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IPC’s John Mitchell: DOD Should Consider CMMC Compliance’s Impact on Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

IPC Survey on CMMC

John Mitchell, president and CEO of electronics manufacturing industry association IPC, said the Department of Defense (DOD) should give careful consideration to small and medium-sized businesses seeking to comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Leslie Weinstein, author of the IPC report on CMMC, said DOD can use existing industry certifications and standards to help reduce the costs and address uncertainties associated with CMMC compliance.

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DOE Announces $54M Clean Energy R&D Funding for 235 Small Businesses; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $54 million worth of federal funding to 235 small businesses to support 266 research and development projects focused on advanced grid technologies, artificial intelligence, carbon capture and storage, solar and hydrogen power, electric vehicle batteries and other technological products that could help DOE record net-zero emissions by 2050.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Ransomware Defense

Alejandro Mayorkas

Small and medium-sized businesses are urged by Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, to strengthen defense against cyber attacks as ransomware threats continue to escalate and the "backbone" of U.S. economy serves as the target of cyber actors. DHS aims to onboard 200 cyber personnel by July 1st. 

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GSA Announces FY 2020 Evaluation Results of Transactional Data Reporting Pilot; Jeff Koses Quoted

GSA Transactional Data

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced that its Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) pilot program exceeded targets in three of nine evaluation metrics for the fiscal year 2020: contract-level pricing, data completeness, and small business performance. Jeff Koses said transactional data is now 98 percent complete and that usage of transactional data by contracting officers has improved.

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Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Shares Views on CMMC

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said she has concerns about the potential impact of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program on small businesses seeking to work with DOD. Knausenberger thinks the Pentagon’s information technology supply chain should be supported with better cyber standards. 

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GSA Sets Completion Target for Multiple Award Schedule Consolidation; Stephanie Shutt Quoted

Stephanie Shutt

The General Services Administration (GSA) expects to conclude the third phase of its Multiple Award Schedule consolidation effort by the end of 2021. GSA announced the completion of the second phase of MAS consolidation in August 2020 and now wants vendors holding multiple contracts to submit plans by the end of the year. 

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SBA Chief Isabel Guzman on Critical Need to Provide Federal Relief to Small Businesses

Isabel Guzman

Isabel Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), told The 19th in an interview published Thursday that providing immediate federal relief to small companies is “really critical” as these businesses deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guzman highlighted the need to link small businesses to the federal marketplace.

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NASA Funds Small Business for Research, Development of New Space Tech; Jim Reuter Quoted

Jim Reuter

NASA has invested $45 million in 365 small business projects that support the areas of space science and technology, aeronautics and human exploration. The space agency said Thursday it funds these companies with up to $125,000 each for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program's first phase, where they demonstrate the feasibility of proposed technologies.

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AFVentures Reports $710M in Contracts Awarded Via Open Topic Program; Maj. Jason Rathje Quoted

Maj. Jason Rathje

The Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group AFVentures has issued its annual report for fiscal year 2020 stating that it has awarded $710 million in contracts to over 1,400 small businesses using the Open Topic program since its formation in 2018. Maj. Jason Rathje, director of AFVentures, said the report seeks to reflect the program’s return on investment for the Air Force and Space Force.

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