Microsoft Power Automate US Government Pricing August 2020 can be requested here . Some overview follows. This article first updated July 24, 2020.
Dynamics Edge believes this article could be of interest to US Government related agencies such as the DoD (Department of Defense) as well as associated contractors, and anyone associated in any way with the US Government or working with or for the US Government. Specifically, if you are interested in considering a cloud based automation solution like Power Automate, or want to consider using Microsoft Azure Cloud but have concerns about the certifications and compliance lacking on the public cloud and therefore think your only other option is to stay on-premises, make a note of this. Azure Government Cloud is a specific offering that is specifically backed by government standards and certifications for your specific needs, including CJIS, DISA SRG IL4, DISA IL2, FedRAMP and much more!
If this already interests you, please read on to find out even more information. If you have questions at any time while reading, please contact Dynamics Edge using this link.
In order to have a great response to the evolving unique requirements of the USA or United States public sector, know that Microsoft has created the Power Apps US Government product line and softare offerings. This product consists now of several plans tailored for US government organizations and agencies. Here is some information which provides a basis to introduce you a variety of great features that are quite specific to Power Apps US Government. It is recommended that you read this article and also for reference check the Official Microsoft Docs as a supplementary resource, as well as Power Apps documentation. This article and the Microsoft Docs cover pertinent information about the overall, general Power Apps service description. To summarize in short, this specific service focused on in this article here, is usually referred to as Power Apps Government Community Cloud (GCC).
Microsoft Power Apps US Government (Currently reading this article – Power Automate US Government Pricing Training August 2020 overview) has a unique service description. Here is the description. Power Platform for US Government is generallt designed to overlay the general Power Apps service description in this case. This specific description defines the variety of unique commitments which this particular service is associated with. You can also note and the differences from Power Apps offerings that have been available to our customers since October 2016.
About the Power Apps US Government environments and plans
Power Apps, sometimes known as PowerApps US Government pricing plans are usually a series of unique monthly subscriptions and can generally be licensed to an unlimited number of users in the government agency.
Power Automate Government Pricing July 2020
Power Automate Government Pricing August 2020
The Power Apps GCC environment tends to provide proper compliance with federal requirements for cloud services. Ever want to stay on-premise due to the uncertainty of the laws around data in the cloud? Well, if you need a cloud adhering to and certified on stndards including requirements for criminal justice systems (CJI data types). DoD DISA IL2, and FedRAMP High, you need Power Platform for US Government Cloud.
Power Automate Government Certified Cloud
Besides just the capabilities and features that Microsoft Power Apps provides you, there are other benefits you get as well. Many government organizations that utilize the Microsoft Power Apps US Government also gain a lot along the lines of the following unique Power Platform Power Apps US Government features and feature sets.
Your organization’s Power Automate US Government pricing can include the concept of how customer content would be physically segregated from thr customer content in Microsoft’s commercial Power Apps services for compliance and logical purposes.
Your organization’s Power Automate US Government training needs can be met with best-fit using Dynamics Edge’s Power Platform Government Training offerings we can offer tailored to you.
Power Automate Pricing for US Government involves knowing what is included in this unique kind of offer, such as and including that customer content is stored within the United States.
You should also know here and now that the organization al access to customer content can tend to be restricted to screened Microsoft personnel with this special offer.
Microsoft Power Apps US Government is known to comply with with accreditations as well as certifications that are generally required for US public sector customers using cloud related services.
As of September 2019, there were eligible customers that could have chosen to deploy Power Apps US Government to what is known as the the "GCC High" environment. THis kind of environment usually enables seamless integration with Microsoft 365 GCC High deployments has well as single sign-on.
What is also important is that Microsoft has definitely designed the whole platform and operational procedures to make sure and meet the requirements aligning with the DISA SRG IL4 compliance framework. Are wondering – is Microsoft US Government Cloud compliant with DISA SRG IL4? The answer should be a resounding YES the Microsoft US Government Cloud should be compliant with the DISA SRG IL4 compliance framework. This is great for US Department of Defense contractor customers and even many other relevant Federal agencies that are now and currently leveraging Microsoft 365 GCC High to utilize the Power Apps US Government GCC High deployment option. THis kind of option empowers the customer to leverage Azure AD Government for customer identities, and this tends to be in contrast to what’s known as GCC which actually leverages the Public Azure AD.
