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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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It's waste vs. cost in the transparency debate

November 30, 2011 There are some technical steps officials could take to make reporting less burdensome for recipients of federal stimulus money, such as auto-filling more parts of the electronic spending form, reducing the number of data fields and adding auto-editing programs that spot common mistakes such as incorrect ZIP codes, government watchdogs...

IRS hasn't properly tested new e-file system, audit finds

November 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service's transition to a new system for electronically filing individual and business tax returns has been hindered both by insufficient testing and not enough filers using the system, according to an auditor's report released Monday. The IRS has been gradually implementing the Modernized e-File system since 2004,...

White House looks to beef up management of electronic records

November 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have until May 2012 to report on how they will improve the way they store and manage electronic records, including emails, blog posts and social media activity, according to a White House memorandum issued Monday. The White House and National Archives and Records Administration will use the reports...

We the People draws a curious crowd

November 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During roughly two months since its launch, the Obama administration's We the People online petition website has drawn environmentalists looking to kill the Keystone pipeline project, graduate students seeking more subsidized loans and immigrants advocating for a less labyrinthine visa system. It's also attracted online poker enthusiasts asking for consumer...

White House looks to beef up management of electronic records

November 28, 2011 Federal agencies have until May 2012 to report on how they will improve the way they store and manage electronic records, including emails, blog posts and social media activity, according to a White House memorandum issued Monday. The White House and National Archives and Records Administration will use the reports...

We the People draws a curious crowd

November 28, 2011 During roughly two months since its launch, the Obama administration's We the People online petition website has drawn environmentalists looking to kill the Keystone pipeline project, graduate students seeking more subsidized loans and immigrants advocating for a less labyrinthine visa system. It's also attracted online poker enthusiasts asking for consumer...

Can Obama's war on waste make a difference?

November 23, 2011 In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 story "The Federal Bureaucracy," Associated Press reporter Saul Pett painted the government as an amorphous mass, impossible to tame or organize, an all-encompassing swamp where rules, regulations and organizations bubble up in one place whenever they are forced down in another. "It is so shapeless...

GSA Issues Revised Cloud Email RFQ

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration has issued a revised Request for Quotation for cloud email services after its first RFQ was shot down by the Government Accountability Office, Federal News Radio reported. GAO struck down the original RFQ in October saying GSA hadn't given a reasonable explanation for why cloud-based servers...

White House Ramps Up E-Petition Responses

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has boosted its rate of responses to We the People petitions after a slow start, posting nine responses in the past week. Five of the responses are refusals to comment on legal cases, including cases against American Indian activist Leonard Peltier and accused Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning,...

DOD Sets New Data Center Consolidation Plan Goal

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department now plans to update the White House on its data center consolidation progress and goals "on/ about" Nov. 28, more than six weeks after the plan's original deadline. Defense missed an Oct. 7 deadline set by the Office of Management and Budget for agencies to publish a...

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