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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

CISA's CIO talks about the cyber agency's growth and expanding mission

In this interview, Robert Costello charts the road ahead for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in developing its own tech and serving as cybersecurity first responder for the public.

Acquisition

DHS looks to expand its Procurement Innovation Lab

Department of Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer Paul Courtney told FCW the agency is seeking a new senior level director to lead a small but mighty team of acquisition experts as they attempt to steer the federal government away from legacy buying processes.

Acquisition

SBA team targets set-aside contracts awarded to ineligible firms

The Office of Government Contracting and Business Development successfully steered over $5 billion in contracting opportunities for small businesses away from firms that were ineligible for set-asides.

IT Modernization

TMF announces $95 million in new funding focused on security and networks

The Technology Modernization Fund is announcing a new set of investments to help three agencies meet White House cybersecurity objectives.

Congress

House committee advances LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee commemorated Pride Month with a new bill to require agencies to collect voluntary, self-disclosed data about sexual orientation and gender identity in federal surveys to address “longstanding gaps” in federal data.

Acquisition

Small biz leaders ask Congress to address category management woes

As the rate of small businesses providing goods and services to the federal government plummets, experts are demanding lawmakers reassess an increasingly popular procurement method meant to reduce burdens and cost.

Congress

New bill sets federal penalties for drone misuse

The Drone Act of 2022 would set new federal penalties for drone operators who weaponize drones, disrupt emergency operations or use the technology to deliver contraband into prisons.

Cybersecurity

Inglis says infrastructure outlays should focus on 'cyber smart' investments

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said Monday that funding appropriated in the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act should go towards investments that prioritize cybersecurity and improving cyber resilience.

Cybersecurity

Water sector leaders seek increased EPA cybersecurity collaboration and guidance

Experts from the water and wastewater sectors called on the Environmental Protection Agency to take action on recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission to bolster cybersecurity for America's water infrastructure.

Acquisition

NASA wants to expand data sharing with Space Force and commercial partners

The space agency's chief data officer explained the importance of making information exchanges a more consistent part of NASA culture.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers grill VA tech officials over stalled progress on cybersecurity

Top cyber officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress they are opposed to a bipartisan bill seeking to strengthen the agency’s cybersecurity standards—despite its ongoing failures to meet oversight recommendations.

Cybersecurity

New report points to cyber risks in TVA control systems

A federal utility operating in seven southeastern states failed to implement proper cybersecurity standards for a control system assisting with flood and river management, according to a recent oversight report.

Acquisition

GSA shares specs on governmentwide cloud BPA

The General Services Administration is providing more details on how it’s aiming to launch a new blanket purchase agreement for cloud commercial technologies that will serve as a major one-stop shop for the entire government.

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.