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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.

GAO: Defense Department Isn’t Doing Enough to Protect Sensitive Information

Federal cybersecurity has been on the Government Accountability Office’s High Risk list since 1997.


Legislation Promoting Cyber Collaboration Between DHS and States Awaits Biden Signature

The legislation would improve information sharing between federal cybersecurity authorities and state and local governments.

Emerging Tech

What We Learned from Congress’ First Open UFO Hearing in 50 Years

A House hearing Tuesday discussed everything from extraterrestrials to advanced technology potentially developed by other nations.


FBI Announces New Intelligence Directorate Chief

Tonya Ugoretz formerly held the role of assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division.

IT Modernization

Energy Seeks Input on Power Grid Modernization, Expansion

The Energy Department continues taking action on investments through President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.


Survey: Most Agencies Expect to Meet Zero Trust Requirements

More than half of federal IT professionals surveyed are actively implementing a zero trust strategy.


U.S. Spy Chief Reiterates ‘Overclassification’ Concerns

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testified Tuesday before the Senate.


Survey: 93% of Americans Fear Cyber Warfare Against U.S.

A consumer survey suggests Americans are taking some steps to prepare for possible cyber warfare.


6 in 10 Americans Would Quit Current Job for Remote Position

Work-life balance is increasingly important for today’s post-pandemic workforce.


Senator Calls on Biden to Fill OSTP Leadership Role

The Biden Administration has not put forth a nominee for the Cabinet level position.

IT Modernization

Three Ways the Future of Work Must Change for Federal Employees

Federal officials and industry experts offered insights on what federal workplaces of the future need to look like.