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10 August 30, 2013 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more at FCW.com/followFCWnow. RT @FCWnow: Joint Information Environment's future is hazy http://ow.ly/2yYk8k. Some key perspectives in here... 8:36PM-7Aug13 Bill Marion @afspc_cto Reply Retweet Favorite CRITICAL READ WHAT: A new report from the Information Technology and Inno- vation Foundation titled "How Much Will PRISM Cost the U.S. Cloud Computing Industry?" WHY: Europe is looking to undercut the dominance of American cloud companies, and Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at ITIF, said European vendors are likely to use recent disclo- sures that American companies are participating in National Security Agency surveillance programs to their own econom- ic bene t. He estimates that U.S. cloud vendors could lose $21.5 billion to $35 billion in the next three years to global com- petitors. He recommends that the U.S. government take steps to declassify more information about PRISM and other NSA data collection programs, and make transparency about data collection part of trade agreements. VERBATIM: "While the repu- tations of U.S. cloud comput- ing providers (even those not involved with PRISM) are unfortunately the ones being most tarnished by the NSA leaks, the reality is that most developed countries have mutual legal assistance treaties [that] allow them to access data from third par- ties whether or not the data is stored domestically." FULL REPORT: www2.itif.org/2013-cloud- computing-costs.pdf Trending social media services are available to agencies under GSA-approved terms of service, including Thunderclap, which allows groups to "mass share" messages 66 The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which the House passed as part of the Defense Authorization bill in June, would empower agency CIOs to exercise budget authority over technol- ogy spending, assume control of hiring and report directly to agency heads. However, a senior Department of Homeland Security of cial said the proposed law is at odds with DHS more enterprise-based approach. Rafael Borras, undersecretary for manage- ment at DHS, said his depart- ment is trying to encourage collaboration by integrating all the various management disciplines, including the chief nancial of cer, chief procurement of cer and CIO. "We don t need to turn the CIOs into budget experts," he said. "We don t need to turn them into nancial plan- ners. They really need to be focused on execution and delivery, making sure that we re leveraging technology." Borras cited agile development, the Digital Government Strategy and the move to the cloud as examples of recent IT initiatives that were accom- plished along collaborative lines. FITARA would also rede ne CIOs authority and make them presidential appointees. Borras said it s the wrong approach. "That aspect of FITARA that looks as a solution to the empower- ment of CIOs...really doesn t make a lot of sense to me," he said. "To turn [CIOs] into institutionally complete organizations that do their own bud- geting [and] their own hiring I think defeats the purpose and runs counter... to what the president s management agenda is talking about --- [which is] forcing us to work better together." U.S. CIO Steven Van- Roekel said in January that he already has the authority to accomplish many of the poli- cy goals spelled out in the bill. Although he applauded the House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee for taking up IT reform, he recently noted that FITARA doesn t include the Defense Department, which is responsible for about half the federal government s $81 billion IT budget. "A proposed bill that exempts them creates a limiting factor for me," VanRoekel said. The legislation also includes a vari- ety of provisions designed to reduce waste and duplication in IT spending, speed the Federal Data Center Consol- idation Initiative and improve training for acquisition employees. --- Adam Mazmanian FITARA's CIO vision clashes with administration's view DHS.GOV Rafael Borras
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