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FedRAMP Accelerated Program Seeks to Reduce Provisional Authorization Duration to 15 Weeks

cloudMatt Goodrich, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, has said the duration of the provisional authorization process for cloud service providers has been reduced from 104 weeks to 15 weeks under the FedRAMP Accelerated program.

Goodrich wrote in a General Services Administration blog entry posted Thursday that the introduction of the readiness assessment initiative under the FedRAMP Accelerated system also cut wait times for CSPs from 40 weeks to 10 weeks.

FedRAMP launched readiness assessments in an effort to replace documentation reviews with capability assessments that seek to put technical capabilities in place before a CSP enters the authorization phase, Goodrich noted.

He said Microsoft is the first CSP to receive authorization in less than four months under the FedRAMP Accelerated program.

The Joint Authorization Board issued on Sept. 22 a provisional authority-to-operate to Microsoft’s Dynamics Customer Relationship Manager Online for Government software-as-a-service platform.

FedRAMP also expects 18F’s Cloud.gov platform-as-a-service and UnisysEdge for Government SaaS and Secure Private Cloud for Government infrastructure-as-a-service to secure authorizations within a six-month period by the end of the year, Goodrich added.

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