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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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Why Knowing What You Have Is Key to IT Modernization Efforts

2:37 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow They say you don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone, but that’s especially true for federal agencies amid large-scale IT modernization efforts. “Sometimes, the only time you know what you have in your house is when you move after 20 years,” said David Bray, the chief information officer at...

Join Nextgov and Defense One on Feb. 10: Tech Modernization in Focus

February 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has repeatedly called the government’s legacy technology problem “bigger than Y2K.” The problem is simple to explain but complex to address: 75 percent of the government's $80 billion IT budget is spent on archaic systems, or what’s referred to by many as “keeping the...

The Big Budget Crunch Awaiting America's Spies

February 4, 2016 Since a peak funding level of $80.1 billion in 2010, the 17 agencies within the intelligence community have been forced to operate with declining dollars, down to some $66 billion in fiscal 2015. According to a new report from market researcher Deltek, the IC’s overall budget may be on the...

The Intelligence Community’s Big Budget Challenge

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since a peak funding level of $80.1 billion in 2010, the 17 agencies within the intelligence community have been forced to operate with declining dollars, down to some $66 billion in fiscal 2015. According to a new report from market researcher Deltek, the IC’s overall budget may be on the...

How Do You Govern Data in the Internet of Everything?

February 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today’s increasingly connected world has the federal government reacting to a level of connectivity that was unimaginable only a decade ago. By 2020, more than 200 billion sensors will produce data on everything from human hearts to heavy construction equipment to ocean seafloors -- and all of it will flow...

The $5B Leidos-Lockheed Deal: Size Still Matters

February 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin decided to acquire helicopter producer Sikorsky for $9 billion and announced plans over the summer to spin off its IT business, the move signaled a narrowing of the behemoth contractor’s focus back to its roots in weapons systems and aerospace. For Leidos, which last week...

What Will OMB's New Requirements Do for Federal Customer Service?

January 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week at Government Executive, John Kamensky highlighted a directive in the 2016 consolidated appropriations bill directing the Office of Management and Budget “to report on agencies’ progress in developing customer service standards and incorporating them into their performance plans.” The directive is a strong signal from the House appropriations...

Report: IT Security Spending Set to Rise

January 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new report suggests the federal government will significantly increase spending on general IT security in the coming years and will drop even more cash for security products and services related to national security and emergency services. The report, from research firm IDC Government Insights, predicts a 3.2 percent increase...

With Lockheed Deal, Leidos Is Now the Government's Largest IT Provider

January 27, 2016 Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday it’s spinning off its $5 billion IT business and merging it with former rival defense IT firm Leidos. The companies announced the deal six months after Bethesda-based Lockheed—the largest defense contractor—signaled it was looking to spin off its Information Systems & Global Solutions business, which currently...

With Lockheed Deal, Leidos Now the Government’s Largest IT Provider

January 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday it’s spinning off its $5 billion IT business and merging it with former rival defense IT firm Leidos. The companies announced the deal this morning, six months after Bethesda-based Lockheed – the largest defense contractor – signaled it was looking to spin off its Information Systems...