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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

VA Halts Health Records Deployments Through 2021

The decision follows a 12-week strategic review ordered by VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

Data

National Archives Seeks to Revamp How Presidential Library Archives Social Media

NARA is looking for outside ideas around the improvement of its Presidential Library website.

CIO Briefing

GAO Issues Recommendations to White House Science and Tech Wing

This is the first time the Government Accountability Office has provided a priority recommendation letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

CIO Briefing

Bipartisan Calls to Regulate Facial Recognition Tech Grow Louder

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have concerns about increased use of biometric technology.

Cybersecurity

Report: COVID-19 Increased Acquisition Activity in Cyber Industry

The pandemic contributed to more than 120 publicly announced cybersecurity acquisitions in 2020 as the need for cybersecurity tools grew.

Emerging Tech

Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Public Housing

The proposal would also direct the Housing and Urban Development Department to conduct a comprehensive report on how the tech is used, why and its impact on tenants. 

IT Modernization

Pentagon Cancels JEDI Cloud Contract

The Defense Department will opt for a new multibillion-dollar, multi-vendor contract.

IT Modernization

Survey: Nearly 80% of Feds, D.C. Employees Believe Productivity Increased With Telework

The American Federation of Government Employees survey comes as agency heads decide how to operate in the waning months of a pandemic. 

IT Modernization

GSA’s Latest Blanket Purchase Agreement Benefits Climate Agency

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a new way to procure mission critical IT.

Data

Feds Offer Tips to Better Leverage Agency Data

Making better use of agency data is not as simple as flipping a switch.

Data

GAO: Tech, Automation Improved Decennial Census Productivity

More than half of the Americans self-responded to the decennial census using the internet in 2020.

CIO Briefing

Government’s Contract Spending Reached Record High in Fiscal 2020

Fiscal 2020 is the fifth straight year of increased government contract spending, according to Bloomberg Government.

Policy

White House Presents Steps to Address Supply-Chain Problems

A new task force would examine issues that surfaced during the pandemic, including semiconductor shortages.

IT Modernization

VA to Wrap Health Records Review ‘In a Few Weeks,’ Secretary Says

Denis McDonough told lawmakers the agency would change the management and oversight of the multibillion-dollar modernization program.