Enroll your US government organization in the Power BI service

This article describes the US government enrollment process for the Power BI service.

The Power BI service has a special version for the US government which is part of the Microsoft 365 Government plans. The enrollment process for the US government Power BI service described here, is different from the commercial version of the Power BI service.

For more information about the Power BI service for the US government, see Power BI for United States government customers - Overview.

Note

This article is intended for administrators who have authority to sign up their US government organization for Power BI. If you're not an admin, contact your administrator about getting a subscription to Power BI for US government.

Important

Power BI is enhancing the way that customers connect to these US government clouds:

  • Microsoft 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC)

  • Microsoft 365 Government Community Cloud High (GCC High)

  • Microsoft 365 Department of Defense (DoD)

From 20 March 2022, US government customers will need to complete an explicit request for onboarding these US government clouds, to maintain continuity of data access.

Select the right sign-up process for your US government organization

Microsoft 365 provides different environments for government agencies to meet varying compliance requirements. The Microsoft 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC) is designed for federal, state, and local government. If your organization is in GCC, you can use the steps in this article to sign up and purchase services.

Important

Don't follow these instructions if you belong to one the following:

To purchase the Power BI service for these US government clouds, use the process described in How do I buy Microsoft 365 Government, and work with your reseller to ensure new services are properly associated with your tenant.

After you sign up for the Power BI service for the US government, work with your account team to start the allow list process described in this article. That step is needed to fully enable your organization in the government community cloud.

Sign up for a new Microsoft 365 Government plan

If your organization is new to the government cloud community, follow the steps below to get a Microsoft 365 Government plan.

After this process is complete, follow the steps for existing Microsoft 365 Government customers to add a Power BI subscription.

Note

These steps should be performed by the global administrator.

  1. Go to Microsoft 365 Government plans.

  2. Select Get started with a free trial.

  3. Complete the form to tell us about your organization. Use the drop-down to select your organization type.

    Select organization type in trial sign-up

  4. Submit the form to start the onboarding process. Your Microsoft representative or partner can help with any questions.

Add Power BI to a Microsoft 365 Government plan

If your organization already has a Microsoft 365 Government plan, follow these steps to add a Power BI subscription:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, using your global admin or billing admin credentials.

  2. Select Billing > Purchase services.

  3. Search or scroll to locate the Power BI Pro Government offer and choose Try or Buy Now.

  4. Complete your order.

  5. Assign licenses to user accounts.

More signup information

Before you can use the Power BI service for the US government, you have to work with your Microsoft account team to have your organization added to our allow list. The allow list process is used by the Power BI engineering team to move customers from the commercial cloud environment into the secure, government community cloud. This step ensures that features available in the US government cloud work as expected.

To start the allow list process, contact your Microsoft account team for assistance. Only administrators can request addition to the allow list. The process takes about three weeks. During this time, the Power BI engineering team makes appropriate changes to ensure your tenant operates properly in the US government cloud.

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