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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New Category Management Brass Coming to GSA

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration announced two new hires for its Office of Information Technology Category, as the agency looks to further build on its category management efforts in 2017. Keith Nakasone, formerly the senior procurement executive within the Federal Communications Commission’s Enterprise Acquisition Center, will now serve as deputy assistant...

US Digital Service Gets New Leader

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mikey Dickerson, the first administrator for the U.S. Digital Service, will leave his post Friday, along with a slew of other political appointees as President-elect Trump is inaugurated. The leadership for USDS—President Barack Obama’s original tech team, with its 200 recruits—will now fall to director of engineering, Matt Cutts, who...

Why GAO’s Bid Protest Dismissals for Alliant 2 Are a Big Deal

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office’s recent dismissal of pre-award bid protests against the Alliant 2 governmentwide contracting vehicle will have ramifications beyond a potential $65 billion worth of IT services it could bring to the federal government over the next 10 years. That’s because GAO’s decision is essentially an affirmation of...

Microsoft Gets Big Cloud Win in Defense Department

January 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft's Azure Government has become the first commercial cloud provider to receive official provisional authorization to host the Defense Department’s most sensitive controlled unclassified information. According to a blog post by Microsoft Azure’s general manager, Tom Keane, the Microsoft cloud can host any kind of unclassified DOD data, including critical...

GAO Denies Alliant 2 Protests, Evaluations to Come

January 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office has dismissed the pre-award bid protests of several companies that took issue with solicitation language in Alliant 2, the $50 billion IT contracting vehicle the General Services Administration put out to bid in June 2016. The protesting companies—Buchanan & Edwards, Inc., Enterprise Information Services, Inc., InfoReliance...

Outgoing DOD CIO Defends Pentagon's IT Modernization Efforts

January 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen announced his retirement Wednesday, two and a half years after taking the reins as the Pentagon’s top tech official. Halvorsen’s last day will be Feb. 28, and though a decision has not yet been made on who will serve as acting CIO following...

Transportation Secretary Nominee Wants Agency to ‘Keep Pace’ with Innovation

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Transportation Department, wants to bring the agency back to speed in technology and innovation. Testifying Wednesday during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Chao said the department’s failure to keep up with evolving technologies has kept...

Tech Trade Group to New Congress: Let’s Collaborate

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A trade group representing some of the largest IT companies is calling for a collaborative approach among the new Congress, the Trump administration and the tech industry. In a blog post explaining the tech industry’s legislation priorities for the 115th Congress, the Information Technology Industry Council outlined four priority areas...

Virginia Lawmaker Wants Answers on Whether D.C.'s Metro System Is Ready for a Cyberattack

January 10, 2017 It would be an exercise in futility to list the headaches experienced by riders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in recent years. Following the death of a 61-year-old woman in a smoke-filled Metro tunnel in January 2015, SafeTrack—a year-long series of planned repair jobs to WMATA’s 117 miles...

Is DC's Subway Ready for a Cyberattack?

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It would be an exercise in futility to list the headaches experienced by riders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in recent years. Following the death of a 61-year-old woman in a smoke-filled Metro tunnel in January 2015, SafeTrack—a year-long series of planned repair jobs to WMATA’s 117 miles...

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