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NIH calls on help from CoE

The National Institutes of Health has called on the General Services Administration's Centers of Excellence program to help modernize its systems. Specifically, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will participate in the program to develop an IT modernization strategic roadmap for critical infrastructure, data and applications used by its researchers in the lab and the field. A CoE team of cloud adoption, data analytics and change management experts will assist NICHD with support from the private sector. GSA will make NICHD’s services more accessible and efficient with software- and platform-as-a-service solutions. Dave Nyczepir has more on the partnership.

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Library of Congress' multi-cloud push

The Library of Congress is now accepting bids for a $150 million multi-cloud acquisition that the entire legislative branch can use. Through a single-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, the library wants a managed provider to offer the services of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure for its own offices and other legislative agencies, like the Senate, House of Representatives, Government Accountability Office and Congressional Budget Office. “This contract will provide the full range of Cloud computing, storage, software and services covering the spectrum of the Library’s Information Technology needs,” the solicitation says. Billy Mitchell has the details.

The JAIC is doing market research

The Department of Defense's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is out with a pair of new market research documents that show the center’s plans for how it will continue to develop AI. The first seeks information on hiring 18-40 “highly technical” contractors who could assist in a range of mission support activities, such as systems engineering, cybersecurity and user experience design development. The other requests input on acquiring software for the testing and evaluation of a range of AI technologies. Any purchased software would then be placed in the center’s Joint Common Foundation — a central hub for Department of Defense components to get their hands dirty using AI — “for use by the wider DoD community." Jackson Barnett has more.

Defense Innovation Board’s Josh Marcuse heads to Google

Defense Innovation Board director Josh Marcuse is headed to industry. He will join Google as head of strategy and innovation for global public sector. Marcuse has served as executive director of the innovation board since 2016. More on Marcuse's departure.

CMMC faces backlash after rushed RFP

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is facing turbulent times. Companies and military officials have expressed frustration at how the CMMC accreditation body dropped a sudden and unexpected request for proposals for a tool to continuously monitor contractors' cybersecurity hygiene. With the sudden release of the RFP, some have described the accreditation body — a vital piece of the CMMC puzzle — as a private layer of bureaucracy that could hamper progress on securing sensitive government information entrusted to contractors. Frank Kendall, a former undersecretary of Defense, didn't hold back: “The Defense Department should at least delay CMMC implementation, and probably cancel it altogether.” Jackson had the scoop.

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