TechAmerica Foundation : Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD<sup>2</sup>)

Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2)


TechAmerica Foundation has comprised a Commission of thought leaders to serve on our Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2). The commission’s three-month mandate is to provide the Obama Administration with recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and for public policies that will help drive U.S. innovation in the cloud.

The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.

Download the Report

- Download the CLOUD2 Report: Cloud First, Cloud Fast: Recommendations for Innovation, Leadership and Job Creation (pre-publication)
- Summary Report on CLOUD2
- Cloud Buyer’s Guide for Government or visit to learn more.


Commission Leadership

Commission Leadership
Marc Benioff
Chairman and CEO

Marc Benioff
Michael Capellas
VCE, The Virtual Computing
Environment Company

Michael Capellas
Dan Reed
Corporate Vice President
Technology Policy and Strategy
and eXtreme Computing Group

Dan Reed
Jim Sheaffer
North American Public Sector

Jim Sheaffer

Michael Nelson
Visiting Professor of
Internet Studies
Georgetown University

Michael Nelson

John C. Mallery
Research Scientist, Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

John C. Mallery

CLOUD² will be broken into public sector deployment and commercial policy considerations. Technology visionaries Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas serve as co-chairmen of the commission of experts. CSC President of North American Public Sector Jim Sheaffer will serve as vice chairman, and Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy Dan Reed, who also leads the company’s eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), will also serve as vice chairman.

Also joining co-chairmen Benioff and Capellas representing academia will be John Mallery of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program.


Commission Members

The Commission is comprised of 71 experts from industry and academia, comprised of forty-five commissioners from the public sector and twenty-one from the commercial sector. For more details including the complete roster of the commissioners, click here.


Cloud Computing at TechAmerica

The Cloud Computing Committee at TechAmerica is to educate policy makers, federal government marketplace and customers about the implications of the emergence of cloud computing. This Committee meets monthly to focus on policy issues surrounding the Federal, state and local government’s ability to procure, deploy, and utilize cloud computing. Members focus their efforts on defining the marketplace for the technology, identifying and advocating on relevant policy issues, exploring industry best practices and hosting networking and business intelligence events. As part of this effort the Committee recently prepared a transition paper for the current administration. Learn more at the TechAmerica web site.


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About TechAmerica Foundation

TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings.