Navy, Marine Corps gain new latitude to buy cloud computing services

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Jared Serbu.

In a step that may go some way toward reducing some of the red tape between the Defense Department and cloud computing vendors, the Department of the Navy (DoN) said last week that the Navy and Marine Corps can sign off on their own business cases for migrating to commercial cloud vendors without seeking higher-level approval.

The change shaves at least one level of bureaucracy from the process. Previously, any naval component that hoped to move its systems to the cloud had to first complete a standard template making their business case for doing so and then submit it to the DON chief information officer...

In a May 17 memo, Robert Foster, the DoN chief information officer, delegated his authority to approve those requests: Janice Haith and Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall will handle final approvals for the Navy and Marine Corps, respectively. As a second measure to streamline cloud purchases, Foster also told the Navy and Marines that they must stand up their own managed service organizations to help shepherd individual commands and application owners through the process of migrating from government data facilities to privately-operated cloud services...

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