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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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Stop Hating on Graham’s Email Admission

March 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Clintons are in the news cycle -- this time, it’s Hillary -- email is at the forefront of relevancy, and we’re again talking about a lack of accountability and transparency from top federal officials. Let’s bring back the Spice Girls, frosted hair tips and wide-legged jeans: It feels like...

DOD Finally Picks Permanent Chief Information Officer

March 9, 2015 Terry Halvorsen, who became the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer almost a year ago, has assumed duties as its permanent CIO as of March 8, according to a DOD spokeswoman. Halvorsen, formerly the U.S. Navy’s CIO, stepped into the full department’s CIO role in an acting capacity following the...

Halvorsen Now Defense Department’s Permanent CIO

March 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Terry Halvorsen, who became the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer almost a year ago, has assumed duties as its permanent CIO as of March 8, according to a DOD spokeswoman. Halvorsen, formerly the U.S. Navy’s CIO, stepped into the full department’s CIO role in an acting capacity following the...

‘You Can Make Anything with a 3-D Printer’ and 3 Other Myths

March 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes tech buzzwords, 3-D printing is nothing new. Rapid prototyping tools -- of which 3-D printers are a subset -- make products and components from the ground up based on digital models and computer files. This so-called additive manufacturing has existed, in some form, for more than 30...

Does the Focus on Snowden Undermine Surveillance Reform Discussions?

March 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Judging from the past few days’ misleading headlines involving former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and subsequent blowharding by talking heads galore, you’d think the most famous whistleblower in history had changed his mind about returning to the U.S. like a repentant son ready to “come home.” Well, that...

EXCLUSIVE: Energy Department Gets New CIO

March 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department has selected its next chief information officer. Agency officials confirmed to Nextgov that Michael Johnson, currently the assistant director for intelligence programs at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will replace Energy’s interim CIO, Don Adcock. Adcock stepped into the CIO role in an acting capacity...

Why Big Data Gets a Bad Rap in Government

March 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data is the reason your financial institution calls you after an odd credit card purchase. It’s also the reason Facebook always seems to know what ads to pop up while you’re working hard checking out who commented on your supercute throwback Thursday picture. Emerging technologies like big data are...

When Congress and Cloud Collided

March 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a House Armed Services Committee hearing last week on the Defense Department’s IT investments, Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., mused whether “cloud” didn’t really stand for “Chinese Love Our Updated Data.” Give Cooper and his staffers some credit: If you scroll to about the 1-hour, 35-minute mark in the video...

Industry’s Take on FITARA? ‘A Good Step Forward’

February 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, approved by Congress in December, gives agency chief information officers unprecedented budgetary authority over IT investments. It’s a big deal because CIOs across government have had varying levels of authority to nix underperforming tech projects or to direct spending toward innovative technologies. While...

CIA’s New Big Data Hub Will be Hosted in the Cloud

February 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community. CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects...