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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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Trying to Limit the Collection of Personal Data Would Be a Lost Cause

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Preventing companies and government agencies from gathering embarrassing or damaging personal information about you may be a fool’s errand, a White House panel on privacy in the age of big data said on Thursday. Instead, lawmakers and regulators should focus their efforts on preventing the dissemination or other use of...

This Is Who Actually Enrolled in Obamacare

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Of the roughly 8 million people who signed up for Obamacare health insurance coverage before a deadline earlier this month, 28 percent fell within the administration’s must-cover demographic of 18 to 34 year olds, officials said on Thursday. Experts said it was vital that a sufficient number of these so-called...

OPM Innovation Lab Can't Say If It's Actually Helpful, GAO Finds

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An innovation lab at the Office of Personnel Management isn’t taking enough steps to ensure its innovative work is having a real impact on agency culture and performance, according an audit report released on Wednesday. OPM built the innovation lab at a cost of about $1.1 million as a space...

Congress to Feds: You're On the Hook for Spending Transparency

April 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was one thing. Implementing it will be a much bigger challenge. The success of the open government measure Congress passed on Monday, which the president has pledged to sign, depends on ensuring the executive branch implements the law’s mandates on schedule, lawmakers said...

The Data Act Is About to Shake Up Federal Operations

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include industry comment. Legislation aimed at dramatically increasing the transparency of federal spending data is on its way to President Obama’s desk after the House voted on Monday to approve a Senate-passed version of the bill. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA...

Pentagon's Chief Information Officer Takai Quits, Last Day Friday

April 28, 2014 Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai announced she will be stepping down, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Monday. Takai’s last day will be Friday, May 2, Lt. Col. Damian Pickart said. The department has not yet settled on a successor, he said. Takai became Defense CIO in 2010 after...

Defense CIO to Step Down This Week

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai announced she will be stepping down, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Monday. Takai’s last day will be Friday, May 2, Lt. Col. Damian Pickart said. The department has not yet settled on a successor, he said. Takai became Defense CIO in 2010 after...

Why Driverless Cars Don't Require a Bunch of New Laws

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anyone who’s encountered the debate about driverless cars has probably heard that it’s legal questions as much as technology that’s keeping the autonomous vehicles from broad production. Specifically, if my car hits your car but neither of us is driving, then who’s to blame? A new report from the Brookings...

GSA Wants Contractors to Sign on the Digital Line

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While most documents generated by the government have made the transition from paper to digital, there are still a few hiccups in the process, notably contracts and other documents that require signatures. The General Services Administration is looking for an agencywide service that can obviate the need for pen-and-ink signatures...

Lawsuit Says GSA Discriminates Against Blind Contractors

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of blind federal contractors filed a lawsuit against the General Services Administration this week over a contractor website they say shuts out the visually impaired. The System for Award Management website, SAM.gov, contains numerous buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus and “mouseovers” that federal contractors must navigate each year in...