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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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Did Politics Help Cause HealthCare.gov Failures?

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two stories dominated U.S. headlines during the first half of October. There was the government shutdown, which drew to a close late Wednesday and was largely seen as a case of partisan politics hijacking the work of nonpartisan career employees. Then there was the troubled launch of the online health...

Feds Chronicle First Day Back in Social Media

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama signed legislation Wednesday night that ended the 16-day-old government shutdown, averted a default on U.S. government debt and brought thousands of federal employees back to work. As those employees returned to the office Thursday morning, they fired up websites and social media accounts that had been dormant during...

Less than 1 Percent of HealthCare.gov Visitors Successfully Enrolled in an Insurance Plan

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than 1 percent of visitors to the federal website that connects uninsured people with coverage through President Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law successfully used the site to enroll in an insurance plan during its first week online, according to an independent study released on Tuesday. While nearly 9.5 million...

Agency Email Alerts and Bulletins Dropped Sharply During Shutdown

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to reflect the end of the government shutdown. Mass emails from government agencies to citizens dropped by more than four-fifths during the partial government shutdown that was sparked by a budget impasse Oct. 1 and drew to a close late Wednesday. The company GovDelivery manages...

Who's to Blame When IT Systems Fail?

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to government technology, assigning responsibility can be tricky. Take the new email system the General Services Administration launched in 2011. GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman appeared to be on the hook for that one. Click on any GSA project on the Federal IT Dashboard, a website...

Get Ready For Data-Driven Romance

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Had your fill of shutdown specials at DC’s finer drinking establishments? Looking for something to pass the time while you pinch pennies and let that #shutdownbeard grow? Why not look forward to a brighter future when data’s driving more decisions, cars are driving themselves and you’ll know the perfect moment...

Obamacare Contractors Were Big Campaign Donors

October 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The list of contractors that helped implement the White House’s landmark health care reform law includes a who’s-who of top-tier political donors, according to a review by the Sunlight Foundation transparency group. That implementation process has come under heavy scrutiny recently because of software glitches and long wait times that...

What If @NASA Crossed 5 Million Followers and No One Was There to Tweet It

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though most government social media accounts aren’t being updated due to the partial shutdown, the public is still checking them out. NASA’s main Twitter handle passed 5 million followers on Monday, making it the first government agency profile to scale a height usually reserved for the likes of Queen...

Twitter Analysis Shows Feds' Furlough Disparity

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government Twitter accounts are posting at about one-third their normal pace since the partial federal shutdown began last week, but a handful of agencies are doing most of the heavy lifting. Most federal agencies stopped tweeting entirely once the shutdown began, according to data provided by Measured Voice, a social...

Thwarted Users Vent About Obamacare Website on Facebook

October 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration’s online marketplace for health insurance that has suffered from software glitches since its launch last week, is taking a beating on Facebook. Public spleen venting is nothing new for government Facebook pages, especially ones connected with hot button political topics such as the Obama Administration’s healthcare...