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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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Tech Roundup

November 15, 2013 Game On Building an educational game for a smartphone or tablet is a pretty tall order for federal agencies. It has to be sufficiently engaging so it doesn’t wilt when compared with apps from private sector leaders such as Zynga. But you can’t ramp up the fun by compromising the...

Lessons From Los Angeles: Powering Up Data-Driven Government

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is the first interview in a two-part series about Los Angeles’ efforts at data driven government . In April, Los Angeles joined New York, Chicago and other major American cities by launching a mobile app version of its 311 call center for non-emergency city services. The app’s main goal...

Congress.gov Coming This Month

November 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress.gov will be the sole source for texts of pending and passed legislation, committee reports, congressional floor speeches and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office beginning Nov. 19, the Library of Congress announced on Friday. The site, initially launched in 2012, will replace the 18-year-old Thomas.gov, named for Thomas...

Satellite Providers Seek Rule Change to Sell Sharper Images on the Open Market

November 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Satellite images seem to be everywhere in the modern world from the weather channel to Google maps. They tell researchers the thickness of smog over Beijing; they tell U.S. intelligence agencies where Iran might be processing nuclear weapons and they can tell big box retailers how many cars are in...

Satellite Firms Want Rules Eased for Intel-Quality Images

November 7, 2013 U.S. intelligence agencies soon could pay drastically reduced prices for the highest resolution satellite images that only they’re allowed to purchase from commercial providers. That limited market has irked private satellite companies, which say it leaves them little incentive to innovate. Their solution: let the firms sell the images to...

HealthCare.gov’s Silver Lining: Everyone Cares About IT Procurement Now

November 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If there’s a silver lining to the HealthCare.gov debacle it’s that tough questions about how the government buys and builds information technology are now suddenly a topic of major and mainstream debate. Exhibit one: this Wednesday editorial in the New York Times, which calls for smarter IT buying throughout government,...

Document Shows Contractor Warned That HealthCare.gov Couldn’t Handle High Traffic

November 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace, could only handle 1,100 simultaneous users the day before it was launched, according to documents released Wednesday. That’s well shy of the 60,000 simultaneous users officials projected the site might have to manage and another indication officials were alerted the site...

Agencies Could Save Nearly $6 Billion From IT Consolidation

November 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are about 200 opportunities for federal agencies to consolidate information technology services that could add up to $5.8 billion in savings by the end of 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. That’s more than double the $2.5 billion in potential savings federal Chief...

Senate Bill Would Make Data Center Consolidation the Law

November 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to add details about House legislation to consolidate data centers and a White House plan to optimize IT spending. A bill approved by the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday would put the power of legislation behind the Obama administration’s push to...

Senate Panel Approves Digital Transparency Act

November 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to include comment from Sen. Portman. The Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at making federal spending data more transparent and easier to compare across agencies. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act would require agencies to use a uniform...