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Importance of the Initiative
The Commonwealth of Virginia must ensure that we are continuously evaluating how information technology services are delivered to those who live and work in our state. Services provided by the Commonwealth must keep pace with the marketplace. A key part of achieving this goal is to ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia aggressively incorporates the use of cloud technologies into Commonwealth information technology service delivery models. The Commonwealth’s definition of cloud services can be found in the VITA Information Technology Resource Management (ITRM) Policies, Standards and Guidelines (https://www.vita.virginia.gov/it-governance/itrm-policies-standards/).
As with any technology, cloud services must be implemented in a manner that continues to ensure the availability, security, and privacy of Commonwealth and citizen data. This requires ongoing oversight and management to ensure compliance through Service Level Agreements and other means.
Leveraging cloud services models will allow the Commonwealth to:
Within 60 days of this Executive Order, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) shall adopt a model for evaluating and incorporating cloud services where appropriate to support information technology (IT) services.
VITA shall also develop governance documents in support of this cloud approach that address requirements for evaluating new and existing IT for cloud readiness. This process, which shall apply to Executive Branch agencies as defined in § 2.2-2006 of the Code of Virginia, will include details regarding the following areas:
Development of New IT Applications and Solutions
Existing Systems/Applications Cloud Enablement
All agency cloud solutions shall adhere to VITA security and infrastructure policies, standards, and guidelines that will be located in the ITRM Policies, Standards & Guidelines. All agency cloud solutions shall be obtained through VITA’s services as outlined by the agency unless otherwise approved by the CIO.
Effective Date of the Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective upon signing and shall remain in full force and effect until December 31, 2021, unless amended or rescinded by further Executive Order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 17th Day of September, 2018.