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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HHS CIO to Leave Post

June 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Chief Information Officer Michael Carleton will leave his post at the end of July, according to a report by FedScoop. An HHS spokesman could not immediately confirm Carleton's departure Monday afternoon. Carleton is the third federal IT leader to announce he's leaving his post this summer....

Draft of Cloud Computing Act Sneaks Online

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A draft version of the not-yet-introduced 2011 Cloud Computing Act has found its way onto a public file sharing site. The draft's only mention of the government's own data in the cloud is an effective endorsement of the "cloud first" initiative that Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra outlined in...

Feds Gone Wild

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal bureaucrats and plain-old passersby got out a little rage Thursday, bashing away at old desktop computers and printers with baseball bats. The event -- a self-conscious reference to the cult classic Office Space -- was hosted by MeriTalk, a government IT industry group, and was meant to symbolize "breaking...

GSA launches advisory Web page for government's mobile apps

June 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has doubled down on its commitment to using mobile technology to reach citizens with the launch this week of Mobile Gov, a General Services Administration Web page. The new page is partly a report on how government has used mobile so far, partly a how-to guide for the...

House panel unanimously endorses new government-spending oversight board

June 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a governmentwide spending oversight board and better reporting mechanisms based on programs developed to track the Obama administration's stimulus spending. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee's chairman, drew cautious support early...

From Nextgov: Panel unanimously endorses new government-spending oversight board

June 22, 2011 The House Oversight Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a governmentwide spending oversight board and better reporting mechanisms based on programs developed to track the Obama administration's stimulus spending. Read the full story at

No alarm systems were found at nine out of 10 cargo-only airports that GAO visited

June 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Only one of 10 cargo-only airports visited during a government watchdog study had an electronic intrusion detection system even partially installed, according to a security assessment released Monday. Only two of those airports currently screen pilots and noncommercial passengers and none screens packages and cargo, according to the report from...

The Domain Suffix Revolution Begins

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The internet is about to get a lot more complicated, with hundreds or thousands of new domain-name suffixes joining the familiar .com, .gov, .edu and others. Within the next year, "internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language," according to a statement Monday...

New Adobe platform would personalize an agency website for individual users

June 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new Adobe product unveiled Monday would allow a federal agency to tailor its website and customer service operations to specific citizens based on their geographic location and, perhaps, their past contact with the agency. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency were a customer, for instance, people accessing the FEMA...

USAID Seeks Anti-Trafficking App

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Agency for International Development launched a contest earlier this week asking tech entrepreneurs from Russia and other former-Soviet states to develop a smartphone app that will reduce human trafficking. The app should also raise awareness of trafficking and provide services to survivors, according to an announcement. The former...

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