Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way government uses technology, including how it organizes its workforce, according to a report from Deloitte Development LLC. Some benefits of entering a proposed “Fed Cloud” that Deloitte cites:
>> Shared resources: Cloud applications reside on shared hardware, which is accessible by many users. In Fed Cloud, Cloud workers reside in a central talent pool, accessible by many agencies.
>> Cost effective: Cloud computing reduces the amount of overall hardware required, which can reduce maintenance cost and costs of associated personnel. Similarly, Fed Cloud could reduce the burden on each individual agency to maintain and manage a large workforce.
>> Dynamically scalable: Co-locating software on shared hardware allows processing power to be quickly shifted from low-need to high-need programs without going through acquisitions cycles to purchase additional hardware. By pooling workers in a government-wide Fed Cloud, resources could be quickly shifted from low-need to high-need programs and agencies, without requiring individual agencies to hire new workers or standup new organizations.
An HR management system that incorporates the accumulation of Experience Points (XP) through effective work on Cloud projects, training, education and professional certifications could replace the tenure-centric GS for Cloud employees, who could earn XP in four ways:
>> Education and training: advanced degrees, continuing education courses and professional certification.
>> Social capital: high social capital scores based on employees’ participation in Fed Cloud collaboration and networking.
>> Leadership: taking on additional leadership responsibilities in Cloud teams.
>> Projects: could be worth a certain number of XPs based on their scope and complexity and team performance. Project managers could award additional XP based on employee level, individual performance and peer evaluation.
—See the complete Deloitte GovLab report at: www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/Federal/us_fed_The_Future_of_Federal_Work_092011.pdf