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Microsoft CEO talks JEDI without mentioning JEDI

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this week reaffirmed his company's dedication as a partner in the Department of Defense's technology development. In particular, Nadella pointed to cloud and distributed edge-computing capabilities as those he's most bullish on to boost U.S. defense. His comments, offered during a DARPA event, are very timely as Microsoft fights to hold onto the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract amid an extensive bid protest waged by competitor Amazon Web Services. And while Nadella didn't specifically mention JEDI, everyone knew what was on his mind — the capability set he referenced is a key part of what Microsoft would provide if it moves forward under the potentially $10 billion acquisition. More from Jackson Barnett.

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Grant Schneider hanging it up

Grant Schneider, whose federal IT career began in the early 1990s in the Pentagon’s spy agency, is leaving his post as the government’s chief information security officer to join the law firm Venable. Schneider was brought into the Office of Personnel Management to help the agency recover from its massive hack in 2014, and quietly had a big impact on cybersecurity policymaking at the National Security Council ever since. Schneider joins other former federal cybersecurity officials at Venable, including Ari Schwartz, a top NSC adviser in the Obama administration. More from CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas.

GSA's Stanton officially promoted to head IT acquisition

Laura Stanton got the official nod to take over as assistant commissioner of the Office of Information Technology Category within the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. Stanton has filled the role in an acting capacity since June 8, when her predecessor Bill Zielinski left to join the City of Dallas as CIO. Stanton has spent 23 years with GSA. Dave Nyczepir has the news.

Not so fast, CDM

Despite some progress over the last seven years implementing the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, no one agency has done everything required under the program. That's the finding of a new Government Accountability Office report, which claims the CDM program has improved agency awareness of the hardware on their networks, but only at a “foundational” level. In the report, GAO explains that it discovered audited agencies had implemented software management requirements but “inconsistently” implemented configuration settings management requirements. Dave has this too.

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