In 2005, the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that federal agencies initiate the transition to IPv6. According to the CIO Council:
Moving the government's information technology from "ready" to "operational" will require additional work. On September 28, 2010, at a Department of Commerce IPv6 Workshop, OMB released a further memo Transition to IPv6 setting forth additional deadlines for the federal IPv6 transition:
In 2005, OMB created an IPv6 Advisory Group and tasked the CIO Council with publishing transition planning guidance. The CIO Council established an Interagency IPv6 Working Group, headed by Peter Tseronis, Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy.
OMB also directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop standards and testing necessary to support adoption of IPv6 by US Government agencies. The NIST project is known as USGv6. NIST has developed a technical standards profile for US Government acquisition of IPv6 hosts and routers, and a specification for network protection devices. NIST is also actively establishing a testing program in order to test the compliance of products and vendors with the profile. The Government Services Administration updated the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect the IPv6 specifications, and is assisting agencies with IPv6 procurement needs.
- Office of Management and Budget
- Karen S. Evans, Administrator, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Transition Planning for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), M-05-22 (Aug. 2, 2005).
Vivek Kundra, Transition to IPv6, Memorandum for Chief Information Officers and Executive Departments and Agencies, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (Sept. 28, 2010).
- CIO Council
- IPv6 Transition Guidance, Federal CIO Council Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, CIO Council (Feb. 2006).
- Federal CIO Council IPv6 Transition Guidance (Mar. 4, 2008).
- Planning Guide/Roadmap Toward IPv6 Adoption within the US Government, The Federal CIO Council Architecture and Infrastructure Committee Technology Infrastructure Subcommittee Federal IPv6 Working Group (May 2009)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- USGv6 Technical Infrastructure, Advanced Networks Division, NIST.
- USGv6 Testing Program, Advanced Network Technologies Division, NIST.
- IPv6 Economic Impact Assessment, RTI International for NIST (Oct. 2005).
- A Profile for IPv6 in the US Government – Version 1.0, Recommendations of NIST, NIST SP500-267 (Jul. 2008).
- Discussion Draft (Feb. 22, 2007).
- Special Publication (SP) 500-273: IPv6 Test Methods: General Description and Validation - Version 2.0 (Nov. 30, 2009).
- Special Publiction 800-81r1, Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide (Apr. 2010).
- Special Publication 800-119 , Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6 (Dec. 28, 2010).
- Government Services Administration
- GSA – IPv6
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-041, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), Final Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 65605 (Dec. 10, 2009) ("The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) compliant products be included in all new information technology (IT) acquisitions using Internet Protocol (IP)".).
- National Security Agency
- "Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is being considered and deployed throughout the U.S. Government and private industry. The Information Assurance Directorate, Systems and Network Analysis Center (SNAC) of NSA is providing general guidance to make the implementation of IPv6 more secure."
- Firewall Design Considerations for IPv6 (Oct. 3, 2007).
- A Filtering Strategy for Mobile IPv6 (Sep. 19, 2007).
Router Security Configuration Guide Supplement - Security for IPv6 Routers, Report No. I33-002R--6 (May 23, 2006).
- Government Accounting Office
- Internet Protocol Version 6: Federal Agencies Need to Plan for Transition and Manage Security Risks, GAO (May, 27 2005) "Transitioning to IPv6 is a pervasive and significant challenge for federal agencies that could result in significant benefits to agency services. But such benefits may not be realized if action is not taken to ensure that agencies are addressing key planning considerations or security issues. Accordingly, we are recommending, among other things, that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) instruct the federal agencies to begin addressing key IPv6 planning considerations, and that federal agency heads take immediate actions to address the near-term security risks."