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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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Innovation in Federal IT? Sorry, Not in the Budget This Year

April 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, recently noted that more than 80 percent of the government’s IT budget is spent on legacy technology. He’s not alone in thinking government has its technology investment priorities backward. A survey by software provider SolarWinds of 123 public sector IT managers and...

Martha Dorris Moves Positions at GSA

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Martha Dorris will take her talents to another directorate within the General Services Administration. Dorris, currently the director of the Office of Innovative Technologies in GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, will May 1 become the director of GSA’s Office of Strategic Programs within GSA’s Office of Integrated...

Tech Giants Team Up to Unleash NOAA’s Data

April 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just over a year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sought industry feedback to help it better share the more than 20 terabytes of weather data it produces every day. Today, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker revealed the culmination of NOAA’s efforts: a big data project between NOAA and a...

18F’s Hillary Hartley on Redesigning Government Services: Put the People First

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article was originally published in a shortened version on March 13. The article has been expanded. As the deputy executive director at 18F, the federal government’s digital services delivery team, Hillary Hartley’s job is to put end users at the forefront of any technology project. The bit of irony...

HealthCare.gov Still Gets Poor Marks for Customer Experience

April 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout may have been mitigated by a mercenary band of techies, but it’s still behind the curve in customer experience, according to Forrester’s Customer Experience Index. Released today, the report’s findings are based on perceptions from more than 46,000 consumers surveyed last November and December on 299 U.S....

These 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches

April 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines. In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come. Yet, a great many of these calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene, according to...

Federal CIO Tony Scott Expects Some 'Resistance' on Federal IT Reform Law

April 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What a nine weeks it’s been for new federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. Fresh off CIO gigs at a who’s-who of private sector companies, including Walt Disney Company, Microsoft and most recently VMware, Scott became the government’s top techie in February and it hasn’t taken long for him to...

Casey Coleman Heads to Unisys

April 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman is headed to Unisys. Coleman, who led GSA’s IT efforts from 2007 to 2014 before taking a position with AT&T Government Solutions, is joining Unisys Federal as its group vice president for civilian agencies. Coleman was a decorated civil servant --...

OMB Blueprint for IT Reform Coming Soon

April 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act holds great promise to improve the way government manages its IT projects and budgets, but agencies may have to wait until later this year for promised guidance from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB had been expected to issue guidelines sometime this spring....

How the NSA Is Using the Cloud To Thwart the Next Snowden

April 13, 2015 Almost two years ago, the National Security Agency forever lost its “No Such Agency” nickname at the hands of one of its contractors—a once-trusted insider by the name of Edward Snowden. Snowden’s stream of leaked NSA secrets about classified surveillance programs shined the public spotlight on the clandestine government organization....