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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Sequestration Hashtags and the White House on Vine

April 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s a popular trope that sequestration is too complex and abstract for the average citizen to pay much attention. That complexity hasn’t stopped both parties from trying to communicate about the slate of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts in that simplest of all mediums: the Twitter hashtag. House Republican leaders...

Timeline: Crowdsourcing Law Enforcement

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Crowdsourced photos and videos from the Boston Marathon finish line appear to have played an important role in identifying Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Chechen-born brothers suspected of planting bombs that killed three and left more than 150 wounded. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police Friday and Dzhokhar has...

Federal Tech Chief Touts Data-Driven Innovation

April 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lessons the White House has learned about using quantitative data to make federal information technology projects more efficient and effective can be put to use helping non-technology government programs as well, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told an industry group on Friday. President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request includes...

FBI Seeks Open Architecture

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As I was skimming through a solicitation document the FBI posted surveying vendors that might provide it with new video monitor technology, one word jumped out at me: open. The FBI is looking for a system that will allow it to monitor video from all sorts of devices, including those...

Tax Agency Should Beef Up Reporting on IT Projects

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service has kept a majority of its major information technology projects on schedule and within cost projections, a government auditor said Wednesday. The tax agency could do a better job, though, of ensuring its cost and schedule estimates are accurate and of making sure officials are reporting...

Wanted: Someone to Keep an Eye on Mount Rushmore

April 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Mount Rushmore. A series of studies in the early ‘90s identified 21 distinct “rock block[s]” on the monument, three of which were deemed structurally significant, according to a recent National Park Service posting on the government contracting site Federal Business Opportunities. There isn't...

IRS Should Be Doing More With Its Websites, GAO Says

April 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service's Web tools lag behind other federal agencies and some state governments, especially its inability to give taxpayers secure online access to most of their records, a government auditor said Tuesday. The tax agency has also been too slow to collect data on how people are using...

White House Debuts Shared Services Catalog

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s team of top information technology officials published a catalog of shared services on Tuesday aimed at helping agencies save money on IT services. Agencies will be able to use the catalog to shop for IT services provided by other agencies that are cheaper than they could provide on...

Boston Bombing Aftermath Documented on Vine

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line that have left three dead so far, some people have turned to Twitter’s six-second social video site Vine to document the tragedy and to share their grief. Here’s a sample of those videos. Many people shot Vine videos...

Social Media Aids First Responders and Grieving Public After Bombing

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online social networks have played a role in national emergency response for nearly a decade now. After bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line left three people dead and more than 100 people injured on Monday, Nextgov caught up with observers of social media in emergency management to find...

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