The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program announced its first round of FedRAMP Five winners: awards that recognize agencies and individuals that make a significant impact on government cloud authorizations.

The FedRAMP program, established six years ago to ensure the security of commercial cloud services bought by government agencies, is managed by the General Services Administration, but works with over 100 federal agencies to vet and approve a host of cloud services.

“We wanted to highlight how much FedRAMP’s success is not actually hanging on the program management office; it’s actually our partners across the U.S. government. The only reason we actually succeed as a program is because of all of the partners we have outside of GSA,” said FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich at a June 13 ATARC event.

The awards recognize one large agency, one small agency, one leader from a large agency, one leader from a small agency and a future leader for their commitment to the success and expansion of the FedRAMP program. Winners, including descriptions from a news release, are as follows:

Large Agency Award: Health and Human Services

“The Department of Health and Human Services Cloud Security Team has been a steadfast partner to the FedRAMP program since its inception. In 2013, HHS issued the first-ever FedRAMP Agency Authorization. To date, HHS has been the most active agency in terms of using FedRAMP authorized services, with a government-leading 46 FedRAMP Authorized or In Process products in use.”

Small Agency Award: Federal Communications Commission

“The Federal Communications Commission has made prolific use of authorized cloud service providers and has the most authorized and in-process CSOs of any small agency at 17 Authorized or In Process. FCC regularly sponsors new FedRAMP authorizations to ensure the best solutions are available for government.”

Large Agency Tech Lead Award: Steven Hunt, NASA

“Steven is an evangelist and supporter of FedRAMP and demonstrates a consistent willingness to provide input on FedRAMP initiatives to help improve the program.”

Small Agency Tech Lead Award: Greg Gray, Broadcasting Board of Governors

“Greg has been a trusted advisor and a willing partner to the FedRAMP program, providing guidance on new and proposed program processes, guidelines, and documentation.”

Future Leader Award: Daniel Pane, HHS

“Both before and during this role, Daniel has led efforts to standardize FedRAMP efforts across HHS, while utilizing modern risk management techniques. In his current role, Daniel has led efforts to sponsor and authorize multiple CSOs, provided guidance and training both internally and cross-agency, and participated in various FedRAMP PMO efforts, to include training day panels and documentation reviews.”

Jessie Bur covers federal IT and management.

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