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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Here’s How the Government Hires a Dishwasher

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government acquisitions move at a slow, lumbering pace. They’re weighed down by special requirements, procedures and regulations that ensure the government doesn’t pay more or less than it ought to and that competition for contracts stays fair and open. These rules and procedures can also slow down operations to the...

Intel Community Seeks the Next Big Thing in High Powered Computing

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The research wing of the U.S. intelligence community is looking for new and innovative supercomputing technologies that can provide substantially more computing power while expending less energy, solicitation documents show. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, is also interested in new methods for evaluating computer performance that go...

Who’s Using Our Data? Ag Agencies Ask

March 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hats off to two Agriculture Department divisions for seeking feedback Thursday and Friday about how and whether their open data are being used by researchers and other data consumers. In the push to make government data more accessible to the public, phase two -- figuring out what data the public...

FDA Wants to Make the Internet Less Safe for Fake Drugs

March 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration is interested in monitoring the Web for evidence of illegally marketed drugs, medical devices, cigarettes and dietary supplements, according to solicitation documents posted Thursday. The agency is also considering monitoring illegal online dealing in cosmetics, veterinary products, counterfeit food and adulterated or misbranded vaccines. The...

Oversight Committee Passes IT Reform Act, Giving CIOs Budget Authority

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday that would mark the most significant reform in more than a decade to the way the government purchases information technology. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act would make agency chief information officers presidential appointees. It would also...

Space Apps and Duck-Sized Horses in Microgravity

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Astronaut Ron Garan took to Reddit Monday to pump up interest in NASA’s second International Space Apps Challenge, scheduled for April 20 and 21. The event includes hackathons in 75 cities across seven continents during which participants will tackle projects ranging from hardware for the International Space Station to Web...

'Born Digital' Documents Are Much Cheaper to Share

March 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost of making federal documents available to the public has dropped from about $18 million a year to about $10 million annually in the 17 years since the Government Printing Office first began to make some materials available online, the agency said Tuesday. That’s a roughly 62 percent cost...

Open Data is a '21st Century Natural Resource'

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Member of Parliament Tony Clement has been at the forefront of the Canadian government's most important information technology reforms of the past few years. He has helped in developing Canada’s action plan for the international Open Government Partnership, expanding the government’s open data site, making better use of social...

Bipartisan Team Introduces FOIA Reform

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Republican and Democrat who lead the House’s oversight panel introduced legislation on Friday to update the way the government processes Freedom of Information Act requests. The legislation, which Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., first unveiled on Monday, would mandate a single online portal for all FOIA...

Measuring Government Social Media Part II: We the People

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While we’re on the subject of measuring government social media engagement, it’s worth drawing attention to a few stats on the petition site We the People that White House Digital Strategy Director Macon Phillips cited in a recent blog post. According to a White House survey of people who had...

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