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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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Fed IT Reform Bill Introduced in Senate, Spurred by HealthCare.gov

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include additional information about the Senate bill. A bipartisan team of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul how the government buys and builds information technology systems. The move from Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, was spawned in part by ...

HealthCare.gov Security Gaps Identified in Contractor Documents

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from HHS and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. A congressional watchdog investigating the troubled launch of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov released a handful of contractors’ statements on Tuesday showing they were concerned about security vulnerabilities before and soon after ...

Microsoft Executive to Lead HealthCare.gov

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Microsoft executive will step in for the White House’s former Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients to manage the Obama administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov, officials announced on Tuesday. Kurt DelBene, who headed the Microsoft Office division, will lead the team operating HealthCare.gov for at least the first ...

3D Printing Could Save the Environment, or Possibly Destroy It

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine the world of 3D printing fully realized. There’s no need to run to the store because you lost your travel mug. Just download the design, print one out and grab your coffee to go. The repair shop won’t have to back order a part when your lawnmower breaks down. ...

Democrats Seek Classified Briefing on HealthCare.gov Docs, Citing Security

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers continued to wrangle on Monday over how and whether to publicly release a collection of emails and reports that document the troubled building and disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov. The ranking Democrats of seven House committees sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seeking ...

Battle Heats Up Over HealthCare.gov Paper Trail

December 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to clarify a dispute over House rules regarding disclosing subpoenaed documents. A battle over the paper trail documenting the troubled building of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace heated up on Friday as contractors declined to withhold some documents from congressional overseers and the ...

IT Reform Stripped From Defense Bill

December 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to reflect House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act and to include comment from Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. The compromise version of a defense policy bill that passed the House on Thursday and is awaiting action in the Senate does not include an amendment ...

This Group Could Make (or Break?) FOIA Reform

December 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A proposed advisory committee to modernize how agencies comply with the Freedom of Information Act could herald a major improvement in relations between government agencies and the researchers, journalists and others who seek documents from them, a privacy advocate says. If the committee is poorly composed or led by agencies ...

Issa Charges Sebelius with Criminal Obstruction of HealthCare.gov Investigation

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the oversight committee's ranking member. The lead congressman investigating HealthCare.gov’s dismal performance during its first two months online ratcheted up the executive-congressional conflict on Wednesday, accusing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of criminal obstruction of ...

Proposed Budget Deal Offers Stability for Federal IT

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The budget deal struck late Tuesday by House and Senate negotiators should offer some predictability for government information technology shops if it wins approval but won’t make it any easier to hire top IT talent into government, analysts said on Wednesday. The deal includes $63 million to roll back part ...