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EIS work continues during crisis

While the General Services Administration isn't yet pushing back deadlines under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, some vendors on the contract believe that the ongoing coronavirus response might bring delays. FedScoop spoke to several primes on the EIS contract about the current state of the vehicle, how the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting it and what they're doing to continue critical work to modernize federal telecom infrastructure. “I think we’ve got to — the longer we go here and the more information we get — be open to adjusting our plans to ensure that the federal agencies and the vendor community are best positioned to deliver on what’s most important," Mike Maiorana, senior vice president of public sector at Verizon, told FedScoop. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop on EIS.

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Industry critical of CMMC rollout

A number of technology industry associations are out with a letter to the Department of Defense expressing concerns with the "very ambitious" rollout of its new cybersecurity standards and certification process. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) will require all contractors to be certified by a third-party assessor to ensure they meet cybersecurity standards on a five-level scale. But how those scales will be implemented and the ways that the DOD will indicate what will be required of contractors needs more details, says the letter signed by ITI, Alliance for Digital Innovation, BSA: The Software Alliance, Cybersecurity Coalition, Internet Association and CompTIA. Jackson Barnett reports on CMMC.

Microsoft meets key milestone for JEDI work

Microsoft is now approved to handle secret classified workloads in the cloud for the Department of Defense. Tom Keane, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Azure Global, announced in a blog post that the company’s Azure Secret Government cloud service has achieved a provisional authority to host DOD data at impact level 6 (IL6) — categorized as classified national security information. The achievement is key in the company's ability to provide services under the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, which it won in October. Microsoft was required to meet IL6 within 180 days of the JEDI award, which is currently under protest. Within 270 days of that, it will also need to receive authorization to handle Top Secret government information, per the contract. Billy Mitchell has more.

How to ace FITARA

Agencies are doing better than ever at complying with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA. In a contributed op-ed, Red Hat's David Egts explains how they can continue that moment by adopting some of the principles that have become the hallmark of agile software development. "At the end of the day, everything in the scorecards is important, but tackling the most important things first and seeing some immediate and measurable improvements in specific categories can make it easier to boost performance in the areas that matter most at the time," Egts writes. Egts gives you his agile tips.

Gov Actually takes on the coronavirus

The coronavirus has upended normal American life. President Donald Trump has issued a national emergency and Congress has acted speedily to pass a $2 trillion package to respond to the pandemic. 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 upon personal experiences during their stints in the federal government, like the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Katrina and more. Listen to the latest episode.

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