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JEDI details trickle out

A few more insights into the Defense Department's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract were released with the draft DD Form 254, a document interested companies need to complete to gain access to classified information needed for their proposals.

It appears that most of the work will be done on the contractor’s premises, which makes sense because DOD wants to buy a commercial cloud service. The contractor’s facility will need to have a "Top Secret" clearance.

The contractor will be able to store "Top Secret" and "Secret" information and hardware at their facility. That classified information includes items such as nuclear weapon designs and foreign governments. Any classified documents and materials will need to be returned to DOD when the contract ends.

That is, unless there is an approved request for the contractor to keep the information.

The document also describes the various security clearance requirements and approvals needed for work to be done. This includes the approvals needed for any work done by subcontractors.

There is no mention of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program in the document, but the contractor will have to comply with the requirements of an approved cybersecurity plan.

Comments on the Form 254 are due by May 11.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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