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Adam Mazmanian

Executive Editor

Adam Mazmanian

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW. Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, governmentwide 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.


Deadline extended for Federal 100 nominations!

You now have until Wednesday, Jan. 11, to get them in. Happy holidays!


Longtime GSA official Jim Russo dies at 65

Colleagues remember a technical expert, a trusted collaborator and a caring friend.


FCW co-founder Anne Armstrong honored with ACT-IAC award

ACT-IAC honored several federal IT notables at their annual executive leadership conference this week.


VA adds 6 months to health record deployment pause

The delay is designed to give the Department of Veterans Affairs and Cerner Oracle more time to iron out serious performance issues in the multibillion dollar software upgrade.


Commerce watchdog to probe $340M cloud program

The program is facing delays in deployments to component agencies at the department.


New missile defense tech comes with acquisition risks

Space Systems Command is seeking guidance on how to manage the procurement of a ground-based command and control system that combines legacy systems with the next generation of missile defense satellites.


Federal contractor to pay $9M to resolve cyber-related false claims case

The settlement stems from a 2017 whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Aerojet Rocketdyne concealed its poor cyber hygiene from its government partners.


DOD watchdog plots move to the cloud

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Defense is on the hunt for cloud capabilities that support its sensitive mission.


House bill tasks CISA with SolarWinds report

A key lawmaker on the House Homeland Security Committee wants more details on what was breached and what was lost when the SolarWinds Orion platform was compromised in a supply chain attack.


Data gap poses risks for launch site of VA’s new health record

The commercial electronic health record system being introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs is proving difficult and expensive to adapt to the agency’s data reporting requirements.


GSA plans follow-on to e-commerce platform pilot

After 18 months of a pilot program, an acquisition platform first established by a few lines of legislation in a defense bill appears poised for growth.


SEC looks to expand cyber coverage

The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a new look at how it asks publicly traded companies to disclose cybersecurity risks.


Rejection of contractor vaccine mandate does not bar workplace safety measures

The court's decision to block the Biden administration's order that contractors be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test regularly has been in place since December.


IRS plans new version of its $700M digital platform contract

The Integrated Enterprise Portal 2.0 procurement will cover some of the most widely used, public-facing IRS applications.

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.