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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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Obama Says Customer Experience is a Big Deal. Is it?

July 31, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On his final appearance on "The Daily Show," President Obama talked about technology, government modernization and – perhaps most important – his administration’s push to improve the relationship between federal agencies and the customers they serve. “Can we make stuff a lot better than it has been?” Obama said. “How...

UPDATED: Leidos Wins Massive Pentagon Health Care Records Contract

July 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The Pentagon today awarded its years-in-the-making multibillion contract to upgrade its electronic health records system, to defense IT firm Leidos, which partnered with electronic health record vendor Cerner and Accenture Federal. The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract’s base value is $4.3 billion over 10...

10 Years After Katrina, NOAA Preps for Launch of Powerful New Weather Satellites

July 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina headlined one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history – a season that saw some 4,000 lives lost and $160 billion in damages across the country. Since 2005, supercomputing advances and tech upgrades have bolstered the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s efforts to...

Obama Talks Federal IT on ‘Daily Show”

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some of the most memorable sound bites from President Barack Obama’s appearance on "The Daily Show” last week centered on government technology and the IT challenges faced by federal agencies. Obama broached on the wave of Silicon Valley tech talent invading government, challenges in IT procurement and how better IT...

The Real Benefit of Switching to the Cloud, According to this Intelligence Community Tech Official

July 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the past several years, the terms “cost savings” and “efficiency improvements” have frequently popped up when discussing the benefits of cloud computing. Whether that’s the result of fancy marketing by a growing number of cloud service providers or the result of a years-long hype, those two common phrases aren’t...

What Happens if There’s a Massive Data Breach in the Cloud?

July 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government IT systems have taken a beating lately, with the recent Office of Personnel Management’s breach exposing some 21-plus million federal employee records being just the cherry on top of what’s been a cybersecurity sundae from hell for most agencies. But coincidentally, none of these breaches involved cloud systems. Federal...

IC Hones in on New CIO

July 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It appears the intelligence community, composed of 17 intelligence agencies, will soon have a new chief information officer following the departure of Al Tarasiuk in April. In a statement released Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the intelligence community’s intent to appoint as its new CIO, Raymond Cook,...

In Tech Innovation, Don’t Forget about Governance

July 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In love, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. In IT, you often don’t know what you got ‘til your supposedly secured systems get owned and your data is all over the Internet. Or in enemy hands. Just ask the Office of Personnel Management and the 21-plus million...

Need a Use Case for Cloud? Look to FCC

July 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing is expected to change how government does business, but at a time when most federal agencies are hesitantly trying out the concept, the Federal Communications Commission has shoved its poker chips to the center of the table and yelled, “all in.” By the end of 2017, the agency...

Pentagon’s $11 Billion Health Records Deal to be Awarded by Month's End

July 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow All signs point to the Defense Department awarding its multibillion Defense Healthcare Management System contract by the end of July. The Pentagon’s public notice for the contract, which was first released almost 18 months ago, was closed for discussion July 14, one month after DOD’s Office of Inspector General announced...