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Aaron Boyd

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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

Transportation Is Consolidating Its IT Contracts into a Single Vehicle

The Enterprise IT Shared Services contract will be available departmentwide but task orders will have to flow through the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

IT Modernization

Updated Trusted Internet Connection Draft Lays Framework For Flexible Policy

The draft policy puts it on the Homeland Security Department to develop use case examples for how agencies can ensure safe connections wherever and however feds are working.

Cybersecurity

State Department Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghanaian Police

The department issued a solicitation for specific hacking tools, which it plans to give to partners in Ghana to stem international crime.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon to Take Over All Security Clearances in Nine Months, Officials Say

The move will mean absorbing the National Background Investigations Bureau and its 2,000 employees.

CIO Briefing

Senate Bill Would Force Security Clearance Reforms

It also would require the director of National Intelligence to rethink the SF-86 form and process.

Cybersecurity

CBP Officers Aren’t Deleting Data After Warrantless Device Searches, IG Says

An inspector general report found Border Patrol officers didn’t follow standard procedures during device searches, mostly because those procedures weren’t clearly laid out.

Policy

OMB Redefines Government's 'Crown Jewels'

A new policy memo expands the government’s guidance for protecting high-value assets to include every agency and office and broadens the definition of “value.”

IT Modernization

Marine Cyber Command Is Getting In On Other Transaction Contracting

The Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command’s executive director said the command expects to sign its first OT contract in the coming days.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Considers Cybersecurity Certification for Its Contractors

It’s still unclear what would be required for certification or how much it would cost for businesses.

CIO Briefing

The Bush 41 Administration’s IT Legacy

Much of today’s IT procurement landscape is the result of reforms from when the late President George H.W. Bush was in the White House.

Cybersecurity

Technology Transformation Service Wants to Beef Up Email Security

GSA’s tech innovation shop met the initial DMARC requirement but now wants to include the security measure on all its email domains.

IT Modernization

FBI Issues Timeline for $5 Billion IT Contract Solicitation

The bureau’s ITSSS contract has gone through a lot of changes recently but officials expect to have the draft and final RFPs out early next year.

Emerging Tech

10 Problems DHS Wants Innovative Small Businesses to Solve in 2019

The department will be offering millions of dollars to small businesses able to offer solutions to these 10 tough technical problems.

Data

Census Project Matches Your Agency's Data with Civic Innovators

Through The Opportunity Project, the bureau is connecting data-laden federal agencies with private-sector innovators who can use that data to solve real problems.

Cybersecurity

Kaspersky Loses Appeal Against Congressional Ban

It’s official: Kaspersky can’t do business with the federal government.

Cybersecurity

Agencies Can Add to Their CDM Rollouts If They Foot the Bill

Rather than wait for funding through the Homeland Security Department, agencies can use a particular task order modification to get what they need, when they need it.

Cybersecurity

Agencies Will Soon Have a Cyber Hygiene Score—And Will Know Where They Rank

The AWARE score will be based on data from agencies’ continuous monitoring tools and will give the Homeland Security Department a holistic view of the government’s cybersecurity posture.

IT Modernization

Federal CIO Wants Your Thoughts on New Data Center Metrics

The draft guidance would extend a prohibition on opening new or expanding existing data centers without OMB’s approval.