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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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Data Dreams

February 1, 2012 The government launched its massive data set trove Data.gov in 2009 with a clear mission: to put information the government was gathering anyway into the hands of private sector and nonprofit Web and mobile app developers. Once that data was out, the White House imagined, developers would set about turning...

Tech Roundup

February 1, 2012 Ramping Up Security Federal cloud providers have until June to comply with new uniform security controls so that multiple agencies can piggyback off the certifications for faster installation. To more quickly slice $5 billion from the government’s annual $80 billion information technology tab, the Obama administration in December 2011 released...

Agencies saving one-fifth of IT budget through virtualization, survey finds

February 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 80 percent of federal information technology leaders say their agencies have implemented some manner of server virtualization and, overall, the government is saving nearly 20 percent of its IT budget through virtualization, according to a recent survey. The majority of federal agencies also plan to virtualize some desktop...

CIO Council's best practices portal remains a work in progress

January 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Chief Information Officer Council is working on a Web portal where information technology workers can share best practices in federal IT. But whether that portal is up and running yet isn't entirely clear. The 25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT, published by former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek...

On Town Halls and Social Media

January 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The social media town hall has become a staple of the Obama Administration with events conducted via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube in the past three years and a Google Plus hangout scheduled for Monday. Agency heads have followed suit, often taking Twitter questions during live streamed events. This month...

Agencies Know When to Lead, but What About When to Follow?

January 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies know they want Twitter followers but figuring out when and who to follow back is a thornier issue, based on questions during a webinar titled "Engaging Audiences with Twitter," sponsored by the General Services Administration's Web Manager University. "Some folks in the public aren't entirely comfortable being followed...

Google says privacy policy doesn't apply to government email

January 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated to include comment from Google and GSA Google's controversial new privacy policies will not apply to users of the Google Apps for Government enterprise email system, such as the General Services Administration, a Google official said Wednesday. The statement came after Karen Evans, the former...

Number of questions for Obama town hall on Google+ approaching a record

January 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google+ is still trailing Facebook and Twitter as a social networking site, but when it comes to government-citizen engagement the new online forum may have an edge. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, four days before a post-State of the Union town hall event planned for Monday on the social networking...

USA.gov, Data.gov Take Flight to the Cloud

January 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated with new information from GSA The General Services Administration has begun the process of moving its public Web presence to a unified cloud, according to a press release from CGI Federal, which won the $21 million five-year contract for the transition. Among the cloud-bound sites...

Queue Up the Next Social Media Town Hall -- On Google+ Now

January 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to follow up the president's Tuesday State of the Union address with a "State of the Union interview" with the president conducted on Google Plus next Monday. The White House just signed on to the search giant's new social networking site on Friday though President Obama's...