DoD CIO launches new cloud computing services for Air Force teleworkers

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  • By Sharon Singleton
  • Sixteenth Air Force

When telework first expanded to support the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately ten thousand users accessed available systems worldwide. As social distancing increased telework requirements, more than one hundred thousand teleworkers accessed the network. This huge increase led to slow and spotty connectivity, and unreliable virtual private network access for some users.

In response to the increased demand for telework capabilities, the DoD Chief Information Officer Cloud Computing Program Office is deploying the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Environment starting early April 2020.


The CVR Environment provides DoD teleworkers Microsoft Office 365 to facilitate continuity of operations. The CVR Environment consists of content generation and collaboration tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams integrated with Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage capability.

CVR Environment Key Highlights:

  • Cost:                         The CVR Environment is available to DoD teleworkers at no cost.
  • Equipment:              The CVR Environment is accessible on personal and government, PC or MAC computers.
  • Security:                   DoD CIO worked with Department cybersecurity experts and our commercial partners to ensure the right cybersecurity and monitoring capabilities are in place for the CVR Environment.
  • Authorization:         The CVR Environment is approved for use up to IL4 by DCIO CS[CSSCUA1A1] .
  • Timeline:                  Approximately 250,000 users will be on-boarded daily starting April 2020.
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