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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 Sets Voluntary Cyber Performance Targets for Critical Infrastructure

A new set of documents and resources from the agency is designed to help critical infrastructure operators manage the basics of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

White House Looks to Advance Cyber Safety Labeling Effort With 'Initial Scope' Next Spring

A senior administration official said the White House is beginning with a label that will focus on some of the most at-risk technologies – and that the National Institute of Standards and Technology will play a major role in getting it done.

IT Modernization

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

CISA's Cyber Info Sharing Program Didn't Always Deliver, Watchdog Says

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency did not always provide more than 300 participants of a public-private cyber threat partnership with actionable information to address potential vulnerabilities, according to an oversight report.

Cybersecurity

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."

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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.

CXO Briefing

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

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. 

Data

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

Cyber Looms Large in House NDAA

From establishing the National Digital Reserve Corps to setting term limits at CISA, here’s what you need to know about the tech and cyber amendments currently featured in the House version of the FY2023 NDAA.

Emerging Tech

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.

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.

Emerging Tech

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

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.