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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.
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Pentagon Makes Its Case for JEDI

The Pentagon defended its JEDI acquisition Friday and pushed back against “myths” and misinformation.

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Why Trump Cares About the Pentagon’s Mega-Cloud — and Why That Terrifies Those Who Want It

Breaking up the $10 billion JEDI network project will hurt the U.S. military’s effort to speed data to troops, its fans argue.

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JEDI Contract on Hold for Defense Secretary Review

It’s unclear whether the review will impact the contract’s timeline. 

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Pentagon's JEDI Contract Clears Legal Hurdle But Others Remain

Oracle’s lawsuit against the Pentagon over its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract is over, clearing the way for an award.

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Pentagon’s DEOS Award Could Be Coming Sooner Than Expected

An award for the Pentagon’s multibillion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract could come by August.

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House Republicans to Trump: Stay Out of Pentagon Cloud Acquisition

Four members of the House Armed Services Committee asked Trump to let the Pentagon award its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract without delay.

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Trump ‘Looking Into’ Pentagon’s JEDI Contract

The president said Oracle, IBM and Microsoft have been complaining about JEDI.

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Bipartisan Legislation Targets Chinese Firm Huawei

Congress wants to up its authority on emerging tech threats from China.

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Court Rules in Favor of Pentagon in JEDI Lawsuit

The ruling against Oracle clears the way for the government to award the contract in August to Microsoft or Amazon Web Services.

Policy

Trump Executive Order Directs ‘All Agencies’ to Share Citizenship Data with Commerce Department

The executive order followed President Trump’s Rose Garden remarks Thursday but doesn’t provide many specifics regarding how to move the records.

IT Modernization

GSA's Centers of Excellence Wants Industry Feedback on Pending OPM Effort

The General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence effort at the Office of Personnel Management is ramping up.

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Pentagon’s Messaging on JEDI: Without it, Our Adversaries Win and Troops Lose 

Pentagon officials have been increasingly vocal about JEDI in recent months as the court battle continues.

CIO Briefing

President Trump Signs Taxpayer First Act

The law will force the IRS to improve its customer experience while providing tools to move faster in hiring.

CIO Briefing

The Government’s Historic Spending Spree Continues

Spending data from the Government Accountability Office confirmed last year’s predicted spending spree and early fiscal 2019 data suggests historical spending levels continued.

Policy

Congress Passes Bill That Forces IRS to Revamp Taxpayer Experience

The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this month and would usher in major changes to the way IRS engages with millions of customers.

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OMB Updates Data Center Optimization Initiative

The new policy bans agencies from budgeting resources toward new or expanded agency-owned data centers without permission from the Office of Management and Budget.