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Chris Riotta

Staff Reporter, Nextgov/FCW

Chris Riotta
Chris Riotta is a staff reporter at Nextgov/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.

Interior faces 'disturbing' cyber risks due to cracked passwords and vulnerable assets

Recent reports reveal the Department of Interior is not enforcing multifactor authentication for its high-value assets and has a range of other significant cybersecurity risks.


Ransomware gang exploits critical vulnerability in popular file transfer software

A cybersecurity advisory issued Wednesday said that a major ransomware group had successfully exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Progress Software’s MOVEit software.


Public sector apps face widespread security challenges, report reveals

A new study found alarming security vulnerabilities across the vast majority of public applications over the last year.


NIST unveils new leadership team to drive semiconductor innovation

The agency’s CHIPS Research and Development Office aims to advance U.S. research and development efforts and "ensure America’s global leadership" in the semiconductor sector, officials said. 

Digital Government

DHS spearheads effort to develop next-gen emergency response vehicle

Officials held up the H2Rescue as an example of sustainable, emerging technologies that can be developed and deployed by leveraging interagency and public-private partnerships. 

Digital Government

NASA puts error data to use to speed up tsunami detection

The nation’s space agency is leveraging emerging technologies that could potentially provide up to an hour of advance notice of an incoming tsunami to coastal communities. 


Federal vision to streamline cyber incident reporting expected this summer

The Cyber Incident Reporting Council will issue a report to Congress "in the next month or two" with recommendations on ways to achieve harmony across a complex network of federal cyber mandates. 

IT Modernization

DHS faces slow disaster response burdened by legacy systems, officials warn

Officials told a Senate committee on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security had severely outdated information technology systems across various components. 


NASA team’s plan to decode UFO sightings hinges on better data

The space agency is convening an independent panel to publish a report later this summer featuring best practices for data collection on unidentified anomalous phenomena.


Agencies launch initiative to better identify minority-owned contractors

The joint effort between the Small Business Administration and the General Services Administration aims to make it easier for federal procurement officials to connect with small, disadvantaged businesses across sectors.

Digital Government

FDA seeks industry support to develop standardized data ‘supersets’

The Food and Drug Administration is set to launch new pilot projects that aim to improve data interoperability and analysis across the public health community.


DOD aims to leverage AI and automation in records management

The Defense Department wants to harness the powers of emerging technology to reduce user burden and enhance enterprisewide records management processes, according to a plan the agency released this week.

IT Modernization

FCW Insider Chat: The top winners of the Fed100

The fifth and final episode of the FCW Insider Chat podcast highlights the work of the top three winners of this year’s Federal 100, the original and most prestigious awards program for the federal IT community. 


FBI and CIA combat cyber talent shortage with new hiring methods

Officials at the intelligence and law enforcement agencies say they’re facing the national cyber talent shortage head-on, from implementing a new approach to hiring top cyber talent to new training programs and incentives.


Ransomware vulnerability warning pilot yielding valuable lessons, CISA official says

A new interagency effort to proactively mitigate ransomware vulnerabilities has helped expand information sharing between the public and private sectors, according to a risk operations official from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. 

IT Modernization

Tech experts say federal government needs more AI leadership positions at agencies

Federal agencies are lacking critical points of contact for the government to coordinate on responsible oversight and use of artificial intelligence tools, experts said Tuesday. 


Lawmakers propose training program for federal officials on AI risks and rewards

The AI Leadership Training Act seeks to ensure that federal workforce leadership has the necessary skills and training to implement AI into their organizations.


Lawmakers tell Biden they are ‘extremely concerned’ about critical vacant cyber role

The Office of the National Cyber Director has not had a Senate-confirmed director since former Director Chris Inglis left the post nearly three months ago, just prior to the release of the national cyber strategy.


Tech subcommittee chairwoman plans MGT Act rewrite

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said at a hearing that the congressionally-mandated revolving fund for tech upgrades is "a tool that needs sharpening."

IT Modernization

FCW Insider Chat: Cyber and Tech Policy

Technology Modernization Fund Executive Director Raylene Yung and Christian Hoehner of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee join the podcast to talk TMF, FedRamp Authorization and more.