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Frank Konkel

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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.
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.

IT Modernization

White House Unveils Latest Plan to Fix Government Technology

The first center of excellence will be a partnership between the Agriculture Department, White House, General Services Administration and industry.

Data

NGA Launches Bold Recruitment Plan to Hire Silicon Valley's Best

The intel agency is hacking hiring rules to fill three new digital teams in its quest for data dominance.

Emerging Tech

5 Companies Protest Alliant 2 Contract—So Far

More than 160 companies bid on the contract but 61 made the cut.

Cybersecurity

EPA Sued Over Employees Using Encrypted Messaging App

An advocacy group is suing the EPA over an open records request regarding employees’ use of the application Signal.

Emerging Tech

Rethinking Federal Customer Experience

This ebook looks at how agencies are baking customer experience into their missions.

IT Modernization

Amazon Web Services Announces Secret Cloud Region For CIA

The company is able to host government data in the cloud at unclassified, sensitive, secret and top secret classification levels.