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GSA releases fast-lane FedRAMP template

EDITOR's NOTE: This article first appeared at FCW.com.

The General Service Administration has rolled out a uniform template that cloud service providers can use to get into its "FedRAMP Ready" program.

In an Aug. 9 blog post, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Director Matt Goodrich said the FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report Template is a "pre-audit" that CSPs  can use to show their readiness to get a FedRAMP Authorization to Operate.

The final version of the template "reflects industry feedback," according to Goodrich. Its development was part of the includes FedRAMP Accelerated changes FedRAMP began making in its program this spring.

For instance, Goodrich said the assessment report identifies minimum requirements for CSPs and clarifies guidance for third-party assessment organizations. Rather than the bulk documentation used previously, the report concentrates on key capabilities, allowing CSPs to move through the approval process more quickly, while still providing federal agencies with a solid initial idea of their capabilities.

CSPs, said Goodrich, can immediately use the template for Readiness Assessments by FedRAMP 3PAOs.

CSPs with approved reports are then designated as "FedRAMP Ready," meaning they are "likely to attain" a provisional ATO through the Joint Authorization board, or an ATO from an individual agency.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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