NIST is Working with other USG agencies and industry to develop and maintain the standards, test program, deployment guidance and test and measurement tools necessary to provide the technical basis for wide-scale adoption of IPv6 in the USG.
OMB directed [OMB-2010, OMB-2005]the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the technical infrastructure (standards and testing) necessary to support wide-scale adoption of IPv6 in the US Government (USG).
In response, NIST developed a technical standards profile for US Government acquisition of IPv6-enabled networked information technology. The USGv6 Profile includes a forward-looking set of protocol specifications published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), encompassing basic IPv6 functionality, and specific requirements and key optional capabilities for routing, security, multicast, network management, and quality of service. The profile also contains NIST defined requirements for IPv6 aware firewalls and intrusion detection systems. The program also I established a robust testing infrastructure to enable IPv6 products to be tested for compliance to profile requirements and for interoperability by accredited laboratories using standardized test methods.
2019 - Revision 1 of the USGv6 Profile and Test Program under development (see below).
2011 - NIST develops test and measurement tools to support USG deployment initiatives:
2010 - NIST develops IPv6 Security Guidance to support USG deployment initiatives:
2009 -NIST establishes industry led USGv6 Test Program:
2008 - NIST develops first USGv6 Profile:
The first version of the of the USGv6 standards profile was published in 2008 and the USGv6 test program became operational in 2009. In the years since the USGv6 Program (as the effort is commonly known) has been referenced in Federal Acquisition Regulations, used as the basis for USG Agency strategic plans and acquisition policies and has resulted in the detailed documentation and test of IPv6 capabilities in a large number of commercial products.
This first major revision of the USGv6 program updates the standards profiles and testing program to achieve several goals:
To achieve this last goal, we have divided the original USGv6 profile into two separate documents. The NIST IPv6 Profile defines a basic taxonomy of IPv6 capabilities as defined in IETF specifications, resulting in named capability sets for common network functions and usage scenarios. The USGv6 Profile defines how this generic capability profile should be used by USG agencies in acquisitions.
Questions or comments about these specifications should be submitted to: email@example.com
NIST was tasked [OMB-M05-22] to develop the technical basis (standards and testing) to facilitate broad US Government (USG) initiatives in IPv6 adoption. The resulting USGv6 Program provides a standards profile and product test program to facilitate the trustworthy acquisition of IPv6 enabled networked information technology products and services. The USGv6 Profile and USGv6 Test Program were designed to leverage and align to the maximum extent possible existing industry-led efforts on product test and certification [IPV6-Ready, IPv6-Forum] and other profiling and testing efforts at the time [DODv6].
Today the USGv6 Program is thriving with USG agencies using both the profile and test program to guide product acquisitions and accredited test labs working with the vendor community to complete and document standardized conformance and interoperability tests of emerging IPv6 enabled products. Aspects of the USGv6 Program are referenced in other USG initiatives and policies [FAR-2005-041, OMB-IPv6, OMB-M17-06].
The USGv6 Program is comprised of the following key components:
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For questions about the USGv6 Program, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org