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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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Adult Literacy Program May Move to a Public Cloud

February 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Education Department’s program to improve adult literacy may be moving to a public computer cloud, solicitation documents show. The department’s Literacy Information and Communication System offers tools for adult literacy educators and learners including teaching strategies, interactive training and moderated discussions on adult literacy topics. LINCS tools are currently...

Obamacare Enrollment Drops in January From a December High

February 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Enrollment in new Obamacare health insurance plans dropped by about one-third in January after hitting a high mark in December. After 1.8 million people enrolled in Obamacare plans in December, only about 1.1 million additional people enrolled in January, the Obama administration reported. Enrollment through the once troubled federal marketplace...

How to Make Data-Based Hiring Decisions

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even for potential tech hires, the job interview is still a pretty analog affair. You sit down, palms sweaty with a forced smile, and try to match the bullet points you crammed into your head last night to whatever your interviewer is asking. Or maybe you’re out to lunch, trying...

TechAmerica's Lawsuit Against the IT Industry Council Heads to Mediation, Proceeds With Discovery

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lawsuit filed by the government industry association TechAmerica against a rival it accuses of poaching three of its top executives along with proprietary information they held is entering mediation while the organizations exchange discovery documents, according to the court record. The docket in the case shows a scheduling order...

Agencies Get Two More Social Media Sites to Pick From

February 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Add two more social networking sites to the list of roughly 70 approved for government use. CrowdHall, a site for politicians and others to hold online town halls, and Tint, which allows users to display curated social media feeds on their websites, mobile apps and Facebook pages, are the latest...

Federal Employee Violates Hatch Act With Political Tweets

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government has opted not to prosecute a federal employee who violated the Hatch Act by tweeting about partisan political contests while on the job, the Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday. The employee allegedly also urged Twitter followers to contribute to a Washington D.C. council candidate’s campaign. The...

Confused by Obamacare? Ask the President

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a Kentucky mother of two complained to the president in a virtual chat on Friday that she’d received conflicting information about whether her 10-year-old son could continue to see a specialist under a new Obamacare plan, he offered a standard response, noting that the HealthCare.gov website is improving and...

Here’s What State of the Union Tweeters Cared About Most

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the second year in a row, White House officials took social media questions from the public in a roundtable discussion following the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. There were over 18,000 tweets using the #SOTUchat hash tag before and during the discussion, according to a Nextgov...

Senator 'Won't Back Down' Despite White House Efforts to Weaken Federal Spending Transparency Bill

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The author of a Senate proposal to standardize the way the government records its spending data lashed out on Thursday at a White House proposal to pare back the reform. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he would “not back down” in his effort to pass a stronger version of the...

Commerce Seeks a Single System to Manage Its Citizen Services

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is in the market for a customer relationship management platform to use across all its divisions, similar to the products private sector companies use to manage relationships with their customers, contracting documents show. Relationship management platforms typically allow customers to have a single profile across different divisions...