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Department of Interior preps cloud acquisition worth up to $1B

The department is developing a contract that would offer a single public cloud service provider up to $1 billion to help move the department’s various agencies to a streamlined hybrid cloud environment. Billy Mitchell has the story.

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Army moves to innovate how it shields aircraft from directed energy weapons

The Army is searching for small businesses to help develop and apply low-cost coating technologies that can protect U.S. aircraft from high-energy lasers and high-power microwave weapon systems. Brandi Vincent has the details.

Senate passes bill to force greater transparency over VA health records modernization costs

Senate lawmakers have unanimously passed legislation that will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to report the costs of its electronic health records modernization program more regularly and in greater detail. John Hewitt Jones has the story.

CDC looks to improve internal data sharing with centralized, cloud-based ecosystem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a centralized, cloud-based data ecosystem to streamline intra-agency information sharing, according to the deputy director for public health science and surveillance. Dave Nyczepir has the details.


WATCH: DOJ’s Dwayne Spriggs calls cloud a game-changer

Service Delivery Director Dwayne Spriggs highlights the improvements that cloud has brought to the Justice Department, including flexibility and responsiveness. He says that the ability to respond to new and emerging requirements was a struggle in old data center architectures. “New functionalities that come to us from our customers and addressing their requirements quickly have always been challenges. But with the cloud, the ability to respond [quickly] has been a game-changer for us,” he adds. Hear more from Spriggs.


Federal agencies reach a new threshold of cloud adoption

Five years after the White House Office of Management and Budget shifted policy gears —from “Cloud First” to “Cloud Smart” — federal agencies have reached a new threshold in cloud adoption, with two-thirds of federal IT leaders in a new survey saying their agency is now using or starting to use, the cloud for “mission-critical applications.”  See the full report.

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