Memorandum M-05-22, Transition Planning for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)†
As I stated in my testimony of June 29, 2005, before the House Committee on Government Reform, we have set June 2008 as the date by which all agencies’ infrastructure (network backbones) must be using IPv6 and agency networks must interface with this infrastructure. This memorandum and its attachments provide guidance to the agencies to ensure an orderly and secure transition from Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) to Version 6 (IPv6). Since the Internet Protocol is core to an agency’s IT infrastructure, beginning in February, 2006 OMB will use the Enterprise Architecture Assessment Framework to evaluate agency IPv6 transition planning and progress, IP device inventory completeness, and impact analysis thoroughness.
Recent reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) discuss the benefits, complexity, costs, and risks organizations may encounter during the transition to IPv6. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s US-CERT has recently issued an advisory of security issues concerning IPv6. You should review these reports and the advisory to familiarize yourselves with the transition issues and ensure that risks are appropriately mitigated during your transition so the benefits are fully realized.
What must agencies do and by when?
Following the guidance in the attachments to this memorandum, agencies must take the following actions by:
November 15, 2005
- Assign an official to lead and coordinate agency planning,
- Complete an inventory of existing routers, switches, and hardware firewalls (see Attachment A for details);
- Begin an inventory of all other existing IP compliant devices and technologies not captured in the first inventory (see Attachment A for details); and
- Begin impact analysis to determine fiscal and operational impacts and risks of migrating to IPv6 (see Attachment B for details).
- Using the guidance issued by Chief Information Officers Council Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (see below), address each of the elements in Attachment C in your agency’s IPv6 transition plan and provide the completed IPv6 transition plan as part of the agency’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) submission to OMB. Additional guidance on your agency’s EA submission will be forthcoming.
- Provide a progress report on the inventory and impact analysis, as part of the agency’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) submission to OMB. Additional guidance on your agency’s EA submission will be forthcoming.
June 30, 2006
- Complete inventory of existing IP compliant devices and technologies not captured in first inventory, and
- Complete impact analysis of fiscal and operational impacts and risks.
June 30, 2008- All agency infrastructures (network backbones) must be using IPv62 and agency networks must interface with this infrastructure. Agencies will include progress reports on meeting this target date as part of their EA transition strategy.