US Department of Defense contractor customers may want to know that Microsoft enables such customers to meet the ITAR commitment and DFARS acquisition regulations. This tends to be as required and as documented by contracts with the US Department of Defense relevant here.
As for customer eligibility, know that Power Apps US Government is available to the following:
US state, local, federal, territorial and tribal government entities get to use it.
A variety of other relevant entities that handle key data that tends to be subject to government requirements and regulations get to use it. Also know that where the related use of Power Apps US Government could be applicable as well as appropriate in order to meet these sorts of requirements, this also applies. This can be subject to eligibility validation. How the validation of your eligibility would work is it would be done by Microsoft and this kind of validation will include the following:
1) It may include confirmation of handling data subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) in your case.
2) Note that regarding law enforcement data that may be subject to or applicable to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) policy, or perhaps even for any other kind of government controlled data or any sort of government regulated info: all of this validation might require sponsorship by a government entity with specific requirements for the handling of data.
Any government agencies or entities that have any kind of eligibility questions related to Power Apps US Government should defintely want to consult their specific account team. Or, contact Dynamics Edge now if you are not sure what to do at this point and we can help you.
UNotice that in the event of the renewal of a particular customer’s contract for Power Apps US Government, you should know here that revalidation of eligibility may be required in this kind of case.
Power Apps US Government plans include the restriction of such access to the following offerings here. Know that each plan is usually offered as a kind ofmonthly subscription. Each such subscription can usually be licensed to an unlimited number of users in most cases.
Power Apps Plan US Government or Power Automate Plan US Government
Are you looking for Power Automate Government Capability Statements or Power Automate Government Capabilities? While capabilities may be somewhat covered here, capabaility statements may be somewhat less so. In both cases if you read here and still have questions, we recommend you contact us, Dynamics Edge, as soon as possible with your questions so we can help you.
Make a note now that besides just the standalone plans, Power Automate as well as Power Apps capabilities are also included in certain Dynamics 365 US Government plans as well as Microsoft 365 US Government plans. This is allowing customers to start to customize as well as extend model-driven apps and Microsoft 365 within Dynamics 365 itself. This can include things like Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service. Licensing regarding this can automatically tend to show up on your end and also tend to be available within customer tenants already since about quite some time.
Any functional differences between these kinds of licenses or license groups can be found in the Power Apps licensing guide. SO also know that Power Apps US Government could bes available through what is known as the Cloud Solution Provider purchasing channels and Volume Licensing as well.
What is customer content as well as customer data anyway? Well, note that customer data, as defined in what’s known as the MIcrosoft Online Services Terms, means that all data, including all sound, video, image or text files. This also includes software as well. This definition applies to anything that can be provided to Microsoft on behalf ofor directly by the customers via the use of the Microsoft Online Service subject to this definition. Know that customer content also can refer to a specific subset of customer data that has already been directly created by a variety of users. This includes as content stored in databases through a bunch of entries in what is know as the the Common Data Service entities (CDS Entities). Here is an example, contact information is a type of definition applicable here. Please note that content overall is usually to be considered as secret or confidential information and in the usual course of service operation this type of information is not sent or transmitted over the internet without encryption, so in other words it is securely encrypted.
For more information on Power Apps protection of customer data, including for US Government please see the Microsoft Online Services Trust Center.
Notes on data segregation for Government Community Cloud
Provisioning as part of Power Apps US Government mmeans that the Power Apps service is offered in accordance with what is known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-145.
Microsoft usually refers to this sort of offer as the Government Community Cloud (GCC).
While the logical separation of customer content at the application layer is there, you should knowe about one other important aspect. Power Apps US Government service usually provides your organization with another secondary layer of clean and clear physical segregation for customer content by using the specific infrastructure separate from the infrastructure used for commercial Power Apps customers so Government and Commercial are actually two different scopes entirely! This even includes using Azure services in the Azure Government cloud. To learn more about all of this please see the Azure Government pages we have or please contact us at Dynamics Edge for specific questions so we can help you succeed.
