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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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AWS Unveils New Region for Government Customers

June 13, 2017 Days after announcing a new corporate office and potentially adding up to 1,500 new jobs in Northern Virginia, cloud provider Amazon Web Services said Tuesday it plans to create a new East Coast computing region built specifically with U.S. government customers in mind. AWS GovCloud (US-East) is expected to become...

Lawmakers Blast DOD's Failing FITARA Score

June 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Released Tuesday, the fourth batch of agency report cards documenting Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act implementation left much to be desired, with agencies for the first time scoring worse than previous iterations. The Defense Department scored the worst with an F+, the only outright failing grade among CFO Act...

AWS Unveils New Region for Government Customers

June 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Days after announcing a new corporate office and potentially adding up to 1,500 new jobs in Northern Virginia, cloud provider Amazon Web Services said Tuesday it plans to create a new East Coast computing region built specifically with U.S. government customers in mind. AWS GovCloud (US-East) is expected to become...

Agency FITARA Scorecard Grades Dip

June 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time since Congress began composing biannual scorecards ranking agency progress adhering to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act in 2015, agency grades have dropped. Released prior to today’s 2 p.m. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, 15 agencies held steady, four agencies improved and five...

Nextgov Event: Join Us Thursday to Talk About the Tech Workforce

June 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Attracting, recruiting and retaining top tech talent is a tough sell for federal agencies. In emerging fields like cybersecurity, even stalwart public-sector organizations like the National Security Agency have a hard time hiring good people. So, how are federal agencies shoring up the talent gap, and what are they doing...

COVFEFE Act Would Make All Presidential Tweets Official Records

June 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Covfefe" was the tweet seen ‘round the world in late May, and President Donald Trump’s typo (or was it?) inspired legislation that would expand the Presidential Records Act. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., introduced Monday the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act that would amend the Presidential Records Act...

Amazon Web Services Picks Northern Virginia for East Coast HQ

June 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon Web Services, the nation’s largest cloud computing services provider, is expanding its Beltway presence with a new East Coast corporate headquarters that could add as many as 1,500 jobs. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday, noting Virginia won out over Texas and Washington state, where AWS’ parent...

After Tough Audits, Library of Congress IT is on the Mend

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2015, the Library of Congress received critical audits from the Government Accountability Office and its inspector general, both detailing serious years-long IT governance, security and strategy issues. The troublesome findings, in particular, those from GAO, drove the library to hire a permanent chief information officer—something it hadn’t had since...

GSA Reorganizes to Support White House Innovation Office

June 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration announced Wednesday its tech wing—the Technology Transformation Service—will move into the Federal Acquisition Service in an effort to work better with the White House. GSA also changed the name to Technology Transformation Services (that’s an added "s"), according to a press statement from GSA Acting Administrator...

Veterans Affairs to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Health-Records System

June 5, 2017 The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin. In a press release, Shulkin said he took the highly unusual step of signing a “determination of findings” in order to issue a solicitation directly...