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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

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.

Policy

IT Modernization Bill Heads to President

Congress passes the Modernizing Government Technology Act as part of the defense authorization bill.

CIO Briefing

Bid Protests Decline in 2017

Contractors filed fewer contract protests for the first time since 2013.

Policy

Sessions: Surveillance Reform Could Be 'Exceedingly Damaging' to National Security

Getting a warrant before searching through information collected under Section 702 authorities would be burdensome, the attorney general told lawmakers.

CIO Briefing

Agency Scores Fall in Latest FITARA Scorecard

The new metric on software licensing knocked many agencies' grades down.

Policy

Congress May Be Making the Pentagon Amazon's Next Big Customer

Though lawmakers revised the so-called "Amazon amendment," only a small number of companies could provide the government with an e-commerce site.

IT Modernization

GSA to Industry: Help Us Write Better Cloud Contracts

The government doesn’t always do a good job explaining what it wants.

CIO Briefing

Federal Agency Customer Experience Act Clears Senate

The legislation awaits a markup from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

CIO Briefing

This One Rule Informs All of Veterans Affairs' Customer Service Decisions

Bells and whistles are great, but they don't matter if they aren't helping customers, Veterans Affairs Department's Lynda Davis said.