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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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Agencies Fail at CIO Authorities in New Scorecards

December 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More agencies have Fs than As, Bs and Cs combined in a new category measuring chief information officer authorities in the latest iteration of biannual Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecards compiled by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The low scores for agencies in the new data...

U.S. Chief Data Scientist: 'Time is Now' For Technologists to Jump into Public Service

December 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data is one commonality all today’s emerging technologies and levels of society share. Cloud computing, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, complex analytics and other new technologies all involve the storage, sorting, sharing, manipulating and analyzing data. People are the largest producers of it. The Obama administration was...

Tech Trade Groups to Trump: Support Innovation, Please

December 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Seventeen technology trade-group leaders joined together to pen a letter to Donald Trump Wednesday encouraging the president-elect to support innovation policies, offering a series of recommendations they believe will drive economic growth and better position the country’s digital future. The recommendations carry some weight considering the companies they represent employ...

GSA's New Tech Leader Says Group is Ready for Its Pixar Moment

November 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rob Cook, the new head of the General Services Administration’s tech wing, sees many parallels between where the Technology Transformation Service is today and where the collection of animators and techies who formed Pixar were in the mid-1980s. In those early, fledgling days for computer animation, Cook, a talented software...

Have a 'No Cloud' Policy? Here's Why That's Old Fashioned

November 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gartner’s latest cloud computing research is getting many mentions between sessions at Amazon Web Services’ re: Invent conference in Las Vegas. Linked above, Gartner says by 2020, “a corporate ‘no cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no internet’ policy today." In other words, no business will operate without...

18F Co-Founder on Why Tech Transcends Party Politics

November 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Aaron Snow began what would become a four-year term of government service as a member of the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellows in 2013 and will end it in an advisory role at the General Services Administration, offering guidance to the new head of the Technology Transformation Service, Rob Cook. In...

Better Weather Forecasts Ahead: NOAA's Next-Gen Satellite Lifts Off

November 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a series of delays, the first of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation geostationary environmental satellites is now orbiting 22,300 miles above the Earth’s surface following a successful launch Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-R, which stands for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, is the first of an $11...

How to Get the Market to Make Secure IoT Devices

November 18, 2016 Smartphones now outnumber people and by 2020, anywhere from 20 billion to 50 billion internet-connected devices will populate the Earth, creating an internet of things with both massive economic potential and grave security concerns. Securing the internet of things is among the federal government’s largest technological challenges and a policy...

How Procurement Could Secure Internet of Things

November 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Smartphones now outnumber people and by 2020, anywhere from 20 billion to 50 billion internet-connected devices will populate the Earth, creating an internet of things with both massive economic potential and grave security concerns. Securing the internet of things is among the federal government’s largest technological challenges and a policy...

Army Secretary: We Need to Open Ourselves to All Innovation

November 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Under President Barack Obama, civilian agencies and the Defense Department have made an unprecedented push for technological innovation from private-sector hubs across the country. That includes imbuing government ranks with a mixture of talent—civilian tech startups 18F and the U.S. Digital Service and Pentagon counterparts at the Defense Digital Service—and...

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