The Power BI service has a version available for United States Government customers as part of the Office 365 US Government Community subscriptions. The Power BI service version discussed in this article is specifically designed for US Government customers, and is separate and different from the commercial version of the Power BI service.

The following sections describe the features available to the US Government version of the Power BI service, clarifies some of the limitations, lists Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers (including how to sign up), and provides links for more information.

Features of Power BI US Government

It's important to note that Power BI US Government is only available as a Pro license, and is not available as a Free license. Certain features of the Power BI service are available in the Power BI US Government version of the service.

The following features are available to Power BI US Government customers, as they apply to Pro license functionality:

  • Create and view dashboards and reports
  • Data capacity limits
  • Scheduled data refresh
  • Refreshable team dashboards
  • Active Directory groups for sharing and managing access control
  • Import data and reports from Excel, CSV, and Power BI Desktop files
  • Data Management Gateway
  • All data is encrypted in both Azure SQL and Blob Storage for Power BI
  • Connect to services with content packs

Limitations of Power BI US Government

Some of the features that are available in the commercial version of the Power BI service are not available in the Power BI service for US Government customers. The Power BI team is actively working on making these features available to US Government customers, and will update this article when these features become available.

  • Power BI US Government is only available as a Pro license. Any references to Power BI (Free) licenses in an admin portal (or as users) are running in a commercial Power BI service cloud.
  • Office Online integration - you can import data from OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and Excel Online but you cannot edit or publish.
  • Auditing - auditing is not available through the Office 365 Security and Compliance portal.
  • Email notification - these notifications do not work when sharing dashboards. Users with whom a dashboard is shared can still view the dashboard and get notification when they are logged in.
  • ESRI Power BI integration - not available in Power BI at this time.
  • Data-driven alerts - you can set up alerts and receive notifications when your alert condition occurs in the Power BI Notification Center, and by push notifications to the Power BI app on your mobile device. However, you will not receive emails when your alert condition occurs.
  • Refresh from Project Online - you can create Power BI Desktop reports using the Project Online OData feed, however, datasets based on this feed will not refresh in the Power BI service. As a workaround, you can manually refresh the Power BI Desktop file and republish it to the Power BI service.
  • Invitation emails for dashboard sharing or Office 365 group membership - when you share a dashboard or add a member to a Power BI group workspace, users who are not currently set up in your tenant will not be added. To ensure sharing works as expected, you can add these users to your tenant before you share, either by adding them manually through the Office 365 Portal or by setting up directory synchronization.
  • Refresh failure emails - when a refresh failure occurs, you will not receive an email. You should check your list of datasets to see if refreshes have succeeded and, if not, take necessary steps to correct the problems.

If you have Power BI Free licenses assigned to your account, those accounts are running in a commercial version of the Power BI service, and are not part of the Power BI US Government offering. For those Free accounts, you may encounter the following issues:

  • Gateway, Mobile, and Desktop can’t authenticate
  • You cannot access Azure commercial data sources
  • PBIX files must be manually uploaded from commercial
  • Power BI mobile apps are not available

To resolve issues, please contact your account representative.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the US Government version of the Power BI service

The following questions (and answers) are provided to help you quickly get information you need about the service.

Question: How do I migrate my commercial Power BI data to the Power BI service for US Government?

Answer: Your admin must create a new instance of Power BI under a separate, US Government-specific subscription. You can then replicate your commercial data in the Power BI service for US Government, remove your commercial license, and associate your existing domain to the new US Government-specific service.

Question: Why can't I connect to a specific content pack?

Answer: You need to ensure your subscription is enabled before connecting to that content pack.

Question: I'm interested in getting Power BI for my US Government organization. How do I get started?

Answer: Signing up (often called onboarding) might differ based on your existing license and subscription. See the Sign Up for Power BI US Government article for more information.

Question: Is the URL for connecting to Power BI for US Government different than the commercial Power BI URL?

Answer: Yes, the URLs are different. The following table shows each URL:

Commercial version URL US Government version URL

More Information

There are all sorts of things you can do with Power BI. For more information and learning, including an article that shows you how to sign up for the service, check out the following resources: