The Defense Department has Ft. Meade in Maryland for it's National Security Agency and U.S. Cybercommand, and soon the civilian side of the federal government will have its own cyber headquarters as well, thanks to an appropriation included in the spending bill President Obama signed into law Dec. 16.
The General Services Administration provided an update on how the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is meeting milestones and laid out new deadlines as part of a Dec. 16 press briefing and the release of the program's roadmap.
"There's been some confusion that FedRAMP is GSA, and FedRAMP is the JAB, but really FedRAMP is a program that is governmentwide in nature and has stakeholders across the government," said FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich. A new plan aims to refocus the program on agency stakeholders and further spread the responsibility for authorizing cloud services.
Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.
The General Services Administration wants to know how it can provide better due diligence for acquisitions involving government information technology. It's working with customer agencies to establish a common set of indicators that could be used to for a supply chain risk assessment.
The General Services Administration, which oversees and manages the federal government's open data hub, has released a document to help more agencies publish their datasets to the platform for public use. Because the platform called Data.gov doesn't actually host the data, but instead aggregates metadata about open data assets in one place, the metadata is only as good as agencies' data, writes the agency in a DigitalGov blog post Dec. 10.
The General Services Administration is seeking industry feedback on best practices for its governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Dec. 10 GSA statement. The request for information is meant help the agency develop GSA SmartPay 3, a new iteration of the governmentwide payment and charge card program, the statement says.
A second version of a draft document that provides best practices and performance metrics, which federal agencies can use to improve public participation, has been recently released.
The General Services Administration will be able to offer its third iteration of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract again after the last of its bid protests was denied Wednesday.
By 2016, the customer service initiatives that were set in motion in 2014 should "bear fruit," predicts Stephanie Thum, vice president of customer experience at the Export-Import Bank, which serves as the federal government's official export credit agency.