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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation's capital.
IT Modernization

DISA's $902M Comms Contract Hit with Protest

Hewlett Packard Enterprise submitted a protest the same day the DISA posted the award notice.

CIO Briefing

GSA Wants Streamlined Offer Forms

Think four documents or fewer for Multiple Award Schedules offers.

Cybersecurity

Federal Health Insurer Denies Auditors Access To Its IT Systems

Health Net of California—a provider under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program—is refusing to comply with a contractually obligated inspector general audit.

IT Modernization

DISA Returns to Knight Point for $902M Comms Contract

The contract includes procurement and management of communications infrastructure technologies but does not extend to legacy systems.

IT Modernization

Defense Department (Re)Launches Open Source Software Portal

The Code.mil open source initiative got a makeover and a new website: Code.mil.

Emerging Tech

GSA Changes Lineup for Final Alliant 2 Small Business

The agency made some swaps on the $15 billion sister to Alliant 2 Unrestricted since the pre-award notice.

Policy

What Trump’s Budget Says About the Administration’s IT Priorities

The president’s budget proposal is more about priorities than actual funding. So what does it tell us?

CIO Briefing

Trump Budget Calls for Slight Increase In IT Spending

The president’s 2019 budget proposal includes $45.8 billion for IT infrastructure and services, with $210 million for the Technology Modernization Fund.

IT Modernization

SEWP Boosts Customer Experience While Cutting Its Fee

The vast majority of customers seem to be happy with NASA’s IT acquisition vehicle but the quest for better customer experience never ends.

CIO Briefing

DHS Needs More Cybersecurity Workers—It Just Doesn’t Know Where Or What Kind

The government’s primary cybersecurity agency is missing congressional deadlines to identify and categorize its cyber workforce, a congressional watchdog said.

Data

House Panel Passes Grant Reporting Bill; Federal Contracting Could Be Next

Two members of the House Oversight committee are working on a follow-up to the GREAT Act that would extend the same data reporting requirements to government contractors.

Emerging Tech

Deadline Approaching for DARPA’s $850M Support Contract

The research agency lowered the minimum order value ahead of the proposal deadline.

Emerging Tech

GAO: GSA Hasn’t Been Smart About Smart Buildings Program

Smart building technologies might pay for themselves in cost savings but the government’s landlord hasn’t been able to make the case.

CIO Briefing

How to Spot the Angry Citizens in a Troll Storm

When mean tweets start pouring in, federal social media managers need to be able to tell the difference.

Cybersecurity

No, Rex Tillerson Does Not Have $1.85M To Give You

The secretary of state’s name is being used in an email scam, the FTC warns.

Policy

FCC, Telecom Industry Slam Idea of Government-Built 5G Network

Despite the proposal’s claim of national security concerns, experts—including the administration’s picks on the FCC—came out aggressively against the idea.

CIO Briefing

5 Tips to Stop Backslide of Women in Government Tech

Five female federal executives offer advice on how women can succeed in public sector IT despite a making up a smaller share of the workforce.

CIO Briefing

Trump Nominates Federal CIO

The president announced his choice to lead IT policy for the entire federal government.