We’ve worked to make launching a live site on Federalist as simple as possible. You will need to complete these steps:
- Sign an IAA with 18F to use Federalist.
- Verify that your agency accepts the risk of launching a site on Federalist.
- Build your site and verify that the site is ready for launch using our URL previews.
- Contact the Federalist team; as part of our compliance process, GSA will complete a security scan of your site and let you know of the results within a week.
- When you are ready to launch your site with a production-ready URL, the Federalist team will provide you with a CloudFront URL (For example: https://d2xyasfn4889hb.cloudfront.net/) and TXT record (needed to issue your auto-renewed TLS certificate). You’ll need to configure your DNS records with the CNAME and TXT values within 24 hrs. (Note: Please be aware that you cannot set a CNAME for a apex domain. If you are looking to set a CNAME for a apex domain like example.gov, a common solution is to create the domain www.example.gov, set the CNAME for www.example.gov, and setup a HTTP redirect from example.gov to www.example.gov. We recommend that you check with your DNS Admin or IT support to see what HTTP redirect options are available to you.)
- When you set the CNAME for your domain, a SSL certificate should automatically be created and associted with your domain within 1 hour. (Note: If you do not set the Cloudfront CNAME and TXT record within 24 hrs, your certificate will fail to be issued and we will need to re-initiate the certificate issuance process.)
- After your customURL is set in the Federalist web interface, Federalist will rebuild your site, which will set the proper URLs in the site.
- Sign your Site Review Document when contacted by Federalist’s GSA IT Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO).
- Your site is fully live!