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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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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, ...

VA and Defense eye DISA data centers for joint health record

May 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to use data centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency to store its electronic health records as part of a project to develop a joint record for both departments, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker disclosed this week. At an information technology conference on ...

From Nextgov.com: Disaster victims expect more than Facebook can deliver, FEMA director says

May 6, 2011 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, ...

Kundra seeks IT cooperation with state and local governments

May 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's push to improve customer service on its websites and other online services may include partnering with state and local governments to share software that serves similar functions, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said on Thursday. "We've talked a lot about how we literally get rid of ...

CIO Says VA Must Become iPad Friendly

May 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department must find a way to allow VA doctors and other field employees to use iPads and other popular electronic devices or those employees will use the devices anyway and find a way to work around VA procedures, the department's chief information officer told a conference audience ...

Improving the IT Dashboard

May 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government chief information officers' take on the Federal IT Dashboard: "Good idea! Needs work." That's according to the 2011 results of an annual survey of federal CIOs being presented at a conference on Wednesday in Washington. The survey, produced by Tech America, an information technology trade association, included responses from ...

Security remains the biggest hurdle for agencies moving operations to the cloud, federal IT officials say

May 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The greatest hurdle to moving vital government data and programs into the cloud is federal executives' confidence in outside security systems, a panel of federal information technology leaders said Wednesday. One big component of producing that confidence level is getting the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, up ...

Agency Records May Rot on Disks, Archivist Says

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A current law that gives federal agencies 30 years to turn over all the records that must be permanently retained by the National Archives is a recipe for lost documents and a spotty historical record, the government's chief archivist told lawmakers Tuesday. That 30-year window may have been appropriate in ...

Sunshine advocates criticize government contractor database

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Organizations that promote government openness are giving low marks to the new public version of a database that tracks government contractors' performance. The chief strike against the new version of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System is that it only includes information on contractor performance posted after April ...

Issa says White House can too easily hide presidential records

May 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration hasn't taken sufficient precautions to ensure White House employees aren't conducting government business on personal electronic devices and Web-based email accounts, thereby evading the scrutiny of future historians, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., charged Tuesday. All emails sent from White House computers are automatically archived and those computers ...