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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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Citizens of 39 states petition to secede from the union

November 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Click here for our Wednesday morning update of this story. This story was last updated at 6 p.m. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, citizens of 39 states had asked the federal government for permission to secede from the union using the White House’s We the People online petition site. Three ...

VA Plans to Move 600,000 Employees to Cloud Email

November 13, 2012 The Veterans Affairs Department plans to move 600,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based email and calendar system over the next five years, the vendor managing the transition said Tuesday. VA will pay HP Enterprise Services $36 million to manage the transition to Microsoft’s Office 365 for Government, HP said ...

VA plans to move 600,000 employees to cloud email

November 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department plans to move 600,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based email and calendar system over the next five years, the vendor managing the transition said Tuesday. VA will pay HP Enterprise Services $36 million to manage the transition to Microsoft’s Office 365 for Government, HP said ...

CDC plans to gather new data about sudden death in the young

November 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of the talk about big data in government has been about crunching through existing data pools to spot trends that older tools weren’t powerful enough to identify. Computer scientists are crawling the full database of Medicare claims, for example, to spot common fraud patterns before those claims are paid ...

Residents of 23 states sign online petitions to secede from the union

November 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was last updated at 4:20 on Nov. 12. To see a more recent article on this topic, click here. Residents of 23 states had petitioned the White House for permission to peacefully secede from the union as of 4 p.m. Monday. A petition from a Slidell, La., resident ...

GSA plans new governmentwide software contracts

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to create a slate of new blanket purchase agreements with large commercial software publishers to be used governmentwide, according to solicitation documents issued Thursday. The new contracts will allow agencies to use software from a collection of large publishers based on standard rates negotiated by ...

VanRoekel will stay on at the White House

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel confirmed via Twitter Friday that he plans to stay in the White House during President Obama’s second term. VanRoekel was named the nation’s second-ever CIO in August 2011 after a long career as an executive at Microsoft and, more briefly, as managing director at ...

Louisianan talks secession on White House petition site

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s been a lot of Sturm und Drang among far right Republicans over President Obama’s reelection Tuesday. One Louisianan is apparently taking it harder than the rest, though. The day after the election “Michael E” of Slidell took to We the People, the White House’s online petition site, to ask ...

Could immigration IT be the next health IT?

November 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama told the Des Moines Register in a formerly-off-the-record interview in late October he was confident he could pass comprehensive immigration reform during a second term because Republicans would be eager to mend ties with Hispanic voters. The newly reelected president also listed immigration reform as a major priority ...

State seeks social media platform to target travel news, warnings

November 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s consular affairs bureau is in the market for a new social media platform to help it target travel warnings and other news to different audiences, solicitation documents show. The consular affairs bureau is responsible for providing warnings to Americans abroad or who are considering visiting unsafe or ...