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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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Lessons for HealthCare.gov’s Future in Medicare Part D

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Friday report from the Government Accountability Office could offer lessons about the longterm future of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, that’s had a spotty performance record since its Oct. 1 launch. The report praises the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ use of data checks and ...

House Passes New Security Requirements for HealthCare.gov

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House voted by a substantial margin on Friday to impose stringent new security standards on HealthCare.gov. The vote would require the Health and Human Services Department to notify consumers within two business days if their personal information was hacked on the online health insurance marketplace. It comes following Republican ...

White House Opposes HealthCare.gov Security Bill; House Vote Expected Friday

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House and congressional Democrats slammed Republican legislation on Thursday that would require the government to notify people within two days if their personal data has been stolen from HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace. The legislation “would impose an administratively burdensome reporting requirement that is less ...

In-Flight Voice Calls Could Aid Airlines More Than Passengers

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- Airlines could benefit more than passengers from a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would expand the use of smartphones and tablets during flight, the CEO of a company that provides in-flight electronic services said here on Thursday. The FCC rule would broaden the use of what ...

Commerce Needs More Money to Modernize the Census, Secretary Says

January 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- The Census Bureau wants to modernize the way it collects data from citizens but without new money from Congress it won’t be able to do that, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at the Consumer Electronics Show here on Wednesday. We need to do the census differently than ...

Here’s How Government Can Help Startups

January 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS – Immigration and patent reform lead the checklist of things government can do to help entrepreneurs launch startup companies, a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show said, but those are just two items on a very long list. A looser immigration policy would bring in more talented engineers ...

Get Ready for Connected Everything

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- If the past decade was when computing went mobile with the introduction of smartphones and tablets, the next decade will see computing expand across people’s daily lives from your home and your car to your key fob and your local convenience store, presenters said on the first ...

Want to Make Digital Government Work? Hire Your Own Coders

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In late summer of 2012, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators went to their technology office with an idea. The standard way to put proposed new federal rules online is in large blocks of text, similar to how they’re presented on paper in the decades-old Federal Register. By using hypertext and ...

GSA Wants to Use Computer Games to Teach Contracting

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The service that oversees the government’s acquisition workforce wants to use interactive computer games to train the next generation of government contracting officers, solicitation documents show. The games, which will be accessible through a mobile application, will cut down on the cost of in-person training and give future contracting officers ...

The White House Owes Responses to 30 Citizen Petitions; Some Have Been Waiting for Years

January 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the White House’s We the People petition site enters its fourth calendar year, many petitioners are still waiting for the response they were promised. There are currently 30 We the People petitions that have crossed the threshold for an official White House reply but not yet gotten one, including ...