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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

VA Launches VITAL Training Ahead of First Electronic Health Records Rollout

Veterans Affairs officials learned some lessons from their Defense Department counterparts and developed an immersive training program focused on how the new EHR system can fix issues clinicians encounter every day.

IT Modernization

GSA Answers 105 Questions About Transition From DUNS To Unique IDs

By the end of next year, all organizations working with the government will have a new identifier. This major shift has generated some questions, which GSA is trying to answer.

CIO Briefing

OMB Finalizes Long-Awaited Update to Internet Connection Policy

But practitioners will have to wait a few months more for the final use cases on which the policy is based.

Emerging Tech

GAO Launches New Unit to Prepare Congress for the Future

The Center for Strategic Foresight held its first conference, focused on two problems closer to the present than the future: deep space and deepfakes.

Podcasts

Critical Update: How Hackers Get Stuck In HADES

For the fourth season of Critical Update, the Nextgov team is diving into the latest developments in cybersecurity, beginning with the world’s biggest honeypot.

CIO Briefing

GEAR Center’s First Projects Focus on Government’s Perennial Workforce Issues 

The research center’s first challenge winners aim to fill government openings with alternative talent and beef up the workforce’s data skills.  

Cybersecurity

U.S. Finalizes Rule Banning Kaspersky Products From Government Contracts

The final rule will go into effect Tuesday, replacing an interim rule in place for over a year.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s New Electronic Health Records System Deployed To Second Wave of Bases

The MHS GENESIS system went live at four more sites this weekend, teeing up the second major test for the Defense Department’s new health records system.

Cybersecurity

DOD Will Require Vendor Cybersecurity Certifications By This Time Next Year

The department released a draft maturity model and timeline for new certification requirements for all of the defense industrial base.

Emerging Tech

Air Force to Spend $31M to Research How Lasers, Energy Weapons Affect Operators

The service awarded a research contract to General Dynamics IT to gain insights into how directed energy weapons affect the humans using them.

CIO Briefing

For DOD, Innovation Isn’t the Problem. So What Is?

Three officials from varying military offices focused on innovation asserted that the department’s research and development game is strong, it’s the follow-through that causes problems.

Featured eBooks

Emerging Tech

Federal RPA Solutions Have One Thing In Common: No Two Are Alike

Robotic process automation leads from across government and industry met this week to share early lessons learned from efforts to automate federal agencies.

Emerging Tech

The Trump Administration’s Plan to Usher in ‘Second Bold Era’ of Science and Technology

The administration’s lead budget and science policy shops released an outline of funding priorities to maintain America’s competitiveness through research and development of new technologies.

Emerging Tech

Why Agencies Aren’t Buying More Electric Vehicles

Federal fleets are getting more energy-efficient, but officials said electric vehicles aren’t viable at this time.

Emerging Tech

CBP to Test Autonomous Drones for Use at the Border

The experimental project reached the fourth and final stage of development: testing in real-world environments.

IT Modernization

Defense Department Awards Its Other Multibillion Cloud Contract

The Marine Corps plans to test Defense Enterprise Office Solutions products in degraded environments.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers: VA’s Main Website—Designed To Be One-Stop For Vets—Is Missing Critical Links

Three lawmakers penned a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie asking the agency to add Congressionally-mandated links to VA.gov and the eBenefits site.

IT Modernization

Social Security Taps Team of Federal IT, Management Notables to Assess Modernization Progress

The team will look at how the agency’s IT modernization efforts are going, including how those changes are affecting Social Security employees and stakeholders.

IT Modernization

Oracle Pledges to Keep JEDI Fight Alive In Court of Appeals

An appeal would bring Oracle’s fight with the Pentagon to over a year, as the department prepares to announce an award.

CIO Briefing

GSA Hits First Deadline On New Federal Identity Management Policy

The agency was tasked with creating a catalog of identity, credential and access management options within three months of a memo issued by OMB.