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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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A Top Federal CIO Is Headed to Michigan's State Government

August 31, 2017 Weeks after announcing he would resign his role as the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, David DeVries has been appointed as the state of Michigan’s CIO and Technology, Management and Budget director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan is recognized across...

Outgoing OPM CIO Takes Michigan’s Top Tech Position

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Weeks after announcing he would resign his role as the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, David DeVries has been appointed as the state of Michigan’s CIO and Technology, Management and Budget director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “Michigan is recognized across...

How NOAA Plans to Improve Tracking Harvey-Like Storms

August 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hurricane Harvey has already claimed the lives of more than two dozen people, displaced tens of thousands across Texas and could eventually cost as much as $75 billion in damages. But those figures may be lower than what they otherwise might have been given the accuracy of early prediction models...

What the Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner is Focused On So Far

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service—the General Services Administration wing responsible for $55 billion annually in federal procurement—wants to modernize internal IT systems and put more emphasis on better serving its customers. In an interview Monday with Nextgov, Alan Thomas, who was appointed FAS commissioner amid a June...

Here’s a Cloud Guide Written by Feds for Feds. Will the White House Listen?

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several dozen federal technologists, chief information officers and acquisition experts have developed a guidebook for how agencies ought to pursue cloud-based solutions. Nextgov obtained a draft copy of the guide, which was authored in partnership with an interagency group comprised of tech leaders from the Defense Department, Federal Communications Commission,...

Delayed NOAA Supercomputing Contract to be Bid Out in October

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Like a ’90s-era desktop, the acquisition for high-performance computing services for one of the government’s foremost scientific agencies continues to lag. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—responsible for all U.S. weather forecasts—responded to industry questions regarding a $550 million contract that already slipped behind schedule in June. NOAA’s...

FCC CIO Won’t Head to NGA After All

August 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency may have to find a new chief ventures officer. In June, Federal Communications Commission Chief Information Officer David Bray announced he would fill NGA’s role but changed his mind in recent weeks, according to an email Bray sent to FCC staff Thursday, obtained by Nextgov. “I’ve...

Why the American Technology Council Stands As Others Disband

August 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One day after President Donald Trump disbanded two of his major business advisory councils, the American Technology Council will not disband and will move forward, a White House official told Nextgov. While corporate leaders made up the now-defunct Strategy and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council,19 government officials make up the...

NGA Wants Bleeding-Edge Tech and Talent—And It Will Open Up to Get Them

August 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “We need an edge.” That’s the message from Anthony Vinci, a former tech entrepreneur turned executive at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency—the agency central to gathering and disseminating geospatial data relevant to combat support, disaster response and national security issues. But NGA faces hurdles similar to federal agencies across government in...

Replacing Legacy IT Systems

August 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs mission statement—“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan”—harkens back to days of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address in 1864. So too do some of the mission-critical information technology systems, applications and software the VA...