The Agriculture Department just one-upped the General Services Administration: USDA announced the morning that it has become the first Cabinet-level agency to move e-mail and other applications to the cloud. According to a Microsoft release, the department will move 120,000 employees from an internal messaging and collaboration to Microsoft's BPOS-Federal cloud-based solution over the next month.
"Through the power of the cloud, USDA personnel will have better access to information and improved data sharing capabilities, all while reducing computing costs and building on existing investments," the company said.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.