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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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House Republicans slam FAA for delayed pilot IDs

April 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., lashed out on Thursday at officials charged with introducing a new pilot identification card using embedded biometric data that Congress first mandated in 2004. The Federal Aviation Administration was supposed to begin issuing the new IDs in 2005, but the agency ...

From Nextgov.com: House Republicans slam FAA for delayed pilot IDs

April 14, 2011 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., lashed out on Thursday at officials charged with introducing a new pilot identification card using embedded biometric data that Congress first mandated in 2004. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

CIO Council Launches Best Practices Website

April 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A how-to guide for federal IT managers hit the web Wednesday with case studies on major IT transitions at the departments of State, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs. The new website is a best practices guide for IT system acquisition, reform and maintenance, which was promised in federal Chief Information Officer ...

Sparring on security and civil liberties

April 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vice chairwoman of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee criticized what she sees as overreaching in post-9/11 laws enacted on both sides of the Atlantic. Too often, American and European officials have sold data-gathering legislation to the public using the specter of terrorist attacks, only to later use the ...

Dems Demand Biometrics For Flight Crew Fast Track

April 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A national program that gives pilots and flight crews a fast track through airport security should be based on a biometric scan, Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee told the TSA in a letter Tuesday. The Transportation Security Administration is already testing the so-called crew pass-system at three ...

Happy Birthday Open Government (or Maybe Not)

April 13, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House blog hailed the one-year anniversary of the release of agency open government plans Wednesday as the levee break that brought a flood of federal information into the public domain. The anniversary, though, came just days after a last-minute budget deal that slashed funding for open government initiatives ...

Senate Bill Would Ramp Up Federal Oversight of IT Projects

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan bill introduced by leaders of the Senate Homeland Security committee Tuesday aims to rein in federal information technology projects that go over budget by requiring automatic reviews. If an IT project goes more than 20 percent above its base spending guideline, the agency's CIO must conduct a review ...

GSA Official Downplays MS Charges on Google Gov. Apps

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. General Services Administration Associate Administrator David McClure told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that his office hadn't pulled FISMA accreditation from Google's touted Apps for Government applications, but was in the process of recertifying a more advanced version of the software. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., asked McClure to respond to ...

Kundra Says His Office Has Saved Taxpayers $3 Billion

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal chief information officer told a Senate panel Tuesday that the Obama Administration's drive to make government IT projects more responsive to changes in technology and more reliant on private sector infrastructure had saved about $3 billion in its first five months. Since introducing President Obama's 25-point implementation plan ...

IT reforms save taxpayers $3 billion in less than five months, fed CIO says

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's drive to make government IT projects more responsive to changes in technology and less reliant on bulky, outdated infrastructure has saved about $3 billion in its first five months, the federal chief information officer told a Senate panel Tuesday. Since December 2010, when he introduced President Obama's ...