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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Trump’s New Chief Digital Officer is Already Gone

February 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gerrit Lansing’s tenure as the White House’s chief digital officer did not last long. Politico reported Wednesday that Lansing, who made the move to the White House in January after serving as the Republican National Committee’s chief digital officer since 2015, failed to pass a national security background check. A...

18F Wants to Change the Rules, Not Break Them, Leader Says

February 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The tech group 18F took some heat Tuesday when a General Administration Services inspector general audit found it skirting compliance rules and security procedures, but the department’s leader says the Obama-era tech unit is still committed to hacking bureaucracy. “Our job is transforming technology in government, and our job is...

Expired Security Certificates Locked DHS Employees Out of Network

February 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An expired security certificate was to blame for some Homeland Security Department employees being locked out of their computers Tuesday morning, as first reported by Reuters. In a statement, a DHS official told Reuters an “expired DHS certificate” caused a temporary network outage in four U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...

Tech + Tequila: Come See How the Government is Using Drones for Good

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones represent one of the most promising emerging technologies of the 21st century, and the federal government is primed to take advantage of the assortment of unmanned aerial systems entering this growing market. Yet, it might surprise many to learn that drones are already being used for more than military...

How a Flooded Data Center Sparked a Cloud Migration Effort

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cinderella’s '80s power ballad “You Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” hints at love lost and found, but for federal agencies and their vast IT inventories, they often just don’t know what they've got. That’s according to Maria Roat, who became the chief information officer at the Small...

Deloitte Highlights Tech Trends to Watch

February 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology has been evolving fast and government agencies will need to figure out what has potential use for their missions, according to Deloitte’s annual Tech Trends report released today. The report highlights eight trends to watch for: unbounded IT, dark analytics, machine intelligence, mixed reality, inevitable architecture, everything-as-a-service, trust economy...

Congress Requests Review of EPA’s Use of Encrypted Communications

February 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Republican members of Congress are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general to investigate use of encrypted chat applications like Signal among the agency’s employees. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, penned a letter Tuesday to EPA IG Arthur Elkins,...

Watchdog: Better Data Needed to Fight Medicaid Fraud

February 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An audit from the Government Accountability Office states better data should help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversee the $80 billion it doles out for personal services provided in homes for long-term care. These services, which include bathing, dressing and toileting, are among the highest risk for improper...

Forrester Predicts Less Money for Federal Tech, More for State and Local

February 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new analysis suggests a decrease in tech sector spending for the federal government under President Donald Trump, but significant growth in that sector for state and local governments. Released this week, analysis by Forrester Research predicts federal tech spending to decrease 0.1 percent in 2017 and 0.6 percent in...

Congress Wants Quarterly Reports on VA’s Tech Investments

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It appears the 115th Congress wants to keep a closer eye on the Veterans Affairs Department and its tech troubles. Following a hearing Tuesday before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs that raised several issues, including that VA spends close to 90 percent of its $4 billion IT budget on...

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