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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.
CIO Briefing

How the Government Shifted Its Onboarding Strategy During the Pandemic

Despite a largely remote workforce, the government hasn’t stopped hiring employees, especially those performing critical mission functions.

CIO Briefing

Survey: More than Half the Tech Workforce Say Pandemic Hurting Career Progression

Networking opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic have been at a minimum, and it’s negatively impacting the private-sector workforce.

Cybersecurity

Justice Department Charges 5 Chinese Nationals with Hacking More than 100 Companies

Two Malaysian businessmen also were arrested in Malaysia and face extradition in related charges.

IT Modernization

Why the Pentagon’s JEDI Saga Is Far From Over

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement may be grounded until at least February, according to a new timeline agreed to by the government and Amazon Web Services. 

CIO Briefing

Report: Government Employee Experience is Hindering Government Performance

But public sector organizations can take some easy steps to improve employee experience.

CIO Briefing

Veterans’ Experiences With VA’s Health Care System Improve

The Veterans Affairs Department offered better experiences than community-based care except when it comes to access to care, according to a recent study.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Awards JEDI Cloud Contract to Microsoft for the Second Time

The decision follows a months-long legal challenge filed by Amazon Web Services.

CIO Briefing

Oracle Loses Another JEDI Appeal

Oracle had argued the Pentagon’s decision to award the contract to a single award was flawed.

CIO Briefing

110,000 Americans Died Waiting for Social Security Disability Benefits in Last Decade 

Americans waited an average of more than two years for benefits decisions from the government during the past decade.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Plans Single-Award $11B IT Contract

The Defense Enclave Services contract could go out for bid as soon as late September.

Data

Survey: Nearly 3 in 4 Americans Want More Government Oversight on Data Privacy

Slightly less than half of Americans say they wouldn’t share any sort of sensitive information with a business for any reason.

Data

Survey: Federal Chief Data Officers Tout Importance of Data Governance  

Data governance is a major key for the success of chief data officers across government.

Cybersecurity

The President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Is Underway

The competition is open to any federal employee, including the Department of Defense and uniformed service members.

IT Modernization

The Pandemic is Pushing the Pentagon Toward Classified Telework

The Defense Information Systems Agency and the U.S. Air Force are expanding their classified remote work capabilities.

Cybersecurity

Commerce Expands Restrictions on Huawei

The department's Bureau of Industry and Security added another 38 Huawei affiliates to its Entity List.

CIO Briefing

OMB Makes Major Changes to Agency Guidance on Customer Experience

The Office of Management and Budget updated its Circular A-11 guidance for agencies this month, including an expanded definition of customer experience itself.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Requests More Time to Review JEDI Cloud Contract Bids

The Defense Department says it wants to further discuss Microsoft’s and Amazon Web Services’ pricing.

CIO Briefing

Survey: More Than Half of Tech Employees ‘Dread’ Work Each Morning

Private-sector tech employees face growing anxiety and loneliness related to the coronavirus pandemic.

CIO Briefing

Annual Government Spending Approaches Historic Territory

Driven heavily by the Defense Department, contract spending across government will exceed $600 billion in fiscal 2020.