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CMMC lands on first DOD contracts

The Pentagon selected seven contracts on which it hopes to include new contractor and subcontractor cybersecurity requirements. The pilot contracts will require vendors to meet level three of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, similar to the current standards in place for contracts that contain controlled unclassified information. See which contracts were chosen.

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GSA's Emily Murphy on the importance of NewPay

In an exclusive op-ed, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy explains how NewPay is breaking the cycle of using separate, stand-alone legacy payroll systems that have outgrown the federal government’s changing needs. GSA developed NewPay as a secure, reliable, and innovative shared payroll platform where a federal employee's professional experience is modern, efficient, and consistent regardless of the agency where they are employed. Read what Murphy has to say.

CISA, DIU partner on acquiring commercial technologies

The Defense Innovation Unit and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have partnered together to collaborate on the rollout of emerging commercial technologies. In a memorandum of understanding, the two announced they will share information, jointly develop solutions and work with the private sector across 22 areas identified in October. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

The push for a Digital Corps

Tech experts want the incoming Biden administration to create a Digital Corps. The tech fellowship would improve agencies’ IT service delivery, including pandemic-related services while offering fellows senior leader mentors, skills development and substantial federal loan forgiveness. More from Dave.

Bill pushes to update FISMA

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced legislation late last week to update the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) by clarifying how agencies share information about breaches in federal data systems. The Federal System Incident Response Act hopes to modernize and increase transparency in the government’s response to cyberattacks on federal agencies. The bill is especially timely after the recent SolarWinds breach that affected multiple agencies. Sara Wilson has this.

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