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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.
Cybersecurity

Inside the NSA's New Cybersecurity Directorate

The National Security Agency has a new state-of-the-art center and a new attitude about sharing its threat information.

Emerging Tech

NOAA Seeks Fresh Tech Ideas for Weather Satellite Fleets  

The nation’s weather agency is looking for new tech ideas that could beef up its data collection and forecasting efforts.

IT Modernization

6 Lessons from Government Customer Experience Professionals

Officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Transportation Security Administration and Office of Federal Student Aid explained what’s worked in improving customer experience.

IT Modernization

GSA to Take Corrective Action on DEOS Cloud Contract

The General Services Administration will rework the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract to address a bid protest.

Cybersecurity

DOJ: Nigerian Hacker Targeted Federal Employees in $1M Scheme

A Nigerian national appeared in court Thursday facing charges over a $1 million phishing scheme that targeted vendors under the General Services Administration.

CIO Briefing

GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Announces Departure

Alan Thomas, GSA’s top acquisition executive, is leaving the agency for a private-sector position.

CIO Briefing

High Impact Agencies Release Customer Experience Action Plans

More than two dozen high impact service provider agencies shared their current and future investments.

Cybersecurity

Treasury IG Finds ‘Significant Vulnerabilities’ in IRS’ BYOD Program

The IRS’ bring-your-own-device program could increase the risk of data leakage, according to the Treasury Inspector General.

Emerging Tech

Where to Use AI and Other Tips From CIOs on Emerging Tech

The chief information officers from the departments of Health and Human Services, Justice and the General Services Administration offered emerging tech ideas to feds.

CIO Briefing

Trump’s Top Acquisition Official Outlines Priorities

Michael Wooten, the new administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, wants contracting professionals to meet 21st-century tech challenges head-on.

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CIO Briefing

GSA Seeks to Simplify Citizen Survey Work for High-Impact Agencies

GSA will usher certain agencies through Paperwork Reduction Act regulations to meet the administration's customer experience goals.

IT Modernization

Pentagon’s DEOS Contract Protested

The Government Accountability Office will make a decision on the protest by Dec. 18

Data

Study: More than Half of Americans Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly

Pew Research Center’s study is the latest to conclude Americans are growing more comfortable with having their faces scanned.

Emerging Tech

Lawmaker: Congress Needs to Focus on China or Risk Being Lapped

A Hawaii lawmaker said Congress needs more focus—and expertise—on the many threats China poses to the U.S.

CIO Briefing

Trump Signs Constituent Services Bill into Law

A bill to modernize constituent services is now the law of the land.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Makes Its Case for JEDI

The Pentagon defended its JEDI acquisition Friday and pushed back against “myths” and misinformation.