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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

Survey: Cyber Pros Leave Government For More Than Just Money

Other factors like leadership and mission play a factor too, according to a new survey.

IT Modernization

White House Wants More Input Before Finalizing New Government Research Center Structure

Officials are pondering the next steps as they sift through initial feedback on the proposed GEAR Center.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon’s Updated Cyber Strategy Focuses on ‘Assertively Defending’ U.S. Interests

The new strategy directs the department to deter cyber threats and cultivate its cyber talent.

Data

NOAA Invests in a Second Round of Commercial Weather Data

The agency announced a second round of awards for its Commercial Weather Data Pilot as it preps for a third.

IT Modernization

GSA Introducing Options to Help Automate Agency Contact Centers

A new special item number for Automated Contact Center Services is being added with the IT Schedule 70 refresh.

Emerging Tech

Patent Office: Can AI, Quantum Determine If a New Idea Is Really New?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants to know if advanced tech like AI and quantum computing can help examiners sift through the world’s collective knowledge.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers Have One More Shot To Raise Modernization Fund Ceiling

As the administration awaits word on additional funding, officials say they have about a dozen projects under consideration.

Emerging Tech

3 Ways Intelligence Agencies Are Using AI

The intelligence community is using artificial intelligence to help manage the exponential increase of data.

CIO Briefing

White House Workforce Summit Aims to Future-Proof Tech Talent

The administration plans to reskill more than 300,000 employees over the next three years, including the IT workforce.

Emerging Tech

NIH Seeks Advances in Motion Capture Tech

A National Institutes of Health lab needs a new motion capture system but first wants to know how new it should be.

Emerging Tech

Dulles Airport Surprises Passengers with Facial-Recognition Boarding

Airport officials rolled out the system expecting to increase security and decrease boarding times.

Data

$600 Million Satellite Imagery Contract Shifts from One Intel Agency to Another

Management of the EnhancedView commercial satellite imagery contract shifted from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the National Reconnaissance Office.

CIO Briefing

Report: Defense Secretary Considers Replacing Pentagon’s No. 3 Official

Secretary James Mattis isn’t happy with his chief management officer, according to a media report.

Data

For the First Time in 20 Years, GSA Opens Bids for Business Numbering System

The longtime incumbent, Dun and Bradstreet, says it plans to bid on the new contract.

IT Modernization

Report: Trump’s Latest Tariffs Will Stunt Cloud Market, Federal Adoption

A 25 percent tariff will lead to higher costs for agencies and might slow U.S. cloud adoption, analysts say.

Emerging Tech

SEC Wants to Keep Tabs on Social Media Posts That Could Move Markets

The commission is looking for an off-the-shelf tool to flag important social media posts on public sites across the web.

Emerging Tech

For First Time in 3 Years, NASA Is Shopping For New Spacecraft

At first, NASA officials didn’t think they’d see anything new in commercial spacecraft this year. Now they’re taking a second look.