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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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White House Facebook Timeline Goes Back to the Beginning

April 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has taken the Facebook timeline concept to a whole new level by adding images stretching all the way back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. The timeline includes light moments and more somber ones. It also points out some odd American preoccupations. There are large gaps of course....

White House Report Touts Prize Competitions

April 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government-sponsored prize competitions have allowed agencies to save money on new projects, better hedge risky investments and improve results by bringing together people from a range of disciplines, a report released Tuesday by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said. Challenges also allow agencies to "establish an...

White House to establish chief technology officers' council

April 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow MISHELLA/Shutterstock.com This story has been updated. The White House is in the process of launching a new council of federal technology officers who will be tasked with sharing insights and solving problems across government, Veterans Affairs Department Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin said Tuesday. The new council doesn't have an...

All major federal agencies now using Twitter and YouTube

April 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cienpies Design / Shutterstock.com Every major federal agency is now using Twitter and YouTube and 23 of the 24 major agencies are on Facebook. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency -- the only major agency reported as not using any of the three major social networking sites in a June 2011 report...

Disabled feds want to be involved in making IT more accessible

April 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal workers with disabilities should be called on to test government information technology systems before new systems are rolled out and the White House should impose uniform governmentwide guidelines for accessibility, respondents to an ongoing crowdsourced survey are saying. Federal technology officials also should do more to educate contractors and...

VanRoekel: APIs will Play a Major Role in Digital Strategy

April 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Application programming interfaces will be a major component of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's new government digital strategy due out in April, the CIO tweeted Thursday. The digital reform strategy will combine two strategies the CIO's office has been discussing -- one aimed at cleaning up the federal web...

USDA Official: BYOD Won't Work for Custom Apps

April 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow "Bring your own device" is a good solution for a lot of things federal employees do on a daily basis such as word processing, emailing, texting and instant messaging, the Agriculture Department's Associate Chief Information Officer Owen Unangst said Wednesday. When it comes to a custom-built and mission-critical application that...

NARA chief: Agencies want updated records management processes

April 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Flickr user Derrick Coetzee Federal officials tasked with updating records management systems want better guidance on which records must be preserved and a schedule for when they should be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said Wednesday. The officials also...

Las Vegas Scandal Won't Affect GSA's Videoconferencing Focus

April 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is continuing to invest heavily in videoconferencing, teleconferencing and other technologies that save money by reducing employee travel but hasn't been specifically asked to ramp up those activities in the wake of news Monday about a budget-busting live conference in Las Vegas that cost GSA Administrator...

VanRoekel: Cut recurring costs to fund new projects

April 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel's chief aim in office is to cut down the amount of money agencies spend on technology operations and maintenance so that they can plow that money back into new initiatives, he said Tuesday. Traditionally, the government has funded new projects by adding money to...