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Start with a CMMC self-check

The Pentagon's new cybersecurity standards have barely made it into contracts — and there aren't yet any assessors accredited to inspect contractors' networks — but the Department of Defense is urging vendors to start getting things in order. With no assessors to conduct network audits, most of the work at this point to comply with the new standards will fall on contractors themselves, at least for now, said Stacy Bostjanick, a top official in the DOD’s office running the CMMC program. But she anticipates that by early summer, a handful of companies will have earned the accreditation needed to audit contractors' networks for official assessments under the CMMC model. Jackson Barnett has more.

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IRS makes it official with Nancy Sieger

Nancy Sieger has officially been appointed the CIO of the IRS, a role she’s served in an acting capacity since June 2019. “Nancy has done an exemplary job as acting CIO supporting delivery of two rounds of Economic Interest Payments totaling more than $420 billion, along with individual tax refunds of more than $320 billion during the pandemic,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in Tuesday’s announcement. Dave Nyczepir has the news.

Army continues testing of JADC2 element

The Army will focus on tactical networks in its 2021 testing of Project Convergence, the service’s contribution to the militarywide Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, where data is fused across the land, air, sea, cyber and space domains. The tests began earlier this year and will continue in both a lab-based virtual environment and later through live demonstrations in the field, combining new software, weapons and tactical networks. Jackson has this too.

NIC scooped up for $2.3B

Tyler Technologies, a major seller of software to local governments, announced Wednesday it intends to acquire NIC Inc., a leading vendor of digital government and electronic payment services with many federal, statewide and local contracts. Benjamin Freed has more on the deal.

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