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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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Possible $11 Billion Contract At Stake for the Pentagon's Digital Health Records

January 8, 2015 It’s no secret the multibillion deal to overhaul the Defense Department’s electronic health records system will be one of the most significant government contracts awarded in 2015. In the months leading up to the October 2014 bid deadline, DOD officials testified the contract could be worth as much as $11...

IBM’s Full-Court Press to Capture DOD Health Records Contract

January 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no secret the multibillion deal to overhaul the Defense Department’s electronic health records system will be one of the most significant government contracts awarded in 2015. In the months leading up to the October 2014 bid deadline, DOD officials testified the contract could be worth as much as $11...

Sony Hack Signals 'New Normal' in Cybersecurity

January 7, 2015 The Sony hack copied a multinational company’s financial documents, its employees’ personally identifiable information and years’ worth of embarrassing – and poorly written, it must be said – emails from high-level executives and released them all for the world to see. But for many cybersecurity observers, the real eye opener...

Sony Hack Signals ‘New Normal’ in Cybersecurity

January 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Sony hack copied a multinational company’s financial documents, its employees’ personally identifiable information and years’ worth of embarrassing – and poorly written, it must be said – emails from high-level executives and released them all for the world to see. But for many cybersecurity observers, the real eye opener...

Did the Pentagon's Switch to the Cloud Actually Save Money?

January 6, 2015 Last month, the Defense Department inspector general published a hard-hitting report questioning the structure and execution of the department’s cloud computing strategy. Now, auditors are putting DOD technology officials on notice that they’re already beginning another probe of the agency’s cloud efforts. The message of the new report: Show us...

Watchdog Wants to Know if DOD Has Actually Saved Money by Jumping to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last month, the Defense Department inspector general published a hard-hitting report questioning the structure and execution of the department’s cloud computing strategy. Now, auditors are putting DOD technology officials on notice that they’re already beginning another probe of the agency’s cloud efforts. The message of the new report: Show us...

Bid Protest Slows Navy's $2.5 Billion Upgrade for Shipboard Networks

December 22, 2014 The Government Accountability Office has partially sustained a bid protest filed by contractor CGI Federal over a $2.5 billion set of U.S. Navy contracts. GAO's ruling could further delay Navy's plans to upgrade the nation’s surface warship fleet. In August, the Navy awarded the contracts to five companies – BAE...

Navy’s $2.5B Plan for Shipboard Networks Hits Snag after GAO Partially Upholds Protest

December 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The story has been updated with comments from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command spokesman. The Government Accountability Office has partially sustained a bid protest filed by contractor CGI Federal over a $2.5 billion set of U.S. Navy contracts. GAO's ruling could further delay Navy's plans to upgrade the nation’s...

With New Policy, DOD Components Won’t Need DISA to Buy Cloud Services

December 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New Defense Department guidance issued Wednesday by Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen allows DOD components to acquire commercial cloud services without the Defense Information Systems Agency acting as a broker. The new policy overrides two previous memorandums that charged DISA with assessing the security of commercial cloud service offerings...

VA Looks to IBM’s Watson To Improve Veterans Health Care

December 16, 2014 IBM’s Watson technology – first made famous in 2011 after besting human competitors on the television game show "Jeopardy" – is now turning its computing power toward improving veterans’ health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a two-year pilot program with the company worth $6.8 million, signaling the...