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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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NIST releases cloud computing roadmap

November 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government should establish common cloud computing products and services standards so agencies can easily shift their business to a new provider if their current vendor isn't meeting their needs, a government technology reviewer said Tuesday. Without those standards, agencies may invest in major cloud programs that are quickly made...

Who's Tweeting in Zimbabwe?

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A State Department blog post has been making the Twitter rounds recently describing how U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray used social media to engage Zimbabwean youth and counter anti-American propaganda. The first three paragraphs of Ray's blog post are in the never too old to start Tweeting vein, describing...

Former e-gov administrator launches cloud best practices site

November 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government plan to save 15 percent to 20 percent of the federal information technology budget through cloud computing is an achievable goal, the nation's former e-government administrator told Nextgov on Tuesday. But those savings can be realized only if agencies commit to reforming the way they manage data and...

A Thousand Cuts

November 1, 2011 President Obama's war on waste won't make much of a dent in the deficit. But can it still make a difference? In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 story "The Federal Bureaucracy," Associated Press reporter Saul Pett painted the government as an amorphous mass, impossible to tame or organize, an all-encompassing swamp...

Down on the Levee

November 1, 2011 New app fine-tunes flood damage assessments for Ted Streckfuss and the Army Corps' Omaha District. Army Corps of Engineers flood inspection teams used to scribble down detailed directions to where they'd found seepage in a levee or turbid water on the landward side of a dike. But times have changed...

White House responds to marijuana and God petitions

October 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After using its first official We the People petition response to advance a minor policy shift to reduce student loan debt, the White House is now getting to the larger share of online petitions that won't launch policy changes. In a blanket response emailed Friday evening to signers of eight...

White House responds to marijuana and God petitions

October 31, 2011 After using its first official We the People petition response to advance a minor policy shift to reduce student loan debt, the White House is now getting to the larger share of online petitions that won't launch policy changes. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Members of Congress join the rush to social media

October 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated Oct. 31 to more accurately characterize recent Twitter trends among lawmakers. About 80 percent of congressional lawmakers' websites now link to the members' Facebook and Twitter pages compared with just about 20 percent in 2009, according to a study released this week. Nearly 75 percent of...

Agencies outline technology-based customer service initiatives

October 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies this week outlined a number of projects aimed at using technology to make life simpler for citizens -- from loan applicants who have to transmit tax records to residents traveling frequently across the borders with Canada and Mexico. The Internal Revenue Service is developing an application that will...

OMB should improve IT investment guidance, watchdog says

October 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget should give federal agencies better guidance on what counts as an information technology investment and what doesn't and demand more information on what they're doing to reduce duplicative IT spending, a watchdog said Wednesday. The report from the Government Accountability Office also urged OMB...

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