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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.

White House raises contract spending goals for small disadvantaged businesses

The Office of Management and Budget is directing agencies to award at least 12% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses in fiscal year 2023.


CISA orders agencies to conduct weekly scans of networks and digital assets

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is taking a major step towards increasing its visibility into the risks facing federal networks.


VA acquisition workforce are mostly satisfied, despite reported program issues

A large majority of acquisition staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a recent Government Accountability Office survey that they are satisfied in their current positions, despite continued issues with the VA’s acquisition programs.


CISA launches DNS resolution shared service

The nation's cyber defense agency is launching a new shared service offering for all federal civilian agencies to bolster governmentwide cybersecurity and help thwart emerging internet traffic threats.


The U.S. is the top target of ransomware attacks, report says

The majority of ransomware attacks worldwide targeted industries that play a "critical role" in domestic and international supply chains, according to new research.


Archivist confirmation hearing turns to politics behind Mar-a-Lago search

Republicans seized on a traditionally "sleepy" confirmation process to draw attention to the National Archives and Records Administration's involvement in the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.