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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Feds to Close 137 Data Centers by 2012

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has closed 39 federal data centers in the past five months and is on track to close nearly 100 more before the end of the year, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said at a White House event Wednesday. Kundra's 25-point plan to reform federal IT management calls ...

Obama orders streamlining of federal websites

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama issued an executive order on Wednesday tasking federal agencies with creating new technology-based plans to improve their customer service within six months. The plan is also aimed at streamlining the clutter of more than 20,000 federal websites now in operation, federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients told an ...

Agencies to close 137 data centers and move 100 email systems to the cloud

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials on Wednesday released a list of 137 government data centers slated to close by the end of the year.The information they hold will either be consolidated into other data centers or moved to rented space in a public or private cloud. Thirty-nine of those data centers already have ...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies to close 137 data centers and move 100 email systems to cloud

April 27, 2011 Federal officials on Wednesday released a list of 137 government data centers slated to close by the end of the year. The information they hold will either be consolidated into other data centers or moved to rented space in a public or private cloud. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Obama orders streamlining of federal websites

April 27, 2011 President Obama issued an executive order on Wednesday tasking federal agencies with creating new technology-based plans to improve their customer service within six months. The plan is also aimed at streamlining the clutter of more than 20,000 federal websites now in operation, federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients told an ...

From Nextgov.com: Coming IT program managers will be senior leaders

April 27, 2011 A cadre of newly codified federal information technology positions known as IT program managers will likely be highly paid and highly ranked, with broad authority to manage major technology development initiatives, specialists say. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Social Security Websites Lead in Satisfaction, Treasury Trails

April 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social Security Administration websites that allow users to apply for and calculatetheir benefits online and to find extra help paying for Medicare prescription drug plan costs topped a quarterly user satisfaction survey of government websites released Tuesday. Specialty websites generally topped the list with departments' and agencies' main sites ranking ...

Coming IT program managers will be senior leaders

April 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cadre of newly codified federal information technology positions known as IT program managers will likely be highly paid and highly ranked, with broad authority to manage major technology development initiatives, specialists say. Generally, IT program managers should oversee a single large-scale information technology initiative that involves multiple teams working ...

FEMA's operating systems don't communicate effectively, despite major IT investments

April 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency still doesn't have the information technology capacity to deal with a major disaster response six years after Hurricane Katrina exposed weaknesses in the system, according to an audit released on Tuesday. FEMA began a major push in 2007 to integrate all of its disparate IT ...

Energy Department Site Goes Down in Amazon Cloud

April 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cloud computing service managed by Amazon that crashed Wednesday also brought down an Energy Department site aimed at sharing clean technology practices with the private sector. A note on the openei.com site Thursday afternoon said it was "temporarily down" and that engineers were "working aggressively to restore service." Amazon's ...