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Adam Mazmanian

Executive Editor

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide 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.

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Latest TMF awards underscore cybersecurity

Of the seven new Technology Modernization Fund awards announced Sept 29, four are dedicated to improving cybersecurity, primarily through the transition to zero-trust solutions.

CDC eyes electronic verification of staff vaccinations

CDC is looking for a way to authenticate COVID-19 vaccine data on its employees and to provide proof of recent tests for employees traveling abroad.


CISA chief floats fines to compel threat info sharing

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly told lawmakers that fines may help enable disclosure compliance and enforcement.


Census mishandled 2020 hack, IG says

The Bureau missed opportunities to mitigate a critical vulnerability, resulting in the exploitation of remote-access servers, the agency’s inspector general reported.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Microsoft unwraps top secret cloud

Microsoft announced its top secret, air-gapped Azure cloud has received authorization to operate and are "generally available" for national security workloads.


OMB issues initial instructions for 'critical software' protection

Agencies now have guidance on securing critical software, as required by the Biden administration’s May executive order on cybersecurity.


CISA launches vulnerability disclosure platform

The federal civilian enterprisewide VDP platform offers agencies a centrally managed system to gather vulnerability information from security researchers.


TSA tightens cyber rules for pipelines

A new directive requires operators of “critical” pipelines to review their current cybersecurity architecture, implement mitigation measures against known threats to IT and operational technology systems and establish plans to recover from a cyberattack.


FBI wants more help from hacked companies

Without regular, prompt and transparent participation of the private sector, the FBI will “have a heck of a time winning this conflict," Director Chris Wray told Senate appropriators.


CISA lacks insights into agency network defenses

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency doesn’t have the data to determine if agencies are segmenting and segregating their networks, according to CISA acting Director Brandon Wales.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Lawmakers seek new probe into AWS JEDI collusion

Letters from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Attorney General Merrick Garland and acting Defense Department Inspector General Sean O’Donnell asking for information, documents and, in the case of the Justice Department, a probe into possible anticompetitive behavior on the part of Amazon Web Services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Court will hear JEDI political interference case against Trump

A complaint of political inference by former President Donald Trump in the Defense Department’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract to Microsoft in 2019 may now proceed.


White House preps new requirements for industrial control system security

In the wake of breach into a water treatment plant in Oldmar, Fla., the Biden administration plans to issue an executive order focused on the industrial control systems.

State & Local

White House taps Robin Carnahan for top GSA spot

Robin Carnahan, formerly Missouri's secretary of state and the lead of state and local government practice at 18F, is the Biden administration's pick to lead the General Services Administration.

Cloud & Infrastructure

AWS again challenges JEDI award

Amazon Web Services is taking another run at getting the court to set aside the Pentagon’s 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract award to Microsoft.


2020 vote was 'most secure in American history,' election council says

The Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council said that "[t]here is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

State & Local

State, local governments shed jobs as pandemic continues

State and local government payrolls shed 182,000 jobs in September, according to the most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Appeals court rejects Oracle's JEDI challenge

A panel of federal appellate judges affirmed a lower court decision denying a protest by Oracle in the Defense Department's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement.


NSA warns of exposing location data

In a cybersecurity advisory, the National Security Agency warned mobile device users that they could be inadvertently revealing their location and risking missions.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD postpones JEDI decision, plans another amendment

In a June 16 court filing, lawyers representing the Defense Department said "another solicitation amendment will be necessary" and that DOD would review "additional limited proposal revisions."