What about customer content located within the United States?
Power Apps US Government services tend to be provided from a variety of datacenters that are physically located in the United States. Your government data therefore stays in the USA or United States of America. So the Power Apps US Government customer content is stored at rest in datacenters physically located only in the United States of America or USA.
Is there a restricted data access by administrators?
YEs. The access to Power Apps US Government customer content by Microsoft administrators is restricted only to personnel who are US citizens. Microsoft personnel that access this sensitive data of yours, actually undergo background investigations in accordance with relevant government standards far before they are permitted to even come near such information.
Regular Power Apps service engineering staff as well as support do not have current standing access to customer content hosted in Power Apps US Government. Any kind of staff who need to request temporary permission elevation that would grant access to customer content must first have passed the following background checks to do so.
RESTRICTED DATA ACCESS BY ADMINISTRATORS includes the following:
Microsoft personnel background checks and screening
Employment History Check Verification of at least seven (7) year employment history
Education Verification Verification of what is the highest degree attained
U.S. Citizenship Verification of true U.S. citizenship
Social Security Number (SSN) Search – this is verification that the provided SSN is valid and proper.
Criminal History Check -> at least a seven (7) year criminal record check for misdemeanor and felony offenses at the county, local level, federal level and state level as well.
Office of Foreign Assets Control List (OFAC) Validation against the Department of Treasury list of groups to check about which U.S. persons are not actually allowed to engage in financial transactions or trade
Bureau of Industry and Security List (BIS) This is validation against the Department of Commerce list of entities and individuals that are barred from engaging in export activities of any kind.
Office of Defense Trade Controls Debarred Persons List (DDTC)- this is validation against the Department of State list of entities and individuals that are barred from engaging in export activities related to the defense industry specifically.
Fingerprinting Check Fingerprint background check against FBI databases for any kind of matches.
CJIS Background Screening – this is a state-adjudicated review of state criminal history and federal too which is done by state CSA appointed authority. This would be the authority within each state that has actually signed up for the Microsoft CJIS IA program.
This above applies to personnel with or requesing standing access or temporary access to any customer content hosted in Power Apps US Government (GCC).
Accreditations and certifications.
Power Apps US Government tends to be designed to support the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) accreditation at a High Impact level. This also could infer alignment to DoD DISA IL2 too. FedRAMP artifacts are generally available for appropriate review by federal customers who are actually required to comply with FedRAMP. The relevant Federal agencies can go ahead and review these artifacts as appropriate and in support of their related review to grant an Authority to Operate (ATO).
Power Apps US Government servicese have been granted a Security Assessment Report (SAR) by a qualified Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO). As Microsoft wants to move to refresh FedRAMP artifacts as part of the standard audit cycles, any such policies might updated accordingly and as appropriate.
Power Apps US Government has relevantfeatures designed to support customer’s CJIS Policy requirements for law enforcement agencies. Please visit the Power Apps US Government products page in Microsoft Trust Center for more detailed information related to certifications and accreditations or contact Dynamics Edge for help on this.
Microsoft has ultimately designed the platform and operational procedures to meet the requirements that are aligning with the DISA SRG IL4 compliance framework. Know that the Department of Defense contractor customer base as well as other Federal agencies currently leveraging Microsoft 365 GCC High may want to use the Power Apps US Government GCC High deployment option. This option requires and empowers the customer to leverage Azure AD Government or Active Directory for customer identities, in contrast to GCC which leverages Public Azure AD. For our US Department of Defense contractor customer base, Microsoft operates the service in a manner that enables these customers to meet ITAR commitment and DFARS acquisition regulations.
Power Apps US Government and relation with other Microsoft services
Power Apps US Government includes several features that ultimately allow users to integrate with and connect to other Microsoft enterprise service offerings. This includes Dynamics 365 US Government,,Microsoft 365 US Government, and Microsoft Power Automate US Government. Note that Power Apps US Government is deployed within Microsoft datacenters in a specific manner consistent with a public cloud deployment model with multi-tenant capabilities. Client applications including but not limited to the Power Apps mobile applications, any third-party client application and web client that connects to Power Apps US Government, may technically not part of or included in Power Apps US Government’s accreditation boundary and government customers are responsible for managing them in this respect.
