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Frank Konkel

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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A Farmer-Focused Agency Wants to Ditch Data Centers Completely

July 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sometimes, like a sour relationship with a significant other, you just have to leave your data centers. For the Agriculture Department’s Risk Management Agency, that time has arrived, according to Chief Information Officer Chad Sheridan. “I don’t want to have any,” Sheridan said Tuesday in a Nextgov-hosted webcast. “There is...

Office of American Innovation Targets Federal Customer Service

July 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House Office of American Innovation has its crosshairs set on improving federal customer service, a major challenge because of the government’s "near monopoly" in providing poor service delivery. The White House’s customer service effort is linked to modernizing government technology and will include long-term “strategic, multiyear projects,” according...

How FedRAMP Keeps Getting Faster

July 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been corrected to reflect that agencies have reused authorizations 492 times. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program office received plenty of criticism from industry and feds in recent years, but metrics show the office has more than backed up its promise to speed up cloud computing...

Audit: DHS’ Human Capital System Still in Bad Shape

July 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has spent more than $24 million on a human capital and performance management system since 2013 that “does not achieve the intended benefits or address the department’s needs.” That’s according to a DHS Office of Inspector General audit of the Performance and Learning Management System, or...

4 Things You Need to Build Your Analytics Team

July 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government's use of analytic technologies and employment of data-focused digital natives are already saving billions of dollars that would otherwise be wasted, defrauded or spent inefficiently. But these teams are still relatively new across government, and for many bureaucratic organizations, getting started is the hardest part. Last week, Nextgov hosted...

Postal Service Busted Up a Billion-Dollar Drug Problem with Data

July 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated to correct the decrease in Postal Service spending on compound drugs in fiscal 2017. About two years ago, analysts within the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General noticed a spike in health care costs revolving around workers’ compensation claims and spending on...

Government Wants to Detect Bio-engineered Threats

July 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spider-Man, the sharks from “Deep Blue Sea” and the modified dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park” all share one fictional commonality: genetically modified origins. But while bio-engineered super-organisms might seem the stuff of science fiction, the federal government is treating them as an inevitable potential danger in seeking ideas from the public...

DevOps University Aims to Address Government's Agile Talent Dearth

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is working on getting more agile. As a result, companies are investing more money in training their federal customers in DevOps to combat head on the shortage of talent in agile methodologies, which take an iterative, incremental approach to projects. The federal government traditionally develops software using a...

Nextgov Event: Tech Refresh Thursday

June 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IT modernization is kind of a big deal in the federal government right now. It’s one of the main priorities of the newly created White House Office of American Innovation, and one of the few truly bipartisan efforts in Congress. Legislation authored by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who chairs the...

White House Office of American Innovation Lays Out Priorities

June 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House Office of American Innovation announced in March has been an object of fascination among the government community. Led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the collection of White House talent has been described as a “SWAT team of internal consultants” and a liaison between federal bureaucracies...