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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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October 1, 2012 Cold Fusion Nearly half of federal agencies are not sharing documented incidents of potential terrorist activity with U.S. intelligence centers, according to officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Homeland Security and Justice departments since 2008 have been teaching federal officials and police to deposit, through...

Willing to Fail

October 1, 2012 How do you spur innovation in government? Be willing to fail. How do you make government willing to fail? Make failure cheap. That’s the idea behind Development Innovation Ventures, run by Maura O’Neill, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief innovation officer. The program takes a venture capital approach to...

Bill would require agencies to report cloud computing progress

September 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would require federal agencies to publish annual reports on their progress shifting computer infrastructure to cheaper and more nimble cloud computing. The 2012 Cloud Computing Act also would require agencies to provide updates on other goals described in the Office of Management and Budget’s...

Signs of Innovation at RFP-EZ

September 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Radically reforming how government operates is a tall order. Plenty of projects have worn the mantle of innovation but fallen into the same old bureaucratic traps. The five intern-run projects collected under federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park’s Presidential Innovation Fellows program may yet end up in that category, but...

GSA may have to start over on governmentwide cellphone plan

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A decision posted Tuesday by the Office of the Comptroller General could complicate the government’s goal of saving billions of dollars by consolidating contracts for mobile phone services. The General Services Administration failed to prove that several vendor requirements it included in its Wireless Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative were standard...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Government Data Storage

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The past few days have demonstrated benefits and some pitfalls related to the government’s shift to nimble cloud-based storage for much of its computer services. The good news: those promised money savings are starting to appear and demonstrate the government’s technology shop has some hope of fulfilling its promise to...

A new breed of mercenary: Tweeting for hire

September 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More repressive regimes are combating online critics by paying pro-government bloggers to “tout the official point of view, discredit opposition activists, or disseminate false information” in online comment streams and on social media, according to an international watchdog report released Monday. This practice was once mostly limited to China and...

One year later We the People petitioners have mixed reviews

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the White House website that invites people to petition the government and promises to respond to the most popular appeals is getting mixed reviews from users. Kathleen Summers credited We the People, which will turn one on Saturday, with bringing greater public attention to...

Labor cancels social media monitoring solicitation

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department canceled a solicitation to monitor numerous news sources including social media Thursday, two days after it went out. A note on the FBO.gov federal contracting site said there was no information on if or when the solicitation would be offered again. A program to monitor social media...

Issa proposes legislation to reboot federal IT

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to include a comment from Rep. Gerry Connolly. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is floating proposed legislation that would drastically reform the way federal technology is purchased, including by granting agency chief information officers authority over their information technology budgets. CIOs have long sought budget authority as...