March 3, 2016
Washington, DC – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.1 million to GovReady PBC, based in Silver Spring, Md., to provide tools that improve accessibility for small to mid-size companies interested in developing software and IT systems for the federal market. Before government can deploy any technology, a certification and accreditation (C&A) process is required to test, evaluate and ensure security compliance. However, in its current form, the C&A process is complex and challenging to navigate, particularly for companies encountering C&A standards for the first time. GovReady will develop tools to help developers through the C&A process and in doing so open the door for more secure, compliant and quality software systems. The project titled “Security Controls Compliance Server” was awarded through the 2014 DHS S&T Long Range Broad Agency Announcement, DHSST-LRBAA14-02 and is part of the DHS S&T Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program administered by S&T's Cyber Security Division.