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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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Five Ways the 2018 Defense Bill Will Change Pentagon IT

December 13, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a major government technology revamp into law Tuesday as part of an annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act, championed by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, creates a $500 million central modernization fund over two years that agencies can...

NGA Launches Bold Recruitment Plan to Hire Silicon Valley's Best

December 11, 2017 Attention Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin and other tech hubs across the country: One of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies wants your best and brightest tech talent, and it’s making a game-changing strategic play to get them. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, responsible for gathering and disseminating geospatial data for national security,...

NGA Launches Bold Recruitment Plan to Hire Silicon Valley's Best

December 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Attention Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin and other tech hubs across the country: One of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies wants your best and brightest tech talent, and it’s making a game-changing strategic play to get them. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, responsible for gathering and disseminating geospatial data for national security,...

Welcome to the Next Nextgov

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, Government Executive Media Group launched Nextgov to report on how technological innovations were shaping the government of the future. The federal landscape looked a lot different then: Cloud computing hadn’t yet entered the government lexicon, artificial intelligence was the stuff of science fiction and providing citizens with...

5 Companies Protest Alliant 2 Contract—So Far

November 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several companies are protesting the Alliant 2 contract awards made earlier this month by the General Services Administration. Thus far, Capgemini Government Solutions, Harris IT Services Corp., Compuline International, Kratos Technology & Training Solutions and The Centech Group have filed protests with the Government Accountability Office. Washington Technology first reported...

EPA Sued Over Employees Using Encrypted Messaging App

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with an open-records request for documents regarding employees’ use of the encrypted messaging app Signal. The lawsuit is the second filed by the Cause of Action Institute against the EPA following a series of Freedom of Information Act...

Rethinking Federal Customer Experience

November 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During his second term in office, President Barack Obama made improving federal customer service a cross-agency priority goal, driving dozens of top government executives to collaborate in tackling one of the government’s toughest challenges. The effort resulted in a mixed bag. On one hand, federal agencies hired up more chief...

Industry Weighs In on Pentagon’s Cloud Adoption Plan

November 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apparently spurred by a summer visit to tech hubs in Seattle and Palo Alto, the Defense Department’s top brass has the Pentagon pushing faster than ever for cloud computing services offered by the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, CSRA and a cadre of other providers. The West Coast...

Amazon’s New ‘Secret Region’ Promises Easier Sharing of Classified Data

November 21, 2017 Amazon Web Services unveiled a cloud computing region for the CIA and other intelligence community agencies developed specifically to host secret classified data. The AWS Secret Region will allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level through the company’s...

Amazon Web Services Announces Secret Cloud Region For CIA

November 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon Web Services unveiled a cloud computing region for the CIA and other intelligence community agencies developed specifically to host secret classified data. The AWS Secret Region will allow the 17 intelligence agencies to host, analyze and run applications on government data classified at the secret level through the company’s...