CCAGW Urges House to vote No on FedRAMP Act | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges House to vote No on FedRAMP Act

Letters to Officials

 

January 4, 2021

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider legislation under suspension of the rules that would codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to vote against this legislation.

While CCAGW supports certifying the security performance of cloud services within the federal government, the current FedRAMP program is complex and costly.  Certification can require some companies to undergo a rigorous three to four-year application process and cost millions of dollars.  This system imposes barriers to entry for more providers to offer safe and secure cloud services to federal agencies.

The FedRAMP program must be streamlined and improved, but this bill fails in that effort.  Codifying the program as it currently exists and operates at the General Services Administration would stymy innovation in the cloud services environment and delay the deployment of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and quantum computing, along with enhanced cybersecurity features, to federal agencies.  Congress should instead provide sufficient flexibility to adjust FedRAMP to rapidly evolving technology.

Again, I urge you to oppose any legislation that would codify FedRAMP in its current form.  All votes on this legislation and others that would accomplish this same objective may be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2021 Congressional  Ratings.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

 

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