Frank Konkel | Nextgov | August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

FedRAMP Ready? GSA Releases Template to Figure It Out

Maksim Kabakou/

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program today made good on one of its promises to accelerate cloud security standardizations, releasing a pre-audit template that allows cloud service providers to gauge their readiness to handle the authorization process.

The FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report template is available to cloud service providers in conjunction with accredited third-party assessment organizations, or 3PAOs, to conduct readiness assessments. The assessments were announced in March as FedRAMP rebranded itself a more efficient, cost-effective organization, and reflects much of what industry members told the program office they thought would improve the process through a public comment period.

» Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here.

The readiness report features less paperwork and focuses more on capabilities to shorten the timeline for assessing a provider’s technical capabilities.

Cloud providers can use the template to conduct readiness assessments, and readiness assessments approved by the FedRAMP office are deemed “FedRAMP Ready” in the FedRAMP Marketplace.

“FedRAMP-Ready” essentially means a cloud service provider is likely to attain either an agency authorization to operate or approval from the Joint Authorization Board.


Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.