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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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NSA’s Grand Plan to Snowden-Proof Its Data Using the Cloud

April 12, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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...

The Army Expands Its Use of Cloud Computing

April 9, 2015 With several hundred thousand active-duty and civilian personnel and military bases all over the planet, the U.S. Army’s logistics challenges rival those of any organization on Earth. The Army has secured the hybrid cloud computing services of IBM to bolster services provided by its Logistics Support Activity, responsible for some...

Army Turns to IBM’s Hybrid Cloud to Take on Logistics Challenges

April 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With several hundred thousand active-duty and civilian personnel and military bases all over the planet, the U.S. Army’s logistics challenges rival those of any organization on Earth. The Army has secured the hybrid cloud computing services of IBM to bolster services provided by its Logistics Support Activity, responsible for some...

The Army's Plan To Move to the Cloud

April 7, 2015 The U.S. Army is taking its information technology to the cloud. At least, that’s the plan. This month, the Army released a formal cloud computing strategy that aligns with thePentagon’s evolving policies and will position it to capitalize on disruptive commercial cloud computing technologies prevalent in the private sector. In...

Army Unveils Cloud Strategy

April 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Army is taking its information technology to the cloud. At least, that’s the plan. This month, the Army released a formal cloud computing strategy that aligns with the Pentagon’s evolving policies and will position it to capitalize on disruptive commercial cloud computing technologies prevalent in the private sector....

Snowden: NSA Not (Specifically) Looking for Your Nude Photos

April 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver’s amazingly uncomfortable, yet highly interesting interview with National Security Agency secrets-leaker Edward Snowden frames government surveillance in a context any American can understand: nude photos. It’s been almost two years since Snowden, a former NSA contractor, spilled some of the intelligence community’s biggest...

New FedRAMP, DHS Initiative Aims to Make it Easier for Feds to Access the Cloud

April 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the body that creates standardized cloud computing security requirements, continues to evolve to take on new challenges. The latest effort came in the release of a draft overlay from the FedRAMP program office and Department of Homeland Security-led Trusted Internet Connections initiative, which...

Census' Tech Use Could Slash Cost of 2020 Count by Nearly Half

April 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 2010 United States Census cost more than $13 billion, or approximately $96 per household. If the Census Bureau uses the 2010 model for the next decennial headcount in 2020, government watchdogs fear the total price tag could approach $30 billion. In February, members of Congress made it clear to...

Commerce: Tell Us What You Want From Our Data

April 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is the largest producer of open data in the federal government. Your weather forecasts are brought you to by the good folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Census Bureau’s data can paint an almost block-by-block picture of the American populace. But under the...

Clinton’s Email Excuse Doesn’t Add Up

March 31, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hillary Clinton’s ridiculous excuse in the wake of controversy over her using a personal email address on a homebrew server -- that she didn’t want to carry two devices -- looks even more ridiculous now. The Associated Press published today emails, obtained from the State Department through a Freedom of...