Federal News Network: Industry’s patience wearing thin with DOD’s CMMC, GSA’s follow-on to OASIS

“Two recent letters from industry associations demonstrate this waning patience.

First, the Coalition for Government Procurement sent the General Services Administration a letter in late August detailing more specific concerns with the OASIS contract vehicle replacement strategy.

Then just on Sept. 9, three associations — the IT Industry Council, the Professional Services Council and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) — sent the Defense Department a letter detailing new and long-standing concerns about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program…”

“That feeling is clear in the ITI Council, PSC and NDIA letter to Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of Defense.

‘Currently, our collective members are facing critical decision points that will impact their budgets, strategic planning and resource allocation without the benefit of knowing the status of DoD cybersecurity policy implementation. Further, the continued proliferation of federal cybersecurity requirements at the agency level compounds this uncertainty as it remains unclear how DoD requirements will align with those required by other federal agencies. This causes operational impacts that result in procurement inefficiencies and contractual modifications that are passed on to the government,’ the associations wrote. ‘Without a statement of support for cybersecurity assurance, we are concerned that some companies may continue to delay implementation of important security practices pending an understanding of the final requirements.’…”

“Industry input and better understanding of GSA’s plan is at the heart of the Coalition for Government Procurement’s letter to Jeff Koses, the agency’s senior procurement executive.

The CGP said GSA’s plan for the OASIS follow-on, called the services multiple award contract, is perplexing and would run contradictory to the agency’s stated goals of its Federal Acquisition Service’s IT category and the administration’s category management initiative…” Read the full article here.

Source: Industry’s patience wearing thin with DoD’s CMMC, GSA’s follow-on to OASIS – By Jason Miller, September 14, 2021. Federal News Network.


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