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Another six months of CVR at the Pentagon

The Pentagon needs a bit more time to make its remote work environment "enduring." According to John Sherman, principal deputy CIO of the Department of Defense, the Microsoft-based Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) developed during the pandemic will stay on until June 2021, when a more permanent solution will replace it to ensure teleworking can remain an option for millions of DOD employees. “I think this is a gold standard for the government,” Sherman said of the CVR. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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DOD marks commitment to CMMC board

The Pentagon reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) that is overseeing the implementation of its new cybersecurity standards and accreditations for contractors. DOD finally signed a statement of work with the AB, a process that has been going on since the summer. It replaces the initial memorandum of understanding outlining the relationship between the two. The news comes after reports of tension between the DOD and the voluntary board. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

A return to performance-based contracting

DOD and the General Services Administration are working together on a contract vehicle called ASTRO to establish 10 multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for “manned, unmanned and optionally manned platforms and robotics.” For GSA, the contract is about more than just drones — it's an opportunity to return its focus to performance-based contracting. “ASTRO is giving us a chance to partner together on unmanned aerial systems, and instead let’s look first at the most qualified companies and figure out who they are,” GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said this week. “And then run a competition at the task order level, where we compete the hell out of it.” Dave Nyczepir goes inside ASTRO.

NGA chief technologist Mark Munsell to retire

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is losing a 20-year technology veteran. CTO Mark Munsell will retire Nov. 9. During his time as CTO, Munsell has been a big advocate for attracting talented technologists — both inside and outside of government — to work with NGA. More on Munsell's retirement.


For the future of work, zero trust is a must

During the pandemic, hackers are not relenting in their attacks against the federal remote workforce. Under a new cloud-based paradigm, where the network is no longer confined to the physical walls of a federal building, agencies can no longer assume the identity of or default to trusting any user or device, says security expert Yassir Abousselham in a new podcast. Hear more from Abousselham.

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