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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor, Nextgov

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.
Emerging Tech

$12 Billion Intelligence IT Contract Out for Bid

Proposals for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s SITE III contract are due Aug. 21.

Cybersecurity

FBI Opens a New China-Related Counterintelligence Investigation Every 10 Hours, Director Says

China is ramping up illegal activity to subvert the U.S. during the pandemic, according to FBI Director Chris Wray.

Emerging Tech

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The subcommittee wants assurances from Amazon that its Ring doorbell camera isn’t being misused by law enforcement.

Policy

Senate Passes Bill to End Payments to Dead People

The bill follows an audit that found the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals.

IT Modernization

Inside the Navy Financial System’s Cloud Migration

The Navy is running $70 billion in annual financial transactions in Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud.

IT Modernization

GSA Ups Spending Limit for STARS Governmentwide Contract to $22B

The agency raises the ceiling again for the popular small business set-aside contract. 

Emerging Tech

Study: Customers Increasingly Turn to Self-Support Amid Pandemic

Customers have increased their reliance on chatbots and self-support sessions since the coronavirus began.

Policy

3 Bills Focused on Securing Tech Superiority Over China 

Lawmakers aim to beef up the government’s tech prowess and put protections on American intellectual property and talent. 

Emerging Tech

3 Ways to Hire More Tech Talent

Want to hack a satellite? Come work for the Defense Department, one of its leading talent officials said.

Podcasts

Critical Update: COVID-19 Challenges Test Veterans Affairs' Customer Experience Office

The Veteran Experience Office has been instrumental in ensuring veterans’ voices are heard and acknowledged, even amid a global pandemic.

CIO Briefing

House Pushes IGs to Investigate Federal Agency Reopenings

IGs may have more work to do regarding the government’s coronavirus response.

IT Modernization

DOD, GSA to Rethink $8B DEOS Cloud Contract—Again

In the works since 2018, the Pentagon’s Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract remains on hold.

CIO Briefing

GAO Provides Inspector General Reform Guidance to Congress

Among many recommendations, the Congressional watchdog suggested IGs only be removed for just cause.

Data

Lawmakers Want To Know Why DHS Used Drones To Surveil Protestors

Congress continues to seek answers from federal agencies regarding their response to nationwide protests.

CIO Briefing

Social Security Administration Seeks to Solicit More Feedback from Customers

The agency is following White House guidance to improve customer service delivery, beginning with getting more input from actual customers.