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DHS's latest under Hysen

During one of his first speaking engagements as the new DHS CIO at the 2021 IT Modernization Summit, Eric Hysen highlighted a handful of new offices and programs the department is rolling out to support its IT. Notably, DHS is standing up an Office of the Chief Data Officer to better integrate data into its operations and those of other agencies. Also, Hysen said, DHS is developing a supply chain risk management program. “We’re looking very closely at [the Department of Defense]’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC, and looking to pilot that approach within our vendor base as well." Dave Nyczepir has the news.

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Whistle blown on DIU leadership

A former CFO of the Defense Innovation Unit has alleged that leadership created a culture of skirting the ethical limits of Department of Defense contracting, hiring and personnel regulations. Bob Ingegneri recently laid out 15 allegations of what he saw as unethical behavior in an official complaint to the DOD inspector general. Ingegneri alleges that during his time with DIU, Director Mike Brown used his position to hire people close to him and increase payments to contractors in his circle. Jackson Barnett spoke with Ingegneri.

New Gov Actually podcast

Mitchell Weiss joined Gov Actually for a discussion on entrepreneurship in government and how government can continue to evolve despite being thought of as inherently risk-averse. Listen now.

Amazon's JEDI complaint strikes back

Did you think the ongoing JEDI protest saga was over? Not just yet. But it could be nearing its end after the Court of Federal Claims issued a sealed decision Wednesday denying a motion by the Department of Justice and Microsoft to dismiss Amazon's protest of the Pentagon's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract. Why is that a big deal? The Department of Defense sent an “information paper” to Congress in January explaining that if the judge didn't side with the DOD in the motion to dismiss, it could "elongate the timeline significantly" — so much so that it "might bring the future of the JEDI Cloud procurement into question. Under this scenario, the DoD CIO would reassess the strategy going forward.” Billy Mitchell has the news.

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