With the federal government starting to move more of its processes into cloud computing, the federal CIO Council has released new security controls for agency-wide programs that standardize cloud requirements, according to InformationWeek. More than 150 security controls in 16 different categories have been defined from the Federal Risk Assessment Program that gives security requirements for the federal cloud.

FedRAMP's Joint Authorization Board went through what it calls an "extensive vetting program to approve controls for the document last year and they have been in the planning stages, the news source said.

These new security controls are what CIO Council calls "the critical first step" to a successful FedRAMP deployment. They are the basis for a standardized government-wide approach to the cloud.

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wrote on Politico that one of the best ways the government can save money is to purchase new cutting-edge technology, such as cloud computing, that will allow sharing and solutions across agencies. He said the White House needs to work with Congress to make sure they are getting rid of waste and duplications on the government level.