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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.


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.

CXO Briefing

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.


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.

Emerging Tech

CDM Team Helped Define Cyber Directives

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


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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.


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.

Emerging Tech

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.

CXO Briefing

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.


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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

$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.

CXO Briefing

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.

IT Modernization

DOD-VA Health Record Modernization Not Hitting Interoperability Targets, Watchdogs Say

In a joint oversight report, inspectors general at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs say that some legacy health data isn't being migrated to new electronic health records systems.