clouds gets thumbs up from FedRAMP

The has completed the final steps of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program assessment, making the General Services Administration-run hosting platform the first fully open-sourced service to attain FedRAMP authorization, according to a Feb. 2 blog post from GSA's 18F innovation shop.

Developed by 18F, the platform-as-a-service aims to help agencies improve their IT management. Running on Amazon Web Services' GovCloud, the site handles many of the FedRAMP technical and compliance requirements of the underlying cloud platform, allowing agencies to focus on their web applications and code instead.

Now that has cleared the final FedRAMP hurdle, agencies "can start using in production with less upfront work, and using in turn enables them to deliver services faster," the post states.

The Joint Authorization Board, a team of the CIOs from GSA and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, granted a moderate-impact provisional authority to operate.

"We hope that successful use of helps agencies grow more comfortable and familiar with cloud technology, enabling deeper partnerships with both industry cloud providers as well as vendors and contractors that prefer to build using cloud platforms," the post states.

In July, 18F estimated would be FedRAMP-authorized in November thanks to its participation in the FedRAMP Accelerated review program. was one of the three pilots for new review process; in September, Microsoft became the first provider to complete the FedRAMP Accelerated program.

After was declared FedRAMP Ready in May, 18F pushed back its official review with the JAB in order to improve's technical and operational components, according to the blog post.

About the Author

Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.

Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.

Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies.

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