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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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The Government’s Paperwork Problem is Undermining Public Trust

August 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Filling out government forms to receive benefits, pay taxes or have other services provided by the government can be a real drag—one made worse by the government’s inability to ascertain the impact their paperwork requests have on the public. An Aug. 10 audit by the Government Accountability Office on the...

Bidding Begins for Pentagon's Controversial $10 Billion War Cloud

July 26, 2018 The Defense Department on Thursday officially began accepting proposals for its highly-anticipated Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. The JEDI contract will be awarded to a single cloud provider—an issue many tech companies rallied against—and will be valued at up to $10 billion over 10 years, according to the final...

Bidding Begins for Pentagon's Controversial $10 Billion War Cloud

July 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department on Thursday officially began accepting proposals for its highly-anticipated Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. The JEDI contract will be awarded to a single cloud provider—an issue many tech companies rallied against—and will be valued at up to $10 billion over 10 years, according to the final...

White House Lays Groundwork for Improving Government Customer Experience

July 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, the federal government has routinely provided the worst customer experience of any industry, but the Trump administration is beginning to formulate a plan for agencies to improve the way it delivers services to citizens. The Office of Management and Budget introduced a new section to its A-11 guidance...

Army Developing Simulated Missile Launchers to Improve Combat Training

July 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Army is taking a virtual approach to improve pilot training and air defense artillery training against shoulder-fired missiles and rocket launchers. Last week, the Army inked a $500,000 contract with Orlando, Florida-based Cole Engineering Services to develop a prototype physical device soldiers will carry during training that simulates...

DHS Aims to Turn Mobile Devices into No Phishing Zones

July 9, 2018 Phishing attacks remain the bane of information security specialists and missionsacross government, and as they advance in sophistication, the Homeland Security Department is attempting to better protect against them. This week, DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate announced it will make use of an update to San Francisco-based Lookout, Inc.’s Mobile...

DHS Aims to Turn Mobile Devices into No Phishing Zones

July 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phishing attacks remain the bane of information security specialists and missions across government, and as they advance in sophistication, the Homeland Security Department is attempting to better protect against them. This week, DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate announced it will make use of an update to San Francisco-based Lookout, Inc.’s...

DHS Looks to Improve Cyber Capabilities for Financial Services

July 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department wants to help protect financial institutions—designated as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure—against emerging cyber threats. The DHS Science & Technology Directorate awarded Delaware-based Cyber 20/20 with a $200,000 contract to demonstrate whether its open-source technology will help the financial services sector better defend against emerging...

GSA: Phase II Centers of Excellence Bids Will Begin in July

June 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The second phase of the federal government’s IT Modernization Centers of Excellence program will ramp up next month with a series of solicitations to industry. Officials from the General Services Administration and Agriculture Department, speaking at an industry day Wednesday, said the agencies aim to have all contracts for the...

NSA ‘Systematically Moving’ All Its Data to The Cloud

June 22, 2018 The National Security Agency has moved most of the mission data it collects, analyzes and stores into a classified cloud computing environment known as the Intelligence Community GovCloud. The IC GovCloud is a single integrated “big data fusion environment” that allows analysts to rapidly “connect the dots” across all NSA’s...