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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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Design firm recommends revamping many government mobile apps

October 21, 2011 Federal agencies have built a few standout mobile software applications, but too often they perform inconsequential tasks, rely on outdated technology, or fail to address the needs of their primary users, according to an industry report released Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Cloud, telework and security to top IT budgets in 2012

October 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technologies that support the federal transition to cloud computing and increased telework will be the most lucrative opportunities for government information technology vendors in 2012, along with new technologies that ensure the security of data that travel through those systems, according to a vendor presentation Thursday. Federal information technology shops ...

Cloud, telework and security to top IT budgets in 2012

October 20, 2011 Technologies that support the federal transition to cloud computing and increased telework will be the most lucrative opportunities for government information technology vendors in 2012, along with new technologies that ensure the security of data that travel through those systems, according to a vendor presentation Thursday. Read the full story ...

Mobile work is about more than secure laptops

October 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Concerns about workers telecommuting with personal laptops and smartphones don't end with those systems' comparatively lax security, officials said Tuesday. There also are a host of policy questions that need to be answered in case security problems do emerge, either because of a malicious cyberattack or because the device simply ...

GAO Strikes Down Part of Cloud Email RFQ

October 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office on Monday struck down part of a blanket bid solicitation for cloud computing services that protesters claimed would unfairly restrict them from storing government data including email and records management systems in cloud facilities abroad. A May 9 General Services Administration request for quotation for government ...

Average tenure for agency CIOs is hovering at two years, GAO says

October 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The average tenure of an agency chief information officer has stalled at about two years, despite a general consensus among information technology executives that a three-to-five year stay is necessary to institute major organizational and policy changes, a watchdog said Monday. That two-year term of service essentially has remained unchanged ...

Agencies see advantages to open source content management systems

October 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people were terrified when the Commerce Department first considered moving to an open source content management system for its main website, the agency's new media director said Thursday. Commerce.gov made the transition in mid-2010 to a CMS from Drupal -- among the most popular open source communities worldwide. Many ...

My Experience Tweeting @ the White House

October 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In addition to dignitaries, media and Korean American leaders in attendance at Thursday morning's arrival ceremony for South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, the White House also invited several dozen Tweeters -- this reporter among them -- to chronicle the event. And, despite rain that soaked through my shoes, a cancellation ...

Social media enables Occupy DC protests and defines them too

October 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The mishmash of different principles and goals floating around the Occupy DC protest's headquarters near lobbyist-heavy K Street is a lot like the near cacophony of Tweets streaming under the movement's #occupyDC and #occupyKst hash tags, said Kelly Mears, a leader of the group's social media outreach. "Twitter would be ...

HHS aims to drive down health care costs with transparency

October 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department wants to use the "NOAA model" to bring down health care costs, its chief technology officer said Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "collects tons of weather data and publishes it online in machine-readable, downloadable form for anyone for free," HHS CTO Todd ...