Both vendors and Federal officials said today they want more visibility into the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) process, which certifies the security of cloud technologies for Federal government use and is operated by the General Services Administration (GSA).

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Brian Conrad, acting director of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), explained at an FCW event today how ongoing improvement efforts are charting a path for the program over the next five to ten years.

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TMF

The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) is pressing congressional appropriators to provide more money in Fiscal Year 2023 budget legislation for primary sources of Federal agency IT modernization funding, including the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), along with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Citizen Services Fund (FCSF).

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As the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) program looks to transition to Revision 5 (Rev. 5) baselines – in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Rev. 5 security and privacy controls – Acting Director of FedRAMP Brian Conrad said the agency has been  able to decrease the number of controls for improved usability.

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House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said today he is looking for final congressional approval in the near term for legislation he has championed for the past several years that would codify into Federal law the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The program certifies the security of cloud technologies for Federal government use.

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Cyber Central - Mission: Cyber Resilience

The never-ending rise of cyberattacks on government agencies and critical infrastructure providers underlines the urgent need for both government and the private sector to accelerate toward more agile and resilient cybersecurity models. Government and industry cybersecurity experts will point the way forward to more resilient security postures when they gather on Thursday, May 19 from […]

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One of Federal agencies’ primary challenges is ensuring that they are properly managing and securing sensitive data, particularly controlled unclassified information (CUI). Even though CUI is unclassified, it requires special handling and safeguarding. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency notes that loss of aggregated CUI is one of the most significant risks to national security.

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As the one-year anniversary of the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) nears, join Federal government and industry experts on May 19 for MeriTalk’s in-person Cyber Central conference to explore how agencies are building a more resilient government cybersecurity posture.

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 (H.R. 2471), introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., would fund the Federal government through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2022 and includes language on cyber incident reporting for critical infrastructure (CI) requirements.

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Two senior House leaders on Federal technology issues said today they are looking for decisive action soon on legislation to update the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and codify and improve the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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The Senate on March 1 approved by unanimous consent the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act of 2022. The bill is a sweeping legislative package introduced last month that aims to update the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), codify the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and require timely cyber incident reporting by critical infrastructure providers.

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Jennifer Franks, director of information technology and cybersecurity at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), is calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop a standardized definition of what the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) costs and how government agencies should evaluate costs when moving their services into the cloud.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted today to advance the Federal Secure Cloud Improvement and Jobs Act of 2021, sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion on Nov. 30 with Federal officials and industry experts about proposed reforms to the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation this week to make permanent the General Service Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and ensure that Federal agencies can quickly and securely adopt cloud technologies.

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StateRAMP, the nonprofit formed earlier this year by leaders from state and local governments and the private sector to help state and local governments manage their third party supplier cybersecurity risks, has released the initial roster of its Authorized Vendor List (AVL).

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FedRAMP

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization journey can sometimes be a confusing one to navigate, but experts agree that the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) formats are helping to speed the FedRAMP approval process.

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Connolly

The FedRAMP Authorization Act sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., has been nearly four years in the making without crossing the goal line. But after the House approved the bill earlier this year, Rep. Connolly said today that the House is “working in lockstep” with Senate colleagues to hopefully pass the bill in 2021.

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FedRAMP

After being excluded from the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the 117th Congress made the Federal Risk Assessment and Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act one of the first bills passed in the House, passing by voice vote today.

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Following the 11th hour exclusion of his bill to codify the Federal Risk Assessment and Management Program (FedRAMP) into law from must-pass defense legislation, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said he’s interested in giving the measure another push after the 117th Congress begins in January 2021.

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Rory Kinney, Services Executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Operations Center, praised the operational balance that milCloud 2.0 services can bring to Department of Defense (DoD) organizations looking to move to cloud services, and forecasted that milCloud 2.0 is in line for a FedRAMP certification upgrade early next year.

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