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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

‘Tens of Thousands’ of Government Contractors Laid Off Due to Shutdown

The prolonged government shutdown is getting "pretty scary" as the number of federal employees and contractors forced out of work could impact the nation’s next jobs report.

IT Modernization

Draft Solicitation for Multibillion DEOS Coming This Month

GSA signaled it is close to issuing a draft request for quotations for the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract.

CIO Briefing

Here’s How the Shutdown Hurts Government Contractors

The shutdown is having a major effect on government contractors and federal employees alike.

CIO Briefing

Moonlighting Feds Could Be Risking Their Jobs

Furloughed federal employees turning to other jobs need to be aware of federal ethics guidelines and agency rules a second job could violate.

CIO Briefing

Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 Tech Workers in DC Would Consider Leaving Their Employer for Amazon  

A survey suggests Amazon’s new HQ2 in Arlington, Va., is going to dramatically disrupt the local workforce—especially in tech.

Emerging Tech

Survey: Americans Warming to Use of Facial Recognition Tech

Americans do not favor strict limits on facial recognition technology, according to a new national survey.

CIO Briefing

Federal Business Opportunities Site and Others Online After Issues

Three important sites operated by the General Services Administration experienced technical problems last week.

IT Modernization

Lawmakers Reintroduce Legislation to Strengthen Federal CIO

The bill would elevate the authority of the federal chief information officer and chief information security officer.  

Emerging Tech

The FBI is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can.

CIO Briefing

Editor’s Favorites of 2018

As we say goodbye to 2018, Nextgov's executive editor revisits some of our most impactful and important stories from the previous year.

CIO Briefing

NGA Announces New Director

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will have a new director come February.

IT Modernization

The Devil’s in the Details as GSA Seeks to Consolidate the Multiple Award Schedules

The agency is entering an important transitional year as it combines its many schedules into one.

CIO Briefing

Your Favorite Stories of 2018

Nextgov readers have great taste and according to our most-read stories of 2018, that includes a hankering for the administration's major tech policies and a touch of scandal.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Completes First App Migration to MilCloud 2.0

The Defense Department is beginning to move applications to its milCloud 2.0, its next-generation on premise cloud solution.

Emerging Tech

Homeland Security Delegation Visits Asia for Emerging Tech Ideas

An agency group is going abroad for ideas about 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cybersecurity.

CIO Briefing

Amazon Intervenes in Oracle’s JEDI Lawsuit

A judge ruled that Amazon Web Services has standing in Oracle’s case against the Defense Department regarding its massive cloud contract.

IT Modernization

GSA Wants More Feedback on E-Commerce Portals

The General Services Administration urged industry partners to comment before the holidays if they have input for the proof-of-concept stage.

IT Modernization

GAO Dismisses IBM’s JEDI Protest

With the U.S. Court of Federal Claims addressing a similar case, the Government Accountability Office dismissed IBM’s protest.