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Aaron Boyd

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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.
Cybersecurity

Senators to WMATA: How Will You Keep Next-Gen Metro Cars Safe from Foreign Tampering?

Four D.C.-area lawmakers are asking WMATA leaders to take supply chain and cybersecurity issues into account when buying the next series of Metro cars.

CIO Briefing

DHS Pauses Most Contracting Deadlines Until After Shutdown Ends

The extensions only apply to seven department procurement offices and do not override existing posted amendments.

Emerging Tech

FAA Rule Would Let Drones Fly Over People and At Night Without a Waiver

The move would greatly open the use of small drones but at least one lawmaker is worried about the privacy of people on the ground.

Emerging Tech

Air Force’s CyberWorx Wants Partners To Help With Outreach, Tech Transfer

The innovation center is looking for partners to help in its efforts to “solve wicked operational problems.”

Emerging Tech

Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

A group of shareholders filed a resolution to halt sales until they can consider the tech’s societal impact.

Cybersecurity

Researchers: Flaws In Vendor Security Software Could Leave Some Federal Buildings Vulnerable

Poor credential management could let bad actors enter secure buildings, lock doors and download or change federal employee and contractor data.

CIO Briefing

Work on Security Clearance Backlog Continues Through Shutdown

While OPM is closed, the National Background Investigations Bureau continues to chip away at its 600,000-case backlog.

CIO Briefing

Defense Acquisition Reform Panel Suggests Reevaluating Department CIO

The Section 809 Panel’s third report recommends big changes to how the Defense Department buys technology.

CIO Briefing

Shutdown Consequences: Could a Drop in Credit Score Lead to Loss of Security Clearance?

Financial experts say not to worry, but at least one lawmaker wants assurances from the White House.

Emerging Tech

HHS Contract Will Offer AI Tech, Support to All of Government

The new Intelligent Automation/Artificial Intelligence contract will be housed in Health and Human Services but available to any agency looking for AI solutions.

IT Modernization

Industry Says Not So Fast to OMB's Proposed Data Center Policy Changes

While only a few comments were submitted by deadline, most called for significant changes to the proposed metrics and overall intent of the draft Data Center Optimization Initiative.

Emerging Tech

Air Force Turns to GSA Pilot for DevOps Platform

The Air Force is using GSA’s Commercial Solutions Opening pilot program to speed through the acquisition process.

Data

How Easy-to-Use Data Tools Unleash Employees

That’s what turns data analytics platforms into decision-making engines, a pair of government technology leaders said.

Emerging Tech

IRS Wants to Be a Testbed for Bleeding-Edge Tech

The new pilot would create a phased buying process with ample testing in IRS environments.

CIO Briefing

Federal Contractors Need to Prepare for a Long Government Shutdown

A shutdown of government operations for any length of time will have a significant effect on the contractor community, especially small businesses.

IT Modernization

DHS Turns to Existing GSA, NIH Contracts to (Mostly) Replace EAGLE

The department will use existing governmentwide acquisition contracts rather than recompete another EAGLE contract vehicle.

Cybersecurity

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The bill would establish and fund a public-private partnership to look at retro, analog options for securing the nation’s electric grid from digital threats.