AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 701-710 of 784

Amazon's Cloud Chief: Government Data Centers Will Be a Thing of the Past

November 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine the federal government’s hoard of underused, energy-guzzling data centers – all 7,000-plus of them – whittled down to perhaps a few dozen owned by select agencies. That’s the future envisioned by Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. In that world, the cloud would replace the government’s...

Of Asteroids and ETs: How Cloud Innovation is Driving Space Exploration

November 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the past eight years, cloud computing has evolved from the simple concept of renting computing power and storage into a nearly ubiquitous technology few individuals using a mobile device or Internet-connected computer could avoid even if they tried. But in a few more years, cloud computing is poised to...

Managing The Deluge

November 11, 2014 Four years ago, the National Security Agency realized it had a data problem. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, armed with new authorities that allowed the intelligence agency to collect an assortment of global communications and Internet metadata, NSA ramped up its operations. These expanded surveillance...

Verizon Latest to Achieve FedRAMP Compliance

November 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon Enterprise Solutions is now among a select group of cloud service providers with an offering that achieves compliance with the government’s standardized cloud security assessment. The company announced today its infrastructure-as-a-service offering – Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition – has achieved compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program....

Government’s Sustainability Efforts Present ‘Big Data Opportunity’

October 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government owns or operates some 500,000 buildings across the world, and it spends billions of dollars each year heating, cooling and pumping water to and from them. The numbers are staggering. The Defense Department alone spends $20 billion annually on energy consumption, according to Sharon Burke, former assistant...

Why This Tech Historian Thinks Robots are the Key to Human Innovation

October 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Walter Isaacson is an acclaimed CEO, editor and author of several books about revered innovators, such as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs. He’s sure the key to human innovation is collaboration. But more and more, that collaboration is involving nonhuman partners. Federal researchers and policy-makers will have to...

GSA’s Green Proving Grounds Wants Government to be on the Greening Edge

October 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The idea to adopt and promote green technologies using federal buildings and facilities as guinea pigs is not a new concept. But the Obama administration has ramped up the practice significantly as part of a broader push to achieve environmental efficiencies across the federal government’s vast real-estate portfolio. Recently, the...

The Force is Strong with This One: IARPA Picks ‘Jedi Mind’ to Predict Intelligence Trustworthiness

October 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This story previously misstated the challenge was launched following the Edward Snowden leaks. The story has been updated. What if members of the intelligence community could use a combination of physiological data and computer algorithms to anticipate behavior and gauge trustworthiness of individuals? That was the public challenge...

How Canine 'Smart Collars' May Soon Help Secure America's Borders

October 8, 2014 In the future, sensor-equipped collars could let your dog tell you all about its day. If it sounds a little far-fetched, consider that the U.S. government is exploring the possibility of outfitting its border-protecting canines with futuristic collars that can, for example, translate a dog’s stress level through its bark...

30 Years Later, NOAA Administrator Reflects on Her Spacewalk

October 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost 30 years ago, Kathryn Sullivan – now the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – became the first American woman to walk in space as a crew member of the space shuttle Challenger. Sullivan was among six women who comprised NASA’s first class of female astronauts and...