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Stephen Rice: TSA Wants ‘Culture Shift’ Toward Cloud-Based IT Operations

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cloudStephen Rice, chief information officer of the Transportation Security Administration, has said the agency needs a shift in organizational culture to facilitate a cloud computing migration effort, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

“It’s a culture shift of the federal staff who have come up over the years to be either able to own and operate their systems or operate their systems with contractor support,” Rice was quoted as saying.

Federal News Radio reports TSA created an office of the chief risk officer to communicate with agency leadership the potential risks of transitioning the agency’s information technology systems to cloud infrastructure.

Rice told the station that budget cuts have prompted a collaboration between TSA and industry partners to identify ways for the agency to save on IT costs.

He added the agency expects to consolidate multiple data centers and financial systems this year.

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