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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.
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.

IT Modernization

VA Enables Login.gov for Three Major Veteran Portals

Officials said the agency plans to add more services later this year, though Login.gov credentials won’t be mandatory until all veterans are transitioned.

IT Modernization

Why Federal IT Leaders Set Aside $100M for Customer Experience

Creating a distinct pool of funding for customer experience improvement projects is part of a three-pronged strategy to show agencies the administration is serious about CX.

IT Modernization

VA Electronic Record System ‘Not Yet Stable Enough’ for Planned Rollouts

The Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center now plans to deploy the Cerner Millennium system a month later than originally planned, with the year’s remaining rollouts pushed to 2023.

Data

White House Developing National Strategy to Increase Data Collection as Privacy Tech Improves

A pending national strategy on data collection and analytics will focus on regulation and policy changes, according to a forthcoming request for public comments.

Data

FEMA Region Seeks Data Scientist to Improve Equity in Disaster Aid

A region of the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs help sifting through messy federal data as part of its ongoing equity efforts.

Podcasts

Critical Update: ‘The Good Death Is Our Only Goal’

Leaders from GSA’s 10x program join the podcast to talk about how they’re mapping paths through the Valley of Death.

Cybersecurity

Federal Agencies Likely to Get New Cybersecurity Guidance ‘In Coming Weeks’

New top-level guidance—and requirements—are coming for managing software security risk at federal agencies

IT Modernization

GAO: VA’s Multibillion-Dollar Financial System Overhaul Needs Hard Goals

User satisfaction seems to be rising with new deployments but auditors say it’s hard to measure using current metrics.

IT Modernization

VA, DOD Electronic Health Record System Suffers Nationwide Outage

The three-hour outage prevented more than 95,000 clinician users from accessing and updating patient medical data.

IT Modernization

The ‘Mayor of SAMgov’ Leaves Government After 15 Years of Public Service

Judith Zawatsky talks to Nextgov about her time at the General Services Administration and how building government services has changed over the years.

CXO Briefing

Leader of SAM Transition Is Leaving Government

Judith Zawatsky will retire from public service after 15 years to take on a new role in the private sector.

CXO Briefing

Special Report: Computing on the Edge

As other infrastructure needs improve—from cloud to 5G networks—agencies are looking at what can be done at the edge, from warehouses to low-Earth orbit.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Federal CIO Explains the Tech Side of President’s Management Agenda

Clare Martorana joined the podcast to talk about improving customer experience and the underlying technology that makes good services better.