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Frank Konkel

Frank Konkel is a former staff writer for FCW.
Digital Government

SEC's MIDAS program highlights how to do big data

Rather than retroactively try to reconstruct the next market anomaly, the SEC launched the Market Information Data Analytics System, which collects more than one billion records per day.

IT Modernization

Much ado about milCloud

DISA launches its internal cloud service, and industry players worry the deck may be stacked against them.

Digital Government

Is big data the cure for health-care systems?

A MeriTalk survey of executives in health care-related agencies and businesses found that fewer than 20 percent said their organization is prepared to work with big data.


Justice IG finds fault with encryption practices

An audit ripped the U.S. Attorneys’ office for failing to secure laptops and tablets holding sensitive information.


Getting beyond 'random acts of mobility'

While government can see the potential of mobile, lack of coordination is a recipe for failure, says HP Enterprise Services executive Bryan Coapstick.

Digital Government

USGS unveils new Web presence, seeks feedback

The new site is part of a two-year effort to make the U.S. Geological Survey's online resources more accessible and user-friendly.

IT Modernization

Is data center consolidation losing steam?

The federal government is lagging behind similar efforts in the private sector aimed at boosting security and saving money, says Brocade executive Anthony Robbins.

Digital Government

NOAA budget boost focused on data

The largest request for NOAA's five offices is the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which would get an increase of about $165 million over fiscal 2014.

Digital Government

State Department: Mapping the humanitarian crisis in Syria

The department's maps can help people make sense of complex humanitarian emergencies and understand what is happening on the ground.

Digital Government

NGA: Seeking full immersion in geospatial data

NGA's Map of the World will serve as the backbone for the agency's innovative efforts to satisfy the geospatial appetites of the 17 intelligence agencies.

Digital Government

EPA: Using maps to make sense of water pollution data

EPA's map-based "How's My Waterway?" app allows users to check pollution levels in almost any U.S. lake, river or other waterway.

Digital Government

Why maps matter

With new technologies and an explosion of geodata, more and more agencies are mapping to make sense of their missions.

IT Modernization

Three routes to FedRAMP: Choose wisely

The most common path is gaining a provisional authority to operate from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board, but that might not be the best choice for every vendor.


Will more money for VA fix the IT 'deficiencies'?

Fiscal 2015 budget request would boost funding for IT security, but legislators have their doubts.


NASA names new chief technologist, acting CTO

MIT's David W. Miller will serve as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's principal advisor on agency-wide technology issues, policies and programs.

Digital Government

The intelligence community's big-data problem

Analyzing fragmented information that doesn’t come neatly packaged is a challenge most other government users of big data can relate to.


Data the key factor in mobile device management

Few people care about what happens to a device, points out Good Technology CTO Nicko van Someren, but most care what happens to the data on it.

Digital Government

Beyond the buzz of big data

The Army and the SEC are two agencies putting big data to use right now.