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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.
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Navy awards Amazon $724M cloud contract

The five-year contract gives the military branch access to the cloud giant’s full suite of commercial cloud services, trainings and certification programs. 

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GSA's plan to scale up commercial platforms program hits the street

The program currently allows 25 federal agencies to conduct small-scale acquisitions of up to $10,000 each on platforms like Amazon and Overstock.

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Trade group wants IT modernization funding added to possible omnibus package

With federal appropriations set to expire on Friday, The Alliance for Digital Innovation urged Congress to include $100 million for the Technology Modernization Fund in any proposed budget deal. 

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Are best-in-class contracts on the downswing?

The question was one of the main focuses among acquisition experts at the Professional Services Council federal market forecast conference.

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Defense policy bill features FedRAMP Authorization Act

Cybersecurity experts say that ‘authorizing FedRAMP is the first step to fully and robustly resourcing the program’ after it was established in 2011

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Majority of defense contractors fail to implement critical cybersecurity requirements, report says

A new report reveals that many contractors working for the Department of Defense have failed to implement required cybersecurity measures.

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What do industry and cybersecurity experts want in the upcoming national cyber strategy?

The White House has been working with a range of industry stakeholders and cybersecurity experts on a forthcoming plan that could transform America’s cyber landscape. Here’s what they hope makes it into the new strategy.

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DISA faces down procurement challenges

An official for the defense support agency says procurement processes need to keep up with emerging technologies and new security standards.

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White House raises contract spending goals for small disadvantaged businesses

The Office of Management and Budget is directing agencies to award at least 12% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses in fiscal year 2023.

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DOT, SBA and others team up to attract new entrants to the federal market

A new interagency collaboration to promote opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses featured in the new infrastructure bill is "vital" to federal equity goals, officials said.

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Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

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GSA’s Ascend cloud RFI emphasizes baseline requirements for vendors

The General Services Administration seeks feedback from the private sector on its highly anticipated one-stop shop for federal agencies seeking commercial cloud solutions.

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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.

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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.

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State Department releases draft of $10 billion plan to upgrade diplomatic tech

The "Evolve" solicitation is designed to revamp the technology products and services used by U.S. diplomats at home and abroad.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Small biz leaders urge 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.

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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.