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Aaron Boyd

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.
Public Safety

While You're Watching Super Bowl LIII, DHS and Atlanta Will Be Watching You

Federal and local law enforcement are combining efforts—and technology assets—to secure the biggest sports event of the year.

Infrastructure

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.

Tech & Data

How FEMA Could Help Avoid Another Missile Alert Mishap

State and local authorities are responsible for sending and rescinding alerts but FEMA can—and says it will—require the underlying infrastructure be more user-friendly.

Management

FEMA Wants a New Way to Verify Survivors After Disasters

The new system will need to handle up to 750,000 cases at the same time to ensure survivors get what they need while fraudsters get shut out.

Public Safety

D.C. Airport First In Nation to Catch Suspected Imposter Using Facial Biometrics

After three days of operation, Washington Dulles International Airport’s biometric cameras identified a man allegedly attempting to use someone else’s passport to enter the U.S.

Tech & Data

Senators Want to Double Funding for Putting Commercial Drones in the Air

A bipartisan amendment would double 2019 funding for FAA’s efforts to integrate drones into national airspace.

Tech & Data

Two Companies Picked to Protect Nation’s 600 Dams From Cyberattacks

The Interior Department awarded spots on a five-year, $45 million contract to manage IT risk for more than 600 dams nationwide.

Tech & Data

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.

Smart Cities

Americans Say They’re Ready for Robots to Deliver the Mail

A survey conducted by the Postal Service inspector general polled citizens on how they would feel if a robot delivered the mail with—or instead of—a human.

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