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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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Feds Get a How-To Guide for Responding to Social Media Hacks

January 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Remember two weeks ago when the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command were compromised in a very public, embarrassing fashion that had some question the need for certain agencies' social media use? The news sparked a rapid response from the SocialGov Community – hundreds of digital engagement managers...

GSA Spends Over $100 Million for New Cloud Services

January 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is the latest agency to commit big bucks to cloud computing, awarding Laurel, Maryland-based Aquilent a five-year blanket purchase agreement for cloud services worth up to $100 million. Awarded through GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, or OCSIT, the contract will be a GSA-wide...

For Feds, Choosing Cloud Services is a Lot Like Dating

January 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow She’s the cloud, and she’s the cool, new thing in town. You’re a fed in a dead-end relationship with your drab legacy hardware. And because you’re breaking up with your legacy hardware soon anyway, you’re thinking it won’t hurt to test the waters with the cloud and see how things...

Obama’s Best SOTU Quip Rips ‘I’m Not a Scientist’ Line

January 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama managed to spawn a thousand memes, a slew of drinking games – I may or may not still be reeling from playing – and one ad-libbed rebuke of Republicans that blew up social media and could ultimately be what his...

Customs Agency Has to Keep Records for 75 Years. That’s a Lot of Tape Drives.

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the government, emerging technologies often find themselves on a collision course with existing -- sometimes woefully outdated -- federal policies and legal frameworks. One of the most glaring examples of this has emerged in the current net neutrality debate: Rules created when rotary phones were people’s primary means of...

What Do DISA’s New Cloud Security Requirements Mean for Classified Information?

January 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency released updated cloud security requirements this week, consolidating six previous “impact levels” of information sensitivity into four in an effort to simplify the process for cloud providers and the Defense Department alike. That follows recent moves by DISA to speed up the pace at which...

Dan Tangherlini’s Tech Legacy

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Dan Tangherlini became the administrator for the General Services Administration in early 2012, he had a reputation for fiscal leadership and management. Yet, when he departs GSA next month, he may be most remembered for the legacy of technological innovation he leaves behind. Tangherlini presided over the modernization of...

A Closer Look at How IBM’s Watson Could Transform Veteran Health Care

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In December, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a pilot project with arguably the most famous "Jeopardy" champion of all – IBM’s Watson. The announcement merited some positive press: VA provides health care for more than 8 million veterans annually, but unless you’ve been living in a cave for the...

Introducing the New Emerging Tech Blog

January 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology affects everyone, everywhere, all the time, and its repercussions for humanity and the greater world are already too numerous to list. Sounds deep, huh? In all seriousness, my first goal with this blog will be to write about emerging technologies across government -- in the worlds of defense, intelligence...

DISA Reshuffle Shines a Spotlight on Cyber

January 13, 2015 The Defense Information Systems Agency looks a little different following a reorganization effort announced Monday at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Virginia. The restructure puts cybersecurity in the limelight, with cyber categorized by DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. as the most important of five “Cs” for...