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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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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...

Get Ready for a More Efficient, Flexible FedRAMP

December 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cloud times – they are a-changin.’ As the disruptive potential of cloud computing continues to evolve, so too will the standardized approach federal agencies take to ensure the cloud computing service providers they ink deals with meet security standards, according to the officials who run the program. That approach...

VA Turns to IBM Watson to Improve Veteran Care

December 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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...

Tech Explosion Makes Cybercrooks Harder to Catch

December 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the United States, conventional law enforcement policies and tactics do a decent job catching conventional criminals. In cyberspace, those same policies are outdated and don’t keep pace with the technology evolution, according to some law enforcement experts. Major government networks and private sector companies were breached in 2014, and...

Why Even the Best Hackers Could Soon be Outsmarted by Machines

December 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 1997, the greatest living human chess player was beaten in a best-of-three match by a supercomputer. Since Gary Kasparov’s defeat by IBM’s Deep Blue 17 years ago, humans have essentially been playing chess for second place -- and it may not be long before they are relegated to the...