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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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From Nextgov: Executive feds are smartphone savvy, but lag on tablets

June 15, 2011 One-third of senior federal executives use their personal smartphones and laptop computers to conduct agency business, according to a recent survey by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group's research division. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Stimulus Watchdog Suggests Cloud for Gov Spending Site

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing should be the default home for any new governmentwide tracking system for federal spending, the chief of the independent stimulus spending oversight board told lawmakers Tuesday morning. Migrating its website Recovery.gov to cloud-based storage in April 2010 allowed the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to operate more efficiently ...

Stimulus watchdog pushes unified coding system for governmentwide spending site

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An oversight database to track federal spending should be based on reports from fund recipients, not on the agencies themselves, and should be accompanied by a common coding system for contracts, grants and awards across agencies, the government's chief watchdog for economic stimulus spending told lawmakers Tuesday. Recipients of federal ...

From Nextgov: Stimulus watchdog pushes unified coding system for governmentwide spending site

June 14, 2011 An oversight database to track federal spending should be based on reports from fund recipients, not on the agencies themselves, and should be accompanied by a common coding system for contracts, grants and awards across agencies, the government's chief watchdog for economic stimulus spending told lawmakers Tuesday. Read the full ...

White House Freezes New Websites For Three Months

June 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House ordered a 90-day freeze on all new websites that use the .gov domain on Monday as part of a major push to increase government efficiency and cut down on duplication and waste. Any agency that wants to launch a new website during that time must get a ...

Biden, GOP call for oversight board and website modeled on Recovery.gov

June 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vice President Joe Biden on Monday announced the launch of a governmentwide campaign to cut government waste, including the creation of an oversight board modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which used a website to track federal stimulus money. The head of the new board will be former ...

Biden, GOP announce spending watchdog plans

June 13, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden on Monday announced the launch of a governmentwide campaign to cut government waste, including the creation of an oversight board modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which used a website to track federal stimulus money. The head of the new board will be former ...

Friending the White House Is So Old School

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama Administration's Twitter followers are younger than its Facebook fans and better at staying in touch, according to results from an unscientific poll the White House conducted on the two social media sites. Half of respondents to the Facebook survey were over the age of 50 while only 32 ...

New Portal Will Cut 10 Days From FOIA Process, Achives Says

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cloud-based portal to manage and track Freedom of Information Act requests and disputes should reduce the average FOIA case time at the National Archives and Records Administration from 25 to 15 days, the agency said in a memo posted Friday on the Cio.gov blog . The new portal, which ...

Helping Consumers from the Cloud

June 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's been slow going in most ways for President Obama's new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its as-yet-unconfirmed director. But the new watchdog agency is apparently ahead of the curve on information technology. The Treasury Department is using cloud hosting as a preferred approach for all of the agency's IT ...