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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TechAmerica's Lawsuit Against the IT Industry Council Heads to Mediation, Proceeds With Discovery

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lawsuit filed by the government industry association TechAmerica against a rival it accuses of poaching three of its top executives along with proprietary information they held is entering mediation while the organizations exchange discovery documents, according to the court record. The docket in the case shows a scheduling order...

Agencies Get Two More Social Media Sites to Pick From

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Add two more social networking sites to the list of roughly 70 approved for government use. CrowdHall, a site for politicians and others to hold online town halls, and Tint, which allows users to display curated social media feeds on their websites, mobile apps and Facebook pages, are the latest...

Federal Employee Violates Hatch Act With Political Tweets

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government has opted not to prosecute a federal employee who violated the Hatch Act by tweeting about partisan political contests while on the job, the Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday. The employee allegedly also urged Twitter followers to contribute to a Washington D.C. council candidate’s campaign. The...

Confused by Obamacare? Ask the President

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a Kentucky mother of two complained to the president in a virtual chat on Friday that she’d received conflicting information about whether her 10-year-old son could continue to see a specialist under a new Obamacare plan, he offered a standard response, noting that the website is improving and...

Here’s What State of the Union Tweeters Cared About Most

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the second year in a row, White House officials took social media questions from the public in a roundtable discussion following the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. There were over 18,000 tweets using the #SOTUchat hash tag before and during the discussion, according to a Nextgov...

Senator 'Won't Back Down' Despite White House Efforts to Weaken Federal Spending Transparency Bill

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The author of a Senate proposal to standardize the way the government records its spending data lashed out on Thursday at a White House proposal to pare back the reform. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he would “not back down” in his effort to pass a stronger version of the...

Commerce Seeks a Single System to Manage Its Citizen Services

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is in the market for a customer relationship management platform to use across all its divisions, similar to the products private sector companies use to manage relationships with their customers, contracting documents show. Relationship management platforms typically allow customers to have a single profile across different divisions...

A Tech Free State of the Union

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Soon before President Obama took the stage for tonight’s State of the Union address, GovLoop founder Steve Ressler asked Twitter how likely the president was to mention government technology or procurement reform. I predicted that, the administration’s once-troubled online health insurance exchange that’s been in generally good working order...

White House Pushes Weaker Version of Spending Transparency Bill

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House would like to roll back some transparency requirements in House-passed legislation that would standardize how the government records and publishes spending information, according to documents obtained by Federal News Radio. The proposed changes to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act include removing a requirement that agencies publish...

Government Web Satisfaction Drops After Launch

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public satisfaction with government websites fell across the board in the last quarter when the troubled launch of, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, put government website performance front and center, according to a report released on Tuesday. Satisfaction with government websites fell two points in the quarter...

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