AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, ensuring that this work meets the US government's compliance requirements. The AWS GovCloud (US) region is managed by and accessible to US persons and adheres to US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as well as Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements.

AWS GovCloud (US) is available to US government agencies, government contractors, private and public commercial entities, educational institutions, non-profits and research organizations that meet GovCloud (US) requirements for access. 

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FedRAMP is a US government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. AWS GovCloud (US) has received an Agency Authorization to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) utilizing a FedRAMP accredited Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) for the following services: EC2, S3, EBS, VPC, and IAM. Additional AWS GovCloud (US) services can be independently reviewed on an individual basis for additional authorizations.

Leveraging the HHS authorization, US government agencies can evaluate AWS GovCloud (US) for their applications and workloads, complete their own authorizations to use AWS, and deploy systems into the AWS environment. Customers can request access to the "Amazon Web Services - AWS GovCloud (US) Region" FedRAMP package by submitting a request on the Compliance Contact Us Request Form.

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While AWS offers a variety of IT governance-enabling features, it can be hard to decide how to start and what to implement. See the Bringing Governance to an Existing Cloud at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL): A Case Study slides from the 2014 AWS Government, Education & Nonprofits Symposium for a starting point.  

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