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PSC Urges DoD to Adopt Industry’s Cloud Adoption Strategies

The Professional Services Council has recommended Defense Department leaders to adopt industry best practices as part of efforts to help DoD accelerate the adoption of new technologies.

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at PSC, sent a letter Friday to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in response to a request for information notice and a memo regarding the department’s cloud migration initiatives.

“PSC strongly supports Secretary James Mattis’ goals of accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies and leveraging commercial capabilities to improve our military’s warfighting capabilities,” said Chvotkin.

The letter included comments and recommendations regarding barriers that exist within current policies and regulations such as the DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide, Cloud Access Point and the Internet Access Point programs.

PSC called on department officials to also use flexibilities authorized by Federal Acquisition Regulations to accelerate information technology modernization efforts.

The council also urged the DoD to promote competition in the IT marketplace for future contract awards and implement early risk assessment strategies for cloud acquisition.

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