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John Sherman Calls for JWCC Contract Adoption to Rationalize Cloud Use Across Pentagon

John Sherman, chief information officer of the Department of Defense and a two-time Wash100 awardee, has released a memorandum encouraging military departments and other DOD components to use the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract to buy future enterprisewide cloud service offerings across all classification levels.

The move is part of a push to rationalize cloud adoption across DOD, according to the memo publicly released on Wednesday.

In December, DOD awarded four companies positions on the JWCC contract.

According to the document, all cloud services currently under contract within defense agencies and field activities and office of the secretary of defense components will transition to the new contract vehicle once the current performance period expires.

Sherman called on all DOD components to submit within 60 days information regarding their existing cloud contracts.

The CIO office wants information on components’ current cloud service providers, contract vehicles currently being used to procure cloud services, existing third-party resellers or integrators for cloud capabilities and plans for obtaining future cloud service offerings.

Sherman said his office will use the information to help inform DOD’s efforts to modernize enterprise cloud capabilities.

He also announced plans to restructure the Digital Modernization Infrastructure Executive Committee, renaming it as the DOD Information Enterprise Portfolio Management, Modernization and Capabilities Council.

Sherman stated that the move intends to “provide a broader forum to continue with existing and expanding digital modernization activities relevant to the Departmment’s information enterprise, including the current and future cloud initiatives as well as contractual efforts, and review of procurement administrative lead time for cloud initiatives.”

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