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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor

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

NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite Isn’t Working Right

The satellite's “premiere” instrument gets too hot at night and engineers are struggling to find out why.

IT Modernization

Trump Strengthens Agency CIO Authority with Executive Order

The order puts presidential weight behind past legislation giving government CIOs more authority over hiring and budget.

CIO Briefing

Embattled FEMA CIO Reassigned to Caribbean Post

Patsy Garnett will step in as acting CIO until a permanent replacement is hired.

Podcasts

Critical Update: Federal CIO Suzette Kent on Leading Governmentwide Transformation

She joins the podcast to talk about the whole-of-government IT modernization effort and what success will look like.

Cybersecurity

Georgia’s National Guard Unit Wants Some Help Prepping for a Big Cyber Test

The Georgia Army National Guard has a cyber readiness inspection coming up and wants a contractor to spend the summer helping it get ready.

IT Modernization

GSA Needs Vendor Volunteers to Test FedBizOpps API

Companies have until May 25 to volunteer to test the new API interface between FBO.gov and beta.SAM.gov.

IT Modernization

Bill Would Set 2-Year Deadline for Agencies to Get Digital

The 21st Century IDEA would require agencies to have a digital option for all paper-based forms and in-person interactions.

Emerging Tech

White House Announces Select Committee of Federal AI Experts

The new interagency group will coordinate artificial intelligence programs and research across government.

Emerging Tech

10 Drone Programs Get Federal OK To Break The Rules

The public-private partnerships will test the use of drones in heretofore forbidden conditions, under the oversight of the Transportation Department and FAA.

Policy

The Tech Targeted in Trump’s Rescission Request

The $15 billion request would cancel funding for two technology loan programs.

Policy

Draft Defense Bill Delegates DISA, Back Office Cuts to Management Chief

The draft National Defense Authorization Act withdraws a requirement to “eliminate” the warfighters’ IT shop but would remove most of its central functions.

Cybersecurity

Senate Wants More Cyber Intelligence

The Senate Sergeant at Arms is looking for an automated cyber intelligence platform that does it all.

CIO Briefing

Don’t Panic, FedBizOpps Is Working. It Just Has a New IP.

Some users might need to update their security settings to continue using FedBizOpps services.

IT Modernization

Transportation CIO Says She Doesn’t Want Any More Money

Vicki Hildebrand said she can find funding within the department and doesn’t plan to tap the Technology Modernization Fund anytime soon.

CIO Briefing

What the Federal CIO Thinks a CIO Should Be

Being a technologist is not enough for government CIOs, according to Suzette Kent. They need to evolve.

Emerging Tech

TSA Issues First Contract Call Through Homeland’s Silicon Valley Program

The Transportation Security Administration needs low-key, automated screening tools and is asking non-traditional vendors for ideas.

Cybersecurity

One Cybersecurity Metric To Dwell On

If Commerce Department acting CIO Rod Turk had to pick just one cybersecurity metric to measure, this would be it.

IT Modernization

Centers of Excellence Are A 'Cultural Intervention' For USDA, Says CIO

The department shows a renewed energy and shift in strategic thinking even in the first phase of the program, Agriculture CIO Gary Washington said.

CIO Briefing

Interior Wants Wi-Fi for Burning Man

Even temporary cities/arts festivals need networks for government and law enforcement operations.

IT Modernization

Feds Need To Be Pirates, Not Ninjas, Says Defense Health Official

Defense Health Agency's David Cooper urged his fellow feds to embrace pirate principles—at least when it comes to mobile apps.