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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.
News

Lawmakers Ask National Archives to Certify Whether Trump Returned All Presidential Records

A Congressional committee expressed concern that former President Donald Trump may still possess presidential records at non-secure locations.

News

More Than 1 in 3 Government Employees Haven’t Taken a Vacation in Last Year, Survey Says

Public sector employees cite the cost of taking time off as a key reason why they aren’t vacationing.

IT Modernization

SAIC Snags $160M Contract to Support Navy Networks

The Virginia-based company will provide an assortment of IT services to the U.S. Navy.

Podcasts

Critical Update: The Information Constellation—How NOAA Data Ends up in Forecasts

The environmental agency collects vast amounts of data each day from its constellation of satellites.

News

Strong Solar Storm Could Impact U.S. Communications This Week

The geomagnetic storm could also make auroras visible in the Northeast and upper Midwest.

Policy

Survey: Performance, Pressure Have Increased Among Remote Government Employees During COVID

The survey also revealed managers seem to trust employees to perform more in virtual environments.

IT Modernization

DHS Research Arm Seeks Science, Tech Capabilities to Protect U.S. Agriculture

The agency issued a request for information to support its Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense program.

News

GSA Appoints Climate Adviser

The General Services Administration released a few other personnel announcements Monday.

IT Modernization

Report: Federal Call Center Modernization Requires Strategy Sea Change

Call center and customer experience investments aren’t being made in the most efficient manner, according to research from Accenture Federal Services.

Policy

House Chair Looks to Protect Census from Politicization

The legislation applies mostly to the decennial census, which the U.S. government undertakes every ten years.

Data

Energy Awards $14 Million to Improve Climate Change Modeling

Data from the projects is expected to improve scientists’ understanding of the atmosphere.

Data

Senators Call on FTC to Investigate TikTok

Recent reports suggest the People’s Republic of China can access the data of U.S. citizens.

Cybersecurity

Homeland Security, Israeli Partners Team to Improve Cyber Resilience

The joint initiative will be managed by the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation.

Policy

House Lawmakers Introduce CHIPPING IN Act

The bipartisan bill aims to provide a boost to the nation’s semiconductor workforce.