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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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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...

#Whoa: CIA Launches Twitter, Facebook Accounts

June 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA joined Twitter and Facebook Friday, and if its first tweet is any indication, the agency has put some serious thought into how to explain itself in 140 characters or less. “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” the agency tweeted. The move is...

Vendors Scramble as FedRAMP Cloud Services Deadline Arrives

June 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the June 5 deadline for cloud service providers to assess their solutions against the government’s baseline security standards arrives, vendors are scrambling to secure their offerings to agencies. The deadline arrives approximately two years after the inception of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP. Thus...

HP Launches High Security Private Cloud for Public Sector

June 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HP Enterprise Services announced a new secure private cloud solution designed specifically to ease and accelerate government agencies’ migrations to the cloud. HP’s latest roll-out, Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector, offers agencies a managed, dedicated private cloud that allows federal, state and local governments to implement shared service...

If you’re a Fed Who Knows IT, We Want Your Input

June 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We here at Government Executive Media Group are looking for a few good federal IT executives to join our Federal Tech Insiders Panel. Once per quarter, we’ll reach out to those who sign up with a survey on the biggest issues in the federal technology community, such as cloud computing,...