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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Frank Konkel
Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area after getting his start in journalism working at local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan. Frank was born and raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University.
IT Modernization

Pentagon Announces Industry Day For Major Cloud Acquisition

The Defense Department will host an industry day for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition on March 7.

IT Modernization

VA Secretary on $10B Health Records Contract: ‘We Have To Get This One Right’

The Trump administration requested $1.2 billion in fiscal 2019 for a commercial health records contract, which the department is expected to award by March.

Emerging Tech

White House ‘Deeply Committed’ to Artificial Intelligence

The White House made machine learning and autonomous systems research and development priorities this year, the deputy chief technology officer said.

Emerging Tech

It Costs Taxpayers $41 Per Phone Call To IRS

The IRS wants to provide a better user experience to customers without breaking the bank.

IT Modernization

DOD Issued a $7 Million Cloud Support Contract To a Company With One Employee

The Defense Department awarded a sole-source contract to Eagle Harbor Solutions, an Alaska-based small business with a single employee, to consult in its major cloud acquisition.

CIO Briefing

Citizen Satisfaction With Government Reaches 11-Year High

Citizen satisfaction jumped 2.5 percent in 2017 with federal agencies, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

IT Modernization

Optimization Is Next Step For Defense Department’s Health Records Platform

The Defense Department and the contractors building its $4.3 billion health records platform say they’re on schedule

CIO Briefing

Beltway Hosts 3 Amazon HQ2 Finalists

Amazon narrows the 238 proposals it received to build its next headquarters to 20 finalists.

IT Modernization

Defense Department Halts Electronic Health Records Rollout

During an eight-week pause, the department will assess the program's successes and failures so far.

CIO Briefing

Love Him or Hate Him, Darrell Issa Changed Government Technology

The man behind some of the government's most important tech efforts in recent decades announced his retirement.

Emerging Tech

National Forecasts Get Supercomputing Boost

Following the worst weather year ever, the federal government is investing heavily in supercomputing to improve forecasting.

Policy

Trump Signs Executive Order to ‘Streamline’ Rural Broadband

The order offers no funding for broadband projects but aims instead to reduce bureaucratic barriers for industry.

IT Modernization

GSA’s $50 Billion IT Contract Delayed Again

A pair of companies is challenging General Services Administration’s Alliant 2 contract vehicle in court.

IT Modernization

FedRAMP Issues Step-By-Step Guide for Cloud Adoption

The cloud office shares its best practices for federal agencies that want to grant a cloud service provider permission to operate.

IT Modernization

White House Takes Down ‘We the People’ Petition Tool

The message on the website says it will return in January with responses to the petitions that merit it.

CIO Briefing

IG Pushes For Better Customer Experience At Postal Service

One of the first things the service needs to do is to get more feedback from customers.

Policy

5 Tech Issues Congress Wants GAO to Keep an Eye On

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee provided five new directives to the Government Accountability Office related to ensuring the government maximizes its tech investments.