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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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Media Blitz Aims to Address Crisis of Confidence in Obamacare

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of the agency responsible for HealthCare.gov promised a media blitz on Tuesday aimed at luring insurance seekers back to the Obama administration's troubled online health insurance marketplace once it’s operating properly. That media campaign won’t begin until December, when the administration expects the site to be fully operational,...

Testers Wanted for New Tool to Make It Easier to Petition the White House

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House’s We the People petition website is much discussed in government transparency circles but it has only grabbed the public’s attention a few times since its 2011 launch. That could change with a new project called the We the People Write API that’s being developed now by the...

How States Launched Successful Health Exchanges

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the second half of August, six weeks before rollout, the best tech minds building Washington D.C.’s Health Benefit Exchange gathered to test the system end to end. This wasn’t the first testing the system had undergone. Contractors and employees had spent much of the past several months combining different...

White House Plans a Single FOIA Portal Across Government

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to launch a single online portal where journalists, researchers and other citizens can file Freedom of Information Act requests, according to an early draft of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership. A single FOIA portal could significantly reduce the time FOIA requesters spend managing requests...

GOP Oversight Chief Orders Sebelius to Turn Over HealthCare.gov Docs

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from HHS. The leader of the House Republicans’ oversight operations announced he’d issued a subpoena on Thursday to compel Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to produce documents related to the troubled launch of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace....

The Best HealthCare.gov Movie

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s the best silver screen analogue for HealthCare.gov’s disastrous first month? There’s The Big Sleep, that hardboiled detective story so bafflingly complex that even screenwriter William Faulkner (!) famously wasn’t sure who was responsible for all the bodies. That’s a pretty good description of the online health insurance marketplace’s many...

Sebelius: HealthCare.gov Restriction Aimed to Avoid Glitches, Not Cause Them

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A late decision to force visitors to register with the government’s online health insurance marketplace before they could see insurance plan prices was aimed at avoiding glitches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told lawmakers on Wednesday. She linked that decision with several other services the government opted to...

White House Vastly Overstates Federal Transparency, Auditors Report

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. has only completed half the commitments it made two years ago under an international government transparency agreement, an independent auditor found recently. That’s in stark contrast to a March report in which White House officials claimed the government had completed 24 of its 26 original commitments to the...

Lead Contractor Urged More Testing on HealthCare.gov

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors building the online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov warned government managers nearly one month before the site’s Oct. 1 launch that they did not have enough time to adequately test the system, according to documents released by congressional investigators on Tuesday. The monthly status report from CGI Federal, dated Sept....

House GOP Watchdog Subpoenas Leader of the HealthCare.gov Fix

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated. One of the House Republicans’ top watchdogs issued a subpoena on Tuesday morning for all correspondence between government officials and the contractor picked to lead the repair process for the government’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa,...