Last week was an important one for government IT operations in the US. Capitol Hill announced the formation of The Cloud Computing Caucus, co-chaired by Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), and how they joined forces with the Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group, from the private-sector. Together they plan to swiftly move federal departments and agencies into the cloud through technology education surrounding benefits, cost savings, and how to overcome challenges.

The US Federal Government’s bipartisan move into the cloud

The Cloud Computing Caucus is a bipartisan effort to realize full cloud adoption across the federal government. “In order to take advantage of all that cloud computing can do to improve Federal government activities, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus,” said Chairman Issa (R-Ca.), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and co-chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus. “This bipartisan caucus will be dedicated to fostering awareness and understanding of this critical IT issue.”

“With a growing demand for cloud adoption, members and policy makers need to understand the untapped potential of cloud computing, the realized savings to date, and remaining challenges to full implementation across the federal government,” said Congressman Connolly (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and co-chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus. Federal agencies are already saving $5.5 billion with cloud implementations, according to MeriTalk research. Greater potential savings are estimated at $12 billion annually.

“The Cloud Computing Caucus and the Advisory Group will play a critical role in raising awareness of these issues and ensuring lawmakers have the necessary facts and knowledge to develop policies that promote effective adoption of cloud computing” Congressman Connolly (D-Va.) goes on to explain.

The private-sector advisory group that will help them get there

The Computing Caucus Advisory Group is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of tech industry and government stakeholders. Their focus is on supporting the Cloud Computing Caucus by increasing awareness of issues associated with cloud computing. One thing Republicans and Democrats agree on is the IT forecast – and it is cloudy,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder of MeriTalk and founding supporter of the Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group. “We look forward to working with Congressmen Issa and Connolly, as well as other law makers, to help fix Federal IT.”

The Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group Focus
  • The best and most efficient paths to the cloud
  • The benefits and cost savings realized through cloud computing
  • The opportunities ahead
  • Identifying who’s leading and who’s falling behind

It’s been three years since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the Cloud First policy, mandating that Federal agencies take advantage of cloud computing to minimize cost, maximize capacity utilization, and improve the flexibility and responsiveness of IT. And now it appears as though the US Federal Government moving into the cloud will quickly become a reality.

The Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group will host quarterly meetings called “Hillversations” to bring together cloud computing experts to discuss their cloud priorities, pain points, and best practices. The first Hillversation will take place in late February.

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