Frank Konkel

Frank Konkel is the editorial events editor for Government Executive Media Group and a technology journalist for its publications. He writes about emerging technologies, privacy, cybersecurity, policy and other issues at the intersection of government and technology. Frank also runs Nextgov's Emerging Tech blog. He began writing about technology at Federal Computer Week and previously reported on 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.
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Rep. Will Hurd: ‘Encryption is Good for Our National Security’

September 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2016, the San Bernadino killings elevated encryption to national discussion as the FBI and Apple waged a very public battle over how much authority law enforcement should have in subverting encryption technologies that otherwise ensure privacy for users around the globe. Recently, FBI Director James Comey said a national...

First FedRAMP Accelerated Authorization Takes 15 Weeks

September 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two weeks ago, FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich told an audience authorizations sped up significantly under the cloud security program’s new FedRAMP Accelerated approach, and today Goodrich’s team released some numbers to back up those statements. In a blog post, Goodrich announced its first cloud service provider—Microsoft Customer Relationship Manager Online—received...

Want Better Customer Experience? Try Creating 'OMG' Moments

September 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As a whole, the federal government provides the worst customer experience among all industries, but agencies could go a long way toward improving its standing by creating “oh my God” moments for customers. Kim Scott Heinle, assistant general manager for customer service and advocacy at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority,...

NOAA’s Next-Gen Weather Satellite Gets Launch Date

September 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After what amounted to a year’s worth of delays, the U.S. government will finally launch the first of an $11 billion next-generation constellation of weather satellites on Nov. 4 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the launch of the first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R)...

Tech + Tequila: Tapping into Tech Hubs

September 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If there’s one thing we can say about the Obama administration’s tech legacy, it’s that civilian, military and intelligence agencies have made significant inroads seeking innovation from tech hubs outside the Beltway. Agencies with various missions—from the Pentagon’s national security imperative to the Federal Communications Commission’s regulatory duties—are turning to...

Maria Roat to Become New CIO for Small Business Administration

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After serving a little more than two years as the chief technology officer at the Department of Transportation, Maria Roat has accepted the role of chief information officer at the Small Business Administration. Roat confirmed the move to Nextgov Monday, and her final day at Transportation will be Sept. 30....

Survey: Federal IT Pros Favor Clinton Over Trump

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s techies prefer Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Republican nominee Donald Trump in a big way. According to a survey conducted by Meritalk, a Virginia-based public-private partnership, 52 percent of federal IT professionals plan to vote for Clinton, while only 32 percent will cast their vote for Trump....

House Oversight Votes to Hold Clinton Techie in Contempt

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Hillary Clinton email saga continues. On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee voted 19-15 to hold Bryan Pagliano, formerly a tech aide for Clinton while she served as Secretary of State, for failing to testify about Clinton’s private email server that he maintained. “Mr. Pagliano is a...

House Passes Modernizing Government Technology Act

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One week after Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, introduced new IT legislation to the House of Representatives, designed to thrust government into 21st-century technologies, the Modernizing Government Technology Act passed on a voice vote. “Many parts of the federal government’s IT infrastructure are stuck in the Stone Age,” said Hurd, who...

IG: GSA’s Schedules Program Pricing Issues Cost Taxpayers

September 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A General Services Administration Inspector General audit released this week suggests outdated or inaccurate pricing information provided by contractors regarding products and services on the GSA Schedules Program may cost taxpayers as much as $405 million per year. The audit is the fourth in a series of IG reports highlighting...

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