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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor, Nextgov

Frank Konkel
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.

Bid protests decline for fourth consecutive year

Bid protests issued by federal agencies declined 12% in fiscal 2022.


GSA appoints climate adviser

The General Services Administration released a few other personnel announcements.


Senators call on FTC to investigate TikTok

Recent reports suggest the People’s Republic of China can access the data of U.S. citizens.


Google bets big on government business with new division

Google Public Sector aims to accelerate digital transformation across government.

Digital Government

Experts call for more chief customer officers in government

Witnesses told Senate lawmakers that customer experience practitioners need representation within key federal agencies.


CISA seeks public feedback on TIC 3.0 cloud use case

Trusted Internet Connections use cases provide guidance on secure implementations of specific platforms, services and environments.


President Biden nominates OSTP director

If confirmed, Dr. Arati Prabhakar would serve as the president’s chief science advisor.


HHS establishes Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

The Health and Human Services secretary also appointed an acting deputy director to manage the office.


Senator calls on Biden to fill OSTP leadership role

The Biden administration has not put forth a nominee for the Cabinet level position.


NSA re-awards secret $10 Billion contract to Amazon

Amazon Web Services beat out Microsoft for the contract after a bid protest battle.


'Hack DHS' program identifies 122 vulnerabilities across networks

The Homeland Security Department’s first bug bounty program reaped some benefits.


Biden: ‘Prepared to respond’ if Russia pursues cyberattacks against U.S.

The White House also announced sanctions that will limit Russia’s access to cutting edge technologies.


Oracle’s cloud can now host select top secret defense data

The company will make use of special regions to store the government’s data.


Legislation to expand federal contracting opportunities reaches president’s desk

The legislation aims to improve government contracting opportunities for small businesses but could have a major impact on governmentwide procurement. 

IT Modernization

GAO audit again shines light on problems in VA’s health records rollout

The audit found that data quality and stakeholder engagement were two key issues with the rollout.


Biden administration touts ‘significant progress’ in Made in America Office's first year

The office’s purpose is to coordinate federal efforts and maximize the use of domestic goods by taxpayer-funded federal agencies when appropriate.