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Great news! It's more than making it available, its making it easier and simpler to acquire these services. Kudos to GSA on their thinking and foresight.
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The new groups are to work on, "cloud services, federated community cloud, and interoperability and portability."

All of these things aren't new, but breaking them out into their own groups may provide some specific attention. I would note that these three are very related to each other, as in they must synch up and leverage each others work, or the disconnects will create more problems than these groups were trying to solve.
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Once again I'll stand on my soapbox: the additional controls needed are based on statutory law and policy. Unless changes are made to the law, the additional controls will not go away, and we'll keep batting these issues around until it does...
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The legal aspects of the cloud will soon be the battleground for many reasons. The balance of control and oversight versus private enterprise will play out soon. Getting language in the FAR (fed acquisition regulation) would certainly give the IG some teeth, but any new laws and changes should be a cautiously and prudently applied as dangerous precedent will have at least a decade or longer impact.
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Before you get swept up by the hype, this number is based on estimates from federal IT managers through a survey done by a commercial vendor on implementing all of the consolidation initiatives. Also, given age of equipment and the replacement cycle, it takes a long time for total change to propagate through. In the long run, there will be savings if managed correctly. I do worry about anything that requires investment (e.g. spend money now) for future pay-off. Even if the ROIs are favorable, justification for purchase could be difficult these days. Also, consolidation and movement of IT systems, software, and resources can be manually intensive and I wonder if that figured into their calculus.
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Data and mission. There are statutory laws and policy on the kinds of data that have immpeeded adoption of commercial cloud. Mission and risk play an important role too. In the DoD Cloud Strategy (2012), commercial cloud is to be used when appropriate... The wheels of progress are turning, albeit a little slower.
Despite accounting for about half of U.S. discretionary spending each year, the Pentagon’s expenditures for cloud computing services is a fraction of the amount spent by civilian agencies.
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Essentially, those already in the hopper can stick to the old guidelines, but the new guidelines take effect in June... The article also provides a great link to the new guidelines (http://cloud.cio.gov/topics/fedramp-800-53-rev-4-guidance-cloud-service-providers-0)
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The commercial clouds are rapidly approaching approved production capability for the US Department of Defense -- very good news to have competitive options available to not only foster competition, but also push more innovative services once these platforms become commonplace to use. What is worrisome is that the current procedure for obtaining service as described in the article takes weeks... Cloud should take minutes! (But there are FAR issues at work here, if you want to know why it currently takes "forever" on Internet time)
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The point is that we have people with entire careers built on obsolete or retiring technology (aka status quo). Now we want to pivot over to Cloud and find ourselves lacking in talent. This is a consequence of spending years resisting it, hiring challenges, and out-sourcing much of the brain-trust to industry. Turning this ship around is no easy fix, I'd put it in the 84 month time frame... 
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Not only new skills, but through efficiencies, entire career paths will go by the wayside...
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While this article was written with a Defense Department slant (makes sense given author's bio), this still holds true for all that are trying to get to cloud. In some way this might punish the early movers by requiring waivers and may wipe out achieved cost savings in a near-term migration to different services. However, I expect that the longer term implication of common standards for all capabilities will make up for it as the bulk of the gov't slowly crosses over into cloud.
The June 5 deadline for federal agencies to certify operations to the cloud is just the beginning. Agencies must still stay on top of daily cloud security.
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For anyone ever stating that it would take an act of congress to get the DoD to use cloud... I shared an earlier article on how adoption is moving along but slowly. This calls for more 'evaluation' or 'study' ... but as I've said before, there must be changes to the law on the type of data and where it can go first, or figure out a different option like making the internal private could cheaper, which the article points out as being too expensive.
Two members of Congress have introduced legislation that’s designed to help pave the way for the Department of Defense to make greater use of cloud computing
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It's so important. The fact that we can't get a DAA to approve 3+ is annoying. Curious about your take on whether the CIO's departure will speed up or slow down cloud adoption...
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Nice to see more state government getting into the action. Granted, MA has some top notch universities that can benefit. I wonder when we might see public utility compute through virtual desktops accessible from the local Library for instance. 
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