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06/04/2020
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An exclusive look at CMMC's memorandum of understanding

We got our hands on a key document in the Pentagon's ongoing Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) saga. FedScoop obtained the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Defense and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body through a Freedom of Information Act request. Signed in March, the memo clarifies some of the standards that the body will require for the potential third-party assessors and for its own organization. Jackson Barnett has the document.


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A new JAIC director, for now

Now that Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan has stepped away as leader of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the Pentagon's AI hub has a new leader, at least in the interim. Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer of the JAIC, took over as interim director Monday. Mulchandani will serve in an acting capacity until a permanent head is confirmed later this year. The next leader will be another three-star general or flag officer, according to an announcement. Jackson has the news.


OPM's return to work

The federal government's human resources agency has set guidance for its return to working in the office. The Office of Personnel Management's return from max telework will occur on a facility-by-facility basis across its more than 20 properties. OPM will continue to encourage telework in phases 1 and 2 of reopening, particularly with employees whose transit and parking options remain disrupted or who have children without dependent care. Other agencies like the departments of Energy, Agriculture and Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency have also issued guidance and plans for how they will begin phasing employees back into the office. Dave Nyczepir has more.


SBA's working capital modernization

The Small Business Administrations stands out as one of the few agencies using a working capital fund under the Modernizing Government Technology Act to propel its modernization efforts. Deputy CIO Guy Cavallo said recently that the agency has $6 million in its fund, marked for seven projects. Considering SBA’s annual total IT budget of $28 million, “it was a decent-sized chunk,” Cavallo said of the money in the fund. In addition to driving new technology, Cavallo hopes the fund will help break the agency out of the end-of-year, use-it-or-lose-it blitz to buy IT hardware. Billy Mitchell has this one.


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