On December 8, 2011, the Federal Chief Information Officer issued a Memorandum for Chief Information Officers with the following purposes:
1. Establishes Federal policy for the protection of Federal information in cloud services;
2. Describes the key components of FedRAMP and its operational capabilities;
3. Defines Executive department and agency responsibilities in developing, implementing, operating, and maintaining FedRAMP; and
4. Defines the requirements for Executive departments and agencies using FedRAMP in the acquisition of cloud services.