Pass or Fail?: GSA Issues FedRAMP Progress Report

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In its first six-month progress report of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the General Services Administration (GSA) said there are more than 1,400 “cloud implementations” across the Federal government and 82 percent of those are FedRAMP-compliant.

The new report shows that the number of cloud service providers (CSPs) jumped 41 percent and the number of accredited Third Party Assessment Organizations increased 32 percent over the past six months.

GSA also believes that agencies have saved $70 million by reusing cloud services that have already earned FedRAMP approval.

GSA’s progress report is the first since the release of ‘FedRAMP Forward,’ a broad effort to improve the cloud security program.

GSA generated its data for the progress report by analyzing data on the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) PortfolioStat website and culling feedback from CSP customer surveys. The reliance on PortfoliStat data calls the thoroughness of the report into question – the reported data is good, but not all agencies report cloud use.

“Ultimately, we know there is a significant gap between reported use by vendors and agencies and actual use,” GSA said.

Despite that, this first progress report since FedRAMP Forward was unveiled provides a useful baseline that will help measure the progress of Federal cloud computing initiatives.

Looking ahead, GSA will attempt to develop fuller six-month progress reports by including data from additional resources and gathering more information from CSPs.
GSA published the progress report on August 6. Read the full report here.

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Bill Glanz
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Bill Glanz is the content director for MeriTalk and its Exchange communities. Over the past 14 years, he has worked as a business reporter, press secretary, and media relations director in Washington, D.C.
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