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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.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft Suggests Joint Big-Tech Center After New Zealand Attacks Go Viral

The company’s president Brad Smith suggests establishing a virtual coordination center where major tech companies can work together during incidents.

Emerging Tech

GSA’s 10x Offers Seed Funding To Develop Feds’ Tech Ideas

The four-phase program is looking to test, fund and build federal employees’ ideas for using tech to improve their agencies.

IT Modernization

Office In Charge of Trying Guantanamo Detainees Needs IT Support

The Office of Military Commissions is conducting market research on a $20 million IT support contract.

IT Modernization

Security Authorizations Trickle In As Deadlines Near on $50 Billion Telecom Contract

So far, only one vendor on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract has gotten an authority to operate—an important requirement that could complicate the upcoming transition.

Emerging Tech

Automation Will Be a Requirement of a Shrinking Workforce, Not Its Cause, Officials Say

While the budget focuses on reducing headcount, officials said that isn’t the goal of pushing more automation.

Data

Federal Contractor Numbering System Gets First New Managing Vendor After 20 Years

The DUNS number—a unique ID for organizations doing business with the government—will be phased out in favor of a new identifier with a new name and vendor.

CIO Briefing

DOD Needs To Decide Exactly What the CMO’s Authorities Are

The chief management officer was designed to be a powerful position to reform the Defense Department but has yet to get its footing.

Cybersecurity

What DOD Plans To Do With $9.6 Billion in Cyber Funding

Defense Department cyber leaders explained the 2020 budget request and offered insight into how U.S. Cyber Command is using its new acquisition authority.

Cybersecurity

CYBERCOM Seeks Troops Who Can Unleash Artificial Intelligence

AI won’t solve the military’s shortage of cyber professionals but can act as a force multiplier to ease the strain.

IT Modernization

More Agencies, New Focus Areas Coming to GSA’s Centers of Excellence This Year

Officials at the fore of the administration’s Centers of Excellence IT modernization program break down the major changes coming this year.

Cybersecurity

Trump’s 2020 Budget Requests About $11 Billion For Cyber Defense and Operations

The president’s budget proposal asks for more than $9.6 billion for Defense Department cyber operations and just over $1 billion for civilian cybersecurity efforts.

Emerging Tech

U.S. Marshals Want Help Disposing of Virtual Currencies

The service is gathering market research on vendors capable of storing and disposing of cryptocurrencies seized during investigations.

Policy

Background Investigations Tech Team Reassigned from DISA to Defense Security Service

By mid-summer, the National Background Investigations Service technical team will be under a new office as part of major shifts in the security clearance process.

CIO Briefing

2019 Will Be The Year For Building Trust in Government IT, Says Federal CIO

As more services are automated, agencies must keep the public’s trust by being transparent about the algorithms and data being used.

Data

Census’ Big Data Innovation Program Infects HHS with Promising Results

Officials at Health and Human Services took an idea from their colleagues at Census to use big data and public-private collaboration to design systems that can save lives.

CIO Briefing

The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years

Intelligence and human capital officials are about to make the rounds to show off Trusted Workforce 2.0, a framework to completely change how the government makes security clearance determinations.

Emerging Tech

Former Staffers: Revive Congress' Office of Technology Assessment Right or Don’t Bother

There is a lot that could go wrong reconstituting Congress’ technology advisory office. But there’s a lot it could do to help, too.

Emerging Tech

Should ICE Use GSA Schedules for Agile Development or Go Its Own Way?

The immigration enforcement agency is asking industry for advice on using existing contracts or building its own agile development vehicle.