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Adam Mazmanian

Executive Editor

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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DOD revamps controversial CMMC program

After a nine-month review, the Defense Department is replacing its original cyber compliance program for the industrial base with CMMC 2.0, putting more emphasis on self-assessment.

Senate funding bill zeros out TMF

It's a familiar story: The House looks to add to the Technology Modernization Fund while the Senate taps the brakes

CMMC's Arrington sues DOD to clear her name

CMMC leader Katie Arrington, who has been off the job since May, is suing the Department of Defense to get resolution on her personnel case.

DHS adds cyber disclosure requirements for transportation industry

The Transportation Security Agency and the Coast Guard are getting increased authority over industry cybersecurity and will require companies to share cybersecurity information.

TMF awards still come with payback plans

Federal CIO Clare Martorana said that while payback flexibility is now part of the Technology Management Fund playbook, agencies are projecting savings in their modernization plans.

Federal CIO tees up 7 new TMF awards

The awards, the first since TMF's $1 billion plus-up in the American Rescue Plan Act, are expected to be made public soon.

HUD makes nearly $100M in EIS task orders

The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued three substantial task orders on the governmentwide Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.

White House pushes back on efforts to restore program cuts in NDAA

The Biden administration appears determined to stick to plans to retire legacy platforms and systems.

House reconciliation bill includes nearly $800 million for CISA

The funding supports the implementation of President Joe Biden's May executive order on cybersecurity and workforce development.

Microsoft touts top secret cloud as 'generally available'

Azure Government Top Secret is now "generally available" for national security workloads, Microsoft announced in a blog post.

White House orders compliance with 'critical software' protection measures

The Office of Management and Budget directed agencies to comply with software supply chain security measures as set out in the May cybersecurity executive order.

VA to continue pause on Cerner deployment for six more months

At the end of calendar 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to announce a new schedule for the deployment of its $21 billion electronic health record modernization project.

Senate bill gives contractors, others 24 hours to disclosure breaches

A bipartisan bill introduced by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee sets up a 24-hour deadline for infrastructure operators, federal contractors and federal agencies to report confirmed cybersecurity breaches and ransomware attacks.

Lawmakers look to revive collusion case against Amazon in JEDI

Two GOP members of Congress are pressing the Justice Department and the Pentagon to reopen a probe into conflicts of interest between Amazon ex-employees and consultants and the government architects of a $10 billion cloud computing program.

Biden's $1.5 trillion 2022 budget plan tilts spending toward civilian agencies

The administration is adding money to multiple tech modernization programs and removing the Overseas Contingency Account from the Defense Department request and folding in warfighting funds into the base budget.

Biden taps 18F veteran Robin Carnahan to lead GSA

Robin Carnahan, formerly Missouri's secretary of state and the lead of state and local government practice at 18F, is the Biden administration's pick to lead the General Services Administration.

IRS plots $2.6B IT services consolidation

The tax agency plans to combine its modernization and sustainment contracts into a single task order on a governmentwide acquisition contract as it pushes ahead with the replacement of legacy systems.

VA plans 'strategic review' of $16B Cerner program

New Veterans Affairs chief Denis McDonough announced a "strategic review" of the agency's Electronic Health Record Modernization program of up to 12 weeks after fielding complaints about the implementation of the Cerner EHR software.

TMF set to receive $1B infusion in COVID relief bill

Former federal IT leaders say that the boost for the Technology Modernization Fund is welcome, but the big money may necessitate process changes.

Dems want $9B TMF boost in legislation

President Biden included the massive uptick in the Technology Modernization Fund in his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief and recovery proposal, and key lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee are pushing to include the measure in legislation.