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IN THE IT PIPELINE WHAT: A General Services Administration request for information looks to indus- try and federal users for ideas about how to push ahead with its cloud acquisition contracting, including alternative models and processes. WHY: The Cloud Computing Services Program Management Office offers cloud IT services to federal, state, local and tribal governments through an infrastructure-as-a -service (IaaS) blanket purchase agreement and an email-as-a -service BPA. GSA is looking for ways to evolve those purchasing vehicles in the face of fast-moving technology and capabilities. Officials said informational meetings about a new special item number for cloud technol- ogy under IT Schedule 70 gener- ated feedback from industry and federal agencies on how GSA could improve existing IaaS BPAs. The feedback noted that cloud professional services contracts could include more assessment, planning, migration and integra- tion capabilities; more extensive training; a more comprehen- sive suite of cloud products and services; and more flexibility to keep current with the growth of cloud products and services. GSA also said the feedback suggested cloud acquisition vehicles should allow for oppor- tunities to take advantage of the increasing number of authori- zations under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. FULL LISTING: is.gd/FCW_gsa_rfi Trending government authors contributed to DigitalGov.gov in its first year of publication 215+ 10 March 15, 2015 FCW.COM The CIO Council’s Mobile Technology Tiger Team has released a set of crite- ria for federal agencies to vet mobile applications. The goal is to create more consistency in their vetting standards and enable industry to better meet agency needs. The criteria follow the National Insti- tute of Standards and Technology’s Spe- cial Publication 800-163, “Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications.” “The vision is to have industry and government respond alike,” said Robert Palmer, acting deputy executive director of the Enterprise Systems Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security and co-chairman of the tiger team. “From my perspective, being a practitioner in [the DHS CIO’s office], I would love to have a suite of tools that I could readily get to through what- ever vehicle that I know meet [these] criteria.” The criteria were rolled out through the National Information Assurance Partnership, and the materials will be housed in the NIAP Protection Pro- files. The group has been developing the technical aspects of the criteria for a year and a half and signed off on them last week. “We have a situation where we’re taking all of the great work done indi- vidually and collectively by federal agencies and industry, aligning it in terms of making sure the technical details are in sync and having a good home for sharing,” Palmer said. The Defense Department and DHS have taken the lead in adopting the cri- teria, with both agreeing to follow the guidelines, he added. Several industry days are planned to generate awareness of the new criteria, and the group also plans to publish the guidelines through the CIO Council. The benefits will manifest themselves in the response from industry, Palmer said. Companies can streamline the pro- cess for adopting new applications by making tools that meet the criteria. In an environment where the number of applications is growing so rapidly, having industry work with one set of standards will save agencies time and money. “When we write the guidelines, we like to talk to industry directly to make sure that what we recommend can actually be performed by indus- try,” said Tom Karygiannis, an author of NIST’s SP 800-163. “You don’t want to create a guideline or requirement that no one can meet. I think when com- pared to what the state of practice is in industry, we’ve raised the bar a little bit and gave them a target to improve what they’re doing now.” — Colby Hochmuth In search of a mobile app standard Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 10:49 AM - 22 Feb 2015 Phaedra Chrousos @PSChrousos Reply Retweet Favorite FedRAMP website set for makeover! Can’t wait to see it @MrFedRAMP (no pressure :)) http://fcw.com/ articles/2015/... via @FCWnow 0315fcw_003-010.indd 10 2/25/15 12:20 PM
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