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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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One year later We the People petitioners have mixed reviews

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the White House website that invites people to petition the government and promises to respond to the most popular appeals is getting mixed reviews from users. Kathleen Summers credited We the People, which will turn one on Saturday, with bringing greater public attention to ...

Labor cancels social media monitoring solicitation

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department canceled a solicitation to monitor numerous news sources including social media Thursday, two days after it went out. A note on the FBO.gov federal contracting site said there was no information on if or when the solicitation would be offered again. A program to monitor social media ...

Issa proposes legislation to reboot federal IT

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to include a comment from Rep. Gerry Connolly. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is floating proposed legislation that would drastically reform the way federal technology is purchased, including by granting agency chief information officers authority over their information technology budgets. CIOs have long sought budget authority as ...

GSA plans to integrate program management with Google Apps

September 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to purchase technology that will link its program management schedules and timelines with Google tools, such as calendars and the Google Drive document system, procurement documents posted Tuesday show. Agency officials estimate an enterprise license for the cloud-based system from vendor Smartsheet.com will cost $75,000 ...

RSA and Booz Allen Hamilton partner for cyber incidence response

September 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security firms RSA and Booz Allen Hamilton are partnering to offer agencies and companies support and consulting services for responding to computer attacks, the companies announced Wednesday. The goal of the joint venture is to shorten the time it takes to identify threats and fix compromised systems. The arrangement will ...

Smartphone friendly, congressional search site unveiled

September 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add additional comment. The Library of Congress unveiled a new Web search tool for bills and other congressional records Wednesday that eventually will replace the 17-year-old Thomas.gov website. Congress.gov, which was launched in a beta form, will automatically adapt to fit computer, smartphone and ...

Green Button Initiative Gets Down to Business

September 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has picked HyperTek Inc. to expand the reach of the Green Button Initiative aimed at giving companies and individuals easy access to information about their electricity usage, solicitation documents show. The requirements of the $175,000 contract are to coordinate with standards ...

CIO Council Relaunches CIO.gov

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The main Web page for the federal Chief Information Officers Council relaunched Tuesday in a beta version aimed at providing better navigation and more functionality. The council is seeking public feedback before finalizing the redesign, through the site’s feedback page and on Twitter. Here’s from the announcement: We have pulled ...

Feds predict $16.6 billion in cloud savings, triple OMB’s estimates

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal managers believe they can save more than $16 billion annually by moving critical technology infrastructure to cloud computing, a survey released Wednesday shows. That’s more than three times the highest figure to come from the Office of Management and Budget. In May 2011, then-federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra ...

MyTSA Coming Down to Earth

September 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department is considering developing a mobile application similar to its MyTSA app but for land travel across the Canadian and Mexican borders, an official said Friday. MyTSA provides information about wait times at U.S. airport security lines based on crowdsourced traveler reports. The proposed new app from ...