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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.
IT Modernization

After Years In Limbo, GSA Cancels $15B Governmentwide IT Contract

The agency rescinded awards on the Alliant 2 Small Business last year, then canceled the solicitation altogether.

CIO Briefing

CBP’s Outgoing Biometrics Lead on Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

Law enforcement should be careful using facial recognition in public spaces. But with the right applications, authorities and transparency, federal programs could serve a lot of good.

CIO Briefing

OMB Official: We Need More Cross-Agency Collaboration Tools

Mass teleworking due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital government, including a lack of communication options for interagency collaboration.

IT Modernization

Head of GSA's Tech Service to Return to Private Sector

GSA also confirmed reports that the Technology Transformation Services is losing another program leader next month, as well.

Cybersecurity

DHS, NSA Conclude Pilot of Automated Mobile App Security Vetting Tool

While the program still has a ways to go, the team says it now has a way to automate mobile app security testing.

IT Modernization

OMB Names Two More Lead Offices for New Shared Services Regime

The announcement comes after two more agencies completed their marketplace implementation plans.

IT Modernization

VA Launches Digital COVID-19 Screening App for Patients and Employees

The answers can help staff direct individuals to the appropriate parts of the facility or if needed, additional screening.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech

If passed, federal agencies would not be able to run, fund, purchase or otherwise use data from facial biometric systems without congressional authorization.

CIO Briefing

Data Shows Significant Drop in IT Services Spending Post COVID-19

Global government spending data shows worldwide decline in IT spending this year, though the numbers tell a unique story for the U.S. government.

Emerging Tech

TSA's Plan to Address Evolving Threats to Travelers Relies on Innovative Technology

While technology was not a distinct focus area for the agency, it permeates every aspect of the administrator’s vision.

CIO Briefing

New National Science Foundation Director Begins Six-Year Term

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan officially became the 15th director of the government’s lead scientific research outreach and funding arm.

Cybersecurity

DHS Insider Threat Program Expanding to Anyone Who Accesses Agency Info

The Homeland Security Department will begin tracking all personnel—federal employees and contractors, with or without a security clearance—in the hunt for insider threats.

CIO Briefing

37 IGs Report on Agency Tech Challenges Related to $2.4 Trillion COVID Relief Package

A new report shows similar issues with bandwidth, cybersecurity and aging IT systems across government, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

IT Modernization

Navy’s $7.7B IT Services Contract Clears Three Protests

The Navy’s massive NGEN IT management contract is full steam ahead four months after being awarded.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Wants to Scale Up Its Device Security Program

The Comply-to-Connect program ensures devices connecting to military networks have baseline security without needing to install endpoint management apps.

Cybersecurity

Social Security Wants a New Way to Manage Access for 330 Million Americans

The agency is considering overhauling its identity credential and access management, or ICAM, system to manage secure access for all users.

IT Modernization

HUD Officially Moves to Next Phase of Centers of Excellence Program

After 20 months of analysis under Phase I, Housing and Urban Development announced the first two awards to begin improving the agency’s cloud adoption and customer experience.

Emerging Tech

Who Should Lead AI Development: Data Scientists or Domain Experts?

Leaders in and around government debate whether technologists or subject matter experts are better suited to lead the ethical development of artificial intelligence.

CIO Briefing

Federal Tech Leaders Outline How Agencies Need to Adapt to the Changing Workforce

Old hiring methods and assumptions won’t hold up in the future, according to a new report from the Federal CIO Council.