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GAO Records 1% Cloud Spending Increase at 7 Agencies

cloudThe Government Accountability Office has completed the review of the progress seven federal agencies have made to implement cloud computing and found a 1 percent overall increase in investments since 2012 at those agencies combined.

Cloud computing services at those agencies grew by 80 services and cloud spending has gone up by $222 million since GAO conducted a last review in 2012, the government audit agency said Thursday.

Agencies GAO evaluated for the report include:

  • Agriculture Department
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • General Services Administration
  • Small Business Administration
  • State Department
  • Treasury Department

GAO also said those seven agencies did not consider adopting cloud computing for nearly 67 percent of their spending.

“The agencies had only planned to consider cloud options for these investments when they were to be modernized or replaced,” GAO added.

GAO recommends that the seven agencies assess additional information technology assets for potential transition to cloud environments.

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