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Inside ATF's cloud journey

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is almost completely in the cloud. By the end of the fiscal year, ATF wants to have all of its users transitioned over to a new commercial cloud environment and plans to close down its data center and repurpose it for office space, bureau CTO Mason McDaniel told FedScoop recently. It's a moment that's years in the making. Prior to kicking off its modernization efforts in 2016, the bureau had been “really ignoring” its IT, McDaniel said. He walked FedScoop through how ATF got from that point to a full cloud migration, the struggles communicating IT to agency leadership and how messy moving to the cloud can be. Billy Mitchell has the scoop.

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Esper takes aim at DOD ‘culture,’ risk aversion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper took aim last week at the Department of Defense's culture of risk aversion and how it's impacting the acquisition of emerging technologies. “DOD needs to be able to take risks and accept failure,” he said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. “The hardest part is culture, that will take time.” It was not all doom and gloom from the secretary: Some $5 billion dollars has been saved from disinvesting in legacy systems and reforming the so-called Fourth Estate, or DOD support agencies. That cash is being re-invested into developing new technologies, Esper said. “We have to make that leap,” he said of modernizing legacy equipment. Jackson Barnett has more from Esper.

Sue Gordon to work with Microsoft

Sue Gordon, whose long career at U.S. spy agencies ended last year after a shakeup at the top of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will consult for Microsoft on “security, national security and leadership topics.” According to a tweet by Tom Burt, the company’s corporate VP of customer security and trust, Gordon — a former principal deputy director of national intelligence — will be "helping us with a wide range of projects central to our mission to protect our customers and improve the security of the internet ecosystem globally." More on Gordon's move.

DOJ official describes the cost benefits of consolidating email on cloud

Joseph Klimavicz shares how the Department of Justice used cloud computing to consolidate a number of email systems and streamline internal communications. The modernization initiative helped strengthen security and resiliency for the agency, as well as increase collaboration across the department when all employees were given access to the same tools and services. Listen to more.

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