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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.
Policy

House Appropriations Package Now Includes Contractor Back Pay

There is still a chance federal contractors unpaid during the 35-day shutdown could get back pay.

Data

Why the Salesforce Acquisition of Tableau Matters to Government

Salesforce is positioning itself as more of a federal player with its purchase of Tableau.

Cybersecurity

Audit Raises Concerns for Pentagon’s Joint Regional Security Stacks

A Defense Department inspector general audit says JRSS isn’t working like it is supposed to.

Policy

Audit: Pentagon Acquisition Reform Requires More Leadership Attention

The Government Accountability Office also flagged a lack of oversight for many of the department's mid-tier programs.

Cybersecurity

NSA Issues Warning to Patch Legacy Windows Systems Over ‘Wormable’ Threat

The National Security Agency is warning Microsoft Windows administrators to patch and update systems due to a new vulnerability called “BlueKeep.”

IT Modernization

Tech Modernization Fund Would Get $35M in Draft Funding Bill

The $35 million is a middle ground funding number between what the administration proposed this year and what the fund received last year.

CIO Briefing

OPM Offers Reskilling and Workforce Tools to Agency Heads

The Office of Personnel Management wants agencies to prepare for the workforce of the future.

CIO Briefing

Defense Digital Service Awards ‘Civilian Hiring as a Service’ Contract

The Pentagon’s nerd squad is rethinking how it hires talent in fields like cybersecurity, computer science and user experience design.

IT Modernization

Shoddy Contracting Practices Lead to Overbilling at EPA

A limited review by the inspector general found the agency had paid of unallowable costs.

CIO Briefing

Bill Would Stop Government From Paying Dead People

Congress wants to eliminate tens of millions of dollars wasted annually on benefits payments to the deceased.

Policy

Senate Considers Bill to Modernize Constituent Services

The CASES Act is one of several customer experience-related bills Congress is considering.

Data

6 Citizen-Focused Steps Census is Taking to Improve the 2020 Count

Officials hope improving the customer experience for citizens will boost the participation rate for the Census Bureau’s biggest undertaking.

IT Modernization

Oracle Makes More Allegations in JEDI Lawsuit

Oracle filed a 125-page amended complaint with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

IT Modernization

Innovation From Within: How One Employee-Built Tool is Revolutionizing VA  

An open source tool called LEAF is saving the Veterans Affairs Department time, resources and perhaps millions in taxpayer dollars.

CIO Briefing

White House Announces ‘Gears of Government’ Award Winners

The White House recognized two dozen federal employees for delivering outstanding public service.

Policy

Senate Reintroduces Federal Agency Customer Experience Act

The bill, which cleared the Senate in 2017 and the House in 2018, again has House sponsors.