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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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No Hanging Out at Homeland Security

July 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has already blocked its staff from using Google+, the Internet behemoth's latest social media endeavor, which is still in a testing phase, a spokesman told Nextgov. Homeland Security is one of the few federal agencies that still blocks the majority of social media sites for most...

Procurement office recommends new cadre of IT experts

July 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has instructed agency acquisition chiefs to consider forming specialized teams whose members have deep subject matter knowledge to manage information technology purchases. The plan, outlined in a July 13 memo from OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon, generally jibes with a revised acquisition process described in...

Minding the debt . . . and the desktops, too

July 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Bureau of Public Debt is best known for selling Treasury bonds to finance the government and repaying borrowers when those bonds come due -- a normally boring job that's taken on existential significance in recent weeks as Congress and the White House battle over raising the ceiling on federal...

From Nextgov: Minding the debt . . . and the desktops, too

July 21, 2011 The Bureau of Public Debt is best known for selling Treasury bonds to finance the government and repaying borrowers when those bonds come due -- a normally boring job that's taken on existential significance in recent weeks as Congress and the White House battle over raising the ceiling on federal...

Data center closures are ahead of schedule, federal CIO says

July 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is ahead of schedule with its five-year drive to shut down about one-third of the government's 2,100 data centers, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said Wednesday. The government plans to shutter 373 data centers covering about 800,000 square feet, or about 14 football fields, by the...

Feds don't see the government backing down on IT reform after Kundra

July 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The pressure on agencies to transition more of their technology infrastructure to nimble cloud computing won't let up when the nation's first federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, leaves government this summer, General Services Administration official Dave McClure predicted Wednesday. Nor is it likely that other major initiatives Kundra laid...

Unplugging Data Centers

July 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When state officials decided to merge Oregon's mish-mash of 12 agency data centers into one secure, cutting-edge facility in 2005, the task before them seemed easy enough. But three years and $63 million into the project, the state auditor was howling that Oregonians' private information was no more secure than...

Unplugging Data Centers

July 20, 2011 When state officials decided to merge Oregon's mish-mash of 12 agency data centers into one secure, cutting-edge facility in 2005, the task before them seemed easy enough. But three years and $63 million into the project, the state auditor was howling that Oregonians' private information was no more secure than...

On First Tweets

July 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget deserves points for joining the Twitterverse in a staid and simple way Tuesday, appropriate for its role as the White House's business branch. "Happy to be here," the OMB press office said, before directing readers to a fuller introduction on the agency's blog. Directness...

Feds' strength may be in providing data, not building apps

July 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies can often do more to improve public knowledge and safety by providing raw data to private sector mobile app developers than by trying to create the programs themselves, officials told an industry audience Tuesday. The trick is ensuring that entrepreneurs have access to solid, vetted and timely government...

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