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Chris Riotta

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Chris Riotta
Chris Riotta is a staff writer at FCW covering government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after covering U.S. politics for three years at The Independent. He earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as 2021 class president.
Congress

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to safeguard open source software

The Securing Open Source Software Act would task the Office of Management and Budget with issuing guidance around the secure usage of open source software and give new oversight responsibilities to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Acquisition

DOT, SBA and others team up to attract new entrants to the federal market

A new interagency collaboration to promote opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses featured in the new infrastructure bill is "vital" to federal equity goals, officials said.

Acquisition

VA owns up to acquisition woes at House hearing

Lawmakers grilled Department of Veterans Affairs officials over a series of significant failures within its acquisition programs and modernization efforts.

Digital Government

Lawmakers seek action on pressing spectrum issues

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle said Congress should immediately reauthorize the Federal Communications Commissions' spectrum auction capabilities and take steps to make more federally operated spectrum available for commercial use.

Cybersecurity

Biden adds cyber, data, supply chain risks to CFIUS reviews

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States will be required to consider five new sets of national security concerns – including cybersecurity – when reviewing foreign investments in the U.S. as part of a new executive order.

Cybersecurity

Industry cautions on software security regs in the defense bill

Trade groups want Congress to remove a provision in the House-passed defense policy bill mandating software bills of materials in some federal acquisition.

Cybersecurity

Cyber criminals increasingly relying on ransomware-as-a-service, report says

A new report reveals threat actors are using the same ransomware as in previous years – but relying on new malware-free intrusion methods and ransomware-as-a-service offerings to evade popular mitigation techniques.

Acquisition

GSA plans to scale up e-commerce program

The General Services Administration wants to offer government buyers more online platforms to conduct small-scale acquisitions following a reportedly well-liked pilot program involving Amazon, according to a new request for proposals.

Cybersecurity

Maritime cybersecurity is front and center in Coast Guard reauthorization bill

A new Coast Guard reauthorization bill would provide some of the first cybersecurity protections and data management requirements for the U.S. Marine Transportation System in federal law.

Cybersecurity

CISA seeks public input on cybersecurity incident reporting rules

The nation’s cyber defense agency will embark on a cross-country listening tour to better understand what key stakeholders are hoping to see in new mandatory cyber incident reporting requirements featured in the recently-passed Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022.

Cybersecurity

How NSA plans to shield high-impact systems against quantum threats

The National Security Agency started the clock on a long-planned transition to quantum-resistant algorithms in key national security systems.

Cybersecurity

CISA teases strategy to protect critical infrastructure

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will soon release a sweeping plan to bolster cybersecurity protections for the nation's critical infrastructure industries.

Cybersecurity

NSA, CISA and ODNI release new software supply chain guidelines for developers

An interagency, public-private working group “strongly encouraged” software developers to begin implementing a suite of best practices aimed at further securing the software development lifecycle.

IT Modernization

Audit finds trouble in SSA's agile software development

A new report said the Social Security Administration failed to implement key best practices in agile development.

People

White House seeks input on federal evidence agenda for LGBTQI+ equity

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy wants to know about possible blind spots preventing agencies from understanding what disparities are impacting the LGBTQI+ community nationwide, from accessing healthcare to housing.

Digital Government

Executive order will guide $52 billion in CHIPS Act funding

The White House is establishing a steering council to direct the implementation of nearly $52 billion in semiconductor research and development featured in the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act.

Cybersecurity

The present and future of FedRAMP

The acting director of the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) said his team is focusing on a future of automation.

People

National Archives recovered more than 100 classified documents from Trump in January

The more than 700 pages of classified material included documents relating to special access programs – some of the nation's most closely held secrets.

Digital Government

New report warns of growing 'data divide'

The Center for Data Innovation says a lack of collection and use of data across demographics is leading to disparities in access to critical services.

Cybersecurity

CISA's cyber info sharing program didn't always deliver, watchdog says

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency did not always provide more than 300 participants of a public-private cyber threat partnership with actionable information to address potential vulnerabilities, according to an oversight report.