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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.
Acquisition

CISA task force leader calls for increased global cooperation on supply chain risks

A co-chair of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency task force working to bolster supply chain resilience says global solutions are required to address some of the biggest threats impacting domestic and international supply chains.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Safety Review Board staffs up

The chair of the Cyber Safety Review Board has ambitious goals for the organization following its public review of the Log4j software vulnerability.

Cybersecurity

Former CISA chief wants a new, cross-cutting new agency to lead federal cyber

Chris Krebs wants to establish a new agency to focus on privacy, data and cyber risks facing the U.S., or to pull the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency from under the Department of Homeland Security.

Digital Government

VA systems vulnerable to cyber intrusions due to lack of effective oversight, report says

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General's office said the agency is "leaving its systems vulnerable to compromise by impostors who may gain access to protected information."

Cybersecurity

DOD failing to track progress on military alternatives to GPS, GAO says

A new report says military leaders don’t have enough information to make crucial decisions about ongoing efforts to develop alternatives to the Global Positioning System.

Cybersecurity

National Cyber Director’s office sheds light on forthcoming cybersecurity strategy

Building a more resilient cyber ecosystem tops the list, according to a top official from the office tasked with leading the initiative. 

Acquisition

Lawmakers push Biden for an order to root out dark money from federal contractors

A group of lawmakers want the White House to issue an executive order requiring large federal contractors to disclose their political spending – but not everyone is in support of the idea.

IT Modernization

TMF announces over $26 million for three projects

The Technology Modernization Fund is making good on its promise earlier this year to support projects focusing on improving public-facing digital services.

Acquisition

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

Cybersecurity

Senators introduce bill to ensure resiliency of federal data centers

The proposal would establish baseline safeguards for cybersecurity and physical issues like natural disasters.

IT Modernization

GSA’s Ascend cloud RFI emphasizes baseline requirements for vendors

The General Services Administration seeks feedback from the private sector on its highly anticipated one-stop shop for federal agencies seeking commercial cloud solutions.

IT Modernization

GPO unveils key priorities for 5-year modernization plan

The Government Publishing Office is including a six-step process to emphasize its modernization and innovation efforts over the next five years.

Congress

Lawmakers call for DHS inspector general to ‘step aside’ from Secret Service probe

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari failed to notify Congress about the Secret Service’s refusal to comply with his office’s investigation for months, top lawmakers said. 

IT Modernization

FITARA 14 sees just one overall A and stagnant grades

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard did reveal continued struggles in the cybersecurity and Networx transition. 

Digital Government

Bill aims to create one disaster recovery assistance application

Simplifying the application process would remove the burden on disaster survivors seeking federal assistance in the wake of hurricanes, floods, wildfires and more, lawmakers say.

Acquisition

Small business contract awards hit record $154B

But fewer of those companies are entering the federal market or competing for the work, the Small Business Administration says.

Cybersecurity

TSA revises cyber rules for pipelines

The Transportation Security Administration reissued its pipeline cybersecurity directive to offer flexibility to operators.

IT Modernization

VA touts improvements but warns of challenges for digital GI Bill platform

The Veterans Benefits Administration is still relying on ‘many legacy IT systems” as part of its digital GI Bill platform, which officials said were causing challenges in keeping up with emerging technologies in congressional testimony on Wednesday.

Cybersecurity

Senators look to thwart future quantum hacks

The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act would instruct the federal government to accelerate preparations for defending against future exploits powered by quantum computing.