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Spotlight: Vendors air FedRAMP grievances

In a new report, a group of technology contractors that have used the federal government's streamlined cloud computing authorization process, call the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program "fundamentally broken."

FedRAMP authorization process changes, 'high' security baseline pilot in the works

The General Services Administration-led program that aims to speed up and standardize agencies' security assessments for cloud computing technology plans to roll out major changes in the coming weeks and months.

Ideas for strengthening cybersecurity boil down to 5 main categories

Five action categories emerged in a new report on ways the government can better tackle cybersecurity.

GSA begins planning for new cloud support portfolio

The General Services Administration posted a public notice last week seeking feedback on support services that could help ease agencies' transition to the cloud. GSA could use the information to create a new cloud portfolio, although it's unclear if such a portfolio would supplement or replace some of GSA's current cloud computing programs.

Army begins industry outreach for cloud transformation project

The Army wants cloud computing vendors to pitch their solutions as part of its forthcoming cloud contract vehicle, said the service in a notice posted late last month.

Customer satisfaction survey highlights implementation challenges with FedRAMP, other GSA programs

Several General Services Administration programs were difficult to learn and implement, according to a survey of customers conducted by the agency.

Spotlight: FedRAMP reform bill in the works

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are reportedly circulating a draft bill that would give new authority to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program in an effort to goose...

FedRAMP PMO issues last call for comment on high baseline specs

Federal agencies and industry stakeholders have until Jan. 8, 2016 to comment on the latest draft version of cloud computing standards for high impact systems under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. 

Backgrounder: Using FedRAMP to navigate the cloud

The benefits of cloud computing — such as speed, security and scalability — are appealing to chief information officers everywhere, but finding a way to acquire cloud solutions has been a tough nut to crack for those working in the federal government.

DISA's changed cloud broker role 1 year later

Nearly one year ago, Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen signed a memorandum that allowed the military services to handle their own acquisition of commercial cloud computing technology rather than requiring the Defense Information Systems Agency to serve as middleman.