The BC FIPS Java Description contains a broad overview of the motivations and design of the BC FIPS Java module.
As of BC Java 1.54 from a JCA/JCE point of view the module is largely a drop in replacement and can be used with the other BC APIs for certificate generation, CMS, TSP, S/MIME, OpenPGP and other protocols. Owing to the requirements of FIPS, particularly in respect to boundary issues the lightweight API is quite different, however the ASN.1 packages and the EC math package are the same.
BC FIPS Java 1.0.0 User Guide
BC FIPS Java 1.0.0 Security Policy
Status: The BC FIPS 1.0.0 module is currently under NIST review. Progress of the module can be followed at:
The module is currently tested against the JRE 1.7 and the JRE 1.8. The module is source and byte code compatible back to JDK 1.5.
We expect to do a retest of BC FIPS Java 1.0.0 against JDK 1.9 when it is finalised.
Approved Mode Algorithms
SHA-3 Signature Algorithms: PKCS#1.5, RSA PSS, ECDSA, DSA
RSA-KEM-KTS-KWS with key confirmation (only no-confirmation version present)
SP 800-38G: Methods for format preserving encryption
Non-approved Mode Algorithms
GOST R 34.11-2012