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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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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...

Gauging cloud security across government

June 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years into the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and two weeks after the June 5 deadline cloud service providers were to have their offerings assessed against its risk-based requirements, one thing is certain. It’s time to forever bury the myth that cloud computing is inherently less secure than...

Next-Gen NOAA Satellite One Step Closer to Launch

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Instrument development for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation polar-orbiting environmental satellite continues to meet milestones on time. This week, the second of five state-of-the-art instruments that will fly aboard the $11 billion Joint Polar Satellite System completed its pre-shipment review, which means the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite is...

Cloud Moves for IBM Target Civilian Government, Defense

June 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM has announced two new cloud data centers for federal customers featuring the Softlayer infrastructure and ecosystem it purchased last year. One of the data centers will go online this month in Dallas and the other will open in the fall in Ashburn, Va. Both are designed specifically to comply...

IBM Partners with Epic in Battle for Pentagon’s Multibillion-Dollar EHR Deal

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM has teamed with electronic health records provider Epic to compete for the Defense Department’s Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract expected to be bid out this summer, with an expected value of approximately $11 billion. IBM and Epic have been collaborating for months in preparation for the contract, and becoming...

Facebook Verifies Federal Accounts, Distinguishing Them From Copies and Fakes

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A little blue check mark can be a very big deal for citizens scanning popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in search of information from legitimate federal accounts. The icon verifies a federal social media account as a legitimate government account and provider of information and services, a...

Survey Identifies Old IT Culprits As Top Barriers To More Open Government

June 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unlocking government data is no easy feat, and according to recent survey data gathered by the Government Business Council, the chief obstacles to a more open government are familiar problems in the IT world. The survey tallied responses from 75 civilian and military IT leaders (GS-14 or higher), and respondents...

If You Think Cybersecurity Is ‘Just an IT Problem,’ Prepare to Get Owned

June 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Steven Chabinsky recently painted a detailed portrait of today’s evolving cybersecurity threat landscape. It’s not pretty. Aside from classified information, Chabinsky, who is chief risk officer of CrowdStrike and former deputy assistant director for the FBI's Cyber Division, held little back for the Akamai Government Forum on June 5. His...

New FedRAMP Security Controls Issued

June 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One day after the deadline for cloud service providers to assess their offerings against the government’s baseline cloud security standards, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP, released new security controls and templates for agencies and CSPs to follow as they navigate the initiative’s updated requirements. Friday’s...