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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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Agencies, Take Note: Social Media Doesn't Just Mean Facebook Anymore

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online Americans are broadening the number of social media sites they use with 42 percent using two or more sites, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. The findings could have implications for federal agencies, which are trying to broaden the ways they use social media to...

Justice Department to Spend up to $550,000 on LinkedIn Recruiting

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department plans to spend up to $550,000 to recruit attorneys and interns to its criminal division using the professional networking site LinkedIn, contracting documents show. The money will go to job ads targeted at the most qualified attorneys on the 150 million member site and to tracking the...

Emergency Alert System May Go Commercial

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal emergency managers are considering replacing their current custom built system for notifying the public about emergencies with a commercial alternative, contracting documents show. The custom built system, known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System - Open Platform for Emergency Networks, or IPAWS-OPEN, has not met a slate...

Census Dropping BlackBerry, Will Outfit Surveyors with iPhones

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Census Bureau plans to purchase 1,200 iPhones, contracting documents show. The iPhone pilot is the first step toward a bring-your-own-device plan that will result in census workers using their own smartphones for surveys with the government supplying only the software. The Census Bureau currently furnishes non-field staff with...

Futures Market Shows Hillary, Christie Leading for 2016

December 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An online political futures market that came close to predicting when the government shutdown would end has begun taking bets on who will win the 2016 presidential nominating contests and will soon launch a market on trends in President Obama’s approval rating. American Civics Exchange is something like a betting...

Federal Records Must Go Digital, but Managers Say They Can't Do It Without More Resources

December 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly half of federal records managers believe the Obama administration’s goals for making all new records digital and electronically searchable by 2019 is unrealistic, a new study has found. That deadline, introduced in an August 2012 presidential directive, upset transparency advocates who said it gave agencies a pass to delay...

What to Believe About Security Risks in Subpoenaed HealthCare.gov Docs

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The battle over whether to release contractors’ documents that may point out security weaknesses in the HealthCare.gov website can be confusing to follow and even more confusing to take sides in. That’s because, while the government officials and contractors waging the battle are mostly doing it with the same established...

Battle Over HealthCare.gov Paper Trail Reaches House Leadership

December 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The battle over releasing contractor documents that may reveal security weaknesses in HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, reached the leadership level on Wednesday as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner requesting a classified briefing about the documents. Pelosi wants the Republican...

Fed IT Reform Bill Introduced in Senate, Spurred by HealthCare.gov

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include additional information about the Senate bill. A bipartisan team of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul how the government buys and builds information technology systems. The move from Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, was spawned in part by...

HealthCare.gov Security Gaps Identified in Contractor Documents

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from HHS and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. A congressional watchdog investigating the troubled launch of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov released a handful of contractors’ statements on Tuesday showing they were concerned about security vulnerabilities before and soon after...