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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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What Do DISA’s New Cloud Security Requirements Mean for Classified Information?

January 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency released updated cloud security requirements this week, consolidating six previous “impact levels” of information sensitivity into four in an effort to simplify the process for cloud providers and the Defense Department alike. That follows recent moves by DISA to speed up the pace at which...

Dan Tangherlini’s Tech Legacy

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Dan Tangherlini became the administrator for the General Services Administration in early 2012, he had a reputation for fiscal leadership and management. Yet, when he departs GSA next month, he may be most remembered for the legacy of technological innovation he leaves behind. Tangherlini presided over the modernization of...

A Closer Look at How IBM’s Watson Could Transform Veteran Health Care

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In December, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a pilot project with arguably the most famous "Jeopardy" champion of all – IBM’s Watson. The announcement merited some positive press: VA provides health care for more than 8 million veterans annually, but unless you’ve been living in a cave for the...

Introducing the New Emerging Tech Blog

January 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology affects everyone, everywhere, all the time, and its repercussions for humanity and the greater world are already too numerous to list. Sounds deep, huh? In all seriousness, my first goal with this blog will be to write about emerging technologies across government -- in the worlds of defense, intelligence...

DISA Reshuffle Shines a Spotlight on Cyber

January 13, 2015 The Defense Information Systems Agency looks a little different following a reorganization effort announced Monday at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Virginia. The restructure puts cybersecurity in the limelight, with cyber categorized by DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. as the most important of five “Cs” for...

DISA Reshuffle Shines Spotlight on Cyber

January 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency looks a little different following a reorganization effort announced Monday at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Virginia. The restructure puts cybersecurity in the limelight, with cyber categorized by DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. as the most important of five “Cs” for...

How Reverse-Engineering the Brain Could Help Machines Learn

January 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today’s supercomputers and high-end machines are fast and powerful, but they don’t learn well. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants to change that, through a new research and development program called MICrONS, which stands for Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks. Announced today, MICrONS aims to reverse-engineer algorithms brains use...

Possible $11 Billion Contract At Stake for the Pentagon's Digital Health Records

January 8, 2015 It’s no secret the multibillion deal to overhaul the Defense Department’s electronic health records system will be one of the most significant government contracts awarded in 2015. In the months leading up to the October 2014 bid deadline, DOD officials testified the contract could be worth as much as $11...

IBM’s Full-Court Press to Capture DOD Health Records Contract

January 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s no secret the multibillion deal to overhaul the Defense Department’s electronic health records system will be one of the most significant government contracts awarded in 2015. In the months leading up to the October 2014 bid deadline, DOD officials testified the contract could be worth as much as $11...

Sony Hack Signals 'New Normal' in Cybersecurity

January 7, 2015 The Sony hack copied a multinational company’s financial documents, its employees’ personally identifiable information and years’ worth of embarrassing – and poorly written, it must be said – emails from high-level executives and released them all for the world to see. But for many cybersecurity observers, the real eye opener...