20, 2015
FedScoop's Focus on Mobility 2015 highlights the progress and remaining challenges in federal mobility.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
In a new report released by the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies face seven common challenges when implementing the Office of Management and Budget’s “Cloud First” policy.
The challenges include:
GAO was asked to assess the progress selected agencies have made in implementing the “Cloud First” policy since it was announced in December 2010, along with identify challenges agencies face in implementation.
To come to its conclusions, GAO interviewed officials from seven federal agencies: the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury; the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration, along with officials from OMB.
GAO recommended to the seven agencies the need to better develop key planning information, such as estimated costs and legacy IT systems’ retirement plans for existing and planned services. The agencies generally agreed with GAO’s recommendations, except for the State Department, which disagreed with one recommendation - noting that legacy retirement plans were not applicable to its existing cloud services.