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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.

What federal acquisition personnel can do right now to support sustainability

Officials and government purchasing experts recently showed off tools and resources that feds who work in this field can use to make federal procurement and acquisitions more sustainable and energy efficient.

IG finds weak Commerce Department infosec program

The Department of Commerce routinely fails to implement crucial security assessment measures—and has failed to put in place an effective continuing monitoring program, according to a new IG report.

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CISA preps update to zero trust maturity model

CISA will update its zero trust maturity model to help agencies meet goals outlined in the cybersecurity executive order released last year, an official said Tuesday.

Citizen satisfaction with federal government services hits bottom

The American Customer Satisfaction Index 2021 Federal Government Report showed citizen satisfaction in a freefall over the last four years, with declines across all indicators

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Federal court blocks contractor vax mandate

A nationwide injunction from a federal court blocks the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccination mandate for the federal contract workforce.

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Fed government still in dark on ransomeware

Information on the majority of ransomware attacks targeting American companies and civilian agencies remains unreported to the Department of Homeland Security, a top cyber official told lawmakers.

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Funding hampers cyber EO compliance

A group of agency CIOs shared what they see as the biggest obstacles in meeting a series of aggressive deadlines and modernization goals of the Biden administration's sweeping cybersecurity executive order.

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How GSA is implementing the contractor vaccination mandate

The agency's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Public Building Service are using automated tools to send out contract modifications "by the thousands," to add the vaccination mandate said one agency official. FAS started issuing mass modifications on Oct. 8. They're issuing about 3,000 modifications per day.

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CISA chief looks to new system for new talent

Despite increasing competition among the public and private sectors in hiring top cyber talent, CISA Director Jen Easterly said she has high hopes for a new personnel management system which reduces friction in hiring and offers new career paths.

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Survey: Federal IT workers say agencies lag

In a survey, 88% of federal employees working full-time in technology or IT-focused roles say agencies have fallen behind on modernization plans, citing cultural resistance to change and the inability of contractors to quickly implement new initiatives.

WH hits gas on cyber zero trust

Newly released strategy and technical guidance documents covering zero trust and cloud security are now open for comment, as part of a federal push to improve federal government cybersecurity.

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Where does the TMF board go from here?

With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

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IG reports delays in COVID notification

A report from the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Inspector General finds the agency's Public Buildings Services at times failed to follow CDC guidelines around reporting and cleaning procedures for COVID-19 incidents.

IRS hiring blitz could lead to modernization

The tax agency's chief procurement officer says she's on a mission to find top talent to work with industry, while modernizing the agency's acquisition processes amid a ballooning tax gap.

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OMB report highlights barriers to equity in federal programs

Onerous paperwork, complex requirements and opaque guidelines are just some of the many roadblocks preventing racial equity across the government services that federal employees help provide, a new report says.

Senate OKs bill to modernize fed contracting, increase small business opportunities

The Senate cleared a bipartisan bill that would expand federal contracting opportunities for small businesses, and push government to modernize acquisition processes.

Vote delayed on Biden's SBA nominee amid GOP-led filibuster attempts

Republican lawmakers have condemned Dilawar Syed, the president's nominee to serve as deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration, over his involvement with a Muslim advocacy group that has been critical of Israel.

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VA watchdog warns of security risks from undocumented PIV cards

The VHA is at risk of security breaches, due to ongoing failure to follow requirements for documenting returned personal identity verification cards (PIVs), according to an IG report.

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WH stresses stakeholder engagement in Evidence Act guidance

The White House has released new guidance for federal agencies requiring department leaders to implement critical evidence-building provisions of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Act, nearly three years after its passage.

Dems want Biden to back plan for all-electric USPS fleet

House Democrats are urging the White House to support an $8 billion taxpayer-funded proposal to direct the United States Postal Service to move towards an all-electric delivery fleet far sooner than the plan Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled earlier this year.