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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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Congressman: Why Is The White House Exempt from Federal Cyber Rules?

May 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to make the case for a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund, he faced a series of questions about the government’s archaic systems – some of which are more than 50 years old. The...

Federal CIO on IT Upgrade Fund: ‘The Bigger Risk is Not Doing Anything’

May 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used a congressional hearing Wednesday on the government’s outdated technology to argue for legislation that would create a $3.1 billion modernization fund agencies could borrow against to upgrade their most critical systems. Some of the government’s oldest technology, revealed in a Government Accountability Office...

‘Ticking Time Bomb?’ Congress Probes Obsolete Federal Tech

May 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Defense still uses a 1970’s IBM Series/1 computing system – including 8-inch floppy disk drives – to coordinate operations of the United States nuclear forces. Parts of the system are even older, dating back to the Kennedy administration. Two of the Treasury Department’s tax systems, which retain...

What the T in FITARA Really Means

May 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act tends to be associated with chief information officers across government. That makes sense, because the legislation is supposed to give CIOs the power of the purse when it comes to tech investments. Yet, a conversation Monday among the top tech, budget and...

Congress Flexes Muscle on FITARA

May 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress cracked the legislative whip Wednesday on a cadre of top tech officials from various agencies regarding their updated scores implementing the Federal Information Technology and Acquisition Reform Act. Wednesday’s hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform’s IT operations subcommittee, featured chief information officers from NASA and the departments...

FITARA Scorecard: Fewer Agencies Get Failing Scores on IT Reform

May 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the most part, federal agencies improved upon the poor grades they earned in the first Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act implementation scorecard released in November. A second version of the scorecards will be released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's IT subcommittee during a hearing...

Officials Worry US ‘Falling Behind’ in Race to Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks

May 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electromagnetic pulses and violent space weather outbursts might seem like national security threats straight out of science fiction. But the House Homeland Security Committee wants to ensure federal agencies are doing their best to prepare for them. During an Oversight and Management Efficiency subcommittee hearing Tuesday, legislators reviewed the possible...

US Navy Wants to Train Its Own 'Ethical' Hackers

May 17, 2016 The U.S. Navy, owner of one of the largest and most sophisticated computer networks on Earth, will turn some of its sailors into ethical hackers to better defend it. In a solicitation posted last week, the Navy outlined its requirements for training and graduation from the Certified Ethical Hacker program,...

Navy Wants to Train Employees to be ‘Ethical Hackers’

May 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Navy, owner of one of the largest and most sophisticated computer networks on Earth, will turn some of its sailors into ethical hackers to better defend it. In a solicitation posted last week, the Navy outlined its requirements for training and graduation from the Certified Ethical Hacker program,...

Navy’s NGEN Recompete Could Go Out to Bid in January

May 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Navy could recompete its $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Networks contract as early as January 2017, according to one of its top tech officials. Speaking at an AFCEA breakfast Wednesday in Crystal City, Virginia, Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer Janice Haith said the recompete of the NGEN could...