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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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How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence

July 11, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If...

How the CIA Dismissed the Status Quo, Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence

July 10, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If...

Daring Deal

July 9, 2014 The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If...

Daring Deal

July 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If...

Oracle Protests $427 Million DISA Cloud Storage Contract

June 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A $427 million cloud storage contract for the Defense Department has yet to go to bid, but it’s already under protest. According to Washington Technology, Oracle Corp. filed a pre-award protest of the contract -- called the Enterprise Storage Services II and now held by incumbent contractor VION Corp. --...

Are Agencies Making the Grade in Data Center Consolidation?

June 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A survey released today suggests a majority of federal agencies aren’t making the cut when it comes to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, largely because of the government’s penchant for duplicating data. The MeriTalk survey polled 150 federal IT decision makers and found just more than half would grade...

How Close is the Government Really to Broad Cloud Adoption?

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The advent of utility-based computing has changed the information technology game in the federal market, but the government still has ways to go before cloud services are broadly adopted and incorporated across its many agencies. To put it another way: Federal agencies’ first forays into cloud computing were baby steps...

CIA CIO Opens Up About Amazon Cloud

June 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before Central Intelligence Agency Chief Information Officer Douglas Wolfe on Tuesday delivered his keynote address at the Amazon Web Services government symposium in Washington, D.C., he prefaced his remarks. “This is not something we have traditionally done or naturally would do, but I think it’s very important,” he said. The...

Quantum Speed Not So Fast After All

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Theoretically, quantum computing has near-limitless potential to compute information through exploiting the fundamental laws of physics. Despite perceived advancements in the new field, including the development of the first commercial quantum computer by a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems, the current reality is that quantum computing is no faster than...

Administration Got What It Deserved in Botched HealthCare.gov Rollout, Report Says

June 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A joint Senate minority report issued Thursday further criticized the Obama administration’s botched HealthCare.gov rollout last year, attributing the website’s shortfalls to a poor information technology plan, even poorer management and leadership that focused more on plausible deniability than performance. The report, issued by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking member...