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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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FCC CIO to Leave for First-of-its-Kind Role in Government

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow David Bray, who has been the Federal Communication Commission’s chief information officer since August 2013, will leave the agency to become the chief ventures officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The move—expected to be announced this morning at the GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio by NGA Director Robert Cardillo—will take...

GSA's Massive Telecom Contract Could Come Soon

June 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The company with the last bid protest on General Services Administration’s long-delayed $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solution contract folded its cards. Arkansas-based Windstream on May 24 withdrew the protest it initially filed in April. When GSA first bid out the telecommunications infrastructure contract in October 2015, officials expected awards to...

In-Q-Tel Invests Fresh Funds to Ditch Desktops

May 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The intelligence community is betting on cloud-based application delivery. Earlier this month, In-Q-Tel, the venture capital firm for the 17 agencies that comprise the IC, joined Bain Capital Ventures and Microsoft Ventures in making a $16 million investment in San Mateo-based Frame. Frame, which recently opened an office in Reston,...

Senators Urge 'Swift Action' on IT Modernization Bill

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fresh off its unanimous passage in the House, a bipartisan cadre of senators are pushing for immediate action on the Modernization Government Technology Act in the upper chamber. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who introduced a Senate version of the MGT Act in April, today authored a letter to the heads...

There Is a Place for USDS, 18F in Trump Administration

May 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two Obama-era technology offices received funding in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget on par with what they got last year. The U.S. Digital Service, created after the HealthCare.gov debacle to ensure successful more successful rollouts of tech projects, would receive $19 million—the same it got in 2017. Some critics anticipated...

Trump Budget Creates $228M Technology Modernization Fund

May 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Trump administration today proposed $228 million in funding for a Technology Modernization Fund housed within the General Services Administration. The budget states the central fund will help transition agencies from older IT infrastructure to “more efficient and secure technologies.” It outlines four parameters for the fund: An independent board...

Contract to Watch: State Department's $850M Effort to Revamp Passports and Services

May 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is seeking bidders to modernize the underlying technology it uses to process visas, deliver passport services and provide emergency services to Americans overseas. The Consular Systems Modernization contract, posted to the government’s Federal Business Opportunities website, is valued at up to $850 million...

GAO to Agencies: Get a Data Center Plan

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If data center consolidation across the federal government was a classroom group project, a few bright students would be doing all the work. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, four agencies—the departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security and Treasury—have accounted for $2 billion of the government’s...

House Passes IT Modernization Bill

May 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was updated to clarify the role of the independent board. Next stop for Rep. Will Hurd’s Modernizing Government Technology Act: the Senate. The bill passed the House in a floor vote Wednesday, highlighting the bipartisan concern lawmakers share regarding the nation’s aging federal technology, which includes...

What Are Microservices and Why Should Government Care?

May 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The next steps in the General Services Administration's modernization effort come in small packages but might have a big payoff. Microservices, according to GSA Chief Technology Officer Navin Vembar, are “small, single-capability kinds of services that are totally self-contained,” composed of closer to hundreds of lines of code than the...