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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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The Architect Behind the Intelligence Community's Cloud Move Retires

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The architect behind the strategy that catapulted the 17 agencies within the intelligence community to the cloud retired Tuesday. IC Chief Information Officer Al Tarasiuk, who authored the IC Information Technology Enterprise strategy in 2011 at the behest of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, announced his retirement after 28 ...

Could Big Data Fix Government’s Cyber Problem?

April 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a new study, the U.S. government’s IT leadership believes hackers permeate infected networks for an average of 16 days before detection. For a sophisticated intruder, 16 days is an eternity to sniff around and ferret out data, manipulate log files and generally wreak silent havoc. The study, released ...

FBI Readies Multimillion Contract for Cyber Expertise

April 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Finding the right workforce talent is never easy, but it’s a particularly challenging feat for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which frequently requires subject matter experts with high clearances and diverse skill sets. To fill its growing list of unique openings -- especially in the cybersecurity arena -- the FBI ...

Agencies Often Lack Strong Authentication and it’s a Big Problem

April 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cyberbullies of the world like to beat up on the U.S. government. The Office of Management and Budget’s annual Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress revealed that agencies reported nearly 70,000 cyberincidents in fiscal 2014, a 15 percent bump up from the previous year. My colleagues at ...

Innovation in Federal IT? Sorry, Not in the Budget This Year

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, recently noted that more than 80 percent of the government’s IT budget is spent on legacy technology. He’s not alone in thinking government has its technology investment priorities backward. A survey by software provider SolarWinds of 123 public sector IT managers and ...

Martha Dorris Moves Positions at GSA

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Martha Dorris will take her talents to another directorate within the General Services Administration. Dorris, currently the director of the Office of Innovative Technologies in GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, will May 1 become the director of GSA’s Office of Strategic Programs within GSA’s Office of Integrated ...

Tech Giants Team Up to Unleash NOAA’s Data

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over a year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sought industry feedback to help it better share the more than 20 terabytes of weather data it produces every day. Today, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker revealed the culmination of NOAA’s efforts: a big data project between NOAA and a ...

18F’s Hillary Hartley on Redesigning Government Services: Put the People First

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was originally published in a shortened version on March 13. The article has been expanded. As the deputy executive director at 18F, the federal government’s digital services delivery team, Hillary Hartley’s job is to put end users at the forefront of any technology project. The bit of irony ...

HealthCare.gov Still Gets Poor Marks for Customer Experience

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout may have been mitigated by a mercenary band of techies, but it’s still behind the curve in customer experience, according to Forrester’s Customer Experience Index. Released today, the report’s findings are based on perceptions from more than 46,000 consumers surveyed last November and December on 299 U.S. ...

These 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches

April 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines. In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come. Yet, a great many of these calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene, according to ...