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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

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

DHS ‘Doubling Down’ on Election Security Heading Into 2020

Under Congress’ budget deal, the Homeland Security Department will receive $33 million to combat foreign influence campaigns and defend election security in fiscal 2019.

IT Modernization

DISA Announces a New Impact Level 5 Certification

PTC Cloud Services joins an elite group of cloud offerings to meet some of the Defense Department’s most stringent security requirements.

Data

Next-Gen Weather Satellite Operational Over Western U.S.

GOES-17 is operational and monitoring weather in the Pacific and western United States.

Cybersecurity

Which Country has the Best Cybersecurity? It Isn’t the U.S.

A study says the U.S. is above average when it comes to cybersecurity, but it’s not the best nation.

Emerging Tech

Amazon Proposes Facial Recognition Guidelines to Policymakers

The company called for “open, honest and earnest dialogue” instead of a ban.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Researching Bioelectric Implants To Help Troops Heal From Catastrophic Wounds

One of the Pentagon’s new research programs could see biosensors, actuators and even artificial intelligence implanted in soldiers to speed up the body’s healing processes.

CIO Briefing

Partnership for Public Service Pushes for the End of Shutdowns Forever

The nonprofit, nonpartisan group urged Congress and the president to come together.

Emerging Tech

27 Groups Call on Congress to Deny ‘Smart Wall’ Funding

Groups are speaking out against a congressional proposal to up spending on surveillance tech on the border.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Pushes for Speed in Cloud Strategy

The Defense Department expects multiple providers to support the different kinds of clouds of its missions.

IT Modernization

Microsoft Introduces Cloud Offerings for Where Networks Aren’t

The company's offerings are to support disaster response and military efforts in remote or network-deprived locations.

CIO Briefing

How Some Contractors Successfully Weathered the Shutdown

Tech and defense contractors share lessons learned during this lengthy government shutdown.

CIO Briefing

Stopgap Spending Measure Doesn’t Fix Federal Contractors’ Problems

Rebooting the government after a shutdown is not an immediate process and contractors are waiting for invoices to be paid.

Emerging Tech

AI, Deepfakes and the Other Tech Threats That Vex Intel Leaders

Top U.S. intelligence officials had a lot to say about tech at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

CIO Briefing

Tech Industry Group Names New Leader

After a strategy change late last year, the Information Technology Industry Council has picked a new chief executive officer.

CIO Briefing

Chamber of Commerce Says Shutdown has Cost Small Businesses $2.3 Billion

Small government contractors are choosing between laying off employees and going out of business.

Cybersecurity

National Intelligence Strategy Warns of Technological Threats to U.S.

Disruptive technologies will democratize capabilities previously available only to nation-states with plenty of resources.