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GSA to privatize 3PAO accreditation process in FedRAMP

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The General Services Administration says it will turn over to the private sector the process of certifying new organizations that certify private sector cloud computer offerings for federal use.

In a Feb. 15 request for information, GSA says the change occurs as FedRAMP, the GSA-run program that checks whether company cloud offerings meet minimal federal security requirements, reaches full operational capability.

Under FedRAMP, companies gain a provisional authorization to operate on federal networks from a third party assessment organization, known in GSA-speak as a 3PAO. GSA itself has certified 3PAOs, but says it now plans to privatize the 3PAO accreditation process, too.

For more:
- go to the GSA 3PAO privatization RFI

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