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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.

Report: Ensure Federal AI Policies are Aligned

Federal agencies may not be on the same page when it comes to artificial intelligence programs.

CIO Briefing

The Pentagon’s Cloud War is (Finally) Nearing Conclusion

Following the end of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, a new effort is taking shape.

CIO Briefing

Biden Administration Made Major Customer Experience Moves in 2021

Major policy changes regarding how federal agencies serve citizens took pace over the past year.

CIO Briefing

GAO: NSA Erred in Technical Evaluations of $10 Billion Cloud Contract

The Government Accountability Office recommended the NSA reevaluate bids from Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

CIO Briefing

GAO: Pentagon Needs Goals to Improve CMMC Framework

The watchdog made several recommendations in an audit of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification effort.

Emerging Tech

Amazon Web Services Announces Second ‘Top Secret’ Cloud Region

The region is designed for U.S. defense, intelligence and national security agencies.


GAO: Better Data Collection Can Improve Homelessness Estimates

Auditors suggest the Housing and Urban Development Department can improve its homeless estimates by gathering better data at the local level.

CIO Briefing

Bid Protests Decrease for Third Straight Year

Industry filed 12% fewer protests in fiscal 2021 than fiscal 2020, according to the Government Accountability Office.


Tech Association Pushes Long-Term Approach to Semiconductor Shortage

The group issued several recommendations as part of a Commerce Department request for comment.


Bill Would Criminalize Census Disinformation

Violators could be fined tens of thousands of dollars if passed.

IT Modernization

Intelligence Community Preps Major Cloud Management Contract

A systems integrator will provide cloud integration, management tools and more to the intelligence community.


Half of Public Sector IT Pros Not ‘Fully Confident’ in Cyberattack Response

Most public sector IT professionals believe a lack of expertise and resources are hindering cyber posture as well.