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FedRAMP takes agile BPA for a test drive

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is seeking a dashboard to allow greater visibility into the FedRAMP certification process and intends to use a new agile contract vehicle for the application.

The draft request for quotations, released March 14, is the first procurement fielded under 18F's agile blanket purchase agreement.

The four-year-old FedRAMP program has lately slowed down the pace at which it vets cloud services providers, and industry has been clamoring for more transparency in the process.

After hearing "hard truths" from his customers, FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich said in a March 10 blog post that FedRAMP would buckle down and focus on key transformations, including the creation of "a public dashboard on FedRAMP.gov to detail agency use, CSP authorizations and where CSPs are in the authorization process."

In typical 18F fashion, the draft RFQ prizes open-source coding work. The winning vendor will deliver a public beta launch of the dashboard, while "the back-end data and script will be provided," the document states.

The final RFQ will likely be posted the week of March 28, which is also when Goodrich plans to hold the first of several public events showcasing FedRAMP's redesign.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

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