FedScoop: GSA making interagency data and cloud collaboration easier mid-pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic has the General Services Administration thinking about how it can reduce barriers to interagency collaboration around data and the cloud.

GSA is working with Federal Chief Information Officers Council leadership to develop configuration guidance and pilots, as well as whitelist Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program-approved cloud technologies blocked between agencies, said Dan Pomeroy, who leads the Office of Information Integrity and Access within GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy.

These steps may seem like ‘basics,’ but they weren’t a priority until the pandemic revealed some agencies can’t even participate in an interagency video call without a connectivity agreement, Pomeroy said.

‘Particularly in a post-COVID world, our ability to effectively collaborate beyond our own organizational silo — that need has really presented itself as a major area of concern,’ he said during an ATARC event Thursday. ‘And we’ve seen agencies run into institutional barriers that hinder interagency collaboration.’…”

“Prior to the pandemic, GSA managed to upgrade older, homegrown data-sharing architectures where it could and is now investing in platforms that can evolve over time in instances where legacy systems were obsolete, Pomeroy said.

‘We’re benefitting from choices that were made pre-pandemic to move to more advanced data-visualization platforms,’ he said. ‘Not everything has come to full fruition yet, but that’s OK.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: GSA making interagency data and cloud collaboration easier mid-pandemic – By Dave Nyczepir, March 4, 2021. FedScoop.

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