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Adam Mazmanian

Executive Editor, Nextgov/FCW

Adam Mazmanian

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of Nextgov/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.


Does Congress need a chief data officer?

A new joint resolution would establish a bipartisan commission to look at what legislators need in terms of data, evidence and professional capacity.


Bill to cut software costs advances in Senate

A Senate committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a bill designed to help agencies get a handle on software licensing with an eye to cutting costs.

Digital Government

IRS will test government-run free file system in 2024

The move could presage the large-scale deployment of free, government-furnished online tax prep services.

IT Modernization

VA puts Oracle Cerner on a short leash in $10B health records contract

The agency extended the contract for its EHR provider by one year, and put performance conditions in place.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers tackle VA pharmacy tech woes at hearing

The new commercial health record in use at five sites requires time-consuming workarounds that are taxing resources and depleting morale.


GSA tools flag diverse suppliers for procurement officials

Two new online tools give agency buyers a look at diverse vendors and reports on access by new entrants to the federal market.

Digital Government

OPM tests chatbot for retirement services

The retirement services chatbot is designed to answer easy questions to free up call center resources for more complex inquiries.


Army looks to bring $22B headset program into production in 2025

After years of delays and program adjustments, the Army has a new time frame for rolling out its augmented reality headset to troops.


DHS R&D arm to drive climate change response under new bill

The Science and Technology Directorate would take a leading role in climate change resilience research under a new bill.


VA's health record 'reset' has budget fallout

Secretary Denis McDonough told Senate appropriators on Wednesday that the "reset" of the massive electronic health record replacement project likely means tweaks to the agency's budget request.

IT Modernization

Accelerated FAA modernization will suffer under stopgap funding, says agency head

A full year continuing resolution would hamper needed tech upgrades, according to the FAA's top official.


DHA preps for MHS Genesis follow-on contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research on a sustainment contract for the military's $5.5 billion electronic health records program.


Watchdog dings Energy Dept over cloud security

The agency's inspector general identified multiple security risks in the way Energy Department components authorize and use cloud computing applications.


VA, Oracle are negotiating a five-year option on troubled health record software contract

Technology problems are being compounded by policy disputes over configuration of the new electronic health record between the Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

IT Modernization

VA delays health record go-live at key Michigan site

The Ann Arbor, Mich., site was set to be the first Level 1 facility to host the new Oracle Cerner health record in June.

IT Modernization

Cantwell presses FAA for NOTAM redundancy plan

The Commerce Committee chairwoman wants more details on how the FAA plans to manage a key database that suffered a nationwide outage last month.

Digital Government

EPA's high-tech plane monitored toxic event site in Ohio

The rarely used sensor aircraft is said to be ready to deploy on a moment's notice.


Announcing the 2023 Federal 100

Meet the 100 outstanding individuals being honored for going above and beyond in support of federal IT over the past year.

IT Modernization

IRS not capturing the true cost of its legacy IT footprint, watchdog says

An oversight report requested by Rep. Gerry Connolly found that the tax agency lacks timelines for decommissioning decades-old legacy systems and isn't tracking how much they are paying for upkeep of out-of-date software.


House Dem pushes back on bill to cancel VA's $20B-plus software refresh

Rep. Mark Takano, now ranking member on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, doesn't want to cancel the Electronic Health Records Modernization program without a ready alternative – and VistA doesn't count.