The run up to FedRAMP continued this week, with an announcement on Friday morning by Dave McClure, GSA Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, that the first FedRAMP 3PAOs would be announced in May. This represents a slight delay from what we had been hearing over the past few months, namely that the initial accredited 3PAOs would be ready to go by mid-April. As anyone who has been following the FedRAMP process knows, without the first set of accredited 3PAOs it’s difficult to get the process of provisional authorization for CSPs under FedRAMP going.
Also this week, SIIA member McAfee hosted an exciting and insightful Public Sector Summit this week at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City. The event attended by more than 300 government and industry participates had a heavy focus on cybersecurity, cloud and mobility and featured keynotes from Howard Schmidt, the White House Cybersecurity Advisory and General Steven Smith, Director of the Army Cyberspace Task Force.
In other cloud news:
- NASA’s new web plans stress open source and cloud (InformationWeek, April 11)
- US federal agencies are exploring the benefits of HR in the Cloud (FedNewsRadio, April 13)
- Interior releases RFI for help desk in the cloud (GSA)
Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group at SIIA.