Cloud brokerages get popular, but are they ready for prime time?

A self-service Web portal that lets state agencies in Texas choose cloud services from a marketplace of providers could serve as a model for federal agencies.

2 years late, GSA goes online with first phase of acquisition database

Online database will create a one-stop shop for the public to search more than 600,000 entities for information about government contractors and grantees.

After what happened in Vegas, feds keep low profile at Black Hat

It would be a shame if feds were scared away from information-rich conferences like Black Hat because of the excesses of some GSA managers.

GSA looking to turn everything into a service

Everything-as-a-Service has emerged in the post-personal computer era as a cost-effective, streamlined way to buy IT services and solutions.

USASpending takes big data to the cloud

The General Services Administration's website is using the GCE Big Data and Analytics Cloud for storing and managing large volumes of data.

FedRAMP closer to rollout with GSA's release of third-party assessors

The GSA May 14 released a list of accredited third-party assessment organizations -- or 3PAOs for short -- that will do initial assessments and test the controls of cloud service providers per FedRAMP requirements.

FedRAMP still has some hurdles to clear, GSA's McClure says

Throughout government, security officers will have different interpretations of what security controls are acceptable, says GSA's Dave McClure.

Lesson from the Army cloud: If you do a contract quickly, 'you're in trouble'

A word of caution on moving to the cloud: Don’t think you can rush through the contract process quickly, retired Lt. Col. Michael Devines told a FOSE audience.

What cloud computing needs to take the next step

Agencies and vendors need common definitions, performance metrics and security controls, say panelists at the FOSE 2012 conference.

Big data's target: Users

Government should follow the private sector's lead in making use of big data but focus on improving performance and efficiency "with less effort and pain," GSA's Dave McClure told a Washington audience.

All used up: Agency hardware recycling guideline lacks muscle

GSA guidelines don't carry the weight that mandates do with feds, and GAO believes that the rules for electronic waste disposal needs the backing of an agency with enforcement powers.

GSA buying plan aims to make it easier for agencies to go mobile

A pending GSA purchasing plan also is designed to make it less costly for federal agencies to get wireless services and devices.

Feds put some meat on FedRAMP's bones

The FedRAMP Concept of Operations document released by the General Services Administration gives the program structure as it prepares for initial launch in June.

Could agencies' individual needs break FedRAMP?

Federal agencies tend to have specific requirements that could undercut the standardized approach of a program like the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, industry experts say.

Why agencies need 'cloud-smart' apps

You can move old, clunky applications to the cloud, but they'll still be old, clunky applications, federal IT execs say.

GSA, agencies create common 'landing zone' for geospatial data

GSA recently entered into an agreement with the Agriculture and Interior Departments as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to move geospatial data from the portal into, said David McClure, associate administrator with GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Another door closes on open government

The shutting of California's Reporting Transparency in Government site is the latest blow to a movement that was launched with fanfare at the beginning of the Obama administration.