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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

JEDI’s Legal Challengers Make Their Next Moves

Amazon Web Services asks a federal judge to stop work on the cloud contract and Oracle knocks back assertions that the procurement was fair because Microsoft won. 

Cybersecurity

Weakening Encryption Could Impact Election Security, Coalition Says

An election security group said the Justice Department’s renewed calls for access to encrypted data could impact more than privacy.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Issues JEDI Task Order for Training

The $1 million task order signals the Pentagon wants to move forward with JEDI.

IT Modernization

Amazon Will File Injunction to Stop JEDI Work

The latest twist in the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract could halt further action.

Emerging Tech

DHS Kicks Off DNA Collection Program for Some Detainees at Border

Border agencies will send samples to the FBI’s databases for indefinite storage.

CIO Briefing

Oracle’s JEDI Appeal Continues

There was an abundance of legal activity over the holidays in Oracle’s JEDI appeal.

Cybersecurity

Government Makes Strides Sharing Cyber Threat Information

The government’s only laggard complying with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 is the Defense Department.

IT Modernization

Survey: Feds View Security as Biggest Hurdle to Cloud Adoption

While agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud services, a survey reveals pain points in getting there.

IT Modernization

After Two Years, JEDI is Finally Underway

The second year of competition for the Pentagon’s controversial cloud contract was as dramatic as the first.

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IT Modernization

Microsoft Gets Temporary Authority to Host Secret Classified Defense Data

A Defense agency has granted Microsoft a temporary provisional authority to host data at Impact Level 6 for the next 90 days.

IT Modernization

A More Automated FedRAMP is One Step Closer

The program office seeks public comments on updates to its automation plans.

Data

NSA Data Storage Poses Risk to Civil Liberties, Watchdog Says

An audit conducted by the National Security Agency inspector general raises questions about the intelligence agency’s data retention policies.

IT Modernization

Audit: Cloud Use Up But Agencies Skirting FedRAMP

More than 60% of federal agencies audited by the Government Accountability Office did not always use FedRAMP to authorize their cloud solutions.

IT Modernization

Agencies Turn In ‘Best FITARA Scorecard Ever’

Collectively, the federal government improved its oversight grades in IT modernization.

Cybersecurity

Survey: Ransomware Will Continue to Threaten Public Sector Organizations in 2020

About one-third of the state and federal IT officials who responded said they faced a ransomware attack in the last three years. 

IT Modernization

Microsoft and Pentagon to Kick Off JEDI Cloud Prep 

Microsoft and Defense Department officials will meet for three days to discuss the cloud project despite Amazon lawsuit.

Emerging Tech

Amazon Claims Pentagon Got Almost Everything Wrong in JEDI Evaluation

The company alleges the president’s public beef with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos influenced “substantial and pervasive errors” in the Defense Department’s technical evaluation of bids.

IT Modernization

Amazon Web Services Chief Says Pentagon Got it Wrong with JEDI Award

The head of Amazon Web Services isn’t pulling punches at the company’s global summit in Las Vegas.