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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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CSRA Will Build the Next MilCloud

June 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech firm CSRA will build the second iteration of the Defense Department’s milCloud. The Falls Church, Virginia-based IT contractor captured the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract dubbed milCloud 2.0, valued at up to $500 million. The contract has a 3-year base period and five additional 1-year options. MilCloud 2.0 is an important step...

GSA Seeks Blockchain Solutions

June 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blockchain technology is coming to the federal government. The General Services Administration is accepting quotes from IT and other tech companies regarding how blockchain and automated machine learning technologies could be used to improve the agency’s Multiple Award Schedules FASt Lane program. The FASt Lane program is part of a...

Nextgov Event: The White House Office of American Innovation's Priorities

June 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no secret the Trump administration is focused on driving the government to do more with less. The White House Office of American Innovation is likely to be the conduit through which new technology policy enters the federal bureaucracy, and while this “SWAT team” of consultants is new, it’s already...

The Cyber Advice Tech Titans Gave the White House Behind Closed Doors

June 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech industry chiefs had prescient, common-sense advice in the realm of cybersecurity for the Trump administration during Monday’s inaugural American Technology Council meeting, according to White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce. The simple stuff matters, said Joyce, speaking Wednesday at the GovProtect17 cybersecurity forum. Two-factor authentication, encryption of data in...

White House Cyber Chief to Agency Leaders: Know Your Networks' Risks

June 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The buck stops with agency leaders when cybersecurity breaches occur, White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce reiterated Wednesday. Chief information officers and chief information security officers across government are critically important but often removed from executive-level decision-making. That’s a stark contrast from their peers in the private sector, who tend...

Lawmaker: Cyber National Guard Could Fill Federal Workforce Gaps

June 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A “cyber National Guard” might be the best answer to helping fill more than 10,000 vacant IT-related positions across the federal government, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said Wednesday. As his IT reform legislation waits for Senate action, Hurd told the GovProtect17 security conference in Washington that he’ll next lend his...

Pentagon Turns to DAVE for More Efficient Buying

June 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is known as the biggest spender among agencies in the federal government, but it’d like to be known as one of the more efficient agencies at some point. For that to happen, the Pentagon has to better use mission-driven analytics, according to Mark Krzysko, deputy director of...

NOAA Delays Draft RFP for $550M High-Performance Computing Contract

June 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A highly anticipated computing contract draft solicitation worth up to $550 million over 10 years by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been delayed. Officials at NOAA—responsible for environmental modeling and predicting climate and weather events—had expected to release a draft request for proposals this week for its Research...

Nextgov Event: The Government of Things

June 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mix equal parts internet of things and federal government and you’ll get a Government of Things; the tagline for this Thursday’s Tech + Tequila. Conceptually, the internet of things defines the era of increased connectivity among smart devices, sensors, systems and people. Practically, however, that era has already arrived, and...

74 Million Medicaid Records Now in the Cloud

June 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is using the Amazon Web Services cloud to run analytics on 74 million Americans’ Medicaid data. The move is a key part of CMS’ effort to get better information regarding the more than $500 billion in Medicaid benefits the government doles out annually...