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DOD wants to re-evaluate parts of JEDI

The Department of Defense wants the chance to re-evaluate parts of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. In the motion filed late last week, the Pentagon asked the Court of Federal Claims in “good faith” to remand Amazon’s protest of the JEDI contract to the department for 120 days so that it can “reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision.” Doing so would allow the DOD to consider the complaints Amazon made in its protest and re-evaluate parts of the contract — potentially upending Microsoft’s win. However, according to the DOD, Amazon opposed the motion. Billy Mitchell has the latest on JEDI.

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Gov Actually on the coronavirus response

The coronavirus has upended normal American life. President Donald Trump late Friday issued a national emergency in response to the virus' spread in the U.S. It’s times like these that the government must rise to the occasion and provide services to impacted citizens, Gov Actually hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangherlini say in the latest episode of the podcast. This new episode dives into government’s ability to respond during times of crisis and how it all connects back to things like the budget and more. Dan and Danny draw up personal experiences during their leadership experiences in the federal government, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Katrina and more. Listen to the new episode.

Primes, subs won't face same CMMC rules

Primes and subcontractors on the same Department of Defense contracts won't necessarily face the same cybersecurity requirements under the soon-to-be rolled out Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). For instance, a prime contractor may be required to meet level four or five under CMMC while a subcontractor would be required to meet level one or two. This means small contractors may not need to obtain the more costly, higher-level CMMC certifications to be included on contracts that require the prime to meet that requirement. “One size doesn’t fit all for security,” said Katie Arrington, CISO for acquisition and sustainment in the DOD. Jackson Barnett has more on CMMC.

CISA's alert for telework

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security came out with guidance Friday for organizations allowing employees to telework during the coronavirus pandemic. CISA warns in the alert that attackers will have additional opportunities to break into networks in the coming weeks as more U.S. workers log on from home. “As organizations use VPNs for telework, more vulnerabilities are being found and targeted by malicious cyber actors,” the agency said in its alert. For IT professionals, CISA points to a guide to telework security from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Jackson has more from CISA.

Coverage from FedScoop's IT Modernization Summit

FedScoop hosted its fourth annual IT Modernization Summit last week at the Conrad Hotel in D.C. The half-day event gathered leading experts from in and outside government to discuss the latest on federal IT modernization. If you missed the big day, make sure you catch up with FedScoop's coverage from the event, linked below:

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