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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.
Cybersecurity

EPA seeks funding to improve the cybersecurity of America’s water systems

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to invest $4 billion in upgrades to the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure with a strong focus on cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

Agencies are sharing cyber data with CISA, officials say

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is rapidly expanding its visibility into federal networks under the Biden administration's cybersecurity executive order.

Congress

House Dems urge social media networks not to delete evidence of possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Automated and artificial intelligence-enabled systems may be removing and permanently erasing evidence of potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine, lawmakers said this week.

Acquisition

Acquisition experts ask Congress to address decline in small business awards

Congress should work to develop new procurement vehicles and streamline compliance and security requirements to counteract category management practices and other issues causing a steep drop in the number of small businesses in the federal marketplace, experts said on Thursday.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers balk at possible service changes at launch site of VA's new health record

At hearings and in correspondence, lawmakers from Washington are pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs for answers about the future of the Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center in Spokane.

Congress

Data collection featured in new bill targeting equity at FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Advancement of Equity Act would instruct the disaster response to improve its data collection systems to help identify inequities in its distribution of federal assistance.

Acquisition

HBCUs could be one key to improving equity in federal contracting and technology

From expanding contracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged businesses to building out a more diverse federal workforce, federal agencies are increasingly aiming to partner with minority-serving institutions to ensure their equity goals are effective.

Acquisition

NASA chief calls out the 'plague' of cost-plus contracts

The space agency is hoping to increasingly use competitions among top vendors and fixed-price contracts as a new way of conducting business--and cutting steep costs for major projects.

Cybersecurity

How the TMF helps agencies pave the way toward zero trust

The Education Department chief information security credits the Technology Modernization Fund with providing the agency crucial support and fundamental resources to create a more secure architecture.

IT Modernization

Technology trade groups urge Congress to add $300 million to the TMF

Leading government technology groups want appropriators to write legislation backing the full White House budget request for the Technology Modernization Fund.

Acquisition

SBA looks to promote disadvantaged businesses with 2023 budget request

The head of the Small Business Administration told lawmakers the agency is planning to ramp up outreach efforts for small disadvantaged businesses and other firms in need of support to address a 40% decline in small businesses working with the federal government.

IT Modernization

Library of Congress plans new cloud office

The Library of Congress made “great progress” on its strategic Information Technology investments despite being a “constant target” of major cyber threats, the agency’s Chief Information Officer told lawmakers on Thursday.

Acquisition

Bernie Sanders wants Amazon debarred from federal contracting

The Vermont lawmaker cites the company's anti-union activity in a letter urging President Biden to eliminate the e-commerce and cloud behemoth from federal contracts.

Acquisition

GSA launches new tool to simplify the federal buying process

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Sonny Hashmi said the new buyer experience tool "was built using human-centered design to address pain points in the acquisition process."

Cybersecurity

CISA is helping pave the way to secure IoT systems, FEMA official says

A senior IT expert for the Federal Emergency Management Agency explained how the agency is increasingly working with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to enhance its cloud and IoT security frameworks.

Cybersecurity

GSA plans to publish zero trust playbooks

The General Services Administration is focusing on how to take the concept of zero trust into the implementation phase in a series of new playbooks set for release in the coming months, according to a senior IT official.

Workforce

GSA seeks cyber expert for TMF

The Technology Modernization Fund program management office is continuing to scale up with a new position to help review cybersecurity projects.

Cybersecurity

CISA expands Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

The JCDC is gaining over a dozen new experts focused on enhancing the cybersecurity posture for industrial control systems and operational technology as CISA ramps up security efforts around critical infrastructure.

IT Modernization

TMF announces first-ever investment in VA to support transition to new sign-in service

GSA's single sign-on shared service, Login.gov, is about to have a major new participating agency thanks in part to the Technology Modernization Fund.

Acquisition

Federal procurement featured in new equity action plans

Improving access to federal contracting vehicles and supporting small, disadvantaged businesses are key parts in the equity action plans released by agencies on April 14.