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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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GSA’s McClure to Lead Cloud Strategy at Private Firm

September 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Long-time innovator and public servant Dave McClure, who announced his retirement from the General Services Administration in April, has joined Vienna, Virginia-based Veris Group LLC as its chief strategist. The chief strategist is a new position at Veris, according to a press statement, and will put McClure in the role...

Pentagon Accepts Bids on Long-Awaited Health Records Contract

August 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department on Monday opened its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract to bids, beginning what could be an $11 billion effort over the next decade to modernize the way the Pentagon provides health care to service members. DOD’s goal is to use this single award contract to eventually replace...

Amazon Expands Its Cloud Services to the U.S. Military

August 21, 2014 Amazon Web Services has become the first commercial cloud provider authorized to handle the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified data. Today’s announcement that AWS has achieved a provisional authority to operate under DOD’s cloud security model at impact levels 3-5 is a major win for the company, as it allows...

Big Win for Amazon: First Provider Authorized to Handle Sensitive DOD Workloads in Cloud

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon Web Services has become the first commercial cloud provider authorized to handle the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified data. Today’s announcement that AWS has achieved a provisional authority to operate under DOD’s cloud security model at impact levels 3-5 is a major win for the company, as it allows...

What Is the Biggest Obstacle to Tech Adoption in Government?

August 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s ability to capitalize on emerging technologies comes down to three elements: people, processes and the technology itself, described by Commerce Department Deputy Chief Information Officer Kirit Amin as a “three-legged stool.” Yet, only one of those legs – technology – is a relatively straightforward endeavor to tackle. “Tech...

Lesson Learned from HealthCare.gov Rollout: White House Launches US Digital Service

August 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, the government kicked off HealthCare.gov with much fanfare -- and the health care exchange website immediately crashed, irritating millions of visitors and calling into question the government’s competence in building large-scale technology projects. It took a team of tech experts from across industry and government to fix the...

CIA's Amazon-Built Cloud Just Went Live

August 1, 2014 The Central Intelligence Agency is now officially an Amazon Web Services cloud consumer. Less than 10 months after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ended a public battle between AWS and IBM for the CIA’s commercial cloud contract valued at up to $600 million, the AWS-built cloud for the...

CIA’s Amazon-Built Cloud Goes Live

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Central Intelligence Agency is now officially an Amazon Web Services cloud consumer. Less than 10 months after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ended a public battle between AWS and IBM for the CIA’s commercial cloud contract valued at up to $600 million, the AWS-built cloud for the...

Cloud Computing Stymies Digital Forensics Investigations

July 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In recent years, cloud computing has made the leap from an emerging technology to government mainstay, allowing agencies an IT avenue to share services, save money and increase efficiency. However, cloud computing still presents some major technical challenges in government, as illustrated by a recent draft report issued by the...

IBM’s Watson Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

July 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM’s Watson supercomputer used its revolutionary natural-language processing technology to best the top human challengers on the game show Jeopardy in 2011, and ever since Watson and its team have taken on increasingly tougher tasks. In Big Blue’s latest effort, the company partnered with USAA, a financial services provider for...