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Using Cloud Computing to Build (Better and Cheaper) Next-Generation Government Services

July 10, 2013
As policymakers strive to better leverage IT, while also cutting waste and ultimately spending less on federal IT, innovation has never been more important. The federal government will have to innovate more with less.

As Congress considers approaches to transform the way the federal government acquires and utilizes information technology, the themes of “doing more for less” and “open data” have been advanced by many, including Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Chairman Tom Carper. Moreover, the House of Representatives included federal IT acquisition reform legislation to improve the management of IT within the federal government by strengthening the role of federal agency CIOs to promote data center optimization and reduce IT costs through greater use of cloud computing, as well as other reforms. And, the White House has initiated several IT transformation initiatives over the last several years, including policies to move forward the transition to cloud computing by federal agencies, more use of open data, and overall transformation of the federal government through its Digital Government Strategy.