ATARC Federal Cloud & Data Center Summit


The ATARC Federal Cloud & Data Center Summit was held on February 16, 2017 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Chad Sheridan, left, CIO of the USDA Risk Management Agency, served as Government Chair and was joined on a panel by Johanna Curry (U.S. Army PEO-EIS) and David Larrimore (DHS ICE).

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Federal IT managers hoping to take advantage of the cost and operational efficiencies that cloud technology offers should take a deep breath, make detailed plans and then move ahead despite the regulatory complications of federal IT, cloud experts said.

“The four horsemen of federal IT — the FAR, FISMA, OMB and FITARA” are obstacles for federal CIOs and IT managers working to implement cloud services in their agencies, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency CIO Chad Sheridan.

Those four things — the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Federal Information Security Management Act, the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act — aren’t going away, he said in remarks at ATARC’s Feb. 16 Federal Cloud and Data Center Summit. (Full Story)


Cinderella’s ’80s power ballad “You Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” hints at love lost and found, but for federal agencies and their vast IT inventories, they often just don’t know what they’ve got.

That’s according to Maria Roat, who became the chief information officer at the Small Business Administration in late 2016 and found a CFO Act agency with a host of IT issues.

“The week before I arrived [in October], there was water coming in on the floor,” Roat stated Thursday at the ATARC Federal Cloud and Data Summit in Washington. Roat had decided to tour a data center in SBA’s Beltway headquarters after a stormy evening. (Full Story)