Government is finding its way to the cloud, using care and caution to protect its sensitive data while supporting current IT modernization efforts, a hallmark of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).
Enter the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Based within the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), FedRAMP has been helping federal agencies navigate this path since 2011. The program offers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring, and has cultivated a marketplace of FedRAMP authorized cloud service providers to support the needs of agencies.
Although agencies are adopting cloud technologies at record-high levels, challenges remain within the FedRAMP process and across the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Risk Management Framework (RMF). In an effort to enhance and evolve the program, the FedRAMP team asked the public for bold, innovative and actionable ideas that could improve and benefit the authorization process.
Betsy Steele leads the FedRAMP Program Office’s outreach and training initiatives. In her role, she develops and implements training for agencies, cloud service providers, and third-party assessment organizations to increase the rate of cloud adoption and the security of cloud computing solutions used across government. Prior to joining FedRAMP, Betsy managed GSA’s government-wide Terms of Service Program, negotiating more than 70 federal compatible terms of service amendments for social media tools and applications.
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More About the Series
This is the sixth episode in the Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series, which typically airs the second Tuesday of each month. With each installment, we illuminate how U.S. agencies are reaching beyond their walls to source talent and enthusiasm, and can multiply the ideas and perspectives being brought to a particular issue.
And don’t miss these previous episodes:
- Episode 5: By the People (August 2019), with Lauren Algee, U.S. Census Labs
- Episode 4: Open Opportunities (July 2019), with Lisa Nelson, USAJOBS, Office of Personnel and Management
- Episode 3: The Opportunity Project (June 2019), with Drew Zachary and Lorena Molina-Irizarry, U.S. Census Bureau
- Episode 2: Challenges and Prize Competitions (May 2019), with Jarah Meador, General Services Administration, and Jessie Buerlein, Health Services Research Administration
- Episode 1: Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (April 2019), with John McLaughlin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Sophia B. Liu, USGS
This talk is hosted by Challenge.gov. Managed by the GSA, Challenge.gov serves as both the official listing of prize competitions across government, as well as a centralized platform for federal agencies to market their problem-solving events. The program also designs resources and training, which have helped more than 100 federal agencies run over 900 prize competitions with public participation since 2010.
This webinar was presented in coordination with DigitalGov University (DGU) which provides a range of free online and in-person trainings and events for people and teams across the federal government.