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Inside a big cloud decision at the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs shunned the typical advice to smart small when migrating to the cloud. Out of necessity, the department started out by going big and moving its Veterans Benefits Management System to its enterprise cloud environment, said David Catanoso, director of VA's Enterprise Cloud Management Office. "Most people, when you start your cloud migration journey, will tell you to start small, gain experience," Catanoso said. "We took a completely different approach moving one of our biggest, most critical systems to the cloud very early." Catanoso shared VA's cloud migration story Wednesday at the 2019 Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Billy Mitchell has more from the conference.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Some encouraging numbers for the Civic Digital Fellowship

New data shows that Coding it Forward’s Civic Digital Fellowship is working. That is, it can have a lasting impact on participants’ career trajectories and, by the same token, the future tech workforce of the federal government. A survey of summer 2019’s 55 participants, administered both before and after the program by the Partnership for Public Service, shows fellows walk away from the 10-week program more likely than before to seek a job in the federal government. Results like these are exciting for the program because they bolster the fellowship’s big picture: giving the government — which currently struggles with an aging IT workforce — a “best practice” example on how to attract young tech talent. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more from the survey.

Google Cloud gets FedRAMP High authorization

Google Cloud has received approval to work with some of the federal government's most sensitive data and workloads. Google Cloud Platform received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s (FedRAMP) High authorization to operate for 17 products it can now offer to agencies like NASA that face stringent security requirements. With a High authorization, Google Cloud can now support unclassified workloads like health care delivery, emergency response and space operation. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

WATCH: Tech leaders discuss federal modernization, open source

At the Red Hat Government Symposium, FedScoop spoke with federal IT leaders about the push to open source, modernization and more. Links to exclusive videos of those discussions are below.

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