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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Data center consolidation savings estimate increased to $5B

October 6, 2011 The government now expects to save about $5 billion total by closing and consolidating federal data centers, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday. Read the whole story at

More than 100 Dot-Govs Cut or Consolidated

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government campaign against outdated and unnecessary websites appears to be gaining steam. An updated list of top-level dot-gov domains posted to the government dataset repository Friday lists only 1,634 domains, down from nearly 1,759 domains when the list was first posted. The government's dot-gov reform effort is aimed...

Planning and execution failures threaten FAA's NextGen program

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration is doing a better job of developing a series of projects to modernize the nation's air traffic system, some portions of which have run years past deadline and as much as $500 million over budget, government watchdogs testified Wednesday. FAA's Next Generation or NextGen program remains...

White House grapples with a flood of online petitions

October 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The true test of We the People, the Obama administration's online petition site, won't be how many petitions are launched through the Web page, but how well the White House is able to respond to them, experts told Nextgov this week. If it looks as if federal officials are ignoring...

White House Hikes Requirements for Responding to Petitions

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citing participation estimates it says were "a wee bit on the low side," the White House has quintupled the number of signatures petitions posted to its new We the People Web page must receive to get an official agency response. New petitions posted to the site must get 25,000 signatures...

Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A successful mobile app -- whether it aims to educate, aid or entertain -- has about 30 seconds to sell users on its utility and to make a solid case for why it should live on your phone rather than on a website or some other place, app designers and...

Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 Government agencies have had mixed success in the mobile app arena. We asked three private sector app developers to rate the overall effectiveness of a dozen federal agency apps, and developed an interactive graphic to describe their findings. See the rest at

Emerging Leaders

October 1, 2011 Young executives are taking their passion for public service to the top. As government grapples with seemingly intractable problems like shrinking budgets, overlapping missions and cumbersome processes from bygone days, there is some good news. Young leaders are stepping up to redefine the way federal agencies work through better technology,...

U.S. government broadcaster expands use of social media in Middle East

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As social media becomes a primary tool for communication, organization and subversion across the Middle East, the U.S. government's foreign broadcasting arm is increasingly relying on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate with its audience. The weekly program Eye on Democracy, which runs on the Arabic language Alhurra station, has...

Listening to users: How VA developed its PTSD Coach mobile app

September 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Dr. Julia Hoffman wanted to build a mobile app to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, she went to the source: 80 residential PTSD patients at the Veterans Affairs Department Trauma Recovery Program in Palo Alto, Calif. The vets' top priority, they told her, was finding something to...

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