GPO sends 3 websites to the cloud

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The Government Publishing Office transferred three of its online catalogs to the cloud — a move that it says will allow users to search and download content faster during peak times. 

“GPO always strives to enhance our services and this transition to the cloud will provide improved performance of these library community sites for the public,” GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks said in a press release announcing the move Thursday. “I am proud of the work being done by our CIO and his team in helping GPO embrace new technologies and establishing the agency as the digital information platform for the federal government.”

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications; the Federal Depository Library Directory; and MetaLib, a government database search engine, will reside in Amazon Web Services’ cloud. According to the release, the move aligns with the federal cloud-first policy.

With the transition complete, GPO is focused keeping the cloud secure, GPO’s Chief Information Officer Chuck Riddle told FedScoop. The agency is adopting Microsoft OneDrive, a file-storage program that he said will prevent unauthorized accounts from accessing GPO files. 

“We are only moving things that we know will be secure,” Riddle said. “Classified or private documents will still be stored in-house no matter what.”

GPO was the first legislative branch agency to move to a cloud-based email service in October 2014, allowing the agency to increase its email storage and archiving space, and deploy collaboration tools and anti-malware services, the agency said. Riddle told FedScoop in 2014 that this switch would serve as the foundation for future cloud-based efforts.

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