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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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FBI’s child ID app provides an insurance policy for concerned parents

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The FBI’s Child ID app is designed for parents to store photos and other information for easy access if their child is abducted. You can email the information to authorities straight from the application. Our reviewers thought the app had ...

Could Social Networking Kill Email in the Office?

November 28, 2012 Could social networking actually replace email and phone calls in the workplace? One agency thinks so. The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to roll out a social network next spring that will replace many of its traditional modes of communication. The platform, called One Voice, is a pilot that other ...

Issa plans to talk Internet regulation on Reddit

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is turning to Reddit for advice and feedback on proposed legislation that would ban new Internet regulations for two years, his office said Tuesday. The congressman plans to answer questions in one of the social networking site’s AMA, or “ask me anything,” sessions Wednesday morning. Numerous ...

Smokey Bear’s official app is close but no campfire

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Smokey Bear’s official app promises to tell you everything you need to know about how to safely build and put out a campfire, but it failed to light our reviewers up. The major problem was that the app needed an ...

GSA launches governmentwide acquisitions dashboard

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration launched a new online dashboard Tuesday that lists agencies’ information technology spending using governmentwide acquisition contracts. The dashboard’s goal is to help agencies make “data driven” decisions about where to invest IT funding and to give federal IT vendors insight into new business opportunities, the agency ...

Want to save time sifting through website feedback? Look to HHS

November 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been corrected to more accurately describe a satisfaction index used for government websites. The Health and Human Services Department plans to share a tool it’s been using to gather feedback from visitors to its website, HHS said in a blog post Monday. The department uses its Voice ...

Have a Thanksgiving question? Ask Karen

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to correct misstated statistics about call volumes at USDA's meat and poultry hotline. Wondering how long you can leave stuffing in your turkey before cooking it this holiday season or how much ham it will take to feed your extended family? The government has an ...

As Thanksgiving travelers head out, FAA flight status site goes down

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update, 1:57 p.m. ET: The flight status site is back up. As Americans headed out on one of the busiest travel days of the year Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration's online system for reporting on the status of flights and airport delays was down. Visitors to the FAA's Airport ...

Medicare awards up to $15 billion for data centers

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a handful of contracts to manage its data center operations that could add up to $15 billion within 10 years. The contacts with Accenture Federal Services, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other vendors are part of what CMS calls ...

The real danger posed by Nate Silver

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The statistical wunderkind Nate Silver’s clean sweep of states’ presidential picks and his accurate calling of nearly every U.S. Senate race seemed to offer a tidy conclusion to the great polling debates of the 2012 election. The man who Jon Stewart called “president of the United States of arithmetic” emerged ...