Power Apps US Government leverages the actual Microsoft 365 customer administrator UI or user interface for billing and customer administration.
Microsoft Power Apps US Government maintains the information flow, actual resources, and data management as well while relying on Microsoft 365 to provide the presntation layer visual styles that are shown to the customer administrator through their relevant management console. FedRAMP ATO inheritance impies that Power Apps US Government leverages Azure (including Azure Government) ATOs for infrastructure and platform services, in respective order.
If you adopt the use of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 and end up setting up policies to help ensure that your users end up connecting to the related services through single sign-on, note that any customer content that is temporarily cached will end up being located in the United States for your information.
Power Apps US Government and third-party services.
Power Apps US Government empowers you to integrate third-party applications into the service through a variety of connectors. The connectors related to how third-party apps, services and applications and services and the transmitting, processing and stroing of your organization’s customer data on a plethora of third-party systems. These system may be outside of the Power Apps US Government infrastructure and you should therefore be careful that they may not be actually covered by the Power Apps US Government data protection commitments and compliance standards.
We recommend that you review the compliance statements and privacy statements provided by the third parties when actually assessing the appropriate use of these kinds of services for your organization’s use cases. Or you could also ask Dynamics Edge to try and help you if you have questions or are unsure of something.
Power Apps US Government and Azure services related to US Government.
The Power Apps US Government services are actually deployed to Microsoft Azure Government. Note that Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is not usually part of the Power Apps US Government accreditation boundary, however it may have reliance upon a customer’s Azure AD tenant for the purposes of customer identity and tenant functions, this can be including federated authentication, licensing and authentication.
At times when an organization’s user who is employing AD FS may be trying to access Power Apps US Government, note that the user could be redirected to a particular login page that could be hosted on the organization’s AD FS server. So know that this user provides her or his credentials to their own organization’s respective AD FS server. This AD FS server within the organization level makes tries to authenticate these credentials by utilizing the organization’s Active Directory infrastructure in this case.
In the event that authentication is successful, note that the organization’s AD FS server issues a SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) ticket that contains important information about the user’s group membership and identity.
AD FS server from the customer then signs this ticket using one half of an asymmetric key pair and then it goes ahead and sends the ticket to Azure AD via the TLS encrypted Transport Layer Security. At that point Azure AD validates the signature by utilzing the other half of what is called the asymmetric key pair and then actually grants access based on the respective info in this ticket.
The user’s group membership information and identity information both remain encrypted in Azure AD. So another way of saying this would be that limited user-identifiable information is stored in Azure AD for security purposes.
Azure AD control implementation and security architecture info is further found in the Azure SSP. IN general, end-users do not usually interact with Azure AD directly.
Power Apps US Government service URLs
Utlize a different set of URLs in order to access Power Apps US Government environments because they are not the same as those in COmmercial, as shown in the following table (the commercial URLs are also shown for contextual reference, in case they are more readily familiar to you).
POWER APPS US GOVERNMENT SERVICE URLS
Commercial version URL US Government version URL
high.flow.microsoft.us(/)connectors (GCC High)
make.powerapps.com make.gov.powerapps.us (GCC)
make.high.powerapps.us (GCC High)
create.powerapps.com make.gov.powerapps.us (GCC)
make.high.powerapps.us (GCC High)
admin.powerapps.com gov.admin.powerapps.us (GCC)
high.admin.powerapps.us (GCC High)
high.admin.powerplatform.microsoft.us (GCC High)
Network restrictions used by customers can be tricky, so please ensure at least the access to the following domains are actualy made available to your end-users’ access points:
You may also want to refer to the actual Required IP Ranges so that you can enable access to Common Data Service environments that administrators and user might create inside your tenant:
microsoft.com(/)download(/)confirmation.aspx?id=57063 (may want to focus on AzureCloud.usgovvirginia as well as AzureCloud.usgovtexas )
GCC High Customers:
To enable access to Common Data Service environments that administrators and users could create within your tenant please also refer to the required IP ranges to be whitelisted,
microsoft.com(/)download(/)confirmation.aspx?id=57063 (May want to pay attention to AzureCloud.usgovvirginia AzureCloud.usgovtexas )
Regional Discovery Service is deprecated
Effective March 2, 2020, note that the regional Discovery Service has been deprecated.
