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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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USAID plans to map all its spending data in some countries

January 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow stock.xchng The U.S. Agency for International Development's new GeoCenter is working on a project to geographically code all agency program sites in selected countries with financial and other data, Administrator Raj Shah said Thursday. USAID gathered spending data for most of its programs onto a public database in September 2011...

A Space Treaty for the Junk Age

January 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State and Defense departments plan to work with European Union officials to develop an "international code of conduct" to govern activities in outer space, the American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday. The conduct code was prompted by the recent crash of a failed Russian Mars probe into the Pacific...

Shared services and 'bring your own device' policies top mobile dialogue

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Easy sharing, flexibility and common standards should be three major pillars of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's forthcoming mobile roadmap, according to an online dialogue among federal workers and the public. The 10-day dialogue, which closes Friday, is aimed at helping officials flesh out the bare-bones mobile strategy that...

Kundra Joins Cloud Provider Salesforce.com

January 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra is the new executive vice president of emerging markets at Salesforce.com, the cloud provider and government contractor announced Monday. Kundra, who was the nation's first official CIO, left government in August to take a fellowship at Harvard University. While in office, Kundra bemoaned...

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Business.USA.gov will be aimed at simplifying the ocean of economic-related information floating throughout the dot-gov domain, administration officials said Friday. With unemployment...

VanRoekel: Mobile roadmap will focus on streamlining acquisitions

January 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cross-government team already has put together the rough draft of a government mobile roadmap that will streamline how agencies buy smartphones and tablets and how they use those devices to accomplish internal goals and communicate with the public, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said at a luncheon Friday....

White House hopes new website will help create jobs

January 13, 2012 The Obama administration is building a new online presence to empower job creators with the information -- and financing -- they need to reverse the nation's unemployment figures. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Federal CIO launches mobile roadmap

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House photo Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel launched an interactive dialogue on government mobile policy on Wednesday that he said would be the first step toward a governmentwide mobile roadmap due out in March. That roadmap, VanRoekel said, will address a range of issues from ways the government...

Interior to rebid cloud contract after yearlong legal squabble

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Interior Department plans to reopen bidding on a contract to move its 88,000 email users to a single cloud-based system, according to a presolicitation notice posted Monday, four months after the department agreed to toss a 2010 award for that transition to Microsoft Corp. The department withdrew the original...

Interior to rebid cloud contract after yearlong legal squabble

January 11, 2012 The Interior Department plans to reopen bidding on a contract to move its 88,000 email users to a single cloud-based system, according to a presolicitation notice posted Monday, four months after the department agreed to toss a 2010 award for that transition to Microsoft Corp. Read the whole story at...