cloud.gov

Background

Doing more with less

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.

Approach

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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Want to see if 18F can help your agency? We’d love to talk more, answer your questions, or learn more about what you’re working on.