OMB Issues Draft Memo on IPv6 Migration; Suzette Kent Quoted

Suzette Kent
Suzette Kent

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a draft memorandum that would direct federal agencies to transition to Internet Protocol Version 6.

A Federal Register notice published Monday says the draft memo seeks to relay the requirements needed to complete the operational IPv6 deployment across all federal data systems and services and help agencies address obstacles to moving to IPv6-only systems.

“Mobile networks, data centers and leading-edge enterprise networks, for example, have been evolving to IPv6-only networks,” Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 award winner,” wrote in the notice. “It is essential for the Federal government to expand and enhance its strategic commitment to the transition to IPv6 in order to keep pace with and capitalize on industry trends.”

Nextgov reported the draft guidance requires agencies to come up with an implementation plan by the end of fiscal year 2021 to reach the target of having at least 80 percent of assets on IPv6-only systems by 2025.

Agencies should also form an IPv6 team within 45 days of the final guidance’s release and submit a report to OMB by the end of FY 2021 on at least one IPv6-only pilot.

Public comments on the draft document are due April 1.

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