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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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Can Industry Cloud Providers Compete With the milCloud?

February 17, 2015 The Defense Department’s updated cloud computing strategy indicates a clear acceleration of interest in adopting commercial cloud computing capabilities within the Pentagon. But how does milCloud, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s internal cloud-based offering, fit into the Pentagon’s cloud computing strategy? In January, DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen...

Is There Really a Level Playing Field Between MilCloud and Commercial Cloud Providers?

February 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department’s updated cloud computing strategy indicates a clear acceleration of interest in adopting commercial cloud computing capabilities within the Pentagon. But how does milCloud, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s internal cloud-based offering, fit into the Pentagon’s cloud computing strategy? In January, DOD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen...

How Tiny Pieces of Space Junk Could Wreak Havoc on US Weather Forecasts

February 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Remember the scene from the movie “Gravity,” where space debris destroys a satellite, kills a few astronauts and ultimately forces viewers to sit through 90 minutes of Sandra Bullock’s acting? While the premise of the scene is completely unrealistic -- NASA and the Defense Department use radars and electro-optical sensors...

GAO Saved the Government $40 billion in 2 Years. Why Isn’t Anyone Listening?

February 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office released its 2015 High-Risk List this morning before a series of officials, including U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The biennial report is GAO’s most-valued effort – a detailed description of the most troubled large-scale programs and...

How Orange County, California, Fixed Its Voting Database and Saved Money, Too

February 11, 2015 When people move, they change their mailing address, get a new driver’s license and switch banking institutions. But updating their voter registration information isn’t usually a top priority. Unfortunately for local voting registrars, more than 30 million Americans move annually, meaning their official records quickly become outdated and inaccurate. For...

The CIA Is Bringing Amazon's Marketplace to the Intelligence Community

February 10, 2015 Last year, the Central Intelligence Agency took the 17 agencies within the intelligence community to the cloud through a ground-breaking $600 million contract with Amazon Web Services. Since the cloud went live midway through 2014, a host of intelligence agencies have turned to itfor application hosting and a variety of...

CIA is Bringing Amazon’s Marketplace to the Intelligence Community

February 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, the Central Intelligence Agency took the 17 agencies within the intelligence community to the cloud through a ground-breaking $600 million contract with Amazon Web Services. Since the cloud went live midway through 2014, a host of intelligence agencies have turned to it for application hosting and a variety...

Obama Pushes for Greater Intel Sharing in New Strategy

February 9, 2015 This story has been updated. In the new National Security Strategy unveiled Friday, President Barack Obama said better information sharing across intelligence agencies is one of his key requirements to protecting the country from everything from ISIL to infrastructure-crippling cyber attacks. The administration is working to “better integrate” the intelligence...

GAO's High-Risk List Adds IT Acquisition and Veteran Health Care

February 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office's High-Risk List, which calls Congress’ attention to problematic, risky or troubled programs, is about to receive two high-profile additions. Multiple Capitol Hill sources with knowledge of the list confirmed to Nextgov that IT acquisition and operations and veteran health care are being included on the watchdog's...

How VMware Plans to Conquer the Cloud Market

February 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a new cloud service offering that has met the government’s standardized cloud computing security requirements, and it’s one every major federal agency IT official will recognize. VMware, already a known name in virtualization, announced today its VMware vCloud Government Service has achieved compliance under the Federal Risk and Authorization...