When Performance.gov re-launched on February 12, it became one of hopefully many websites to use the full suite of the Technology Transformation Services’ (TTS) products and services, from hosting to design.
Reducing the compliance and labor burden of moving to the cloud
Running a typical web application in government takes a lot of technical and compliance work that can be labor-intensive and expensive.
Federal agencies that develop web-based services have to meet certain infrastructure and security compliance requirements. If they host those services in the cloud, they must go through a separate process to ensure the cloud services are also in compliance. This means that agency employees and contractors must give up time that could be used on critical services in order to manage infrastructure.
Allowing developers to spend more time improving services and less time managing servers
18F built cloud.gov to address the specific needs of federal agencies wanting to move their web-based services to the cloud. It’s a government-customized hosting platform that takes care of technical infrastructure and security compliance requirements. Federal agency teams can use cloud.gov to get their websites and web applications up and running quickly. It has a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the Moderate impact level from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board, so agencies using cloud.gov will have a radically shortened path towards getting the necessary security authorizations.
Projects that use cloud.gov include Every Kid in a Park, College Scorecard, and FedRAMP Marketplace.
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To folks new to government, one of the most surprising differences between our work and work in the private sector are the barriers in accessing commercially available software, and commercially available Software as a Service (SaaS) in particular. There are many good reasons for these barriers but digital teams need great tools to get work done and compliance requires tradeoffs associated with time to initial delivery and accommodation of constraints that are different from the private sector.
We’re delighted to announce that cloud.gov is now FedRAMP Authorized, which enables agencies to quickly transition their web-based services to efficient and easy-to-use cloud hosting. FedRAMP Authorized status marks completion of a comprehensive security and compliance assessment that enables federal agencies to start using cloud.gov with significantly reduced effort. cloud.gov is a government-customized hosting platform that takes care of technical infrastructure and security compliance requirements.