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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IT Subcommittee to Focus on Buying Better Tech Faster

5:08 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow In its first session of 2017, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology convened Tuesday to address an issue it has discussed frequently over the past few years: IT acquisition. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, rehashed a greatest hits album of acquisition issues facing the federal government...

Nextgov Event: Experience the True Power of Digital Government

March 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future federal government runs on digital technologies, delivering services and information to citizens at light-speed, not two to three business days. On Thursday, Nextgov and Government Executive will convene a forum to discuss how agencies are improving their digital service delivery, basing decisions on mission outcomes and customer satisfaction....

IT Modernization Bill Could be Reintroduced in Congress This Week

March 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the tech-savviest congressmen is ready to reintroduce legislation to tackle one of the federal government’s greatest technology problems. Sources on Capitol Hill tell Nextgov Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, could this week introduce a tweaked version of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which passed the House in September but...

Nextgov Event: Join Us March 29 for Tech Refresh  

March 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The struggle to modernize federal IT systems is real. Since former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott declared legacy technology a bigger crisis “than Y2K ever was,” IT modernization has been at the forefront of the federal tech agenda. This is a challenge every federal agency faces, and it’s a...

GAO: Optimize Data Centers or Lose Them

March 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If federal agencies can’t get better at optimizing its data centers, maybe they need to get out of the business and into the cloud, said one of the government’s top tech oversight officials Thursday. Dave Powner, director of IT management issues for the Government Accountability Office, said the government has...

Can Trump Make Veterans' Health Care Great Again?

March 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Past scandals, complaint backlogs and looming decisions about how to best provide health care to more than 9 million veterans provide President Donald Trump “a chance to lead” at the Veterans Affairs Department early in his new administration, according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra. Chopra, now the...

Nextgov Event: All in on Artificial Intelligence

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence is all the rage in government right now—and for good reason. Complex software written on ever-evolving hardware and computing capabilities has the potential to disrupt the economy by trillions of dollars, could provide instantaneous customer feedback to millions of customers, help humanity get to Mars and beyond, and...

VA Secretary Promises Decision on Whether to Go to Commercial Health Records

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Newly confirmed Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin promised Tuesday his department would decide by July whether to move to a commercial health records system. It’s a decision Shulkin said should have been made years ago. “From my perspective, I wish this decision had been made by a prior secretary,” said...

More Feds Telework Than Ever Despite Managers' Resistance

March 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly half a million federal employees teleworked in fiscal 2015—a 70 percent jump over 2012 numbers—yet agencies are likely not making the most of telework programs across government. In a report released Monday, the Government Accountability Office identified managerial training, managerial resistance and issues with documentation and data integrity as...

It’s Possible to Cut Legacy Spending. Here’s How FCC Did It.

March 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In recent years, legacy IT has shaped up to be one of the government’s biggest tech challenges. In 2016, then-U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott championed a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund that—while it failed to pass through Congress—ultimately drew significant awareness to how much the government spends and relies...

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