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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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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...

Third Time's a Charm? NOAA Reschedules Next-Gen Weather Satellite Launch

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a series of project delays and two launch attempts scrubbed this week due to windy weather, the federal government’s newest hurricane forecasting weapon is set to launch this weekend. JPSS-1 is the first of three satellites developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the $10 billion Joint...

IT Modernization Bill Heads to President

November 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What began as an attempt by one Texas congressman to provide federal agencies new means to modernize their old and outdated systems will head to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. The Senate Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act that contained a modified version of the Modernizing Government...

Bid Protests Decline in 2017

November 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The number of bid protests filed by contractors declined in fiscal 2017 after increasing each year since fiscal 2013. Contractors filed 2,596 bid protests in fiscal 2017, down 7 percent from a record 2,789 protest cases filed last year, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO adjudicates the vast...