Obama budget reiterates cloud-first policy

President Barack Obama released his FY 2012 budget proposal yesterday.

In it, he reiterates his administration’s goal to move towards a cloud-first policy as a way to create efficiencies in the federal government and, in turn, save money.

“By consolidating data cen­ters and leveraging cloud computing the Federal Government will reduce the Nation’s data center footprint, strengthen security, and yield savings in the form of real estate, energy, equipment, and maintenance costs that can then be redirected to­ward the projects with the greatest benefit to the American taxpayer.”

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28.

The President also plans to make government more efficient by: