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Feds update IT plan following Obama's 'horrible' comment

Patrick Thibodeau | April 28, 2011
WASHINGTON -- Last week, President Barack Obama described federal IT as "horrible," and on Wednesday, Jeff Zients, the federal chief performance officer, explained why that's the case.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan said that 17,000 U.S.D.A. employees are already on the cloud-based system, and the department is adding 1,600 people to it each night. The migration is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Kundra said he isn't worried about the security issues raised by hosting systems in the cloud. "The risks are being overly hyped," said Kundra, noting that the government had outsourced 4,700 systems to private vendors.

He said the risks associated with cloud computing are assessed on a case-by-case basis, just as risks are assessed in any IT deployment.


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