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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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Agencies waste millions acquiring duplicative data on roads, street addresses

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies haven’t done enough to coordinate how geospatial data is collected and shared, a watchdog said Monday. As a result, agencies have wasted millions of dollars gathering duplicative information about roads, street addresses and other data, the Government Accountability Office said. ...

AT&T subscribers can’t use Smokey’s app in his namesake park

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From the All Things Ironic and Ursine Department: Nextgov is running a review of the U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear app this week, part of our Building Better Apps running feature. Smokey’s app is designed to give users information about how to safely build a forest fire. Our private sector ...

GSA’s per diem app does one thing well, but it doesn’t do enough

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Our reviewers were mostly satisfied with what the General Services Agency’s Per Diem app does but they didn’t think it did enough. The app lists per diem reimbursement rates for federal employees traveling in the United States. But travelers could ...

Issa advocates halting new Internet regulations

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Darrell Issa took questions -- and a healthy dose of criticism -- from users of the social networking site Reddit Wednesday regarding his proposed bill to halt any new Internet regulations for two years. Issa’s proposed Internet American Moratorium Act would prohibit any new Internet regulations during the 113th ...

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 ...