AUTHOR ARCHIVES

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.
Results 1221-1230 of 1310

Agencies cite progress six months after IT reform mandate

June 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six months after federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra issued his 25-point information technology reform plan, agencies are boasting improvements ranging from moving email and other services to the cloud to creating an online IT shop. The Commerce Department, for instance, transferred some of its interactive online services to the ...

Federal CIO Launches Data Center Consolidation Map

June 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's office has launched an interactive map listing the 137 data centers it has either already closed or plans to close by the end of this year. The map lists data centers' names and locations -- down to geographic coordinates -- and whether the center is among ...

Advisory group recommends electronic rule-making records

June 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies should save public comments from their proposed regulations in electronic rather than paper form whenever practical, a government advisory panel has recommended. Agencies also should provide electronic copies of comments to courts hearing cases involving a federal rule-making whenever possible, according to the recommendation from the rule-making committee ...

Proposed bill would equate GPS tracking, wiretapping

June 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Tuesday touted a bill to limit the government's and private companies' access to citizens' geospatial data. The Geolocational Surveillance and Privacy Act would prohibit police and federal law enforcement from tracking citizens' location through cellphones, GPS devices and other electronic items without first getting ...

Report recommends new IT acquisition manager positions

June 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology purchasing is hobbled by an acquisition process that focuses more on compliance than results and places too little emphasis on communication between suppliers and their government customers, an industry group says. The outcome is "that over $600 billion in information technology investments by the federal government have ...

From Nextgov: Report recommends new IT acquisition manager positions

June 6, 2011 Federal information technology purchasing is hobbled by an acquisition process that focuses more on compliance than results and places too little emphasis on communication between suppliers and their government customers, an industry group says. Read the full story on Nextgov.

E-filing and ID theft aren't linked, IRS says

June 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The growing popularity of the Internal Revenue Service's e-filing system isn't to blame for a massive increase in identity theft-related tax fraud, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a House panel Thursday. E-filers are required to submit all the same identifying information as paper filers, Shulman told the House Oversight and ...

GOP report says private airport screeners can do more for less

June 3, 2011 On the heels of a successful charge in the House to cut funding for the Transportation Security Administration's airport screening staff, a Florida Republican has unveiled a report claiming TSA screeners cost roughly twice as much as private screeners and don't do the job any better. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., ...

Media Goes to the Dogs

June 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the What Drives Web Traffic Department, over at the Foreign Policy website -- home to blogs by international relations gurus Daniel Drezner, Tom Ricks and others -- the webmaster recently logged more than a month's worth of hits for an editor's photo essay on military dogs, Fishbowl DC reported ...

Lights go back on at several D.C. agencies after 36-hour outage

June 2, 2011 The lights were coming back on at the General Services Administration building on First Street in Northeast Washington late Thursday afternoon, a spokesman said, more than 36 hours after damage to underground power lines cut electricity to the complex and several other federal offices, businesses and private homes. Power was ...