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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.
CIO Briefing

Get Ready for a Massive Government Spending Spree

A combination of factors will see federal agencies trying to spend as much as 40 percent of their budgets in the final two months of the fiscal year.

Emerging Tech

NOAA’s Next-Gen Weather Satellite is Still Malfunctioning and May Not be Fixable

The second satellite in NOAA’s $11 billion GOES program continues to experience issues with its most important instrument and officials still aren’t sure what’s wrong.

CIO Briefing

Acquisition Professionals Place Little Importance on Innovation, Survey Finds

Respondents found some recurring challenges were offset by an improvement in acquisition talent.

IT Modernization

The Tech Side of Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government

The plans would force government to get digital, as well as improve the way it provides services to citizens.

IT Modernization

GSA Seeks Industry Feedback to Better Harness Tech Spending Data

The government wants to get a better grip on the money it invests in IT and digital services.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s Second Multibillion Cloud Contract to Be Bid in Coming Months

Officials say the Defense Department’s multibillion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract is expected to be bid out in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Answers JEDI Pricing Questions But No RFP Yet

For the first time, the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement has hit a time snag.

IT Modernization

Another Defense Agency to Tap CIA's Commercial Cloud

Documents indicate the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center aims to provision secret and top secret cloud services from the Amazon-developed C2S Cloud.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s MilCloud 2.0 Could Host Classified Data by 2019

The cloud offering is close to meeting stringent requirements to host secret and top secret classified data.

CIO Briefing

Agency Grades Get Worse in Latest FITARA Scorecard

Eleven agencies dropped and five agencies improved in Congress’ latest FITARA scorecard.

IT Modernization

Microsoft Scores Big Cloud Deal with Intel Community

The announcement could improve the company’s chances for the Defense Department’s JEDI competition.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Wants Cloud Secure Enough to Hold Nuke Secrets

The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud will be designed to store the government’s most sensitive classified information, including nuclear secrets.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Orders Fourth Estate Agencies to Move to MilCloud 2.0

A memo from the Pentagon’s chief information officer issues a timeline for some agencies to migrate to the cloud.

Emerging Tech

Amazon, Facebook and Other Tech Giants Will Talk AI With White House

Executives from nearly 40 companies will discuss ramifications and regulations of artificial intelligence with White House officials.

IT Modernization

Tech Firms Ask Congress to Intervene on Pentagon JEDI Contract

A group representing 80 technology companies is asking Congress to make sure the cloud procurement is a transparent process.

IT Modernization

How a Pentagon Contract Sparked a Cloud War

Amazon and Google are taking on defense contractors in a heated battle for billions in government contracts.