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Report: Interagency Group Unveils Draft Acquisition Guide to Facilitate Federal Cloud Adoption

A group of technology executives from the Federal Communications Commission, General Services Administration and other federal agencies has released a draft guide that seeks to help agencies streamline the procurement process in order to increase the adoption of cloud platforms in the government, Nextgov reported Thursday.

The Cloud Adoption Survival Tips, Lessons and Experiences guide provides a definition of cloud computing, an explanation on consumption-based payment and a comparison of funding models for cloud in both public and private enterprises.

“The narrative we’ve created in this guide needs the audience and support of the Office of Management and Budget and groups like the White House Office of American Innovation,” said Sarah Millican, a digital strategy adviser for FCC’s office of the chief information officer and outreach leader for the interagency Cloud Computing Center of Excellence.

CCoE co-authored the guide with the Cloud Acquisition Professional.

The document also discusses the frameworks used by agencies to acquire cloud services, cloud security considerations, cloud service models and contract types as well as blanket purchase agreements and strategic contracting considerations associated with cloud procurements.

The interagency group intends to start seeking comments from cloud service providers in the next few weeks with a plan to hold a public meeting on Sept. 26 with government and industry stakeholders to address the next steps for the guide.


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