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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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Energy Department plans alternative funding model for data center consolidation

October 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facing uncertainty about future congressional appropriations, the Energy Department is turning to alternative models to fund its part of the governmentwide data center consolidation initiative, including Energy Performance Contacting. The contracting vehicle allows agencies to update and remodel federal buildings without any upfront investment. Under an EPC, a contractor guarantees...

Administration increases data center consolidation savings estimate to $5 billion

October 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government now expects to save about $5 billion total by closing and consolidating federal data centers, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday. That's a significant increase over the Office of Management and Budget's previous estimate of $3 billion in savings from its data center consolidation program by...

Effort to require online governmentwide spending reports advances on the Hill

October 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional supporters of a plan to pull all federal spending reports onto one uniform, searchable database believe they've put together a package of cost savings to offset the legislation's more than $500 million price tag, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Thursday. Issa would not reveal what's included in the offset...

Data center consolidation savings estimate increased to $5B

October 6, 2011 The government now expects to save about $5 billion total by closing and consolidating federal data centers, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

More than 100 Dot-Govs Cut or Consolidated

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government campaign against outdated and unnecessary websites appears to be gaining steam. An updated list of top-level dot-gov domains posted to the government dataset repository Data.gov Friday lists only 1,634 domains, down from nearly 1,759 domains when the list was first posted. The government's dot-gov reform effort is aimed...

Planning and execution failures threaten FAA's NextGen program

October 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration is doing a better job of developing a series of projects to modernize the nation's air traffic system, some portions of which have run years past deadline and as much as $500 million over budget, government watchdogs testified Wednesday. FAA's Next Generation or NextGen program remains...

White House grapples with a flood of online petitions

October 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The true test of We the People, the Obama administration's online petition site, won't be how many petitions are launched through the Web page, but how well the White House is able to respond to them, experts told Nextgov this week. If it looks as if federal officials are ignoring...

White House Hikes Requirements for Responding to Petitions

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Citing participation estimates it says were "a wee bit on the low side," the White House has quintupled the number of signatures petitions posted to its new We the People Web page must receive to get an official agency response. New petitions posted to the site must get 25,000 signatures...

Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A successful mobile app -- whether it aims to educate, aid or entertain -- has about 30 seconds to sell users on its utility and to make a solid case for why it should live on your phone rather than on a website or some other place, app designers and...

Government apps: Learning from industry

October 3, 2011 Government agencies have had mixed success in the mobile app arena. We asked three private sector app developers to rate the overall effectiveness of a dozen federal agency apps, and developed an interactive graphic to describe their findings. See the rest at Nextgov.com.

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