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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.
CIO Briefing

IRS Says Online Tax Systems Are Back In Business

Agency teams worked through the night to restore services, the acting administrator said.

CIO Briefing

The Gatekeepers of the Government's Other Transaction Deals

Agencies don’t always know which companies have the bleeding-edge technology they seek. That’s where consortia come in.

IT Modernization

Defense Official: Cloud Adoption Would Look Very Different Without DISA

Cloud adoption throughout the Defense Department would be far more decentralized without DISA, according to the agency’s cloud chief.

Cybersecurity

Taxpayers Get Extra Day To File After IRS Online Tools Go Down

The IRS extended Tax Day to midnight April 18 after unidentified outages took down key online tools Tuesday.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Flying Cars, Valley of Death and Innovating with Intrapreneurs

In episode two, Nextgov talks with National Geospatial-Intelligence Chief Ventures Officer Christy Monaco about the business of innovation in government.

Cybersecurity

Audit: Veterans Affairs IT Security Officials Have A Lot Of Work To Do

The annual FISMA report includes 29 recommendations to fix significant security weaknesses in eight areas.

IT Modernization

FBI Considering One $5 Billion Contract For All IT Supplies, Services

A request for information sheds light on the FBI’s upcoming IT Supplies and Support Services contract, including the bureau’s preference to include all such services in a single contract.

IT Modernization

$1.65 Trillion Federal Health Market Will Be Boon For IT Industry

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments' electronic health records programs will be the largest spending areas, according to analysts.

Emerging Tech

Americans Say They’re Ready For Robots To Deliver The Mail

A survey conducted by the Postal Service Inspector General polled citizens on how they would feel if a robot delivered the mail with—or instead of—a human.

IT Modernization

Coast Guard to Adopt Defense Department’s Electronic Health Records

The U.S. Coast Guard will go with the Defense Department’s MHS Genesis health records program, the same option currently being considered at Veterans Affairs.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon Picks Former JP Morgan Executive To Be CIO

Dana Deasy brings considerable private-sector experience to the Defense Department’s efforts to transform its IT operations.

CIO Briefing

GSA May Replace Slack For Workplace Collaboration

The agency is seeking information on a tool that “extends beyond” Slack’s current capabilities.

Data

Treasury Builds Data Lab To Inspire ‘Better Data, Better Decisions, Better Government’

The Data Transparency Office went beyond the DATA Act mandate to build visualizations showing where agencies’ $500 billion in contract spending goes each year.

Cybersecurity

Treasury Office Wants Security For the Cloud From the Cloud

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is conducting market research on two cloud security schemas, each of which could lead to a solicitation down the road.

Emerging Tech

What Are You Looking At? Social Security Wants To Know

The agency is looking for eye-tracking technologies to improve the user experience on its websites.

Cybersecurity

OPM Says Agencies Have One Year To ID Cyber Workforce Gaps

The Office of Personnel Management started the clock Monday for agencies to identify, report and mitigate cybersecurity workforce shortfalls.

Emerging Tech

Army Switches To Special Fast-Track Contract For Drone-Mounted Signal Jammer

The contract will now be limited to members of an industry consortium for cyber and electronic warfare companies.

Podcasts

Nextgov Podcast: How Not To End Up In a GAO Report

Introducing Critical Update, Nextgov’s new podcast on emerging tech in government.

CIO Briefing

Women in Government Tech Have ‘One Bad-Ass Mission,' New Federal CIO Says

Suzette Kent highlighted the power of women in government in her first address as federal CIO.