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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.
Data

Do Roundabouts Make Drivers Better or Worse? Transportation Wants to See the Data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants help sorting data on how drivers behave in certain traffic patterns.

Emerging Tech

CBP Expands Facial Recognition for Global Entry Travelers

The technology is already being used at 15 airports—including three abroad—to speed pre-approved travelers through the customs process.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Working on Legislation to ‘Pause’ Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Details on the bill remain scarce, though lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday expressed interest in halting the use of facial recognition until the tech can be brought under control.

Emerging Tech

Justice Department Needs Counter-Biometric Experts

The U.S. Marshals Service wants to learn more about the market for counter-biometric expertise, including evading the tech and preventing criminals from doing the same.

Data

FAA Isn’t Using the Troves of Data It’s Collecting on Drone Integration

The Federal Aviation Administration has years of data on operating drones that it could share with stakeholders, auditors said.

CIO Briefing

White House Plans to Tap SBA Official as Next Deputy Federal CIO

Maria Roat will join the Office of Management and Budget, according to multiple sources.

Cybersecurity

OPM CISO Seeking a Small Business to Help Monitor Agency Cybersecurity

The winning vendor will help the government’s HR department track incidents across 1,000 servers and more than 10,000 devices.  

IT Modernization

Defense Officials Tout Smoother Electronic Health Records Rollout

The second deployment of MHS Genesis went “much, much smoother” than the first, as officials take lessons from both rollouts to 25 more bases this summer.

CIO Briefing

GSA Is About to Make Changes to the MAS Consolidation Solicitation

The government’s acquisition shop released proposed changes that reflect new administration priorities and adjust for expiring clauses and programs.

Data

FDA’s Data Strategy Modernization Starts With Public Outreach

The agency is overhauling the way it thinks about data and wants to start with feedback from employees and outside experts.

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Emerging Tech

Space Force Sets First Pitch Day Using Alternative Acquisition Authority

The military’s newest branch wants to hear about innovative solutions to tough problems in installation support and space operations.

Emerging Tech

Proposed FAA Rule Would Kickstart New Economy For IDing Drones

The new remote ID rule would require all unmanned aircraft systems to have a unique identifier that can be tracked by the FAA, law enforcement and the general public.

Policy

OMB Finishes Major Tech Policy Overhauls in 2019

The Office of Management and Budget reworked several policies—some of which hadn’t been updated in a decade.  

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon Wants AI-Driven Drone Swarms for Search and Rescue Ops

The project will likely require AI and unmanned systems developers to work together under the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

Data

Agencies Will Start 2020 With 20 Data Actions to Complete by Year’s End

The administration released the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan for the next year, adding four more action items from the draft released in summer.

CIO Briefing

Federal Contracting Moves that Will Ripple Beyond 2019

After 2019—JEDI drama, a new cybersecurity certification requirement, a major purchase platform flying under the radar and a regulation rollback—govcon might never be the same.

Cybersecurity

Homeland Security Releases TIC 3.0 Use Cases with Additional Guidance

The government’s cybersecurity department released a draft set of use cases and other guidance to help agencies build secure networks in the age of cloud and mobile.

Data

NOAA Contracts With 3 Major Cloud Providers on Big Data Project

More than four years after starting the Big Data Project, NOAA signs with three cloud companies to provide free access to its wealth of data.

CIO Briefing

Trump Announces Picks to Replace Outgoing Leaders at NSF, CISA

The administration plans to nominate a replacement for the National Science Foundation director and appoint a new assistant director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.