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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor, Nextgov

Aaron Boyd
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.
CIO Briefing

HHS to Start Testing Your Poop for COVID-19

Testing will cover approximately 10% of Americans within the next six weeks, with an option to expand that to 30% within another nine weeks.

Cybersecurity

IG: CBP Responsible for 2019 Biometrics Breach, Though No Federal Networks Were Compromised

A ransomware attack on a Customs and Border Protection vendor leaked facial images on more than 184,000 travelers—something agency security and policy should have prevented.

CIO Briefing

GSA Urges Agencies to Include Landlords in Telecom Transition Plans

Landlords will be integral to successful modernization efforts as agencies move to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecom contract.

Emerging Tech

Program Under Defense Innovation Unit Is Launching a New Consortium

The Institute for Nascent Innovations will look to identify and solve unseen issues in emerging crises.

Emerging Tech

Justice Wants to Add Facial Recognition to Marshals’ Smartphones

The service is looking for a software development kit to help it integrate biometrics tools with an app used to facilitate prisoner transfers.

Cybersecurity

Interior IG Team Used Evil Twins and $200 Tech to Hack Department Wi-Fi Networks

A team of hackers was able to gain access to Interior networks using publicly available equipment, open source software and a backpack.

IT Modernization

18F Says 6 Core Concepts Can Reduce Risk in Federal Tech Projects

The new De-risking Government Technology Field Guide looks to educate officials on how to merge modern software design with traditional government bureaucracy.

Cybersecurity

46,000 Veterans' Data Exposed In Financial Services Center Breach

Hackers were able to divert payments headed to private sector health care providers.

CIO Briefing

How and When GSA’s New Central Contracting Portal Will Lose the ‘Beta’

The next major transition to beta.SAM—the FPDS contract award data reporting tools—is coming next month, with the legacy SAM.gov next on deck.

IT Modernization

Library of Congress Touts New Enhancements, More to Come for Congress.gov

The central portal for legislative data—including bills, hearings and historic documents—has been getting a continual makeover since 2016, with a host of new improvements rolling out this year.

CIO Briefing

GAO Issues Definitive List of Most Important Federal IT Acquisitions

The Government Accountability Office scored more than 100 federal IT projects and offered detailed breakdowns of the most “essential mission-critical IT acquisitions.”

CIO Briefing

Help Find the Government’s Boldest Innovators  

Nominations are open for BOLD Gov 2020, a showcase for federal innovation.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Awards JEDI Cloud Contract to Microsoft for the Second Time

The decision follows a months-long legal challenge filed by Amazon Web Services.

CIO Briefing

IRS Offering Up to $7M to Develop ‘Data Mashing’ Tools In Support of Frictionless Acquisition

Using its experimental multiphase Pilot IRS contract vehicle, the agency issued a quickturn solicitation to improve data collection for a governmentwide effort to improve procurement.

CIO Briefing

Trump Administration Releases Draft Framework for the Ethical Use of Data

The draft Data Ethics Framework offers seven tenets for agencies to follow, complete with legal authorities, use cases and links to additional resources.

IT Modernization

Coast Guard Begins Deploying Pentagon’s New Electronic Health Records System

The service kicked off a deployment schedule that aims to have all land-based clinics using DOD’s MHS GENESIS by 2024.

IT Modernization

Last Chance For Agencies To Weigh In On TBM Self-Assessment

The comment period is closing on the self-assessment framework that agencies will use to measure their compliance with the mandatory Technology Business Management accounting standard.

Data

DHS Shares People’s Personal Information with 11 Government Programs, Saving Taxpayers Millions

The agency released its annual report on automated data sharing, touting the economic benefits by reducing costs and erroneous and duplicative payments.

Emerging Tech

Navy Program Will Use AI on Drone Images to Predict Fleet Maintenance Needs

Simple Technology Solutions will use Google Cloud to build a machine learning tool trained on drone images.

Data

VA Awards Sole Source Contract to Upgrade, Automate Its COVID-19 Visualization Tool

Contracting officials justified the $1.5 million award by citing a $6 million price tag to fully replace the tool.