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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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CIA Director: Open Source a ‘Tremendous Advantage’

1:40 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA gained a major intelligence advantage by embracing something available to everyone: open source data sets The agency operates the intelligence community’s Open Source Enterprise and has been hiring open source specialists to analyze public data sets and combine them with classified data. “It's been a tremendous, I think,...

IG Calls Out Federal Acquisition Service Over IT Resellers

July 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal procurement officers planning to buy one of Sharp’s 70-inch LED Smart TVs off the General Services Administration’s Schedules Program from an IT reseller will find the cost ranges from $1,597 to $3,000. Those kinds of significant price discrepancies aren’t supposed to happen under the Schedules Program, but they do...

Spy Chief 'Excited' about Agency’s Modernization Effort

July 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although CIA Director John Brennan admitted last week the agency’s modernization effort has experienced pushback from some of its most tenured employees, he expressed excitement over how his agency has used technology to improve its data collection and analytic efforts. The CIA made news two years ago for its deal...

Can Better IT Management Save Government $5.8B?

July 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Can better IT management save government $5.8 billion? The federal government will likely spend $90 billion or more on information technology in the coming fiscal year, and with more spending expected on cybersecurity and health IT down the road, total federal tech spending is going to trend upward. How then,...

Sequestration Can’t Halt Government’s ‘Historic’ Health IT Spending

July 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal health IT spending grew 27 percent annually from fiscal 2011-2015, with the market jumping from $2 billion four years ago to $6.5 billion in fiscal 2015, according to research from big data and analytics firm Govini. Civilian health agencies fueled health IT spending the most. The Health and Human...

Ebook: State of Federal IT Contracting

July 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2016 may go down as the largest, most impactful year for federal IT of the decade. The single largest IT contract alone- - Alliant 2 -- went to bid in June, and will help agencies usher in new technologies valued at $65 billion over the next decade. The numbers only...

How DOD’s Third Offset Strategy Benefits NASA

July 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new report highlights how NASA's relationship with the Defense Department has kept the space agency primarily unscathed by sequestration, and its spending is on pace to rise again in fiscal 2016 following an 8 percent bump the prior year. While most headlines are devoted to its space launch program,...

The Pentagon’s Massive IT Consolidation Plan Is In Trouble

July 20, 2016 The Pentagon announced the Joint Information Environment in 2010 as a massive effort to consolidate an IT infrastructure that supports more than 2 million military active duty and civilian personnel around the world. But a recent audit from the Government Accountability Office—released six years into JIE—suggests the modernization effort lacks...

A New CISO for NASA

July 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. space agency has a new chief information security officer. Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz, whose 20-year career included positions with Microsoft, University of Maryland, the White House and the departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, will begin effective Aug. 8 after being selected by NASA Chief Information Officer Renee Wynn. She’ll...

Is Pentagon’s Push to a Joint Information Environment in Trouble?

July 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon announced the Joint Information Environment in 2010 as a massive effort to consolidate an IT infrastructure that supports more than 2 million military active duty and civilian personnel around the world. But a recent audit from the Government Accountability Office – released six years into JIE – suggests...

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