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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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Federal CIO outlines shared services strategy

December 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies must create a plan to move at least two agency-specific information technology services to shared interagency platforms by the end of 2012, according to the draft version of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's shared services strategy released Friday. The draft strategy also requires agency IT leaders to create...

IT project reviews have saved $4 billion since 2010, according to CIO

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Federal agencies have saved nearly $4 billion in the past year through TechStat reviews that resulted in scaling back or canceling information technology projects that are over budget or delayed, officials said Thursday. The TechStat model, aimed at weeding out underperforming contracts, was launched by...

Federal IT Dashboard improving but still not wholly accurate

December 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Postings to the Office of Management and Budget's Federal IT Dashboard are more accurate and timely than 18 months ago, but they still aren't giving a perfectly clear picture of government information technology spending, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The Federal IT Dashboard ranks about 800 major IT...

State Launches Virtual Embassy Tehran

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department launched Virtual Embassy Tehran, on Tuesday, a website officials hope will "work as a bridge between the American and Iranian people." The site can't perform most functions of a bricks and mortar embassy, such as issuing visas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a video message....

USDA plans internal app store in 2012

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Agriculture Department is developing a mobile application it believes will cut in half the travel required of its Natural Resources Conservation Service employees working on projects to reduce chemical runoff at farms, an Agriculture official said Wednesday. The department also is working on a mobile app for veterinarians reporting...

Social media isn't a major path to radicalization

December 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Al Qaeda and other Muslim extremist groups are active on Facebook, YouTube and other social media, but that doesn't mean they're making much impact, experts testified before a House panel Tuesday. Internet discussions are a poor replacement for in-person extremist recruiting because they lack the same level of intimidation and...

If you think you'll save money with cloud computing, think again

December 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been corrected to remove an error in the government’s cloud adoption timeline. More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the...

If you think you'll save money with cloud computing, think again

December 6, 2011 More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the cloud. The findings could concern federal IT officials who have said they would save roughly...

Navy considers the power of Google

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One thing to keep in mind as agencies debate jumping onto Google Plus, the search giant's nascent social networking site: Google could use its 65 percent share of the U.S. search market to favor Google Plus pages, either by adjusting its algorithm to favor them directly or by posting them...

U.S., India take step toward launching Data.gov in a Box

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has published the first smatterings of computer code for a project that will grow into a ready-made open government data platform for other nations, White House technology leaders said Monday. The project, called Data.gov in a Box, is a joint venture between the U.S. and Indian governments...