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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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 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...

Biden to unveil new plan to cut government waste

June 10, 2011 Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to announce Monday a new plan to cut waste across government agencies. The plan is related to a proposal from the government's chief stimulus spending watchdog that all tracking of government spending be modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board's oversight of the...

NOAA to Move Email to the Cloud

June 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will move its 25,000-user email system to the cloud-based Google Apps for Government by the end of the year at a cost of $11.5 million, the agency said in a statement Thursday. NOAA will be the largest federal agency to move its email systems...

CNAS: Make it Illegal for U.S. Companies to Aid Internet-Suppressing Autocrats

June 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress should pass laws prohibiting American corporations from giving autocratic regimes the private information of anti-government protesters and force them to periodically disclose any requests for such data to the U.S. government, the Center for a New American Security argues in a new report. The CNAS report on Internet Freedom...

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...

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