[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 211 (Tuesday, November 1, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67418-67419]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-28285]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology

[Docket Number 111027658-1659-01]


Request for Comments on NIST Special Publication 500-293, US 
Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Release 1.0 (Draft)

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
publishes this notice to seek public comments on the first draft of 
Special Publication 500-293, US Government Cloud Computing Technology 
Roadmap, Release 1.0 (Draft). This document is intended to be the 
mechanism to define and communicate interoperability, portability, and 
security requirement priorities that must be met in terms of standards, 
guidance and technology for U.S. Government (USG) agencies to 
accelerate their adoption of cloud computing. The roadmap has been 
developed through a transparent working group process, which included 
five NIST Cloud Computing Working Groups that were established in 
November 2010.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. Eastern time on 
December 2, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent to: Robert Bohn, National 
Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 2000, 
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2000. Electronic comments may be sent to: 
ccroadmap.comments@nist.gov.
    The report will be available at: http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/index.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Bohn, National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 2000, Gaithersburg, MD 
20899-2000, telephone (301) 975-4731.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Institute of Standards and 
Technology (NIST) has a technology leadership role in support of a 
secure and effectively adopted Cloud Computing model \1\ to reduce 
costs and improve services. This role is described

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in the 2011 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy \2\ as ``a central one in 
defining and advancing standards, and collaborating with USG Agency 
CIOs, private sector experts, and international bodies to identify and 
reach consensus on cloud computing technology & standardization 
priorities.''
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    \1\ NIST defines Cloud Computing as,''a model for enabling 
ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of 
configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, 
applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and 
released with minimal management effort or service provider 
interaction.'' Special Publication 800-145 (Draft).
    \2\ Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Chief Information 
Officer, ``Federal Cloud Computing Strategy,'' Feb. 8, 2011. Online: 
http://www.cio.gov/documents/Federal-Cloud-Computing-Strategy.pdf.
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    In carrying out this role, NIST established the NIST Cloud 
Computing program and collaborative initiative to build a USG Cloud 
Computing Technology Roadmap. The release of the first draft of Special 
Publication 500-293, US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, 
Release 1.0 (Draft), for public comment marks completion of the first 
milestone step of this effort. The roadmap is intended to be the 
mechanism to define and communicate interoperability, portability, and 
security requirement priorities that must be met in terms of standards, 
guidance and technology for USG agencies to accelerate their adoption 
of cloud computing. The roadmap has been developed through a 
transparent working group process, which included five NIST Cloud 
Computing Working Groups that were established in November 2010. The 
technical work produced by these groups, which has been used to develop 
the roadmap document, has been made publicly available during the 
November 2010 through September 2011 timeframe.

Request for Comments

    NIST requests comments from all interested parties on Special 
Publication 500-293, US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, 
Release 1.0 (Draft). Comments should be sent to the address or email 
address given above in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

    Dated: October 27, 2011.
Willie E. May,
Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-28285 Filed 10-31-11; 8:45 am]
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