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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.
IT Modernization

TTS Aims to Help Rebuild the Public’s Trust of Government

The tech group's director said each time an individual interacts with the government is an opportunity.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director Says Extremists Flocking to Encrypted Apps Poses New Challenges

Christopher Wray told lawmakers tech companies are the ones making policies about encryption.

IT Modernization

Draft Senate COVID Relief Bill Includes $1B for Technology Modernization Fund

The fund gets a second chance at a boost after a $9 billion proposal didn’t make it to the House-passed bill.

CIO Briefing

IG: ‘Tens of Billions’ in Fraudulent Unemployment Claims in 2020

A Labor Department Inspector General memo suggests a massive uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims brought on by COVID-19.

CIO Briefing

Tech Among Top Priorities for Biden’s CIA Director Pick

William Burns also said he’d look to build morale at the agency in part by speaking “truth to power.”

CIO Briefing

Democratic Lawmakers Call Out TV Companies Over Misinformation Spread

The pair asked cable, satellite and streaming TV companies about conspiracy-related content ahead of a Feb. 24 hearing.

CIO Briefing

CISA Names Three Leadership Appointments

CISA announced a new deputy director, executive assistant director for cybersecurity and executive assistant director for infrastructure security.

Data

Veterans Affairs Rolls Out Ethics Framework for Guarding Vets’ Data

The agency aims to set expectations around who can manage, view and access veteran data.

IT Modernization

GAO Recommends VA Pause EHR Deployment to Resolve Issues

The Veterans Affairs Department told auditors it will move on with deployments while addressing test findings. 

CIO Briefing

OMB Nominee to Prioritize Efficient, Tech-Savvy Government

Neera Tanden cited cybersecurity as one of her top priorities and pushed for Congress to add to the Technology Modernization Fund.  

CIO Briefing

Senate Requests Intel on Capitol Attack

The lawmakers want timelines and operational details from 22 government agencies and offices leading up to the Jan. 6 breach of the building.

CIO Briefing

4 Steps to Deliver a ‘Future Fit’ Technology Strategy

A Forrester report offers suggestions for tech leaders looking to develop a modern tech strategy that allows for emerging technologies.

IT Modernization

Federal Cloud Spending Tops $6.6 Billion

It’s the most the federal government has ever spent on cloud computing services.

CIO Briefing

Survey: Majority of Senior Executives Feel Burned Out

Overall, more than one in three feds attribute burnout to COVID-19 circumstances.

IT Modernization

Defense Agencies Can Access Amazon Web Services Cloud Through MilCloud 2.0

The milCloud 2.0 contract offers an expanded suite of cloud offerings and services to defense agencies.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Hints It Could Abandon the JEDI Cloud Effort

The department still urgently needs an enterprise cloud and indicates it may consider other options.

CIO Briefing

House Dems Push for $9B for Tech Modernization Fund in Next COVID Package

The funding would come from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan.

CIO Briefing

IRS Appoints Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer

The IRS announced its first senior leadership position under the Taxpayer First Act.

Cybersecurity

FTC Warns ‘U.S. Trading Commission’ Website Is a Scam

Whoever is behind the site is using the Federal Trade Commission's logo and address.

Cybersecurity

IG: DHS Lacks Effective Privacy Oversight

While the agency had six major privacy incidents, the privacy office fell short in numerous areas.