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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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White House Credits Twitter for Debt Ceiling Deal

August 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the lost perspectives department, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer confirmed to New York Times reporter Brain Stelter late Sunday that the White House believes the Tweeting public helped push Congress toward a debt ceiling agreement. The conversation, which also occurred via Twitter, was first reported by Mashable.com The ...

Government IT may fare well under debt ceiling deal

August 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The deal struck between the Obama White House and congressional leaders to immediately raise the limit on federal borrowing in exchange for $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years is unlikely to mean a major scaling down of federal information technology initiatives, experts told Nextgov on Monday. That's because ...

From Nextgov: Government IT may fare well under debt ceiling deal

August 1, 2011 The deal struck between the Obama White House and congressional leaders to immediately raise the limit on federal borrowing in exchange for $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years is unlikely to mean a major scaling down of federal information technology initiatives, experts told Nextgov on Monday. Read the ...

Chief Changes

August 1, 2011 Vivek Kundra led bold tech reforms, but his legacy is more about management than machines. When President Obama named then-District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra to be the nation's first chief information officer in 2009, he cited Kundra's "depth of experience in the technology arena" and said the ...

No Shortage of Cost-Cutting Ideas

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As of Friday morning, the Obama administration had received 15,000 unique ideas for how to make government more efficient from about 19,000 federal employees who had either posted a proposal or voted on the idea they liked best. The ideas -- due by the end of the day Friday -- ...

Agencies lag on social media security, privacy concerns, GAO says

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies that use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to push their messages to the public and gather citizen input haven't adequately investigated privacy and security concerns with the new online tools, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. About half the 23 agencies GAO surveyed also ...

Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As public portals for information sharing improve, fraud and waste scandals that were traditionally broken by whistleblowers inside government will increasingly be sussed out of aggregated data from frustrated citizens on the receiving end of federal work, a transparency advocate predicted Friday. The website Seeclickfix.com, for instance, which has been ...

From Nextgov: Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say

July 29, 2011 As public portals for information sharing improve, fraud and waste scandals that were traditionally broken by whistleblowers inside government will increasingly be sussed out of aggregated data from frustrated citizens on the receiving end of federal work, a transparency advocate predicted Friday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Senator pushes cloud as deficit cutting tool

July 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal transition to cloud computing is an overlooked source of savings as the government battles over trillions of dollars in spending reductions, the leader of a Senate oversight subcommittee said this week. A visibly weary Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was addressing a conference Wednesday on the future of government ...

Bill Mandates Publishing Agency Reports to Congress

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday introduced companion legislation to the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act. The measure would require the Government Printing Office to publish agency reports to Congress online within 30 days of their submission. Digital copies of the reports ...