What's on state CIOs' minds? Consolidation, cost control, health care.

Consolidation, virtualization, budget and health care are among the most critical policy or technology issues to be faced by state government in 2011, according to a recent NASCIO survey.

11 win GSA cloud computing contracts

Infrastructure-as-a-service offerings through GSA's cloud storefront will provide federal, state, local and tribal agencies with cloud storage, virtual machines and Web hosting to support an ongoing expansion of cloud computing capabilities across government.

How did the government miscount a thousand data centers?

The federal government has found that there are nearly 1,000 more data-centers than previous estimates indicated after a rigorous peer-review process resulted in a more complete picture of agencies' data-center assets, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

It's about the money, DHS CIO says


GSA poised to release security guidelines for cloud products

The General Services Administration is poised to release security controls and guidelines designed to speed up the certification and accreditation of cloud computing products and services for public comment.

Data center consolidation a decade away, report says

The lack of upfront funding and other budget woes could stymie federal agency efforts to reduce the number of data centers in operation across government, according to a new Input report on data center consolidation.

Oracle enters private cloud fray

Government agencies looking to set up private cloud infrastructures have another option now that Oracle has entered the fray, joining rivals Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

DOD needs geeky data lovers

The federal government could use more “geeky” types of folks who can define data standards that can facilitate the aggregation of pertinent information agencies need to perform their missions.

State looks to consolidate citizen services

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is looking to replace the existing suite of passport and U.S. citizen services systems and develop a new set of information management tools.

Google releases FISMA-compliant Apps for Government

Apps for Government is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act certification and accreditation from the U.S. government. Microsoft also working to obtain certification for Web-based e-mail.

ISO: National Cancer Institute looks for cloud technology

The National Cancter Institute's request for proposals seeks a contractor for cloud-based storage and server computing systems at SAIC-Frederick, Md., center.

Never say 'Never' on DOD data center outsourcing

William Brougham, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s vice director for network services, said the chances of the Pentagon outsourcing data centers are slim, but he stopped short of ruling it out all together.

What can Feds learn from Intelink?


Cloud computing and the changing role of the CIO

Will cloud computing make the role of the information technology department and chief information officer obsolete? If not, it will sure change the roles.

Do we need a "Treaty of the Cloud?"

Brookings speaker raises the question of whether cloud computing needs a treaty to create uniformity across national boundaries?

Feds, industry to hash out cloud standards at May summit

The Cloud Summit, to be hosted on May 20 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will turn attention to creating standards for data interoperability, portability and security.

HHS plans move to cloud for regional centers

The software will help the RECs to more effectively track and manage medical providers implementing electronic health record systems

Mashups go mainstream as agencies mix data with social media

Improved user interfaces, standardized components and robust security in mashup software are making it easier to pull service-enabling components from multiple resources.

IBM plans to acquire business process software firm

Acquisition target makes products for business process management.