Secure Innovation Management for US Government-Wide Mandates

Secure Innovation ManagementIn 2011 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a government-wide cloud security memo and guidance policy known as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). For the first time, government entities were provided a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

Today, as part of a continued effort to innovate and modernize government operations, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the General Services Administration (GSA), amongst many others, are being directed to migrate their existing systems to the cloud.

The new trend? Cost-effective commercial technology is replacing expensive, outdated legacy platforms (see the American Technology Council).

The benefits? By leveraging commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, agencies keep development costs down and are more agile in keeping up with today’s accelerated pace of development.

In concert with this trend, cloud systems like IdeaScale are required to meet FedRAMP requirements

IdeaScale gives federal departments and its staff a secure FedRAMP Authorized tool to respond to the current challenges in government and provide timely, transparent (including anonymous) feedback to efforts to foster innovation within government. Here are just a few examples of how secure innovation management is being used today:

  • For instance, staff contributing ideas and anonymous feedback to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Reimagine HHS process and how it will impact the HHS, NIH, and FDA workforces.
  • Similarly, the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Policy (ODP) uses IdeaScale to explore innovative ways to advance to its mission to serve individuals with a disability by launching initiatives/campaigns that require collaborative engagement.
  • And finally, to address its need to engage and interact with citizens, the Department of Homeland Security has initiated a national conversation on homeland security strategy, which DHS strategists both moderate and contribute to.

To learn more about IdeaScale’s FedRAMP offering for government, get in touch with me. I’d love to tell you more about how we’re helping government organizations reach their goals.

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