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Ashley Mahan: FedRAMP Sees Increase in Cloud Product Reusability Requests

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Ashley Mahan
Ashley Mahan Director FedRAMP

Ashley Mahan, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at the General Services Administration (GSA), said in an interview with Francis Rose of Government Matters the volume of requests by agencies to reuse FedRAMP-compliant cloud products has doubled since March as government personnel shifted to remote work due to the pandemic.

Mahan noted that FedRAMP has received approximately 3,000 requests over the past eight months and increased collaboration with customers in efforts to address a demand for authorized offerings under the program. 

“We’ve really shifted into high gear over the past year, helping agencies work with industry to authorize these products, as well as work hand-in-hand with industry to help them navigate the authorization process,” she added. 

She also talked about automation, one of the program's four priority areas, and the efforts her office has done with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create a standardized, machine-readable Open Security Control Assessment Language.

FedRAMP also aims to streamline the certification process, expand the government cloud marketplace and provide learning opportunities, according to Mahan.