New additions to the CIO Council library

The CIO Council, the principal forum for improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of federal government agency information resources, recently redesigned its website. The following documents (www.cio.org/library) are part of the site's Knowledge Base section.

“Update on the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative,” Office of Management and Budget, Oct. 1, 2010

This memo from Vivek Kundra, federal CIO, and Richard Spires, CIO at the Homeland Security Department, provides the latest status of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. As of July 30, there were 2,094 federal data centers. President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget will include data center reduction targets by agency.

“Transition to IPv6,” OMB, Sept. 28, 2010

This memo describes specific steps for agencies to expedite the deployment and use of IPv6.

“Best Practices: Elements of a Federal Privacy Program,” Privacy Committee, June 30, 2010

The seven elements described in this document are designed to ensure that organizations consider privacy protections and controls when making business decisions that involve collecting, using, sharing, retaining, disclosing and destroying personally identifiable information, whether in paper or electronic form.

“Privacy Recommendations for the Use of Cloud Computing by Federal Departments and Agencies,” Privacy Committee, Aug. 19, 2010

One of the government's business imperatives is to maintain the privacy of the personally identifiable information it collects and holds. The purpose of this paper is to ensure that federal agencies recognize and consider the privacy rights of individuals and that agencies identify and address the potential privacy risks when they use cloud computing.

"Cloud Computing: Benefits and Risks of Moving Federal IT into the Cloud,” Vivek Kundra's testimony July 1, 2010

Kundra discussed the poor management of federal IT investments and how the Obama administration wants to use the power of technology to improve government efficiency and deliver better services. To do more with less, agencies must take advantage of game-changing technologies, such as cloud computing, Kundra said.

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