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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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DHS to bundle virtual desktop, mobile services

October 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will soon pilot a program to drive down the cost of its virtualized desktop and mobile services by bundling the two together into a single purchase, Richard Spires, DHS' chief information officer, said Tuesday. The program, which the department is calling "workplace as a service," will...

Broader budget authority could help CIOs cut costs

October 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One way to wring more savings from the federal information technology enterprise in a time of flat or declining budgets is to give agency chief information officers broader power to make financial decisions, Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker said Monday. Baker is the only agency CIO with authority, provided by...

VA plans government's largest tablet computer deployment

October 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department plans to field up to 100,000 tablet computers, the largest such deployment in the government, VA disclosed last week in a request to industry for technical help. The department has developed a work around for federal wireless security standards that supports...

Design firm recommends revamping many government mobile apps

October 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 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have built a few standout mobile software applications, but too often they perform inconsequential tasks, rely on outdated technology, or fail to address the needs of their primary users, according to an industry report released Thursday. The U.S. Postal Service's Tools app, for example, targets only a small...

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...

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