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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, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a regular contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.
Acquisition

Senators urge DOJ to flex debarment authority

Two Democrats say that companies are getting away with "ripping off the government" because of the reluctance to exercise suspension and debarment authorities.

Congress

Senate chairman presses for details on deleted Jan. 6 texts

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, wants officials to explain what they know about the deletion of texts potentially relevant to ongoing inquiries into the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and why seemingly routine records management directives were ignored.

IT Modernization

VA delays go-live of new health record software at Boise medical center

A new third-party cost estimate of the Veterans Affairs health record rollout prepared for Congress suggests that the total cost of the program could exceed $50 billion.

IT Modernization

Routing gap in VA health software led to patient harm, watchdog says

An oversight report claims a confusing routing process in the new electronic health record system being fielded by the Department of Veterans Affairs contributed to nearly 150 adverse patient events.

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

FBI chief sounds off on China cyber threats

Chris Wray said that “the Chinese government sees cyber as the pathway to cheat and steal on a massive scale.”

Acquisition

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.

Acquisition

DOJ sues to block spy tech deal

The U.S. government is opposing Booz Allen’s bid to acquire a rival ahead of a five-year signals intelligence procurement.

Cybersecurity

Trade groups seek changes to SEC’s breach disclosure plan

Defense contractors may be subject to conflicting cyber rules of the road if a proposed financial reporting rule takes effect without changes, trade associations say.

Congress

House panel passes funding bill with $100M for TMF

The $29.8 billion General Government and Financial Services spending bill was advanced by an appropriations subcommittee on Thursday.

People

Former DOD cyber official loses bid for Congress despite Trump’s backing

Katie Arrington, who led a Defense Department push to bring 300,000 contractors into compliance with cyber hygiene policies, lost her race to oust a Republican incumbent in a South Carolina congressional primary.

IT Modernization

TMF methods can drive larger modernization impact, report states

The congressionally mandated IT Operating Plan, released by the federal CIO last week, explains how the methods of the Technology Modernization Fund will help technology procurement and management across the federal enterprise.

IT Modernization

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.

Acquisition

IRS closes in on release of $2.6B software solicitation

The tax agency has an industry day planned for June 8 to update vendors on the Enterprise Development Operations Services contract vehicle.

Acquisition

Agencies aren't hitting disconnection targets under EIS

Some agencies may have to exercise "continuity of service" contract clauses to keep phones, internet and other network services online beyond the May 2023 deadline.

IT Modernization

$756M still left in TMF, but not for long

The administration plans to exhaust the $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund made under last year’s American Rescue Plan Act by the end of the current fiscal year.

IT Modernization

$13.5M in new TMF awards to NARA, USDA

An award to the National Archives appears designed to reduce a pandemic-era backlog in veterans records processing.

Congress

Senators push for $300M boost to TMF

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging appropriators to back a Biden administration request to add $300 million to the Technology Modernization Fund.