Azure Government CSP application process
Azure Government is available for purchase via different channels, one of them being the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel. This article provides an overview of what you need to become a CSP for US Government and be able to resell Azure Government. For more information on the CSP program, see Cloud Solution Provider program.
Becoming a government CSP
Before being able to apply for CSP or any other programs that run under the Microsoft Partner Network, you need to obtain a Microsoft Partner Network ID (MPN ID). For more information, visit the Microsoft Partner Network page. After you fulfill the basic requirement of becoming a Microsoft Partner, you are ready to become a Government CSP. To initiate your application, see Sell cloud services to the US government.
Azure Government is a physically isolated instance of Azure that delivers services with world-class security and compliance critical to the US government. These services maintain FedRAMP and DoD authorizations, CJIS state-level agreements, support for IRS 1075, ability to sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, and much more. Azure Government provides an extra layer of protection to customers through contractual commitments regarding storage of customer data in the United States and limiting potential access to systems processing customer data to screened US persons. Most US government agencies and their partners are best aligned with Azure Government.
Obtaining your government tenant
The process begins with a request for an Azure Government tenant. For more information and to begin the validation, see Microsoft Azure Government trial. Once complete, you should receive a tenant to activate your enrollment in the Cloud Solution Provider program for the US government. Validation steps are shown below:
- Be a Microsoft Partner (have an MPN ID).
- Verification of legitimacy of the Company, Systems Integrator, Distributor, or Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applying for the tenant.
- Verification of business engagements with government customers (for example, proof of services rendered to government agencies, statements of works, evidence of being part of GSA Schedule).
- If you already have an Azure Government tenant, you can use your existing credentials to complete the CSP application.
- Ensure that emails coming from US Government Cloud Eligibility are reaching your Inbox.
- Check your spam or junk email folder as credentials and asks for further info come from this alias.
Applying for government CSP
Once you have the credentials described above, navigate to Partner Center for Microsoft US Government Cloud to apply for the CSP Government reseller program. It takes 5-6 days to process the application, and, once approved, you should receive an email to log in to Partner Center to accept the Terms and Conditions. For more information, see Partner Center documentation.
Terms and Conditions are not negotiable for the Cloud Solution Provider program. If you wish to discuss customer terms that you have in place for your Commercial agreement, contact your Microsoft account representative.
The application process includes:
- Credit check
- Estimation of potential revenue
- Company validation via Dun and Bradstreet
- Email verification
- Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
After the validation has been completed and terms have been signed, you are ready to transact. For more information on billing, see Azure plan.
- To review incentives, sign in at Investments and incentives.
- Agreements for end customers and partners in the CSP program are located on CSP Resources. The customer agreement to be flown down is the Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA).
- For a list of available services, see Azure services available in the CSP program.
- Get your questions answered by visiting FAQ for Partner Center.
- If you are still unclear about CSP or are looking to apply for the commercial side of the program, see Enroll in the CSP program.
- If you are interested in Office 365 GCC for CSP, which is transacted via the CSP for Commercial platform, see Sell Office 365 Government GCC for CSP subscriptions to qualified customers.
Once you have onboarded and are ready to create your first customer, make sure to review Resources for building your Government CSP practice. If you have any more questions, contact the Azure Government CSP program.
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