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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.
Emerging Tech

Defense Department Awards 14 Spots on $7.5B Innovative Tech Contract

DISA announced winners for the unrestricted portion of the SETI contract, with small business awards schedule for later this year.

Emerging Tech

Navy Wants Experimental Tech to Streamline Operations in Port and at Sea

SPAWAR is using its other transaction authority to solicit prototypes through the TReX consortium.

IT Modernization

First Modernization Fund Winners Offer Cheat Sheet for Future Pitches

The first three awardees of the Technology Modernization Fund offer a window into the kinds of projects and pitches the board is looking for.

Cybersecurity

Interior IG: Nation’s Dams Safe From Hacks But Vulnerable to Insider Threats

An inspector general review exposes significant weaknesses to dam cybersecurity that have grown more serious over time.

Cybersecurity

Two Companies Picked To Protect Nation’s 600 Dams from Cyberattacks

The Interior Department awarded spots on a five-year, $45 million contract to manage IT risk for more than 600 dams nationwide.

Policy

Congress Says It Doesn’t Need a Tech Advisory Office

Lawmakers voted against reinstating the Office of Technology Assessment, which was defunded in 1995.

Emerging Tech

Military Seeks New Tech to Weaponize Information

The military wants to know what technology can do to improve information warfare.

IT Modernization

GSA Announces New Start Date for $50B IT Service Contract After Legal Challenges

The Alliant 2 Unrestricted contract awards survived four lawsuits, but the delay means a later start and a later end date.

Emerging Tech

18F Thinks Security Authorizations Should Be Agile Too

The government’s digital consultants are working with agencies to develop an iterative process for certifying the security of new IT systems.

Emerging Tech

Report: Trust in Data, Computing Power Are Keys to Embracing Emerging Tech

Agencies should strengthen endpoints to handle new technologies like AI and extended reality, a report suggests.

Emerging Tech

Next-Gen Weather Satellite Goes Online; NASA Orders Two More for $460M

The first satellite in the new Joint Polar Satellite System passed all its tests and is fully operational.

IT Modernization

Beyond the Data Center

The federal government has until 2020 to get their data centers in top shape—or get out of owning them.

IT Modernization

Veterans IT Office Wants Support Through Transformation Process

The offices focused on the department’s IT infrastructure are looking for support services to help manage through a reorganization.

Emerging Tech

NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite Isn’t Working Right

The satellite's “premiere” instrument gets too hot at night and engineers are struggling to find out why.

IT Modernization

Trump Strengthens Agency CIO Authority with Executive Order

The order puts presidential weight behind past legislation giving government CIOs more authority over hiring and budget.

CIO Briefing

Embattled FEMA CIO Reassigned to Caribbean Post

Patsy Garnett will step in as acting CIO until a permanent replacement is hired.