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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Agencies outline technology-based customer service initiatives

October 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies this week outlined a number of projects aimed at using technology to make life simpler for citizens -- from loan applicants who have to transmit tax records to residents traveling frequently across the borders with Canada and Mexico. The Internal Revenue Service is developing an application that will...

OMB should improve IT investment guidance, watchdog says

October 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget should give federal agencies better guidance on what counts as an information technology investment and what doesn't and demand more information on what they're doing to reduce duplicative IT spending, a watchdog said Wednesday. The report from the Government Accountability Office also urged OMB...

White House issues first online petition response

October 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House responded Wednesday to its first We the People online petition -- a request to forgive all student loan debt to stimulate the economy -- with changes to the government's income-based repayment program that will significantly lower monthly payments for some borrowers. The plan -- detailed in a...

Taking Responsibility for IT Duplication

October 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors bear some responsibility for the proliferation of disparate and duplicative information technology systems governmentwide, but ultimately the "silo-ing" of federal IT is a government failure, Homeland Security technology chief Richard Spires said during a conference for government and industry IT workers Tuesday. "I've been in your industry; I worked...

DHS to bundle virtual desktop, mobile services

October 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department will soon pilot a program to drive down the cost of its virtualized desktop and mobile services by bundling the two together into a single purchase, Richard Spires, DHS' chief information officer, said Tuesday. The program, which the department is calling "workplace as a service," will...

Broader budget authority could help CIOs cut costs

October 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One way to wring more savings from the federal information technology enterprise in a time of flat or declining budgets is to give agency chief information officers broader power to make financial decisions, Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker said Monday. Baker is the only agency CIO with authority, provided by...

VA plans government's largest tablet computer deployment

October 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The Veterans Affairs Department plans to field up to 100,000 tablet computers, the largest such deployment in the government, VA disclosed last week in a request to industry for technical help. The department has developed a work around for federal wireless security standards that supports...

Design firm recommends revamping many government mobile apps

October 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have built a few standout mobile software applications, but too often they perform inconsequential tasks, rely on outdated technology, or fail to address the needs of their primary users, according to an industry report released Thursday. The U.S. Postal Service's Tools app, for example, targets only a small...

Design firm recommends revamping many government mobile apps

October 21, 2011 Federal agencies have built a few standout mobile software applications, but too often they perform inconsequential tasks, rely on outdated technology, or fail to address the needs of their primary users, according to an industry report released Thursday. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Cloud, telework and security to top IT budgets in 2012

October 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technologies that support the federal transition to cloud computing and increased telework will be the most lucrative opportunities for government information technology vendors in 2012, along with new technologies that ensure the security of data that travel through those systems, according to a vendor presentation Thursday. Federal information technology shops...

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