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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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Medicare awards up to $15 billion for data centers

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a handful of contracts to manage its data center operations that could add up to $15 billion within 10 years. The contacts with Accenture Federal Services, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other vendors are part of what CMS calls...

The real danger posed by Nate Silver

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The statistical wunderkind Nate Silver’s clean sweep of states’ presidential picks and his accurate calling of nearly every U.S. Senate race seemed to offer a tidy conclusion to the great polling debates of the 2012 election. The man who Jon Stewart called “president of the United States of arithmetic” emerged...

Non-secession White House petitions also surge

November 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House’s online petition site We the People has been inundated since president Obama’s reelection with more petitions than at any time since its 2011 launch. About 37 percent of those 187 new petitions are from disenchanted Americans who want their state to secede from the union. Another 5...

Government has Shuttered 64 Data Centers Since August

November 16, 2012 The government has shuttered 382 data centers since 2010, 64 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday. Agencies plan to close 315 more centers by the end of September 2013, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government...

#Sandy’s lessons for government social media

November 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Genevieve Contey and David Miller gave a presentation Wednesday about their experience managing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s social media platforms during Hurricane Sandy. The presentation included a number of lessons learned. Chief among them: Be as clear as possible during an emergency using “dates, time zones, and only...

Government has shuttered 64 data centers since August

November 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has shuttered 382 data centers since 2010, 64 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday. Agencies plan to close 315 more centers by the end of September 2013, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government...

IT projects may not be getting enough oversight

November 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House should do a better job of tracking whether agencies’ major technology projects are at risk of going off the rails and agencies should perform more oversight on their operations and maintenance spending, according to two recent watchdog reports. The first report, released publicly by the Government Accountability...

Secessionists and big government

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One interesting side note about the string of secession petitions posted to the White House’s We the People site in recent days is that the petitioners don’t seem interested in merely dividing red states from blue states. No, if you take the petitioners at their word -- and the majority...

Lawmaker: Let travelers choose between speed and privacy at airport checkpoints

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During a House hearing Thursday regarding malfunctioning privacy controls on 91 full-body airport scanners that are being held in storage, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., asked a novel question. Why doesn’t the Transportation Security Administration place the malfunctioning scanners in airports and let travelers decide whether privacy or passing through the...

Residents of all 50 states have filed secession petitions

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vermont became the 50th state in which some residents are seeking permission to secede from the union Thursday using the White House’s petition site We the People. The Vermont petition became visible on the site sometime after 10 a.m. It wasn’t actually authored by a Green Mountain State resident but...

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