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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

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.

CIO Briefing

Agencies Increase FITARA Scores

Eleven agencies increased their grade and 13 remained the same.

Emerging Tech

Think Tank Offers AI Strategy Pointers for White House, Congress

The Center for Data Innovation released a report with six goals and 40 recommendations to keep the U.S. at the forefront of artificial intelligence.

IT Modernization

Oracle Takes JEDI Case to Court

After a failed bid protest effort, Oracle has taken its issues with JEDI to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Emerging Tech

Software Glitch Adds to Issues for NOAA’s Newest Weather Satellite

Technicians have identified a software glitch in the GOES-17 weather satellite it launched in March.

Cybersecurity

TSA Unveils Cybersecurity Roadmap

The agency identifies four priorities and six goals to address

Emerging Tech

Quantum Computing That Can Crack Modern Encryption More Than a Decade Away

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests encryption-cracking quantum computers are possible, but won’t be built in the immediate future.

IT Modernization

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

The FBI is the latest intelligence agency to partner with Amazon Web Services.

Emerging Tech

Amazon’s Plan to Capture Space Data

Amazon launched a new service that can port data from commercial satellites directly into its cloud.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon's $10 Billion JEDI Contract Clears One Protest; Second Protest Pending

A subsequent bid protest filed by IBM remains up in the air for the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon is Spending Big on RFID Tech

The military is spending millions on RFID to track supplies, vehicles and other shipments, and recently exercised a second option on a $102 million RFID contract.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon’s Chief Management Officer Resigns

After weeks of speculation around his performance, John Gibson announced his resignation effective Nov. 30.

IT Modernization

Report: Amazon HQ2 Coming to Northern Virginia, NYC

Amazon’s presence in the Beltway is set to grow, according to The New York Times.

CIO Briefing

IBM Buys RedHat in $34 Billion Deal

One of the biggest tech acquisitions ever revolves around cloud computing.

IT Modernization

Microsoft Commits to Defense Work While Attempting to Soothe Employees

Microsoft firmly committed to supporting the U.S. military but could shift employees who have ethical concerns about some projects to other work.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Announces Major Changes to Its Other Multibillion-Dollar Cloud Contract

The Defense Department’s partnership with the General Services Administration leads to a rethought Defense Enterprise Office Solutions competition.

Cybersecurity

Hackers Breach Healthcare.gov

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acknowledged 75,000 people's records were accessed but haven’t disclosed who might be behind it.