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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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Census Dropping BlackBerry, Will Outfit Surveyors with iPhones

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Census Bureau plans to purchase 1,200 iPhones, contracting documents show. The iPhone pilot is the first step toward a bring-your-own-device plan that will result in census workers using their own smartphones for surveys with the government supplying only the software. The Census Bureau currently furnishes non-field staff with ...

Futures Market Shows Hillary, Christie Leading for 2016

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An online political futures market that came close to predicting when the government shutdown would end has begun taking bets on who will win the 2016 presidential nominating contests and will soon launch a market on trends in President Obama’s approval rating. American Civics Exchange is something like a betting ...

Federal Records Must Go Digital, but Managers Say They Can't Do It Without More Resources

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly half of federal records managers believe the Obama administration’s goals for making all new records digital and electronically searchable by 2019 is unrealistic, a new study has found. That deadline, introduced in an August 2012 presidential directive, upset transparency advocates who said it gave agencies a pass to delay ...

What to Believe About Security Risks in Subpoenaed HealthCare.gov Docs

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The battle over whether to release contractors’ documents that may point out security weaknesses in the HealthCare.gov website can be confusing to follow and even more confusing to take sides in. That’s because, while the government officials and contractors waging the battle are mostly doing it with the same established ...

Battle Over HealthCare.gov Paper Trail Reaches House Leadership

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The battle over releasing contractor documents that may reveal security weaknesses in HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, reached the leadership level on Wednesday as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner requesting a classified briefing about the documents. Pelosi wants the Republican ...

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 ...