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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area after getting his start in journalism working at 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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JEDI Will Be Just One of Many Clouds, Says Pentagon’s No. 2

April 24, 2018 The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract is just one slice of the Defense Department’s potential cloud business, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan told reporters Tuesday at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington that the single-award JEDI contract “represents less than 20 percent” of the Defense...

JEDI Will Be Just One of Many Clouds, Says Pentagon’s No. 2

April 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract is just one slice of the Defense Department’s potential cloud business, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan told reporters Tuesday at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington that the single-award JEDI contract “represents less than 20 percent” of the Defense...

Defense Department is Pursuing Another Multibillion-Dollar Cloud

April 23, 2018 The Defense Department can’t get enough cloud computing. On April 17, the Defense Department released a draft request for proposal for its Defense Enterprise Office Solution contract, which it says could be worth up to $8 billion over 10 years for a single winning company or team. It’s the second...

IRS’ 60-Year-Old IT System Failed on Tax Day Due to New Hardware

April 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service attributed the agency’s Tax Day crash to a piece of hardware supporting an IT system that is almost 60 years old. Called the Individual Master File, components of the system—including 20 million lines of computer code—date back to 1960, when John F. Kennedy was president. IRS...

House Armed Services Chair Wants to Cut DISA and Number of Defense CIOs

April 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency and six other Pentagon agencies would be eliminated by 2021 under a proposal from the House Armed Services Committee chair. The draft legislation, authored by Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, would transfer the functions, personnel and assets of Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network...

Pentagon Releases Second Draft RFP For Multibillion Dollar JEDI Cloud

April 17, 2018 The Pentagon released its second draft request for proposal for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, an acquisition that could be worth as much as $10 billion. The draft RFP—the last before a final one is issued in May—includes answers to more than 1,000 questions posed by industry and government...

Bill Would Create Federal Customer Service Standards

April 4, 2018 A pair of lawmakers want federal agencies to provide more consistent—and better—customer service for the millions of people who interact with them on a daily basis. In an effort to improve the government’s dismal customer experience, Reps. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga. and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., introduced legislation that would create customer...

Bill Would Create Federal Customer Service Standards

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A pair of lawmakers want federal agencies to provide more consistent—and better—customer service for the millions of people who interact with them on a daily basis. In an effort to improve the government’s dismal customer experience, Reps. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga. and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., introduced legislation that would create customer...

General Dynamics Completes CSRA Buy

April 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One defense contractor just got a lot bigger. Falls Church, Virginia-based defense contractor General Dynamics finalized a $9.7 billion deal today to acquire IT contractor CSRA, creating the federal government’s largest IT services provider by a wide margin. CSRA, which holds a $500 million cloud computing contract with the Pentagon...

Shulkin’s Firing Leaves $16B Effort to Merge DoD/VA Health Records Up In The Air

March 30, 2018 Last year, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin took center stage during a White House press briefing to announce a groundbreaking electronic health records contract to fix years of interoperability failures between VA and military health records. With Shulkin’s firing Wednesday, that deal—pegged at upwards of $16 billion—is in a precarious...