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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House Oversight Demands Info on DHS Senior Staff Private Email Use... Again

August 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this week after the agency failed to turn over information of senior staff’s private email use Congress requested back in March. In a letter dated Aug. 23, Chaffetz said DHS has “failed to comply...

Artificial Intelligence, Tech and Tequila: Come Hang with Us

August 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We’re hosting our sixth Tech & Tequila meetup Thursday on how government is dealing with artificial intelligence, from both the policy and practical use perspectives. If you haven’t signed up yet, get to it and dress down; we’re hosting it at The Capitol View at 400’s open rooftop and the...

Pentagon’s Contract-Spending Problem

August 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department continues to spend more than half its contracting dollars without legitimate competition between vendors, according to its Office of Procurement and Acquisition Policy. A competition scorecard for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 released this week by the office shows that of $205 billion awarded in contract...

Clinton Email Saga Continues with 'Spillage' Request

August 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House oversight committee wants more information from the FBI regarding Hillary Clinton’s email use while she was secretary of state, including which aides or personal representatives may have had access to a “spillage” of classified information. In a letter dated Aug. 22, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman...

Leidos’ Post-Deal Identity

August 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leidos closed on its acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s IT business last week, nine months after the national security firm announced the deal and shook up the IT contracting world, proving size still offers significant advantages for contractors dealing with the federal government. Through the acquisition, Leidos effectively doubled its size...

What's In Pentagon Newly Released IT Vision?

August 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department has reprioritized its goals as they relate to the future of information technology and packaged them together in a document released this week. Called the “Way Forward to Tomorrow’s Strategic Landscape,” DOD’s new vision includes everything from cloud computing and cybersecurity to closing data centers and ensuring...

Alliant 2 Deadline Extended

August 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Industry has another two weeks to submit bids for Alliant 2, the largest IT contract released in the past decade, after an extension by the General Services Administration. The new proposal deadline for Alliant 2 Unrestricted—valued at potentially $50 billion—is Sept. 13, and Sept. 12 for Alliant 2 Small Business,...

DHS Offers States Cybersecurity Help with Elections

August 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has promised state election officials his department’s assistance addressing cybersecurity risks within each state’s election systems. Johnson made the remarks in a conference call with representatives from National Association of Secretaries of State, U.S. Election Assistance Commission and representatives from various federal agencies, including the...

Leidos Closes on Lockheed Martin’s IT Business

August 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense IT firm Leidos today announced it has successfully closed on the acquisition of Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business, formalizing a deal announced in January. With Lockheed Martin’s $5 billion IT business, Leidos becomes the government’s largest IT provider—nearly doubling its annual revenue to $10...

Alliant 2 Contract Gets First Bid Protest Test

August 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The largest IT contract of the decade—Alliant 2—now faces its first bid protest. Vienna, Virginia-based Enterprise Information Services on Aug. 10 filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office over the General Services Administration’s solicitation terms. » Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox....

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