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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

HHS Puts Up $80M to Increase Number and Diversity of Health IT Workforce

The four-year effort will focus on improving data collection—especially around race and ethnicity—and training a more diverse health informatics and technology workforce.

CIO Briefing

ICE Is Consolidating IT Systems to a Single Vendor Platform

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for a vendor to help with app development and shifting existing tools to the ServiceNow platform.

Emerging Tech

South Korea to Add Robots-on-Rails and AI Surveillance to DMZ Border

The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea will be getting new surveillance technologies in the coming months, Korean news outlets report.

IT Modernization

FBI Seeks a Vendor to Help with Multiyear IT Modernization Project

The Office of the Chief Information Officer is creating a new contract to help with the IT Modernization Initiative and other major efforts.

CIO Briefing

GSA Needs an IT Vendor to Help Manage Its Lease App: G-REX

The Public Buildings Service’s app undergoes biweekly maintenance updates and occasionally ships major enhancements.

IT Modernization

Joint DOD-VA Medical Center Will Be Major Test for Electronic Health Record Interoperability

Officials said they are preparing to deploy the new records system at “the most integrated facility” in the Defense and Veterans Affairs health care networks.

IT Modernization

DHS Faces Rising Costs as Planned Biometrics Cloud Gets Pushed Back

Three years behind schedule, the move from legacy IDENT to the new Amazon-hosted HART system is now slated for the end of 2021.

IT Modernization

FBI Needs a Vendor to Help Manage Data Centers

The law enforcement agency seeks technical and engineering support for five locations spread out across the country.

IT Modernization

VA Wants an Electronic Records System for HR, Too

The Electronic Human Resources Information Services program looks to combine 13 systems into a single digital record for employees.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers Want IGs to Include Telework Vulnerabilities in Upcoming FISMA Audits

House Oversight Committee leaders want to know what vulnerabilities remote-access software introduced and whether agencies mitigated them.

CIO Briefing

IRS Needs Cybersecurity Tools to Secure Its COBOL Apps

The tax collection agency runs some of the oldest IT systems in government and needs cybersecurity tools to match.

CIO Briefing

What the Biden Budget Includes for the Tech Workforce

The administration’s 2022 budget proposal continues efforts to bolster the federal IT and cybersecurity workforce.

CIO Briefing

Biden Budget Boosts Federal IT Spending

The request would add another $500 million to the Technology Modernization Fund.

CIO Briefing

Final RFP Released for $50B Health IT-Focused CIO-SP4 Contract

The governmentwide IT contract is geared toward health-related programs but can be used by any federal agency.

CIO Briefing

IG Says VA Underestimated Health Records Project Costs by Up to $2.6B

An audit showed Veterans Affairs didn’t properly account for physical infrastructure costs for its new $16 billion electronic health record system.

Emerging Tech

Agencies Are Getting Good at Buying AI But Still Have Trouble Securing It

A Homeland Security Department procurement official said securing and fielding advanced technologies is “not going to get any easier.”

Emerging Tech

IRS Wants Tools for Cracking Crypto Wallets

The agency’s Digital Forensics Unit wants to “tame the cybersecurity research into measured, repeatable, consistent digital forensics processes.”

Cybersecurity

US Chamber Asks Government To Get More Involved In Ransomware Defense

The Chamber of Commerce offered six steps the federal government can take to help American businesses defend against and respond to ransomware cyberattacks.

CIO Briefing

Committee Moves Cabinet-level OSTP Director Nominee to Full Senate

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to report Eric Lander’s nomination favorably, though Republican members were split.