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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Government Data Saves Lives

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol takes thousands of aerial pictures following a natural disaster, but those images alone often aren’t sufficient to assess the full scale of damage to building and communities. Imagine, though, if those images could be combined with geotagged pictures taken by disaster victims on...

Federal Technology Performance Info Should Be Public All the Time, GAO Says

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government auditor called on the White House on Monday to end its practice of freezing the main outlet for public information about federal technology performance during budget reviews. That practice has resulted in the IT Dashboard not being updated for 15 of the past 24 months, the Government Accountability...

About 30 Percent of ObamaCare Enrollees Are Younger Than 34

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 2.2 million people enrolled in new health insurance plans through and state-run insurance marketplaces between Oct. 1, when the exchanges launched, and the end of December, the Health and Human Services Department said on Monday. The vast majority of those enrollments took place in December, following a round-the-clock...

When CGI Made It Work

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I wrote here on Friday about Plan Finder, the Medicare Part D Web tool that received un-diluted praise from the Government Accountability Office, despite a troubled launch eight years ago, for using data checks and quality measures to ensure the accuracy of its drug pricing information. One lesson for contemporary...

Lessons for’s Future in Medicare Part D

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Friday report from the Government Accountability Office could offer lessons about the longterm future of, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, that’s had a spotty performance record since its Oct. 1 launch. The report praises the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ use of data checks and...

House Passes New Security Requirements for

January 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House voted by a substantial margin on Friday to impose stringent new security standards on The vote would require the Health and Human Services Department to notify consumers within two business days if their personal information was hacked on the online health insurance marketplace. It comes following Republican...

White House Opposes Security Bill; House Vote Expected Friday

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House and congressional Democrats slammed Republican legislation on Thursday that would require the government to notify people within two days if their personal data has been stolen from, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace. The legislation “would impose an administratively burdensome reporting requirement that is less...

In-Flight Voice Calls Could Aid Airlines More Than Passengers

January 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- Airlines could benefit more than passengers from a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would expand the use of smartphones and tablets during flight, the CEO of a company that provides in-flight electronic services said here on Thursday. The FCC rule would broaden the use of what...

Commerce Needs More Money to Modernize the Census, Secretary Says

January 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS -- The Census Bureau wants to modernize the way it collects data from citizens but without new money from Congress it won’t be able to do that, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at the Consumer Electronics Show here on Wednesday. We need to do the census differently than...

Here’s How Government Can Help Startups

January 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS – Immigration and patent reform lead the checklist of things government can do to help entrepreneurs launch startup companies, a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show said, but those are just two items on a very long list. A looser immigration policy would bring in more talented engineers...

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