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CMMC board chair ousted

Turmoil within the board tapped to implement the Department of Defense’s new cybersecurity policy came to a head Wednesday. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body voted to remove Chairman Ty Schieber and Communications Director Mark Berman. The move comes after controversy surrounding the launch of a “Partner Program,” which created a conflict of interest by allowing for the Accreditation Body to take up to $500,000 to promote companies it could have been in charge of overseeing. The Pentagon said Karlton Johnson will take over as the board's chair. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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VA asks to reprogram CARES Act money for GI Bill modernization

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to take $243 million it received for coronavirus emergency funding and reprogram it to support the modernization of IT systems for veterans' education benefits claims. While the two might seem completely unrelated, VA officials argued Wednesday that COVID-19 has changed the way most educational institutions provide courses, now in a largely virtual format. And with that, the VA will have to adjust the technology it uses to process GI Bill benefits. Billy Mitchell has this one.

DHS awards EIS task order

The Department of Homeland Security awarded a task order under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract to MetTel, giving it real-time visibility into internet access and security across all its offices nationwide. The Internet Protocol Service-Primary Network task order covers network bandwidth capacity of up to 10 gigabits per second, managed security services and access to a portal for monitoring performance. As of August, DHS was only 26% of the way toward transitioning off Networx to EIS. Dave Nyczepir has more.

GSA adding supply chain requirements to major contracts

With all the new policies and legislation around supply chain security, the General Services Administration is working to ensure its major contract vehicles reflect those changes. Keith Nakasone said Tuesday that his Office of IT Category (ITC) is taking a “proactive approach” by adding supply chain risk management and cybersecurity language to new and old contracts to ensure companies self-certify and comply with crucial requirements established over the last few years. Dave has this too.

Leaders talk data and COVID-19

In conjunction with Informatica's Data in Action Summit, technology leaders joined FedScoop for a discussion on the evolution of data, how COVID-19 has affected data management and more. This week, we have interviews from:

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