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Up for Debate: A mandate for the cloud is wishing for pie in the sky.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra wants all agencies to jump into the cloud, but can he put them off the plane? He doesn’t really have the incentives or sanctions he needs to make this happen.

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Posted by David Rapp on May 01, 2010 at 9:03 AM

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

Reader comments

Thu, May 27, 2010 KeithK Virginia

How is Government 2.0 like a Government worker? Management will continue to promote it for years without any evidence it is actually working.

Tue, May 18, 2010 Lynn

The Federal government is barely able to jump into the 21st Century much less into the cloud. With every security issue causing department level senior staff do knee jurk reaction and many times tieing the hands of the IT community, there is no way that we will want to jump much less step out. Good luck to anyone who wants us to stick our neck out and do what the civilian world is doing.

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