Government Accountability Office Audit: DoD Needs to Improve Communication with Industry for CMMC

The Defense Department needs to improve communication with industry and develop performance measures regarding its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, according to an audit released by the Government Accountability Office Dec. 8.

The audit, which took place over the past calendar year, found the Defense Department is inadequately reviewing CMMC, which was created in 2019 as a means for defense contractors to improve cybersecurity and information security practices through third-party assessments.

Defense Primer: navigating the NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) establishes policy and authorizes appropriations for the DOD, nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy, and other defense-related activities. Please click here to view the Congressional Research Office’s report.

Keeping the Defense Industrial Base Afloat During COVID-19

Concerns about the financial solvency of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and the stability of supply chains that are key to national security prompted the U.S. government and Department of Defense (DoD) to make policy changes and investments to support the DIB during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The health of small businesses was of particular concern because these companies can have limited visibility in supply chains and are often more vulnerable to financial disruptions. To read more, please click here.

NAICS Codes United States 2022 Manual Available in January, 2022

Publication of NAICS United States, 2022 Manual is planned for January 2022 on the NAICS website at https://www.census.gov/naics/The revision for 2022 will result in a number of code and title changes for NAICS. For that reason, a full list of NAICS 2022 industry codes and titles will be posted on the NAICS website referenced above prior to publication of the NAICS United States, 2022 Manual for reference and implementation planning. Please click here for more information.

On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and
Jobs Act (IIJA), which includes the “Build America, Buy America Act” (the Act). This Act
ensures that Federal infrastructure programs require the use of materials produced in the United
States, increases the requirement for American-made content, and strengthens the waiver process
associated with Buy American provisions. Agency heads must submit a report to the Office of Management and Budget as well as Congress listing all Federal financial assistance programs for infrastructure administered by the agency. Click here to read more.

DHS Bug Bounty Program

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the “Hack DHS” Bug Bounty Program to identify potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

The Bug Bounty program offers vetted cybersecurity researchers access to external DHS systems so they can identify potential vulnerable points exploitable by bad actors. Please click here to read more.

USDA BioPreferred Program

The USDA BioPreferred Program has promoted benefits of renewable biobased materials in manufactured products, chemical intermediates, finished goods, and packaging. due to the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration, more attention is being placed on quantifying evidence. Please click here to read more.