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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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Chief Changes

August 1, 2011 Vivek Kundra led bold tech reforms, but his legacy is more about management than machines. When President Obama named then-District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra to be the nation's first chief information officer in 2009, he cited Kundra's "depth of experience in the technology arena" and said the...

No Shortage of Cost-Cutting Ideas

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As of Friday morning, the Obama administration had received 15,000 unique ideas for how to make government more efficient from about 19,000 federal employees who had either posted a proposal or voted on the idea they liked best. The ideas -- due by the end of the day Friday --...

Agencies lag on social media security, privacy concerns, GAO says

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies that use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to push their messages to the public and gather citizen input haven't adequately investigated privacy and security concerns with the new online tools, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. About half the 23 agencies GAO surveyed also...

Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say

July 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As public portals for information sharing improve, fraud and waste scandals that were traditionally broken by whistleblowers inside government will increasingly be sussed out of aggregated data from frustrated citizens on the receiving end of federal work, a transparency advocate predicted Friday. The website Seeclickfix.com, for instance, which has been...

From Nextgov: Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say

July 29, 2011 As public portals for information sharing improve, fraud and waste scandals that were traditionally broken by whistleblowers inside government will increasingly be sussed out of aggregated data from frustrated citizens on the receiving end of federal work, a transparency advocate predicted Friday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Senator pushes cloud as deficit cutting tool

July 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal transition to cloud computing is an overlooked source of savings as the government battles over trillions of dollars in spending reductions, the leader of a Senate oversight subcommittee said this week. A visibly weary Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., was addressing a conference Wednesday on the future of government...

Bill Mandates Publishing Agency Reports to Congress

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday introduced companion legislation to the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act. The measure would require the Government Printing Office to publish agency reports to Congress online within 30 days of their submission. Digital copies of the reports...

Watchdog laments dearth of information on data center consolidation

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office was "right on" in a recent assessment that insufficient accounting and shoddy information gathering by federal agencies could cut into projected cost savings from a governmentwide data center consolidation effort, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said Wednesday. Kundra stressed, though, that the GAO report, which...

Before giving websites the ax, feds should consider public satisfaction, analyst says

July 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A task force charged with slashing and rationalizing the federal government's Web presence should look at traffic, redundancy and user satisfaction as it decides which sites should get the ax, an analytic agency recommended Tuesday. The company, ForeSee Results, manages the E-Government Satisfaction Index, a quarterly survey of customer satisfaction...

No Hanging Out at Homeland Security

July 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has already blocked its staff from using Google+, the Internet behemoth's latest social media endeavor, which is still in a testing phase, a spokesman told Nextgov. Homeland Security is one of the few federal agencies that still blocks the majority of social media sites for most...

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