CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 3941 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 3941

Letters to Officials

February 5, 2020

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 3941, the FedRAMP Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose this legislation.

The FedRAMP program was initiated under the Obama Administration to streamline the approval of cloud-based services. Instead, the program has created barriers to competition for small cloud service providers due to the high cost of becoming certified. H.R. 3941 would codify the FedRAMP program within the General Services Administration as the primary conduit for the approval of assessing the security of cloud-based information technology.

Many of the reforms to FedRAMP that are included in H.R. 3941 could be achieved through administrative action or an executive order, like reducing duplication of security assessments by establishing a presumption of adequacy; facilitating agency reuse of FedRAMP authorized cloud products and agency compliance with FedRAMP requirements; requiring agencies to report their authorizations to operate; and establishing metrics to track implementation of FedRAMP.  Codifying the program office without necessary modernization to the program is ill-advised.

Rather than simplifying the FedRAMP process, the codification of certain processes within the program could increase the application costs to businesses seeking to participate in contracting cloud-services to the federal government. CCAGW understands that the cost of a FedRAMP application from start to finish runs between $2-3 million, forcing many small and mid-size businesses out of the process.

For these reasons, I urge you to oppose H.R. 3941, and ask that you work with the administration to streamline and modernize the process to reduce the cost to businesses seeking a FedRAMP authorization. All votes may be considered for CCAGW’s 2020 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCGAW

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