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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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Leaders Split on Whether the Obama Administration Can Accomplish Its IT Goals

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal information technology leaders are about evenly split on whether their agencies can achieve a slate of ambitious IT reform goals established by the Obama administration, according to survey data gathered by the Government Business Council. About 32 percent of the 74 civilian and military information technology leaders surveyed by ...

Obamacare Sees Social Media Surge Ahead of #Deadline

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Members of the Obama administration weren’t the only ones with eyes fixed on HealthCare.gov, the once glitch-ridden federal health insurance marketplace that was receiving record site visits as consumers tried to buy Obamacare plans before the deadline Monday. Social media users also were fixated on the landmark health care reform: ...

All For One

March 28, 2014 When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, the response and recovery were considered a disaster for government. There was no clear chain of command. Communication broke down between federal agencies and state and local responders. And many of the hurricane’s victims, left homeless and broken by the disaster, ...

Where to Go for a Fresh Take on Kanye, Tupac and Federal Policy (Hint: Rap Genius)

March 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies can now post policies, memos and other documents to the social site News Genius where agency employees and citizens can collaboratively annotate them just as they would a news article or a hip hop song on News’ Genius’ parent site Rap Genius. Officials at the General Services Administration ...

What Should Scare Us About Health IT

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Electronic health records can give patients significantly more power over their own health care, but a paucity of safeguards in how those records are shared and managed can also make patients more vulnerable, according to Deborah Peel, a psychoanalyst and founder of the organization Patient Privacy Rights. Revisions in the ...

The White House Wants More Fossils and Moon Rocks Online

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies that manage scientific collections such as space rocks, fossils and animal tissue samples have six months to write draft policies describing how those collections will be made more accessible to the public online, according to a White House memo. The memo from John Holdren, director of the White ...

Now's Your Chance to Weigh In on the White House's Web Privacy Policy

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House does not share information about visitors to its Web and mobile tools outside of the federal government, either for commercial or political purposes, according to the draft of an updated privacy policy published on Thursday. The White House may share some visitor information with other federal agencies ...

White House Releases Climate Data Set, Challenges Developers to Use It

March 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration opened up a trove of climate change data on Wednesday as part of its larger drive to open up government data. The data housed at Data.gov/climate will be contributed by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Defense Department and other agencies, ...

Campaign Urging Technologists to Sign Up for Obamacare Sags on Day 2

March 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: The #GeeksGetCovered hashtag rebounded and then some to 538 mentions on Thursday. The White House’s #GeeksGetCovered social media campaign began losing steam the day after it launched, according to an analysis using the analytics tool Topsy. The hashtag, which was designed to urge technologists without employer-provided health insurance to ...

Federal Website Security Bill Moves Forward in House

March 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legislation approved by the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday would require agency chief information officers to vouch to Congress for the security of any new government websites that gather citizens' personal information. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., introduced the legislation in December in the wake of reports that HealthCare.gov, the Obama ...