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09/08/2020
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Agencies could learn a thing or two from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services's recent telecommunications contract award to Verizon is not only massive, but it's also a model for how other agencies struggling to modernize can work smart to consolidate and drive savings and efficiency into their IT procurements. Under the greater Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions procurement, HHS awarded the sweeping $2 billion, 12-year contract to Verizon on Aug. 12. “Honestly what HHS did, while very complex, is incredibly efficient and cost-effective," said a Verizon executive. Dave Nyczepir has the inside scoop.


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Microsoft hangs onto JEDI

The Pentagon doubled down in its awards of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract Friday. The Department of Defense said it “completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government.” Effectively, the DOD has re-awarded JEDI to Microsoft. Billy Mitchell has more on the decision.


CMMC accreditation board gets new members as several depart

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, which is in charge of implementing the new cybersecurity standards for defense contractors, has shuffled some members in and out as of late. The board added two new members after five members recently departed or stepped back from their work with the AB. Jackson Barnett has details on the changes.


Army opens its new Cyber Command headquarters

Army Cyber Command officially opened its new headquarters last week. Fortitude Hall, located at Fort Gordon near Augusta, Georgia, is the new home for the Army’s hacking, cyberdefense and information warfare arm. The hall was dedicated Thursday after the Army’s years of planning to move its cyber specialists to a central headquarters. Fort Gordon is also home to the Army Signals Corps, Cyber Center of Excellence and other network security-focused programs, which will allow the command to collaborate with mission partners. More from Jackson.


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