Federal IT officials describe efforts to move to cloud computing

IT officials with the federal government are encountering measures of success with efforts to push some data to the cloud, a project that represents challenges but will prove to be rewarding, according to a published report.

Chief information officer Dawn Leaf with the U.S. Labor Department said moving email and human resources applications to cloud computing processes has its ups and downs, Information Week reports.

“It’s a little melodramatic to compare moving to a cloud services model or a federal shared services model to the French Revolution but I do think there is a certain analogy, in the sense that there is definitely an upheaval, if not a revolution,” the chief information officer told the news source.

The department pushed 17,000 employees’ email to cloud computing and an application for human resources made its way to a federal shared-service for the innovative storage method, which is hosted by the U.S. Treasury Department.

She said the effort has been ongoing for the past 18 months and it has cut in both directions. Both efforts have been successful but the obstacles made the responsibility all the more challenging.

“Intuitively we would all think that moving to commercially provided services or federal shared services would be easier,” she said, according to the publication. “I would argue that, based on our experience over the last 18 months or so at DOL, this is not necessarily the case. There are some things that are easier; there are some things that are harder.”

Led by Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Department of Labor aims to enable advancement for all people in the U.S., according to the agency’s website. Perez was nominated by President Oba