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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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Second Round of Solicitations Added to Simplified Federal Contracting Site

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new crop of solicitations has been posted in the past few weeks to the government’s startup website for simplified government contracting RFP-EZ. There were 15 solicitations on RFP-EZ Monday afternoon, including one for a new mobile application to help the U.S. Marine Corps communicate with marines and recruits and...

FEMA Wants Better Hurricane Alerts for People With Disabilities

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to make its systems for alerting and communicating with the public during natural disasters more easily accessible by people with disabilities, contracting documents show. A solicitation posted in late August focuses on transmitting FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, alerts to...

Government Job Training: From the Mundane to 'The Matrix'

September 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Training for a government job was once a mundane procession of lectures, note taking and No. 2 pencils. Then came personal computers and PowerPoints. Now, more agencies are turning to virtual reality to give their training programs an added boost of authenticity, to help employees game plan on-the-job scenarios and...

3 Thoughts on the White House's Last-Minute Call for Transparency Input

September 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nick Sinai posted a call for comments this week, seeking input for an updated version of the Obama administration's National Action Plan for Open Government. The first action plan included 26 commitments the administration made as a founding member of the 60-nation Open Government...

GSA Hopes Better Data Can Drive Travel and Conference Savings

September 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration thinks it can pare down the $15 billion the government spends annually on travel services but it needs better data first, according to contracting documents. Information on government travel costs is currently dispersed among multiple charge card databases, airfare and hotel booking systems and conference registries....

What Do HHS Employees Really Think? Agency Will Pay Data Miners to Find Out

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department plans to mine data from its internal social network, including deducing employee’s emotions and sentiments, contracting documents show. Health and Human Services began using the internal social networking site Yammer in late 2012, according to a department blog post. The Facebook-like network is open...

Tech Roundup

September 1, 2013 Chasing Ghost Viruses After detecting malicious software in system components at Commerce Department headquarters, federal officials in 2012 disconnected the Economic Development Administration’s computer infrastructure, annihilated $170,000 worth of equipment and cut off staff email and website access nationwide, according to an inspector general audit released in late June. The...

A Bidder’s EZ Button

September 1, 2013 A novice might think The MIS Department, a Chicago technology firm, would have no trouble winning government contracts. The company has a proven track record engineering complex computer systems and building websites. It has done the arduous legwork of getting authorized to provide services to the federal government, the state...

How to Win Government Contracts the EZ Way

August 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A novice might think The MIS Department, a Chicago technology firm, would have no trouble winning government contracts. The company has a proven track record engineering complex computer systems and building websites. It has done the arduous legwork of getting authorized to provide services to the federal government, the state...

A Key Element of SOPA Is Back

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of things contributed to the demise of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, a 2012 legislative proposal to severely restrict online content sharing. There were blackouts by content sharers Wikipedia and YouTube and thousands of citizens who called or emailed their members of Congress. Ultimately President Obama came...