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CMMC under 'internal review'

The Pentagon is reviewing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program — the new cyber standards that all defense contractors will need to adhere to bid on contracts. The DOD did not provide details on the review but said it was routine for a high-impact program like CMMC. “As is done in the early stages of many programs, the DoD is reviewing the current approach to CMMC to ensure that it is achieving stated goals as effectively as possible while not creating barriers to participation in the DoD acquisition process,” spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell said in a statement to FedScoop. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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Army cloud office now an agency

The Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Office has been elevated to field agency status. Now called the Enterprise Cloud Management Agency, it will retain its director, Paul Puckett, and continue to report to Army CIO Raj Iyer. The change gives “new responsibilities and authorities to orchestrate and synchronize enterprise-wide cloud activities,” Iyer said in a statement to FedScoop. More on the new agency.

What government needs to know about accelerators

Accelerators can be an important tool to bridge the gap between the tech industry and federal agencies. In a new op-ed, Dcode CEO Meagan Metzger explains how the government needs emerging tech companies that are fully vetted for federal work and ready to scale their solutions into programs of record. Read Metzger's op-ed.

FDA's 'unprecedented' data modernization

COVID-19 has given the Food and Drug Administration an “unprecedented” opportunity to modernize IT systems and data infrastructure that was just “chugging along,” according to Dr. Sara Brenner, the associate director for medical affairs in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. FDA went from having an “antiquated” system that could only process low volumes of low-complexity COVID-19 reporting to developing a core diagnostic data set with clinical, graphics, testing and results data, she said. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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