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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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Feds don't see the government backing down on IT reform after Kundra

July 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The pressure on agencies to transition more of their technology infrastructure to nimble cloud computing won't let up when the nation's first federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, leaves government this summer, General Services Administration official Dave McClure predicted Wednesday. Nor is it likely that other major initiatives Kundra laid ...

Unplugging Data Centers

July 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When state officials decided to merge Oregon's mish-mash of 12 agency data centers into one secure, cutting-edge facility in 2005, the task before them seemed easy enough. But three years and $63 million into the project, the state auditor was howling that Oregonians' private information was no more secure than ...

Unplugging Data Centers

July 20, 2011 When state officials decided to merge Oregon's mish-mash of 12 agency data centers into one secure, cutting-edge facility in 2005, the task before them seemed easy enough. But three years and $63 million into the project, the state auditor was howling that Oregonians' private information was no more secure than ...

On First Tweets

July 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget deserves points for joining the Twitterverse in a staid and simple way Tuesday, appropriate for its role as the White House's business branch. "Happy to be here," the OMB press office said, before directing readers to a fuller introduction on the agency's blog. Directness ...

Feds' strength may be in providing data, not building apps

July 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies can often do more to improve public knowledge and safety by providing raw data to private sector mobile app developers than by trying to create the programs themselves, officials told an industry audience Tuesday. The trick is ensuring that entrepreneurs have access to solid, vetted and timely government ...

From Nextgov: Feds' strength may be in providing data, not building apps

July 19, 2011 Federal agencies can often do more to improve public knowledge and safety by providing raw data to private sector mobile app developers than by trying to create the programs themselves, officials told an industry audience Tuesday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

SSA CIO Resigns

July 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration's Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman resigned on Friday, part of a major reorganization at the agency following a funding cut in the fiscal 2011 budget, Federal News Radio reported. SSA Commissioner Mike Astrue appointed deputy commissioner for systems Kelly Croft to "assume CIO responsibilities," according to ...

The 138 Words You Can't Say on Turkish Internet

July 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An otherwise staid hearing on Internet freedom and repressive regimes turned nearly salacious for a moment Friday when Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., questioned a State Department official about a list of words the Turkish government recently tried to ban from Turkish websites. The Turkish Telecommunications Directorate, or TIB, sent a ...

Government apps should be task-oriented and mission driven, Mobile Gov director says

July 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology workers now designing government mobile apps should learn from the experience of their 1990s counterparts who developed the first round of federal websites, the director of the Mobile Govproject told Nextgov recently. "We didn't know in the '90s how important websites were going to be as communication ...

Archives Wants to Put 1940 Census Online

July 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Archives is seeking industry input on a plan to create a searchable database of 1940 U.S. census information when it becomes publicly available in 2012. By law all census information must become public 72 years after it is collected. This time, instead of simply making images of the ...