Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) recently launched the Cloud Computing Caucus, and the Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group said it would support the group.
The Office of Management and Budget issued the Cloud First policy three years ago, which mandated that federal agencies maximize capacity utilization through cloud computing, as well as improve IT flexibility and minimize costs.
“In order to take advantage of all that cloud computing can do to improve Federal government activities, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus,” Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and co-chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus, said. “This bipartisan caucus will be dedicated to fostering awareness and understanding of this critical IT issue.”
Data from MeriTalk showed that agencies save $5.5 billion with cloud implementation but could reach $12 billion in annual savings.
“With a growing demand for cloud adoption, members and policy makers need to understand the untapped potential of cloud computing, the realized savings to date, and remaining challenges to full implementation across the federal government,” Connolly, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and co-chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus, said. “The Cloud Computing Caucus and the Advisory Group will play a critical role in raising awareness of these issues and ensuring lawmakers have the necessary facts and knowledge to develop policies that promote effective adoption of cloud computing.”
The group’s online platform will feature cloud news, research, a savings calculator and serve as a forum for discussion. Quarterly meetings will bring stakeholders together to discuss issues and practices related to cloud computing.