What is the connectivity between Power Apps US Government and public Azure Cloud Services?
Azure is usually distributed among multiple clouds. SO the default is tenants are permitted with regards to opening the firewall rules to a cloud-specific environment. However note that the cross-cloud networking is different and actually requires opening specific firewall rules to faciltate communication between services that need to get this communication. In the case that you are a Power Apps customer with a bunch of existing SQL environments in the Azure public cloud, you may suppose that you want to access them. IN this case you may want to open specific firewall rules in SQL that point to the Azure Government cloud IP space, for the following datacenters:
For Azure IP ranged Government please contact Dynamics Edge if after reading this you are still unsure regarding Azure Government cloud IP whitelist
Please refer to what is called the Azure Service Tags and IP Ranges and the related US Government Cloud document, paying specific attention on AzureCloud.usgovvirginia as well as AzureCloud.usgovtexas. Please note the IP ranges required in order for your end users to have access to the service URLs would be here. Or if unsure, contact Dynamics Edge with any questions regarding the IP ranges.
Liking this Microsoft Power Automate US Government guide so far? We have even more additional resources you can request by contacting Dynamics Edge.
How to configure mobile clients for US Government
To sign in with the Power Apps mobile client in US Government requires a few extra configuration steps here.
First, on the sign-in page, you should select the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
Select Enable GCC mode, then do as follows.
After this, on the sign-in page, select Sign in.
At this point notice that the mobile application will now use the US Government Cloud domain to look up users. If unsure at this point contact Dynamics Egde for more information.
On-premises data gateway configuration
To transfer data securely and quickly between let’s say a canvas app that’s actually built in Power Apps and maybe a data source that isn’t even in the cloud, such as for the sake of example, an on-premises SharePoint site or on-premises SQL Server database , please install an on-premises data gateway. For help on this contact Dynamics Edge.
If your organization (also known as atenant) has already successfully connected the on-premises data gateway with a good configuration for Power BI US Government, then what you should know is that the configuration as well as the process that your organization should have executed in order to enable that applies as follows. That configuration should also enable the on-premises connectivity for Power Apps. Nonetheless, in the case you are not even able to connect to your tenant at this point, then you might actually need to go through a specific process to add your tenant to an approved list. This usually entails enabling this capability for your tenant. If you have to do this let Dynamics Edge know if you are unsure of the next step or run into any issues or get stuck regarding this.
What are the Power Apps US Government feature limitations?
Some of the features that are now available in the commercial version of Power Apps are not available to Power Apps US Government customers for reasons related to security, and because they are two different services for your highest integrity sensitive data needs. Some features in commercial need to be done differently in government due to the security compliance mentioned in this document. The Microsoft Power Apps team tends to be actively working (or already finished in possible cases) – for more info ask Dynamics Edge – on these following features so that they become available to US Government customers:
Common Data Service analytics. Check with Dynamics Edge if you want to know the status of these or the others below.
Connectors: The most popular connectors in use in our commercial service (based on usage telemetry) have been published; if there is a connector available in the commercial offering that you do not see deployed, please contact support, and we will review your request.
Integrate data into Common Data Service.
Customize a SharePoint list form by using Power Apps.
Dataflows in Power Apps
Embed in Microsoft Teams and Power BI.
AI Builder might not yet available for GCC and GCC High tenants. Check with Dynamics Edge for recent availability.
Requesting support with the information in this article.
Having a problem with your service? You can ask Dynamics Edge for help. Please note that any questions submitted may require a consulting session to go over. No accuracy is guaranteed of any info on this page, and no free upport is guaranteed beyond this article, any time spent answering questions may require a consulting session and we highly recommend such sessions for your highest quality and integrity, especially for all US Government related questions or projects.
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