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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

FCC Issues Waiver For Telecom Supporting Zoom and WebEx Traffic

Without the waiver, Inteliquent would be subject to “significant cost increases” that would prevent the companies from offering free teleconference services.

Emerging Tech

ICE Wants to Connect Its Facial Recognition System With a Pennsylvania County’s Gang Intel App

Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to develop an offshoot of Lehigh County’s Gang Intelligence App over the next year.

IT Modernization

Agencies Have Spent More Than $300M In Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Federal buyers spent more than $4.8 million on hand sanitizer alone in the last two months.

Policy

How the Federal Tech Community Is Coping With COVID-19

“The IT leaders in the federal community, our contractor partners and our vendors are stepping up in incredible ways,” Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said.

CIO Briefing

GSA Warns of COVID-19 Contracting Scam and Price Gouging

After receiving reports of an imposter claiming to hold a GSA contract, officials are reminding agency buyers to verify vendor information.

Emerging Tech

Trump Administration Wants to Know What COVID-19 Tech From China Should Be Exempt From Tariffs

The administration has already lifted tariffs on 200 medical-care products from China in response to the coronavirus outbreak but wants to know what more is needed.

Cybersecurity

New Security Clearance Office Gets First Permanent Leader

The new program office is getting a permanent director nearly five months after shifting the background investigations process to the Defense Department.

IT Modernization

Thrift Savings Plan Wants Help Protecting Federal Employees’ Retirement From Outside Cyber Threats

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is working on a contract to help protect $611 billion in savings for some 6 million current and former feds.

Policy

Trump Relaxes Patient Data Rules to Allow Doctors to Use Personal Phones for Telehealth

The administration broadened telehealth coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries and eased HIPAA regulations for the duration of the pandemic emergency.

Emerging Tech

Government Partnership Offers Cash Prizes for AI Tools That Support Coronavirus Research

A new open research database and artificial intelligence challenge will help the U.S. crowdsource its pandemic response.

IT Modernization

Federal Mortgage Buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Moving To Commercial Cloud

The government’s housing loan programs are going through major cloud migrations, and learning key lessons in the process.

Data

Agencies Get Guidance on the Ethics and Rigor Required for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

The second of four policy documents related to the Evidence Act focuses on standards and practices for evaluation officers.

CIO Briefing

Agencies Post Opportunities for Reskilling Academy Grads to Use Their New Cyber Skills

Three agencies posted nine openings on the Open Opportunities site, offering temporary details to feds looking to sharpen newly acquired cybersecurity skills.

CIO Briefing

Federal Experts’ Tips for Effectively Managing Remote Teams

Whether permanent or as part of a contingency plan, teleworking requires a combination of culture changes and technology.

Data

NIH Uses Urgent Award Vehicle for the First Time to Address Coronavirus Outbreak

The agency is tapping a never-before-used emergency award vehicle to acquire predictive models for how the COVID-19 will spread. 

IT Modernization

GAO: OMB’s Data Center Policy Puts Agencies’ Networks at Risk of Cyberattacks

The administration pushed back hard against the assertion, going so far as to request GAO remove cybersecurity from its latest report.

CIO Briefing

Defense Department Needs to Clean Up Last of Longstanding Business IT Issues, Watchdog Says

The department has made progress on all but eight of 29 recommendations issued over the last 25 years.

Emerging Tech

Pilot IRS to Return with New Focus Areas and Significantly More Funding

In the next three to six months, the IRS plans to issue new solicitations through its experimental contracting vehicle.

IT Modernization

Real Work on TIC 3 Begins After Draft Guidance Is Finalized, Says Lead Official

Agencies are piloting some potential additional use cases in the background, which the TIC program office plans to start digging into this summer.

IT Modernization

OMB to Agencies: Time to Finish IPv6 Transition

Before the end of fiscal 2021, agencies will need to have a plan in place to hit 80% IPv6-only systems by 2025.