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CMMC is official

The acquisition rules for the Department of Defense's new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) officially took effect Tuesday after a 60-day comment period. The changes finalize CMMC as DOD policy, meaning that the Pentagon can now put the requirements into contracts. While the rule change is final, DOD officials have said they will roll out the requirements over the next five years, giving contractors time to get assessments from accredited inspectors that are currently being trained by the CMMC Accreditation Body. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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ICYMI: See the FedScoop 50 winners

It's that time of the year again! FedScoop is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 FedScoop 50 Awards. The awards celebrate the tireless leaders who’ve made a lasting impact on the community and the nation in 2020, particularly in regard to how they used technology to respond to and overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. See who won!

DOD Fourth Estate consolidation moving quick

Next year will be a big one for the Department of Defense's effort to consolidate its support agencies’ IT. The timeline for the Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) initiative appears to be ahead of initial schedule, despite some hiccups with workforce transfers, senior DOD officials said Tuesday. The department is now poised to bring 22 of the networks into a new DODnet by 2021, Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer John Sherman said. Jackson has this too.

OMB needs to focus more on spending data, GAO says

The Office of Management and Budget needs to focus more on spending data to improve category management. A new Government Accountability Office report found OMB's category management initiative focused too much on how to buy things at the expense of helping agencies determine what goods and services they actually need. “Agency officials told GAO that data challenges — particularly challenges in collecting, analyzing, and sharing data on their spending and the prices they pay — have hindered implementation of the category management initiative,” reads GAO’s report. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

Army and Howard University team up for AI center of excellence

The U.S Army is planning to establish a Center of Excellence at Howard University in what will be a $7.5 million partnership to deliver artificial intelligence technologies. “The research is directly aligned with Army priorities and will address pressing problems in both developing and applying AI tools and techniques in several key applications,” said Brian Sadler, the Army researcher who is managing the partnership. Sara Wilson has this.

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