FedRAMP Board Extends Deadline For Cloud Providers to Pitch Line-Jumping Business Cases

FedRAMP Board Extends Deadline For Cloud Providers to Pitch Line-Jumping Business Cases

Prospective cloud service providers now have until May 21 to show demand for their offering among federal agencies in hopes an interagency board at the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, will put them at the front of the line for approval. 

“Leading up to the business case due date, it is typical for [cloud service providers] to request coaching calls with FedRAMP on their case,” a spokesperson from the General Services Administration told Nextgov. “Based on the number of coaching calls being provided, FedRAMP decided to push back the due date for Business Cases from May 7th to May 21st to provide CSPs with a bit of extra time to complete their submission.”

The extra time will benefit both the government and vendors following recent cybersecurity incidents that broadly impacted the government and new resources flowing to the General Services Administration, one advocate for IT modernization who represents a number of prominent vendors told Nextgov.

Officials have noted the pandemic is forcing greater use of cloud services to enable remote work but also increasing entities’ vulnerability to attack. 

“With so much activity in the cybersecurity space over the past few months, extending the deadline will provide GSA with some additional time to work with agency [chief information officers] and [chief information security officers], as well as [cloud service providers], to gain more valuable insights on which cloud services are most in demand throughout the government,” said Matthew Cornelius, executive director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation.

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