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Industry weighed in, DOD is listening

The Department of Defense will make a change to the acquisition rule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. The DOD will tweak the highest level of the five-tier security model after receiving public comments on the recently issued CMMC Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation System rule. A spokesperson told FedScoop DOD "did not plan to make changes to the DFAR rule,” but added: “We also recognize that as the threat is not static nor should our model not be static, we are always evaluating the best standards to implement to address relevant threats.” Jackson Barnett has the latest.

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Inside the CDO Council's report to Congress

The Federal Chief Data Officers Council issued its first report to Congress. Within the report, the council detailed member-developed projects advancing innovative data practices it plans to launch this year. Projects include developing a framework for sharing decision-support dashboards across agencies, creating a data skills training program playbook, finding new ways to analyze public comments, and using data to better manage wildfire fuels. Dave Nyczepir has this.

GAO's warning to the VA

The Government Accountability Office is out with a scathing new report warning the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop the planned rollout of its electronic health records modernization program. The watchdog says the $16 billion system needs further testing or it may suffer a catastrophic failure. The program has faced critical shortfalls and the VA hasn’t tested in a way that could fully expose its weak spots, the GAO states in the report. Thus the VA should “postpone deployment of its new EHR system at planned locations until any resulting critical and high severity test findings are appropriately addressed.” the report says. More from Jackson.

The edge is now in space

The edge is no longer in a far-off earthly battlezone. It's now in space. HPE has announced a partnership with NASA to send a new computer designed to deliver artificial intelligence into orbit. Later this month, the new Spaceborne Computer-2 will become the first high-performance commercial computer to operate in space on the International Space Station, allowing astronauts to process data that used to take months in mere minutes. Read more.

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