Cloud.gov Achieves FedRAMP Accelerated Authorization

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The General Services Administration announced on Thursday that cloud.gov, a service developed by GSA’s 18F that enables Federal agencies to host and update websites and Web applications, had obtained a Provisional Authority to Operate from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board. Cloud.gov is the second cloud service provider to complete the FedRAMP Accelerated program.

“FedRAMP Authorized status marks completion of a comprehensive security and compliance assessment that enables Federal agencies to start using cloud.gov with significantly reduced effort,” 18F said Thursday in a blog post.

According to GSA, the entire authorization process took 23 weeks. The JAB, however, spent approximately 15 weeks evaluating the application, which is approximately the same length of time it took to evaluate Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online Government, the first cloud service provider to receive FedRAMP Accelerated authorization. Both times fall within the six-month goal GSA set when the Accelerated program was announced.

“Now that cloud.gov has FedRAMP Authorized status, teams can start using cloud.gov in production with less upfront work, and using cloud.gov in turn enables them to deliver services faster,” the 18F blog post said.

Cloud.gov is also the first completely open source service to receive FedRAMP authorization.

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