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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

Agencies Are Making ‘Uneven’ Progress Meeting Evidence Act Mandates, GAO Says

Many federal managers reported having the necessary staff, skills and tools to collect and analyze performance data, but the results varied widely across government.

IT Modernization

House Appropriators Offer $50M for TMF But White House Wants 10 Times That

The Office of Management and Budget said it’s received more than $2 billion in proposals since getting $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan.

Data

EEOC Wants a Quality Check For Its Data and Automation Strategy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s inspector general wants an independent third party to look over the agency’s Digital Process Transformation and Automation strategy.

IT Modernization

Access Board Wants an Appropriately Accessible Records Management System

The independent agency in charge of enforcing accessibility wants to make sure its new electronic records system works for everyone.

Cybersecurity

CISA Considering Open-Source Registrar Platform For .Gov Domain

The agency is looking for support services to help manage the .gov registry as it takes control of the top-level domain from GSA.

IT Modernization

House Bill Would Create Long-Awaited Software and Data Roles at Federal Agencies

The proposal would create new positions, including software development, software engineering and data scientists.

Cybersecurity

VA Needs a Security Check For Its Social Security Number Reduction Tool

The app was recently migrated into a VA-managed cloud environment and needs a new authority to operate and some upgrades.

IT Modernization

VA Secretary Outlines Structural Changes to EHR Rollout

The secretary updated Congress on three pivotal changes coming to the program, including shifting the schedule to focus on sites that are ready to handle the deployment.

CIO Briefing

GSA Needs Users to Test Upcoming Improvements to SAM.gov

The Integrated Award Environment has plans for specific improvements to roll out in the next year and a half.

Data

National Park Service to Share Special Use Permit Data with White House

The updated system of records notice would also allow the agency to share data with other departments in the event of a cybersecurity breach.

Cybersecurity

Energy’s Cyber Response Office Misspent Millions Due to Lack of Budget Management

Complaints alleged the relatively new CESER misspent $11.7 million, though the inspector general could only substantiate some of those claims.

Policy

Biden Executive Order on Competition Includes ‘Big Tech’

The executive order includes 72 programs and actions for the administration to take, four of which focus on increasing competition within the technology sector.

IT Modernization

More Underestimated Infrastructure Costs Could Raise VA EHR Price Tag $2.5B

The latest inspector general report shows more underreported infrastructure costs for the electronic health record program, prompting lawmakers to call a hearing for later this month. 

Cybersecurity

IG: SBA’s Cybersecurity ‘Not Effective,’ In Part Due to COVID

The pandemic created new cybersecurity problems for the Small Business Administration, according to the agency’s annual FISMA report.

IT Modernization

IRS Offering $7.5M for New Ideas to ‘Digitize’ and ‘Digitalize’ Paper Documents

The sixth solution challenge under the Pilot IRS program focuses on the process and pipeline for turning paper documents digital.

CIO Briefing

VA Secretary: Changes Coming to Electronic Health Records Program

Secretary Denis McDonough just completed a months-long strategic review of the multibillion-dollar EHR modernization program.

IT Modernization

VA Is Asking Congress for Fewer IT Dollars in 2022 But Plans to Spend More Than in 2021

The Transformational Fund has been marinating for five years and is ready to supplement the agency’s IT spending.

Data

OMB Offers New Guidance For Implementing First Part of Evidence Act

The office repeatedly urged agencies to focus on results, not compliance, as they craft their plans. 

Emerging Tech

DARPA Wants AI That Can Learn From Others’ Experiences

The advanced research agency is putting up $1 million per project to overcome challenges associated with AI systems learning from each other.