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CMMC board gets first permanent chair since September

For the first time in several months, the board overseeing the rollout of the Department of Defense‘s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification standards has a permanent chair. Karlton Johnson, the former vice-chair who has been acting chair, was voted to lead the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). Johnson, a former Air Force colonel with years of experience leading the operation of networks in hostile combat zones, was elevated to acting chair when former chairman Ty Schieber was ousted in September following the creation of a sponsorship program that some saw as a pay-to-play scheme. Jackson has the news.

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Chris DeRusha is the new Federal CISO

The Biden campaign’s former security chief is now the federal government’s security chief. Chris DeRusha, who was also a cyber official in the Obama White House, is the Federal CISO, according to information he posted on LinkedIn. DeRusha will inherit a wealth of cybersecurity challenges, including the SolarWinds breach, and will be charged with cleaning up security practices in a bureaucracy that is notoriously difficult to tame. Sean Lyngaas has the scoop.

GSA wants your feedback on Polaris

Time is running out for small businesses to comment on the General Services Administration’s draft request for proposals (RFP) for its latest information technology contract, which is aimed at growing the government’s pools of contractors. The governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) is designed to increase competition at the task order level among three pools: small, women-owned and HUBZone businesses. The multiple-award contract will help agencies buy emerging technologies like quantum computing, artificial intelligence and blockchain — as well as cybersecurity and cloud services — from the expanded pools. Dave Nyczepir has the details.

WATCH: Cloudera leaders talk data management and more

After a successful 2021 Data Cloud Summit, leaders from Cloudera joined FedScoop for exclusive discussions on the government's priorities around data management, how COVID-19 has further emphasized the need for strong data management and data sharing practices, and more. This week, tune in to interviews with:


Tools to help federal agencies move to the cloud

Increasing demands for cloud-enabled services also means a greater need for tools that ensure compatibility, security and data protection with agencies’ legacy systems. A recent Okta white paper explores a simple, scalable authentication and access solution using a cloud-enabled identity platform to weave security across all systems — regardless of location, creator, function, or the information it touches. Read more from Okta.

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