Cloud Working Group

The ATARC Cloud Working Group is a technical working group of government, academia and private industry thought leaders collaborating on topics of interest to the Federal cloud & infrastructure community. The group’s goal is to provide the Federal Government with recommendations for methods to increase efficiency and reduce cost using cloud smart and cutting-edge infrastructure solutions.

Leadership Team

Government Co-Chairs

Bill Hunt

Bill Hunt


Michaela Iorga

Michaela Iorga


Industry Co-Chairs

Jon Chaplin

Jon Chaplin

Hitachi Vantara Federal

Chris Oglesby

Chris Oglesby


Key Group Objectives

  • Form dedicated Project Teams that work together with government participants and focus on specific cloud and data center topic areas
  • Identify technology and associated contract vehicles that government can utilize to procure cloud products, services and solutions

Key Group Activities

  • Bi-weekly status call with members of your project team
  • Ability to attend meetings for all other project teams
  • Quarterly in-person meetings at government location
  • Project deliverables to support Data Center Optimization Initiative Managing Partner PMO

Working Group Project Teams

The Cloud Working Group Project Teams consist of the following categories: Data Center, Cloud Migration, Telecommunication/TIC, Cloud Cost Modeling, Cloud Security (agile ATO), App Rationalization, Cloud Reskilling, and Cloud Monitoring. 

Data Center Project Team

This Project Team encompasses both Data Center Evolution and Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI).

Industry Chair

Tony Vicinelly, Nlyte Software

Cloud Migration Project Team

This Project Team will focus on cloud migration and the process of moving elements to a cloud computing environment, as well as the various types of cloud migrations that can be performed.

Government Co-Chairs


Ceresh Perry, Army                Shirley Dagley, Army


Katy Warren, MITRE

Telecommunication/TIC Project Team

This Project Team will explore the purpose of the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Initiative and how it will improve the federal government’s security posture and incident response capability.

Government Chair

Gerald Caron, Department of State

Cloud Cost Modeling Project Team

This Project Team will explore the goals of a Cloud cost model to help a decision maker solve a problem. The purpose of cost modeling is to find the best solutions while saving time and money.

Government Chair 

Robert Duffy, DHS

Cloud Security (Agile ATO) Project Team

This Project Team will focus on increasing the speed of the Authority to Operate (ATO) for Cloud while keeping pace with security requirements in the Government. This project teams effort will also explore OSCAL (Open Security Controls Assessment Language) and the creation of a pilot that can capture multiple other features as proof of concept.

Government Chair

Laural Hargadon, U.S. House of Representatives

App Rationalization Project Team

This project Team will explore the practice of identifying applications to determine which one’s should be kept, retired, or replaced.

Cloud Reskilling Project Team

This Project Team will explore how to reskill workers and companies for the digital age of Cloud.

Cloud Monitoring Project Team

This Project Team will explore the processes within a cloud-based IT infrastructure and its use of automated IT monitoring techniques to ensure that a cloud infrastructure is performing at its most optimal level.

Government Chair

Charles Sun, DHS