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Frank R. Konkel

Executive Editor, Nextgov

Frank R. 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.
Business

Pentagon Awards JEDI Cloud Contract to Microsoft, Again

The decision follows a months-long legal challenge filed by Amazon Web Services.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Wants More Time to Review JEDI Cloud Contract Bids

The Defense Department says it wants to further discuss Microsoft’s and Amazon Web Services’ pricing.

Threats

FBI Opens a China-Related Counterintelligence Investigation Every 10 Hours

FBI Director Chris Wray says China is increasing its illegal activity to subvert the U.S. during the pandemic.

Science & Tech

Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Boost Pentagon AI Talent

Step one: teach the Defense Department's HR staff to find and hire experts in artificial intelligence.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Wants Help With Its Predictive Aircraft Maintenance AI

Among other things, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center needs someone to format data about H-60 helicopters in a way that an AI can learn from it.

Business

Amazon Files Another Protest Over JEDI Contract

In response, Microsoft blasts Amazon Web Services for trying to force a do-over for the multibillion-dollar cloud contract.

Policy

Pentagon IG: We Can’t Rule Out White House Influence on JEDI Award

A 300-page investigation reveals multiple ethics violations and a refusal by Defense Department General Counsel to let senior officials comment on communications with the White House.

Business

US Intelligence Agencies Are Told to Be Flexible with Contractors During Coronavirus

New guidance recommends immediate contract modifications to allow some contractors to remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business

Pentagon Will Modify Hundreds of Contracts for Coronavirus Response

The Defense Department is ramping up the purchase of certain items, including ventilators, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Business

Pentagon Will Allow Companies to Rebid for JEDI Contract

Defense procurement officials have asked a federal judge for a 120-day remand to “reconsider its evaluation” of the up-to-$10 billion cloud contract.

Threats

DISA Data Breach Affected 200,000 People, Officials Confirm

Defense officials provided few details but said the affected systems have since been secured.

Science & Tech

Amazon Says Pentagon Got Almost Everything Wrong in JEDI Evaluation

Company officials say Trump's beef with CEO Jeff Bezos led to “substantial and pervasive errors.”

Science & Tech

Amazon Will Protest JEDI Cloud Contract; Cites ‘Political Influence’

In July, Trump said he was "looking into" the $10 billion contract, which went to Microsoft last month.

Business

Microsoft Wins Massive JEDI Cloud Contract

Amazon loses in a $10-billion upset decision after months of legal and Trump-fueled political controversy.

Policy

Esper Recuses Himself from JEDI Cloud-Contract Review

Nearly three months after he put the program on hold, the defense secretary has concluded that his son's job prevents him from overseeing it.

Policy

Why Trump Cares About the Pentagon’s Mega-Cloud — and Why That Terrifies Those Who Want It

Breaking up the $10 billion JEDI network project will hurt the U.S. military’s effort to speed data to troops, its fans argue.

Science & Tech

Esper Puts JEDI Contract on Hold for Review

It’s unclear whether the new defense secretary's review will affect the contract’s timeline.

Policy

After Trump Weighs In on JEDI, GOP Lawmakers Say Keep Out of It

Four members of the House Armed Services Committee asked Trump to let the Pentagon award its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract without delay.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Aims to Award JEDI Cloud Contract in August

But a court hearing for Oracle's protest is slated for early July, which may complicate DOD's effort to choose between Amazon and Microsoft.