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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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Issa blasts federal IT management, releases business systems surveys

September 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Congressionally-requested survey of how agencies manage their business and accounting information technology systems reveals too much work is still being done manually and not enough data is being made public, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., charged Tuesday. Issa released agency responses to the survey late Tuesday, along ...

Going Mobile

September 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Doctors at Veterans Affairs Department medical centers will be able to pull up patient records on smartphones and tablets starting in October, and some top VA officials already are using the mobile devices for nonclassified work. Medical providers at VA's 152 hospitals had been lobbying for years to incorporate mobile ...

Agencies should post officials' schedules, other info under new transparency partnership, group says

September 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies should post visitor logs, officials' daily calendars and other information on their websites as part of a new multination open government partnership, a watchdog recommended this week. Citizens also should be able to file and track Freedom of Information Act requests directly from agency sites, the group OMB ...

Defense Language Institute Dips Into Dot-Edu Domain

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Language Institute has launched a dot-edu website for a handful of Dari students because the dot-mil sites it normally works with are too "hampered by security and bandwidth restrictions," according to a Defense Department press release. The Naval Postgraduate School, one of the few military institutions with real ...

The TSA App and Flying Pie

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Security Administration included about 900 items fliers could or couldn't carry onto their flights or put in checked baggage when it first launched its My TSA app in July 2010, agency official Neil Bonner said Wednesday. That list grew to more than 3,000 items as people used a ...

Weed the People?

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adding to its string of online open government initiatives, the White House on Thursday announced a new Web feature that will allow activists to petition the federal government straight from the White House website. Officials will monitor the We The People site and "if your petition attracts enough support, White ...

Agency apps must be regularly updated or face obsolescence

September 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobile applications are like websites -- they're either regularly updated or rapidly outdated, government app experts said Wednesday. But agencies also should be wary of packing their apps with so much content they confuse or overwhelm users, government IT officials said at a webinar hosted by Government Executive Media Group, ...

Agency apps must be regularly updated or face obsolescence

September 1, 2011 Mobile applications are like websites -- they're either regularly updated or rapidly outdated, government app experts said Wednesday. But agencies also should be wary of packing their apps with so much content they confuse or overwhelm users, government IT officials said at a webinar hosted by Government Executive Media Group, ...

Going Mobile

September 1, 2011 Technology chiefs take on security challenges as more feds turn to smartphones and tablets. Doctors at Veterans Affairs Department medical centers will be able to pull up patient records on smartphones and tablets starting in October, and some top VA officials already are using the mobile devices for nonclassified work. ...

Revolutions Aren't Built on Facebook Alone, Nuke Negotiator Says

August 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The true believers who credit Facebook and Twitter with singlehandedly enabling regime-toppling revolts in Egypt and Tunisia and the Green Revolution in Iran give social media too much credit, Ambassador David J. Smith said Wednesday. But those who say social media hasn't fundamentally changed the way democracy movements operate in ...