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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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From Nextgov.com: Impact of data center closures is unclear

May 16, 2011 Nearly three weeks after the White House announced the first round of 137 federal data center closures -- part of a massive cost and energy-savings program -- it's far from clear how much physical space and computer space will actually be eliminated and how many jobs might be cut. Read ...

Agencies look to virtual reality technologies to replace live training and outreach at lower cost

May 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction:This story has been corrected to reflect the accurate cost of hosting a foreign exchange student in the United States. It takes about $20,000 to fund a single foreign exchange student for a three-week stay at a high school in the United States, but for roughly $1,000, one State Department ...

GSA invites companies to bid for the opportunity to provide cloud email services

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration on Wednesday began soliciting bids from companies interested in hosting government email systems in the cloud. GSA will evaluate bids from all interested companies and list those that pass muster on a menu from which agencies can select the vendor that best meets an agency's needs, ...

Open government requires accessibility, not just data, specialists say

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open government in the Internet Age shouldn't be about simply throwing information online but about making it easily accessible and searchable too, government information technology officials said at a conference Wednesday. Making important agency information easy to find online can also be a key factor in improving the agency's public ...

After nearly a decade of effort, new worker IDs aren't keeping ports secure, GAO says

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite nine years of fine-tuning and more than $400 million in funding, a government-issued picture ID card used at U.S. ports provides less security than the average state-issued driver's license, a federal auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. Government Accountability Office investigators were able to make counterfeit versions of the Transportation Worker ...

New IDs aren’t keeping ports secure, GAO says

May 11, 2011 Despite nine years of fine-tuning and more than $400 million in funding, a government-issued picture ID card used at U.S. ports provides less security than the average state-issued driver's license, a federal auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. Government Accountability Office investigators were able to make counterfeit versions of the Transportation Worker ...

GAO Uses Fake IDs to Enter Port with Fake Explosives

May 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government Accountability Office investigators were able to fraudulently obtain government-issued IDs for transportation workers and then used those IDs to sneak into sensitive areas of national ports, according to a GAO report unveiled at a Senate hearing Tuesday. The covert investigators were also able to use the Transportation Worker Identification ...

GAO: Federal Grants Portal Needs an Upgrade

May 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow System overloads, disparate agency requirements and funding shortfalls have kept grants.gov, the online application portal for more than 1,000 federal grant programs, from performing at top capacity, a new report by the Government Accountability office says. Also, new grant applicants are often stymied by a complex registration process designed to ...

Sunshine advocates say Congressional Research Service reports should be posted online

May 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The legal justification for long-standing statutory language prohibiting the Congressional Research Service from making its reports available outside the halls of Congress has been effectively superseded by the Internet Age, former House senior counsel Mike Stern said Monday. For years, some members of Congress have argued that making CRS reports ...

Disaster victims expect more than Facebook can deliver, FEMA director says

May 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ease with which disaster victims can pass along safety information and track down friends and family on social media sites has created expectations that emergency responders often can't live up to, officials said Thursday. More than three out of four respondents to a 2010 Red Cross survey, for instance, ...