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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.

Congress

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.

Defense

DOD's open cyber recommendations date back to 2012

The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General points out longstanding unmet requests in a report rounding up recent cybersecurity oversight.

Congress

Hoyer takes up post as top Dem on key approps subcommittee

After decades in House leadership, Hoyer is taking up a supporting role on a congressional panel with a strong focus on government tech, management and the workforce. 

Cybersecurity

Chinese spy sentenced to 8 years in federal prison

The foreign national intended to obtain U.S. citizenship and a security clearance in order to get a federal government cybersecurity position.

Cybersecurity

Fourth time around for vulnerability disclosure bill

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is taking yet another stab at getting the executive branch to tell Congress more about its process of disclosing (or stockpiling) zero-day bugs.

Workforce

EEOC on the lookout for tech-fueled employment bias

The employment rights enforcement agency announced plans to crack down violations of anti-discrimination rules stemming from the use of AI and algorithmic decision-making software.

People

Deadline extended for Federal 100 nominations!

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

Digital Government

Electronic records deadline officially punted to 2024

The extension was first announced in an October meeting of federal records officers.

People

Raskin beats Connolly in race to be top Democrat on House Oversight

The Maryland Democrat has built a national profile from his work on impeachment and the Jan. 6 committee.

Acquisition

Justice, DHS receive EIS transition extensions

There are risks associated with the extensions – including the question of whether vendors will be able to provide continued service to the agencies.

Acquisition

Trade groups push for passage of software licensing transparency bill

A set of spending hawks and tech trade groups are urging congressional action on the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act to help improve visibility into the federal government's software spend. 

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.