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Federal Agencies Slow To Move On IPv6 Implementation

Federal agencies have a ways to go before implementing the sixth version of the Internet Protocol (IPv6), according to a survey commissioned by Cisco Systems and conducted by Market Connections. Of the 200 IT decision makers from defense and civilian agencies interviewed, less than 2 percent have completed the IPv6 planning process, and more than one-third will not begin planning or implementation until 2007.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that all federal agencies' network infrastructures adopt IPv6 by 2008, setting milestones to be met by specific dates:

  • Nov. 15, 2005: Agencies were to assign an official to lead and coordinate agency planning and complete an inventory of existing routers,switches, and hardware firewalls.
  • Feb. 2006: Agencies were to provide a completed IPv6 transition plan to OMB.
  • June 30, 2006: Agencies are to complete inventory of all IP complaint devices and technologies not captured in the first inventory, plus an impact analysis of fiscal and operational impacts and risks.
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