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Center for Innovative Technologies

The Office of Innovative Technologies focuses on initiatives that enable agencies to deliver most effective and efficient services to citizens, Information technology initiatives that advance the President's technology agenda, including e-Government initiatives and Cloud computing initiatives under the Federal Cloud Computing Program Management Office (PMO.)

Statement of Dr. David McClure

Cloud Computing

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Cloud.cio.gov / FedRAMP.gov

The FCCI created and maintains a centralized source of information and tools regarding cloud computing in government: cloud.cio.gov. Agencies and citizens can learn about cloud computing in government, including implementation, acquisition, management, and FedRAMP-focused information. Cloud.cio.gov also houses FedRAMP's web content, including all of the process and template documentation agencies, industry, and third parties need to participate in and comply with FedRAMP.

Apps.gov allows government users to identify cloud solutions by category, find pricing and complete purchases online!

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FedRAMP- Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program

Cloud computing solutions allow for faster processing and more elasticity in computing in an on demand, more efficient platform. However, incorporating cloud computing into the federal government has proven difficult. A major issue to cloud adoption has been the redundant nature of security assessments.

The solution to this challenge is the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP. FedRAMPis a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This approach uses a "do once, use many times" framework that will lower the financial, staff, and time resources currently going into conducting redundant agency security assessments. FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from GSA, NIST, DHS, DOD, NSA, OMB, the Federal CIO Council and its working groups, as well as private industry.

Benefits

  • Increases re-use of existing security assessments across agencies
  • Saves significant cost, time and resources – do once, use many times
  • Improves real-time security visibility
  • Supports risk-based security management
  • Provides transparency between government and cloud service providers (CSPs)
  • Improves trustworthiness, reliability, consistency, and quality of the Federal security authorization process
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FCCX- Federal Cloud Credential Exchange

Program Overview

GSA OCSIT serves as the PMO for the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX). The FCCX is a government-wide program designed to enable individuals to securely access online services —such as health benefits, student loan information, and retirement benefit information—at multiple federal agencies without the need to use a unique password or other digital identification for each service.

Participating in the FCCX allows Identity Providers (IDPs) and providers of online services to integrate with government one time, reducing the complexity and cost of establishing many-to-many relationships with multiple government agencies.

Federal Cloud Credential Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

Goals

  • Remove sign-up barriers for citizens
  • Improve user experience for citizens when interacting with government
  • Preserve and improve user privacy
  • Reduce credential management costs for service providers
  • Reduce administrative burden and costs for agencies
  • Reduce credentialing and integration complexities

President’s technology agenda, including e-Government initiatives and Cloud computing initiatives