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FCW : May 30, 2016
One tiny team is at the center of the federal government’s push for cloud co WHAT REALLY GOES ON INSIDE BY ZACH NOBLE FCW’S FOCUS ON FEDRAMP Last issue: Rethinking the assessment process A brief history of FedRAMP What agencies are asking Three wishes for FedRAMP Accelerated Also in this issue: Visualizing the FedRAMP marketplace (p. 34) Next issue: The FedRAMP high baseline Find all this coverage and more online at FCW.com/ FedRAMP2016 12 May 30, 2016 FCW.COM THERE’S NOTHING SEXY ABOUT DOCUMENTING THINGS. ... OUR FOCUS SHOULD BE ON TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES. WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO FIX THE WRITING LATER. Matt Goodrich THE FEDRAMP OFFICE Matt Goodrich doesn’t drink coffee. How he gets through his jam-packed days remains unclear. As director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, Goodrich is at the bustling, bureaucratic center of the federal government’s cloud market. Bidding has closed and interviews have started for a new FedRAMP dashboard, due to be completed 60 days after the impending award under 18F’s agile blanket purchase agreement. FedRAMP is also testing a new “accelerated” process with three cloud providers: Unisys, Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and 18F’s Cloud.gov. The plan is to launch the new approach to Joint Authorization Board (JAB) reviews by this summer. Both pushes are part of a FedRAMP shakeup that is spurred in part by discontent from vendors who say the process has gotten too time-consuming and expensive. FCW recently spent the day with Goodrich’s team to see that process in action. Constant contact In the open-air offices of the General Services Administration’s headquarters, the FedRAMP Program Management Office is all about meetings. Goodrich has only three other feds working with him, so each has to pinch-hit in a variety of program support positions. They’re aided by 35 contractors from Noblis, CSRA and The Clearing. The FedRAMP players, each with demands on the team’s time, include cloud service providers (CSPs) seeking authorization, third-party assessment organizations (3PAOs) that vet the services, JAB with its own vetting process and the agencies that want to use the cloud services. The four feds share nicknames and “The Real Housewives” slogans as they slog through their morning scheduling meeting.
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