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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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Experts say security concerns about cloud computing are overstated

June 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Think tank and industry experts downplayed widespread security concerns surrounding a government transition to cloud computing Thursday, saying the cloud may actually be safer than traditional storage of government information in federally owned data centers. Technology has been developed, though not widely implemented, that allows cloud storage providers to host...

First-ever federal CIO to leave post in August

June 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, the first person to hold that post, will leave later this summer to take a fellowship at Harvard University, the White House said Thursday. Kundra will be a joint fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Berkman Center...

From Nextgov: Experts say security concerns about cloud computing are overstated

June 16, 2011 Think tank and industry experts downplayed widespread security concerns surrounding a government transition to cloud computing Thursday, saying the cloud may actually be safer than traditional storage of government information in federally owned data centers. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Influential federal CIO to step down

June 16, 2011 This story has been updated Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, the first person to hold that post, will leave later this summer to take a fellowship at Harvard University, the White House said Thursday. Kundra will be a joint fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Berkman Center...

Sunsetting the British Web Empire

June 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From empire to dissolution to the Dr. Who franchise, there's little America has done that the English haven't done first. So too, it seems, with an unstoppable proliferation of government websites. Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients sent a memo to executive department and agency heads Monday bemoaning the government's...

Executive feds are smartphone savvy, but lag on tablets

June 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One-third of senior federal executives use their personal smartphones and laptop computers to conduct agency business, according to a recent survey by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group's research division. More than three-fourths of high-ranking government officials use agency-issued smartphones, and more than 70 percent use agency-issued laptops....

From Nextgov: Executive feds are smartphone savvy, but lag on tablets

June 15, 2011 One-third of senior federal executives use their personal smartphones and laptop computers to conduct agency business, according to a recent survey by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group's research division. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Stimulus Watchdog Suggests Cloud for Gov Spending Site

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing should be the default home for any new governmentwide tracking system for federal spending, the chief of the independent stimulus spending oversight board told lawmakers Tuesday morning. Migrating its website Recovery.gov to cloud-based storage in April 2010 allowed the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to operate more efficiently...

Stimulus watchdog pushes unified coding system for governmentwide spending site

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An oversight database to track federal spending should be based on reports from fund recipients, not on the agencies themselves, and should be accompanied by a common coding system for contracts, grants and awards across agencies, the government's chief watchdog for economic stimulus spending told lawmakers Tuesday. Recipients of federal...

From Nextgov: Stimulus watchdog pushes unified coding system for governmentwide spending site

June 14, 2011 An oversight database to track federal spending should be based on reports from fund recipients, not on the agencies themselves, and should be accompanied by a common coding system for contracts, grants and awards across agencies, the government's chief watchdog for economic stimulus spending told lawmakers Tuesday. Read the full...