The Professional Services Council has called on Congress to provide funding for cybersecurity and information technology modernization efforts as it drafts an infrastructure package that would coincide with the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan.
The SolarWinds breach and other recent cyberattacks and the new executive order on cybersecurity highlight the “need for resources to adapt and operate securely in the continuously changing threat environment,” David Broome, executive vice president for government relations at PSC, wrote in a letter to House and Senate leadership.
The missive also included comments on the administration’s proposal that will impact the federal government contracting community across various areas, including outcomes- and value-based contracting practices, supply chain risk management and emerging technology investments.
PSC urged Congress to put more emphasis on outcomes and eliminate “nonvalue-added regulatory burdens” to enable agencies to gain access to innovative platforms and achieve “better and quicker acquisition outcomes.”
The council noted in the letter that the COVID-19 pandemic stressed the need for better supply chain risk management policies and that PSC understands the support of Congress and the current administration to domestic sourcing requirements.
“As you consider both new Buy America and US-centric supply chain policies, PSC urges you to account for the differences between the services contracting industry and manufacturing in any supply chain-related provisions and funding,” the letter reads.
If you’re interested to get the latest updates about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, then check out Potomac Officers Club’s CMMC Forum coming up on June 16. To register for this virtual forum and view other upcoming events, visit the POC Events page.