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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Commerce Needs More Money to Modernize the Census, Secretary Says

January 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- The Census Bureau wants to modernize the way it collects data from citizens but without new money from Congress it won’t be able to do that, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at the Consumer Electronics Show here on Wednesday. We need to do the census differently than ...

Here’s How Government Can Help Startups

January 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS – Immigration and patent reform lead the checklist of things government can do to help entrepreneurs launch startup companies, a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show said, but those are just two items on a very long list. A looser immigration policy would bring in more talented engineers ...

Get Ready for Connected Everything

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- If the past decade was when computing went mobile with the introduction of smartphones and tablets, the next decade will see computing expand across people’s daily lives from your home and your car to your key fob and your local convenience store, presenters said on the first ...

Want to Make Digital Government Work? Hire Your Own Coders

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In late summer of 2012, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators went to their technology office with an idea. The standard way to put proposed new federal rules online is in large blocks of text, similar to how they’re presented on paper in the decades-old Federal Register. By using hypertext and ...

GSA Wants to Use Computer Games to Teach Contracting

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The service that oversees the government’s acquisition workforce wants to use interactive computer games to train the next generation of government contracting officers, solicitation documents show. The games, which will be accessible through a mobile application, will cut down on the cost of in-person training and give future contracting officers ...

The White House Owes Responses to 30 Citizen Petitions; Some Have Been Waiting for Years

January 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the White House’s We the People petition site enters its fourth calendar year, many petitioners are still waiting for the response they were promised. There are currently 30 We the People petitions that have crossed the threshold for an official White House reply but not yet gotten one, including ...

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 2 Million, Still Below Expectations

December 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 2.1 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through HealthCare.gov and state-run health insurance marketplaces since Obamacare went into effect on Oct. 1, officials said on Tuesday. Just over half those enrollments came through the federal marketplace, which was riddled with glitches when it launched but has ...

The Top 5 Government Tech Stories of 2013

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This was the year government technology went mainstream. After years of partisan rancor, it turned out that Obamacare, the largest expansion of government in decades, could be brought down more easily by software failures and a byzantine technology contracting system than by political and legal wrangling. Meanwhile, the disastrous launch ...

Coming in 2014: Facebook Across Government

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every major federal agency should be using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by mid-2014 if all goes according to plan, an official told Nextgov on Monday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is the only major federal agency without a Facebook presence, plans to launch its page in the spring of 2014, ...

Agencies, Take Note: Social Media Doesn't Just Mean Facebook Anymore

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online Americans are broadening the number of social media sites they use with 42 percent using two or more sites, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. The findings could have implications for federal agencies, which are trying to broaden the ways they use social media to ...