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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Defense CIO to Step Down This Week

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai announced she will be stepping down, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Monday. Takai’s last day will be Friday, May 2, Lt. Col. Damian Pickart said. The department has not yet settled on a successor, he said. Takai became Defense CIO in 2010 after...

Why Driverless Cars Don't Require a Bunch of New Laws

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anyone who’s encountered the debate about driverless cars has probably heard that it’s legal questions as much as technology that’s keeping the autonomous vehicles from broad production. Specifically, if my car hits your car but neither of us is driving, then who’s to blame? A new report from the Brookings...

GSA Wants Contractors to Sign on the Digital Line

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While most documents generated by the government have made the transition from paper to digital, there are still a few hiccups in the process, notably contracts and other documents that require signatures. The General Services Administration is looking for an agencywide service that can obviate the need for pen-and-ink signatures...

Lawsuit Says GSA Discriminates Against Blind Contractors

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of blind federal contractors filed a lawsuit against the General Services Administration this week over a contractor website they say shuts out the visually impaired. The System for Award Management website,, contains numerous buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus and “mouseovers” that federal contractors must navigate each year in...

The RFP for the U-2 Spy Plane Was Just Two Pages Long

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray dropped an interesting piece of government contracting arcana last week during a panel discussion on the past and future role of government chief information officers. The conversation had turned to the acquisition process and how its complexities can sometimes prevent agencies from buying the...

Buying Facebook Ads Could be a Bad Call for Agencies

April 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Buying Facebook advertising to reach a broader audience may be a bad bet for government agencies -- even if the money’s available and outreach is the mission, according to a new blog post from the General Services Administration’s digital government team. The blog post from GSA’s social media lead Justin...

BYOD Cost the Energy Department More Than Supplying Government Phones

April 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some Energy Department divisions were too liberal with stipends they paid contract employees under contractor-operated bring-your-own-device plans, an auditor has found. As a result, the department sometimes compensated those contract employees more for supplying their own smartphones and tablets -- which were often loaded up with unlimited voice and data...

Want to Know How Developers Use Your Agency's Data? Ask Them.

April 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among the mandates in President Obama’s Open Data Policy is a requirement that agencies query the people and companies that use their data to find out what information they’d like released and in what formats. A proposed upgrade to the website would go one step further, asking users to...

Flagging Tweets Didn't Weigh Down Late Obamacare Enrollments

April 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 1 million additional Americans registered for Obamacare health insurance coverage between the original close of enrollment on March 31 and Thursday, when the Obama administration announced late registrants had brought its tally up past 8 million enrollees. That final surge took place without the massive social media push that...

Three Things Federal CIOs Say About CIO Authority

April 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government chief information officers looking to exercise authority wisely can be easily undone -- by senior leaders who don’t understand the value of improved technology, by contracting rules that diminish that value or for a host of other reasons, officials said on Thursday. The Association for Federal Information Resources Management...

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