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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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Federal website satisfaction dips slightly

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Satisfaction with federal websites dipped slightly in the third quarter of 2012 but has remained largely steady since 2009, the consultancy ForeSee reported Tuesday. The aggregate American Consumer Satisfaction Index score for visitors to federal websites was 75.3 out of 100 during the quarter, ForeSee reported, down from an all-time...

Government Printing Office looks to digital first future

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office’s future lies in offering permanent and secure access to online content and producing paper copies only in rare circumstances, according to the agency’s five-year strategic plan released Monday. The plan opens by noting that 97 percent of government documents are now “born digital,” meant for a...

Why we need a presidential debate on technology

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During an impromptu office gab session before the town hall presidential debate last week, Nextgov Senior Web Producer Ross Gianfortune said there really ought to be a full presidential debate on technology. We all got a good laugh out of that. Ross and our other Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild have...

ICE drops BlackBerry in favor of iPhone

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add details. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency plans to end its eight-year relationship with the BlackBerry in favor of iPhones, according to solicitation documents posted Friday. The move could prove a major blow to ailing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. ICE plans to...

BlackBerry’s advertising conundrum

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ailing smartphone and tablet maker BlackBerry released a video this week reminding everyone of its continuing relevance to its core consumers: government agencies at the federal, state and local level. The video underscores the company’s chief advertising conundrum, though. Its comparative advantage -- security -- is difficult to convey...

Industry responds cautiously to IT reform act

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Acquisition experts responded cautiously Thursday to a legislative proposal to overhaul federal information technology purchases, noting the reforms could make IT buying more efficient but could also lead to more paperwork without more payoff. The proposed Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act would grant agency chief information officers greater budget authority...

TechAmerica forecasts ‘anemic’ federal IT spending growth

October 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology spending is most likely to hold relatively steady during the next five years despite major shifts in government spending elsewhere and transformations in the IT industry, according to a forecast from the government-industry group TechAmerica. Partisan gridlock, a slower-than expected economic recovery and the possibility of mandatory...

State Department Seeks System to Track Diplomats Through Cell Phone Signals

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The agency charged with securing U.S. embassies plans to purchase a system that could locate and track diplomats during an emergency based on the signals beaming from their satellite and cell phones, solicitation documents show. That system could be extremely effective at monitoring security during an embassy or consulate attack,...

It Can Pay To Be Willing To Fail

October 17, 2012 How do you spur innovation in government? Be willing to fail. How do you make government willing to fail? Make failure cheap. That’s the idea behind Development Innovation Ventures, run by Maura O’Neill, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief innovation officer. The program takes a venture capital approach to...

What I don’t want to see during tonight’s debate

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Bob Brewin has put together an excellent list of items he’d like to see addressed during tonight’s town hall-style presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. I can’t match Bob’s sagacity, so I’ll just note what I’d rather not see: that stream of debate-focused tweets that popped...