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HHS Readies Cloud Email Contract; Frank Baitman Comments

CloudThe Department of Health and Human Services could offer a contract within the next two months to support the agency’s move to a cloud computing-based email system, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jason Miller writes the agency wants to acquire tools that can improve employee collaboration.

HHS Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman told the radio station officials are conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine which components will move to a cloud environment.

The agency has taken a similar approach in its ongoing pilot test of a virtual desktop infrastructure within the Office of the Secretary, Miller reports.

Baitman added HHS is working to consolidate its human resource systems into a shared services center run by the National Finance Center.

He also said HHS has received conditional approval from the Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget for the cloud migration.

Federal News Radio reports HHS expects the consolidation to generate $6 million in annual savings and to replace legacy HR systems.

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