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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.
Emerging Tech

White House Wants Input on Crypto Tech R&D Agenda

The feedback will inform priorities for developing digital asset technologies, including potential for a central bank digital currency.

CXO Briefing

NIST Needs Lawyers to Help Administer $50B in CHIPS Act Funds

The agency is charged with issuing grants and loans, in addition to setting up new research institutes, and needs up to $10 million in legal advice.

Data

DARPA Wants a Plan to Stave Off Unknown Food Crises

Under the new Foundational Security for Food Systems project, researchers will look at identifying large-scale crop diseases before a catastrophic crop failure—even for pathogens of unknown origins.

Cybersecurity

Hackers to Get a Crack at Systems Running the Pentagon in New Bug Bounty

Hack the Pentagon 3.0 will focus on the operational technologies within Defense Department headquarters.

IT Modernization

CISA to Hold Virtual Meeting on $200M IT Support Contract

Eligible vendors can find a sources sought notice on GSA’s eBuy ahead of the pre-solicitation conference to be held later this month.

Data

New Records Rules Require Agencies to Save Chats and Texts

Previous records retention rules only explicitly applied to email communications. Now that has expanded to all pertinent electronic messages.

Cybersecurity

NARA to Publish First Update to Cybersecurity Records Rules Since 2014

The agency is issuing an update to the General Records Schedule, including new rules for packet capture and cybersecurity incident logs.

Cybersecurity

Next Clean Energy Cyber Cohort Will Focus on Identifying Rogue Assets

The Energy Department’s Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator matches innovators in critical infrastructure cybersecurity with industry experts and a high-tech testbed.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Wants to Add Facial Recognition to Automated Base Entrance

Scott Air Force Base is looking for verification and identification algorithms for a facial recognition pilot.

IT Modernization

Defense Logistics Agency to Shift Warehouse Management to Commercial Software

The agency wants to modernize its distribution and warehouse management systems but says it can’t do that with 20-year-old government-built technology.

Data

NASA Science Directorate Wants Help Prioritizing What Digital Resources It Should Open-Source First

NASA Science Mission Directorate wants to know what data, software and computing resources the public research community wants access to the most.

CXO Briefing

2022 Year in Review: Critical Update

Nextgov’s favorite episodes from the final year of the Critical Update podcast.

News

GSA’s Tech Shops Face $30M Deficit After Priority Change Last Year

The Technology Transformation Services dropped its long-standing cost-recovery goal last year in favor of better program delivery.

Podcasts

Critical Update: How NASA Might One Day Send Humans Into Outer Space

NASA futurist Michael LaPointe joins the podcast to talk about what it will take—in technology, time and treasure—to get a human out of our solar system.

Emerging Tech

FTC Considering New Data Privacy Regulations That Go Beyond Asking Users for Consent

Commissioners are split on whether new regulations—and even the act of gathering information on a proposed new regulation—is the right way forward.

Emerging Tech

Trade Agency Wants To Know Where US Stands in Global AI Marketplace

The government wants to learn more about international regulations that would prevent U.S. companies from selling AI technologies abroad.

IT Modernization

CBP Built and Deployed an In-House Electronic Health Record System in Under 2 Years

Medical service contractors working for the Customs and Border Protection are using an agency app to record migrants’ medical information instead of just writing it down.