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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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Do Federal Bosses Speak Data? They Should.

June 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The volume of the world’s data is growing exponentially, and if federal leaders aren’t smart about data, the next few years probably aren’t going to be very fun for your agency. This point was made Thursday by General Services Administration Deputy Administrator Adam Neufeld, who explained GSA’s early efforts in...

Better Data Just Saved Taxpayers $900 Million in Medicare Fraud

June 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, the Justice Department announced the largest fraud takedown in Medicare’s history, resulting in criminal and civil charges for 301 individuals accused of participating in health care fraud schemes totaling $900 million. It was a major effort that included personnel from the FBI and various Health and Human Services...

After Testing, 3 Companies Cleared to Store Sensitive Data in the Cloud

June 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three cloud service providers have achieved the first authority to operate at FedRAMP’s high-impact baseline and are now available to host some of the government’s most sensitive unclassified workloads. After an 18-month process, Amazon Web Services GovCloud infrastructure-as-a-service, CSRA’s ARP-C IaaS and Microsoft Azure Government’s IaaS and Platform-as-a-Service offering can...

In NASA’s Contracting Office, Skip the Buzzwords, Please

June 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA might be one of the most buzzworthy agencies but don't expect any love from the procurement office if you come in throwing around buzzwords. NASA prefers to focus on the requirements its mission owners need to fulfill their endeavors – like launching humans into space – and less on...

Will Amazon’s IC Marketplace Disrupt IT Acquisition?

June 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Launched in April and first reported by Nextgov last year, Amazon Web Services’ Marketplace for the U.S. intelligence community aims to change the status quo for how the 17 intelligence agencies buy technology. The IC Marketplace is essentially a classified version of AWS’ public marketplace that allows customers to peruse...

Nextgov Event: The State of Federal IT Contracting

June 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This year is a big one for IT contracting. The top dozen or so IT contracts bid out by the federal government could be worth a combined $10 billion per year over the next decade, and the single largest contract – Alliant 2 – is expected out to bid June...

Nextgov Event: Data, Analytics and a World of Possibilities

June 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the world’s mobile devices, internet-connected sensors and computers will produce about 500,000 gigabytes of data – 50 times the volume of data stored within the Library of Congress. Compare that to the global internet traffic in 1992, which totaled 100...

DOD Plans to Eliminate Common Access Cards

June 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department’s reliance on Common Access Cards may be coming to a close. On Tuesday, DOD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen announced a 2-year plan to eliminate CACs, 20 million of which have been issued to active duty Defense personnel, DOD civilian employees and contractors since 2001. “Frankly, CAC...

Federal CIO: IT Upgrade Fund is ‘Single Biggest Opportunity’ to Make Dent in Legacy IT

June 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott on Tuesday called on industry technology stakeholders to support the Obama administration’s proposed $3.1 billion IT modernization fund. Speaking at the Brocade Federal Forum in Washington, Scott said the “time for action is now” to modernize the government’s aging systems – some of which...

Industry to DOD: There’s Innovation in the Beltway, Too

June 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon has made an unprecedented push to cozy up with Silicon Valley over the past two years, opening satellite offices on the West Coast and Boston in an effort to import fresh insight, ideas and innovation from the private sector to the military. But the highly public outreach doesn’t...

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