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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

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

After two years, the NSA finished rebidding its “Groundbreaker” program and is beginning work on a secretive new set of communications contracts.

CIO Briefing

GSA Releases Customer Experience Playbook

The government released a go-to guide for customer experience practitioners.

CIO Briefing

Pentagon to Young Techies: We Want You (To Come Work for Government)

The Defense Department is trying new methods of engagement to recruit young tech talent.

CIO Briefing

Tech Industry Group Dissolves Public Sector Division

An Information Technology Industry Council reorganization is changing how it will push for government IT issues.

IT Modernization

USDA Saved Millions So Far Due to Centers of Excellence

The Agriculture Department has avoided $26 million in spending due to the first phase of its modernization effort.

IT Modernization

Microsoft, Amazon CEOs Stand By Defense Work After Google Bails on JEDI

The leaders of two contenders for the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract sounded off on Google’s decision not to bid.

Emerging Tech

GSA’s Tech Teams Increasingly Important to Administration’s Tech Priorities

18F and the Technology Transformation Services face a more certain future than just two years ago.

IT Modernization

IBM Files Bid Protest Against Pentagon’s JEDI Contract

IBM becomes the second company to file a pre-award bid protest against the Pentagon’s multibillion cloud contract.

IT Modernization

Microsoft to Host the Government’s Classified Data Early Next Year

The software giant made a slew of announcements Tuesday that indicate how seriously it is targeting government business, especially cloud computing.

CIO Briefing

VA’s National Cemetery Administration Continues High Customer Satisfaction Scores

The federal agency with the highest customer satisfaction scores continues its high performance, according to new internal survey data.

CIO Briefing

Oracle Continues Protest Push Against JEDI

Another legal maneuver by Oracle just a week before bids for the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract are due.

CIO Briefing

Nextgov Names James Hanson as Publisher

Hanson will be Nextgov’s first publisher, and will lead business development, product planning and client relations.

CIO Briefing

Legislation Would Elevate Federal CIO, Codify Federal CISO

The bipartisan legislation would reauthorize, rename, codify and elevate the role of federal chief information officer.

CIO Briefing

Survey: Citizens Favor a More Digital Government

Most of the citizens polled thought digital services are as important or more important than traditional service delivery.

CIO Briefing

‘Unprecedented’ Government Spending Spree Picks Up Speed

The federal government could spend close to half its appropriated budget in the final fiscal quarter, which ends Sept. 30.

IT Modernization

Federal Cloud Spending Trends Toward All-Time High

Cloud spending is sky-high across federal agencies and only expected to grow from here, according to a new analysis.

Emerging Tech

Oracle Files Second Supplemental Protest Against JEDI

The company continues to keep the legal pressure on the Defense Department.

Policy

GAO: 'Urgent Action’ Needed to Address Nation’s Cyber Challenges

The Government Accountability Office is sounding the alarm that U.S. critical infrastructures are not as secure as they should be.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Pulls ‘Rapid Cloud Migration’ RFI

The Defense Information Systems Agency did not offer any explanation for the cancelation.