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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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Beltway Hosts 3 Amazon HQ2 Finalists

January 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. are three of the 20 finalists for Amazon’s next headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The tech giant narrowed its search Thursday from 238 bid proposals it received in October from regions all across the continent. In a statement, the company said it will work with...

Defense Department Halts Electronic Health Records Rollout

January 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department put on hold its commercial electronic health records rollout—MHS Genesis—for eight weeks as it assesses the “successes and failures” released to the field thus far. First reported by Politico Pro, Defense Healthcare Management System spokesperson David Norley confirmed the system’s halt to Nextgov Tuesday as it addresses...

Pentagon Thwarts 36 Million Email Breach Attempts Daily

January 12, 2018 Every day, the Defense Department thwarts 36 million emails full of malware, viruses and phishing schemes from hackers, terrorists and foreign adversaries trying to gain unauthorized access to military systems. Extrapolated over one year, the Pentagon’s receives 13 billion such emails, which are automatically scanned for suspicious content and other...

Pentagon Thwarts 36 Million Email Breach Attempts Daily

January 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every day, the Defense Department thwarts 36 million emails full of malware, viruses and phishing schemes from hackers, terrorists and foreign adversaries trying to gain unauthorized access to military systems. Extrapolated over one year, the Pentagon’s receives 13 billion such emails, which are automatically scanned for suspicious content and other...

Love Him or Hate Him, Darrell Issa Changed Government Technology

January 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow California Republican Darrell Issa announced Wednesday he won’t run for reelection in 2018 after 18 years in the House of Representatives, four of which he spent chairing the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa famously presided over controversial hearings on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and the IRS’...

National Forecasts Get Supercomputing Boost

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is boosting its supercomputing capabilities by one-third following the most expensive year ever for U.S. natural disasters. NOAA, which oversees the National Weather Service, will finish a multiyear upgrade late this month, adding Dell hardware to existing IBM and Cray data centers in Virginia...

Trump Signs Executive Order to ‘Streamline’ Rural Broadband

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at expanding broadband internet to rural areas. The order, signed during a speech before the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference in Nashville, directs agencies to “seek to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services and more efficiently...

The Pentagon's Cloud Strategy Is ‘Evolving’

January 5, 2018 The Defense Department's cloud strategy is not yet set in stone and the department could still veer away from awarding a single cloud contract to one vendor. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Patrick Evans told Nextgov the Cloud Executive Steering Group, which called for a “single award” contract in a...

GSA’s $50 Billion IT Contract Delayed Again

January 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The $50 billion Alliant 2 IT contract is again on hold following a third series of bid protests, this time in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Tysons Corner, Virginia-based OBXTek filed a lawsuit in November with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Falls Church, Virginia-based Centech did the...

GSA Taking Quotes for IT Modernization Centers of Excellence

December 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government released requests for quotations Wednesday seeking industry partners to begin staffing several centers of excellence teams outlined by White House officials last week. The RFQ was released to industry through the General Services Administration’s eBuy tool with a response deadline of Jan. 8. Awards could be made...