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GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (1/27–31)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers the CMMC, GSA's multiple award merger, fake comments on Federal rule makings, CISA subpoena power, and Interior formally grounding Chinese-made drones.


CMMC


Federal News Network – Pentagon issues long-awaited cyber framework for Defense industry

  • "The Defense Department on Friday published a set of sweeping cybersecurity standards that will begin to be incorporated into Defense contracts later this year, marking a major milestone in an overhaul of its procedures for enforcing IT security in its industrial base.

NextGov – Pentagon Announces Final Version of Cyber Standards for Contractors

  • ​"During an event where Defense Department officials looked to dispel myths about a plan to certify the cybersecurity of its contractors through third-party audits, the department’s head of acquisitions spoke to why the rollout of the program isn’t expected to be done till 2026. 'We are doing this with what I would call irreversible momentum,' Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord said, answering questions from reporters."


GSA


Federal Times – GSA moves into phase two of its massive contract merger

  • ​"The General Services administration has begun the process of altering current contracts under its Multiple Award Schedule program, as part of its ongoing initiative to take the 24 different schedules currently existing under the program and merge them into one, unified schedule."

FedScoop – Before GSA can mitigate fake comments on rulemakings, it needs to know how prevalent they are

  • ​"The General Services Administration wants to know what percentage of federal rulemakings receive fake public comments, which will require more data from partner agencies."


The Hill


NextGov – House Panel Clears Bills to Give CISA Subpoena Power, Retain Leadership

  • ​"The House Homeland Security Committee approved two bills reflecting confidence that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency would perform its cybersecurity functions while protecting privacy and a need to shield the agency’s chief from the potential whims of changing political administrations and the lure of the private sector."


Interior


FifthDomain – Interior formally grounds drones amid cyber concerns tied to Chinese-made systems

  • ​"Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt formally grounded the department’s drones from non-emergency operations in a Jan. 29 order amid cybersecurity concerns relating to Chinese-made drones in its fleet. The formal measure “affirms” an Interior Department announcement in late October that it was temporarily halting non-emergency drone operations in late October last year. That review is ongoing."


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