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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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GSA Hopes Better Data Can Drive Travel and Conference Savings

September 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration thinks it can pare down the $15 billion the government spends annually on travel services but it needs better data first, according to contracting documents. Information on government travel costs is currently dispersed among multiple charge card databases, airfare and hotel booking systems and conference registries....

What Do HHS Employees Really Think? Agency Will Pay Data Miners to Find Out

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department plans to mine data from its internal social network, including deducing employee’s emotions and sentiments, contracting documents show. Health and Human Services began using the internal social networking site Yammer in late 2012, according to a department blog post. The Facebook-like network is open...

Tech Roundup

September 1, 2013 Chasing Ghost Viruses After detecting malicious software in system components at Commerce Department headquarters, federal officials in 2012 disconnected the Economic Development Administration’s computer infrastructure, annihilated $170,000 worth of equipment and cut off staff email and website access nationwide, according to an inspector general audit released in late June. The...

A Bidder’s EZ Button

September 1, 2013 A novice might think The MIS Department, a Chicago technology firm, would have no trouble winning government contracts. The company has a proven track record engineering complex computer systems and building websites. It has done the arduous legwork of getting authorized to provide services to the federal government, the state...

How to Win Government Contracts the EZ Way

August 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A novice might think The MIS Department, a Chicago technology firm, would have no trouble winning government contracts. The company has a proven track record engineering complex computer systems and building websites. It has done the arduous legwork of getting authorized to provide services to the federal government, the state...

A Key Element of SOPA Is Back

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of things contributed to the demise of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, a 2012 legislative proposal to severely restrict online content sharing. There were blackouts by content sharers Wikipedia and YouTube and thousands of citizens who called or emailed their members of Congress. Ultimately President Obama came...

Navy's New Mobile App Will Include Links for Suicidal Troops, Sex Crime Victims

August 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A U.S. Navy news and information mobile application scheduled for release later this month includes quick links for victims to report sexual harassment and for soldiers and veterans considering suicide to get help. The app also collects Navy news stories, shows the position of Navy fleets on a world map...

Postal Service Taps Canadian Firm To Test Viability of a Single Online ID

August 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Postal Service awarded a contract worth up to $15 million on Tuesday for a pilot program that may one day allow citizens to securely use a single ID and password to access online services from multiple government agencies, contracting documents show. The Postal Service is managing the Federal...

The Crowd May Have Answers, but Agencies Must Define the Problem

August 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Crowdsourcing can be a great aid to government agencies looking for fresh ideas, distributed wisdom or volunteer labor, but not all crowdsourcing is the same, according to a report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government released Monday. The report distinguishes between four main types of crowdsourcing government...

Which Panels Will Make It to South by Southwest?

August 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The race is on to pick panels for March 2014's South by Southwest, the onetime music festival that's grown into a major conference on politics, film, technology and nearly everything else under the blazing hot Austin, Texas sun. Here are a few that caught my eye because they take familiar...