FCW: GSA preps guidance for using CMMC in civilian contracts

“The General Services Administration wants to get ahead on training and education materials contracting officers will need as Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements become standard in government contracts.

Keith Nakasone, the GSA’s deputy assistant commissioner for IT acquisition, said the agency is developing ordering guides for contracting officers who use government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs).

‘We know that training is going to be required as we go through this process with our Department of Defense partners,’ Nakasone said during an AFFIRM event on CMMC on Feb. 17. ‘So as we move forward, we want to present an ordering guide where we have created templates, some guidance in our ordering process [on] how to use the GSA contract.’…”

“GSA has already begun incorporating CMMC language, starting with the request for proposals in the Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) III. It’s also drafting contract language, with CMMC requirements, for the Polaris small business government-wide contract vehicle, currently in the draft solicitation phase, that will replace the Alliant 2 Small Business contract.

Nakasone emphasized that CMMC requirements would be incorporated at the GWAC’s order level to better address each system’s needs. ‘Not every single system is equal, so we have to have the flexibility in the contracts to deliver the acquisition solutions,’ he said…” Read the full article here.

Source: GSA preps guidance for using CMMC in civilian contracts – By Lauren C. Williams, February 17, 2021. FCW.

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