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Compliance

Compliance with NIST Standards and Guidelines

NIST develops and issues standards, guidelines, and other publications to assist federal agencies in implementing the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and in managing cost-effective programs to protect their information and information systems.

  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are developed by NIST in accordance with FISMA. FIPS are approved by the Secretary of Commerce and are compulsory and binding for federal agencies. Since FISMA requires that federal agencies comply with these standards, agencies may not waive their use.
  • Guidance documents and recommendations are issued in the NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-series. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policies (including OMB Memorandum M-10-15, FY2010 Reporting Instructions for the Federal Information Security Management Act and Agency Privacy Management) state that for other than national security programs and systems, agencies must follow NIST guidance.
  • Other security-related publications, including interagency and internal reports (NISTIRs), and ITL Bulletins, provide technical and other information about NIST's activities. These publications are mandatory only when so specified by OMB.

Schedule for Compliance with NIST Standards and Guidelines

See OMB Memorandum 10-15.