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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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CIA is Bringing Amazon’s Marketplace to the Intelligence Community

February 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, the Central Intelligence Agency took the 17 agencies within the intelligence community to the cloud through a ground-breaking $600 million contract with Amazon Web Services. Since the cloud went live midway through 2014, a host of intelligence agencies have turned to it for application hosting and a variety...

Obama Pushes for Greater Intel Sharing in New Strategy

February 9, 2015 This story has been updated. In the new National Security Strategy unveiled Friday, President Barack Obama said better information sharing across intelligence agencies is one of his key requirements to protecting the country from everything from ISIL to infrastructure-crippling cyber attacks. The administration is working to “better integrate” the intelligence...

GAO's High-Risk List Adds IT Acquisition and Veteran Health Care

February 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office's High-Risk List, which calls Congress’ attention to problematic, risky or troubled programs, is about to receive two high-profile additions. Multiple Capitol Hill sources with knowledge of the list confirmed to Nextgov that IT acquisition and operations and veteran health care are being included on the watchdog's...

How VMware Plans to Conquer the Cloud Market

February 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a new cloud service offering that has met the government’s standardized cloud computing security requirements, and it’s one every major federal agency IT official will recognize. VMware, already a known name in virtualization, announced today its VMware vCloud Government Service has achieved compliance under the Federal Risk and Authorization...

What's Under the Hood of GSA's $100M Cloud Contract

February 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After I wrote about the General Services Administration’s new cloud computing services contract with Aquilent – worth a cool $100 million, by the way – a few readers raised an interesting question. Would Aquilent be a cloud broker in name only? In other words, would Aquilent provide GSA and its...

The Pentagon's Adoption of Cloud Technology Is Finally Taking Off

February 3, 2015 Rarely has the Defense Department dedicated the kind of time and resources to talking emerging technologies as it did Jan. 29 at an industry-day event, parading a who’s-who of top tech officials to explain the Pentagon’s plans for cloud computing. Held at the Commerce Department headquarters, the event served two...

Why the Pentagon CIO Hates the Term ‘Data Center’

February 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rarely has the Defense Department dedicated the kind of time and resources to talking emerging technologies as it did Jan. 29 at an industry-day event, parading a who’s-who of top tech officials to explain the Pentagon’s plans for cloud computing. Held at the Commerce Department headquarters, the event served two...

The Pentagon Accelerates Move to Cloud Computing

January 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department is accelerating toward wide-scale cloud computing adoption, buoyed by the promises of cost savings and untold increases in mission capabilities. However, the largest potential consumer of cloud computing services in the U.S. government has also been the most deliberate in ensuring the security of every bit of...

This Is How Feds Will Protect Sensitive Data in the Cloud

January 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials at the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program have released draft security standards aimed at protecting some of the government’s most sensitive unclassified data in cloud computing environments. FedRAMP officials are now seeking feedback from industry and agencies on the proposed standards. The so-called high-impact baseline under the Federal...

Feds Get a How-To Guide for Responding to Social Media Hacks

January 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Remember two weeks ago when the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command were compromised in a very public, embarrassing fashion that had some question the need for certain agencies' social media use? The news sparked a rapid response from the SocialGov Community – hundreds of digital engagement managers...