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Frank Konkel

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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

Congress Questions Trump's ZTE Deal

Plus the other goodies tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act federal employees need to know.

IT Modernization

GAO Rules Against Pentagon's Experimental $950 Million Cloud Deal

The Government Accountability Office recommended the Defense Department terminate a contract awarded to REAN Cloud in February.

IT Modernization

VA Signs $10 Billion Health Records Contract With Cerner

VA will formally pursue the same health records platform as the Pentagon.

IT Modernization

With No Permanent Leadership, VA Forges Ahead on $16 Billion Health Records Effort

The Veterans Affairs Department will press on with its electronic health records contract without a permanent secretary or chief information officer.

IT Modernization

JEDI Will Be Just One of Many Clouds, Says Pentagon’s No. 2

The giant and groundbreaking IT contract may cover just a fraction of the cloud-services orders to come.

IT Modernization

IRS’ 60-Year-Old IT System Failed on Tax Day Due to New Hardware

Congress and watchdogs have been warning the IRS to upgrade its systems for years.


House Armed Services Chair Wants to Cut DISA and Number of Defense CIOs

Draft legislation from Rep. Mac Thornberry would eliminate several Defense agencies, including DISA.

CIO Briefing

General Dynamics Completes CSRA Buy

General Dynamics finalized its acquisition of IT contractor CSRA for $9.7 billion.

Emerging Tech

Is Amazon The Lone Frontrunner For A $10 Billion Pentagon Cloud Contract?

Amazon Web Services may be the only vendor capable of meeting Defense Department requirements for its highly-anticipated cloud contract.

CIO Briefing

Bidding War Over? CACI Withdraws Offer To Buy CSRA

CACI withdrew its $7.2 billion offer to purchase IT contractor CSRA.

CIO Briefing

General Dynamics’ Acquisition of CSRA Is An Even Bigger Deal Than You Thought

If General Dynamics’ $9.7 billion acquisition of CSRA goes forward, the company will be the federal government’s largest technology services provider by a wide margin.

IT Modernization

Industry Sounds Off On Pentagon’s Cloud Strategy

The Defense Department received more than 1,000 comments from industry regarding its JEDI cloud acquisition.

IT Modernization

Google Cloud Targets Federal Government

Google wants to compete with Amazon, Microsoft and other companies for a share of the government’s massive cloud computing market.

CIO Briefing

CSRA Rebuffs CACI Bid

After receiving an unsolicited bid Sunday from CACI, CSRA and General Dynamics sweetened their original merger agreement.

IT Modernization

The IRS System Processing Your Taxes is Almost 60 Years Old

The IRS’ Individual Master File may be the oldest IT system in government and its failure could disrupt tax processing nationwide.