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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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IRS Explains Why It Gave Equifax a $7 Million Contract After Breach

October 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three weeks after Equifax experienced a massive data breach affecting 145 million Americans, the IRS awarded the credit monitoring company a $7 million sole-source contract to help prevent tax fraud, according to contracting documents. News of the contract dumbfounded members of Congress Wednesday, one day after recently resigned Equifax Chief...

FedRAMP’s Tailored Baseline is Here

September 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In as little as four weeks, the federal government will be able to vet certain cloud service offerings and approve them for agency use. On Thursday, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management program office revealed its new Tailored Baseline, designed to accommodate low-impact software-as-a-service solutions agencies are increasingly seeking to...

Trump Aide Says Modernizing Federal IT is Administration’s Cold War Moment

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government’s reliance on outdated technology and need to modernize systems is one problem Republicans, Democrats and most everyone else can agree on, according to Matt Lira, special assistant to the president for innovation, policy and initiatives. In that, Lira said, Congressional leaders, IT decision-makers and administration officials can...

The Air Force Will Dole Out $1 Billion for Cloud Migration

September 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force will spend up to $1 billion over the next five years to migrate more than 750,000 of its users to cloud-based email, communications and other services. Three companies – Dell EMC, General Dynamics and Microsoft – partnered to win the Air Force’s new Cloud Hosted Enterprise...

Veterans Affairs CIO Stepping Down

September 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rob Thomas, who has been the Veterans Affairs Department’s acting chief information officer since January, announced his retirement this week. The news, first reported by Federal News Radio, means VA will see its third top technology official over the past nine months. Thomas took the helm as acting CIO earlier...

Lockheed Martin Tops Federal IT Rankings

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lockheed Martin. Northrop Grumman. Leidos. IBM. Dell. These companies are among the most well-known suppliers of hardware, software and IT services, and not surprisingly, they top IDC Government Insights latest Federal IT Rankings. Released today, the rankings evaluate vendors based on total government IT sales over the past calendar year...

Trump's Tech Team Wants to ‘Wow’ Public

September 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House Office of American Innovation views the federal government’s reliance on old technology and track record of providing poor customer service to citizens as a bipartisan opportunity to earn back the trust of millions of Americans. Led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the office is making...

Ignore the Haters, Federal Social Media Gurus Say

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA has a lot of haters, and some of the most vociferous make themselves heard in response to each post and tweet from the agency’s relatively new social media accounts. Yet according to CIA social media lead Carolyn Reams, the spy agency’s approach to dealing with social media naysayers...

OMB’s Governmentwide IT Portfolio has a New Leader

September 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Office Management and Budget announced today that Bill Zielinski, currently General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Services deputy assistant commissioner for category management, will also serve as OMB's government-wide IT category manager—one of the most important positions in federal procurement. Zielinski will now oversee some $55 billion in IT spending across...

NSA Quietly Awards a Classified $2.4B Tech Contract, With More to Come

September 14, 2017 The National Security Agency has awarded tech firm CSRA the first of three portions of its classified Groundbreaker contract, which could be worth as much as $2.4 billion over the next decade if all options are exercised. CSRA announced the award through a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, where it...