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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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White House Plans a Single FOIA Portal Across Government

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to launch a single online portal where journalists, researchers and other citizens can file Freedom of Information Act requests, according to an early draft of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership. A single FOIA portal could significantly reduce the time FOIA requesters spend managing requests...

GOP Oversight Chief Orders Sebelius to Turn Over HealthCare.gov Docs

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comment from HHS. The leader of the House Republicans’ oversight operations announced he’d issued a subpoena on Thursday to compel Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to produce documents related to the troubled launch of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace....

The Best HealthCare.gov Movie

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s the best silver screen analogue for HealthCare.gov’s disastrous first month? There’s The Big Sleep, that hardboiled detective story so bafflingly complex that even screenwriter William Faulkner (!) famously wasn’t sure who was responsible for all the bodies. That’s a pretty good description of the online health insurance marketplace’s many...

Sebelius: HealthCare.gov Restriction Aimed to Avoid Glitches, Not Cause Them

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A late decision to force visitors to register with the government’s online health insurance marketplace before they could see insurance plan prices was aimed at avoiding glitches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told lawmakers on Wednesday. She linked that decision with several other services the government opted to...

White House Vastly Overstates Federal Transparency, Auditors Report

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. has only completed half the commitments it made two years ago under an international government transparency agreement, an independent auditor found recently. That’s in stark contrast to a March report in which White House officials claimed the government had completed 24 of its 26 original commitments to the...

Lead Contractor Urged More Testing on HealthCare.gov

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors building the online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov warned government managers nearly one month before the site’s Oct. 1 launch that they did not have enough time to adequately test the system, according to documents released by congressional investigators on Tuesday. The monthly status report from CGI Federal, dated Sept....

House GOP Watchdog Subpoenas Leader of the HealthCare.gov Fix

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated. One of the House Republicans’ top watchdogs issued a subpoena on Tuesday morning for all correspondence between government officials and the contractor picked to lead the repair process for the government’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa,...

HealthCare.gov’s New Chief Fixer Doesn’t Know Who’s on the Team

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In light of Friday’s announcement that the contractor QSSI will be serving as overall coordinator for the HealthCare.gov fix, it’s worth pausing over this exchange during Thursdays House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing between QSSI’s Group Executive Vice President Andrew Slavitt and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Gardner was questioning Slavitt...

CGI’s HealthCare.gov Testimony is Annotated on Rap Genius

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The debate over HealthCare.gov’s rocky performance during its first few weeks has brought the oft-maligned but little understood world of federal contracting into the public conversation again. And, once again, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of primes, subs, integrators and IDIQs. In a hearing before the House...

Officials Spent Just Two Weeks Testing HealthCare.gov Prior to Launching It

October 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors that helped develop the Obama Administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov told lawmakers on Thursday they wish they’d had more time to test the site before launch but denied any ongoing problems with their portions of the site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which...