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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.

People

Longtime GSA official Jim Russo dies at 65

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

Cybersecurity

CDM team helped define cyber directives

Governmentwide cyber hygiene orders are increasingly taking into account the capabilities of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation tools.

People

Drew Myklegard named permanent deputy federal CIO

Myklegard had been serving in the role on an acting basis after the departure of Maria Roat at the end of March.

People

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.

Digital Government

OMB to extend digital records deadlines by 18 months

Federal Chief Records Officer Laurence Brewer said an 18-month extension was being finalized to shift the completion of the governmentwide transition to electronic records to June 2024.

Digital Government

Federal CIO charts path to streamlining government services

Current restrictions prevent agencies from easily sharing data to support public-facing online tools, but that could change.

People

Mary Davie, longtime federal acquisition leader, to exit government

Davie pioneered acquisition strategies like shared services, category management and others that are now fixtures of the federal buying landscape.

IT Modernization

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.

Cybersecurity

White House plans cyber labeling system for IoT devices

A consumer-focused cyber labeling scheme may be put into play after years on the drawing board.

Congress

Panel votes up House modernization plan

In its final meeting, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress passed 24 recommendations to improve the performance of legislative member offices and committees.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog dings IRS for vendor security lapses

Outdated antivirus software and missing security logs created risks for a key IRS communications platform, according to an inspector general report.

Congress

Senate bill looks to software licensing for cost savings

A follow-on to the Megabyte Act of 2016 would give agencies new requirements for enterprise software licensing.

Cybersecurity

CFPB warns firms on poor cyber hygiene

The agency says that bad password and data management and other practices can expose companies to legal consequences.

Acquisition

Commerce watchdog to probe $340M cloud program

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

Cybersecurity

HHS dinged on security from all sides

The department has endured a string of adverse cybersecurity audits in recent months

Acquisition

What's going on at NITAAC

The National Institutes of Health's governmentwide acquisition organization supports much more than HHS

Congress

Oversight chair Maloney loses primary

Maloney's defeat sets up a race to see who will be the next top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Defense

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.

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.