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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: OMB to cut two transparency programs, suspend others

May 25, 2011 Two transparency initiatives and numerous improvements to open government programs will be scrapped as a result of a 75 percent funding cut lawmakers agreed to in April to avert a federal shutdown, officials said Tuesday. Read the whole story at Nextov.com.

SSA Advisors Coming to a Screen Near You

May 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Social Security Administration is considering offering more of the customer services it currently provides at field offices and on its 800 number through videoconference calls with agents that retirees would access through the agency's main webpage, officials said Tuesday. The agency already has a program where retirees waiting for ...

OMB to cut two transparency programs, suspend others

May 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two transparency initiatives and numerous improvements to open government programs will be scrapped as a result of a 75 percent funding cut lawmakers agreed to in April to avert a federal shutdown, officials said Tuesday. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra's office will cancel Fedspace, a collaborative site where government ...

Most Feds Confident About Data Center Consolidation

May 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 60 percent of federal government respondents think it's at least "somewhat feasible" that the government will be able to trim 800 of its more than 2,100 data centers by 2015, according to a privately funded survey released Monday. About half of federal respondents said they were optimistic about the ...

Open information may mean more errors get published

May 23, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Making huge troves of raw government data freely available fast may mean accepting that much of that data are only as good as the people and processes behind them, a panel of government officials said Monday. For example, in response to massive public demand for information during the 2010 BP ...

Open information may mean more errors get published

May 23, 2011 Making huge troves of raw government data freely available fast may mean accepting that much of that data are only as good as the people and processes behind them, a panel of government officials said Monday. For example, in response to massive public demand for information during the 2010 BP ...

State Wants to Expand Use of Mobile Devices

May 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department wants Foreign Service officers and other employees to be able to use iPhones, iPads and any other mobile technology they'd like for non-classified work, the department's chief information officer told Nextgov Friday. "It's not going to be tomorrow," CIO Susan Swart said. "But [we're] moving toward this ...

Zombie Apocalypse Claims its First Victim: a CDC Blog

May 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want us to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, according to a recent post on CDC's public health blog. But an agency tweet touting that post Wednesday night sent so many people rushing to the blog, presumably wide-eyed and arms outstretched, that it ...

Cybersecurity strategy boosts commitment to Internet freedom, experts say

May 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A promise the White House made in the cyberspace strategy released Monday encouraging "people all over the world to use digital media to . . . share information . . . [and] expose corruption" indicates the ascendancy of a camp inside the Obama administration that favors making a priority of ...

Could Pass-The-Hat Kill Open Government?

May 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The funding model that's contributed to delays, breakdowns and generally deteriorating service by the federal government's main web portal for grant applications may wreak havoc on a number of open government initiatives next, a sunshine advocacy group fears. With the E-Gov fund, which paid for open government websites such as ...