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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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Officials Spent Just Two Weeks Testing HealthCare.gov Prior to Launching It

October 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors that helped develop the Obama Administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov told lawmakers on Thursday they wish they’d had more time to test the site before launch but denied any ongoing problems with their portions of the site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which...

Hashtag Campaign: One Place the Obamacare Rollout Exceeds Expectations

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s health care reform plan and the faulty website built to deliver a major portion of it may be taking a beating on social media and elsewhere in the public eye, but a White House Twitter campaign to counteract that bad news is getting high marks. The #GetCovered hashtag,...

Issa Demands Details on HealthCare.gov Fix

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top House Republican critic of the Obama administration’s rocky HealthCare.gov rollout wants more information about how the government plans to fix the glitch-ridden online insurance exchange. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent letters to Microsoft, Google and three other major technology companies on Tuesday...

Now You Can Petition Some Members of Congress Directly

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the most popular websites for online activists launched a new service on Wednesday that allows lawmakers to create official pages where constituents can petition them on everything from potholes to major national policies. A handful of prominent legislators have already signed up for the new service from Change.org,...

White House Accused of Letting Politics Influence HealthCare.gov Design

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional overseers made their first move to apportion blame on Monday for the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, while the White House turned to social media to drum up public support for the ailing and embattled website. The insurance marketplaces are a major component of...

HealthCare.gov: Technology Failures Are Government Failures

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is HealthCare.gov synonymous with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health care reform law? Or at least with the health insurance marketplaces that act introduced and that launched Oct. 1? Or is HealthCare.gov just a website, a tool that helps people reach those marketplaces but that doesn’t encapsulate or...

Obama: HealthCare.gov’s Product Is Good but the Cash Register’s Malfunctioning

October 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comments from President Obama and additional response from the Health and Human Services Department. The White House is bringing in software experts from inside and outside government to work around the clock in what it calls a “tech surge” to fix the ailing...

Public Sentiment on HealthCare.gov Takes a Nosedive

October 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The public’s impression of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, remains deeply negative two weeks after its troubled launch, according to an analysis of Twitter sentiment. That's a reversal from what was happening in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 1 launch of the online insurance exchange,...

Did Politics Help Cause HealthCare.gov Failures?

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two stories dominated U.S. headlines during the first half of October. There was the government shutdown, which drew to a close late Wednesday and was largely seen as a case of partisan politics hijacking the work of nonpartisan career employees. Then there was the troubled launch of the online health...

Feds Chronicle First Day Back in Social Media

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama signed legislation Wednesday night that ended the 16-day-old government shutdown, averted a default on U.S. government debt and brought thousands of federal employees back to work. As those employees returned to the office Thursday morning, they fired up websites and social media accounts that had been dormant during...