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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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EPA Wants to Use Twitter to Track Stomach Flu

January 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency plans to mine Twitter data to identify when and where Americans are suffering from stomach flu, solicitation documents show. The initiative follows efforts by other agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, to mine Twitter and other social media for intelligence related to their programs. It...

The FDA Is Accepting Online Nominations for Its Mulitiple Advisory Panels

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration launched a new Web tool on Wednesday that allows people to submit nominations for the agency’s numerous advisory panels without resorting to email or paper mail. In addition to reducing the amount of paper in the nomination process, the new system will also allow the...

Feds Seek Verizon's Data Nearly 15 Times More Often Than Google's

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon released its first-ever transparency report on Wednesday, disclosing that the telecom giant received about 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2013. That dwarfs the number of U.S. government requests for user data received by Web companies such as Google and...

It’s Official: Accenture Wins Contract to Manage HealthCare.gov

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is transfering day-to-day management and development of its once-troubled online health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, from CGI Federal to competing contractor Accenture, solicitation documents show. News that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would not renew its contract with CGI was first reported last week by the...

This Teen Uses Data to Track the Conversation About Bullying

January 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A teenager in the Washington suburb of Reston, Va., is seeking help from Twitter and Facebook to track how people are talking about the epidemic of online bullying. Viraj Puri, 13, has already built a simple heat map that offers a daily catalog of when Tweeters use the terms “bully”...

The Congressional Civility Caucus’ Social Media Campaign Lasted Three Weeks

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government is littered with social media campaigns that launched with vigor but ultimately slimmed down to a trickle of tweets before being forgotten about entirely. Few such campaigns were as short-lived, though, as one launched by the Congressional Civility Caucus in late 2012 as members entered the final stretch before...

HealthCare.gov Is Secure, Says CMS Official Who Voiced Early Concerns

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top information security officer at the Health and Human Services Department who expressed concern about HealthCare.gov before its Oct. 1 launch told lawmakers on Thursday she’s now convinced the site meets all government security requirements. That endorsement is based on end-to-end security testing the Obama administration’s online health insurance...

Group Aims to Reform Government Around Citizen Services

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Having a baby can be a complicated affair where the U.S. government is concerned. There’s the Social Security Administration, which must assign the child a social security number if her parents want to claim her as a dependent on their tax returns. Then there’s the Internal Revenue Service, where the...

House Democrats Charge Issa Is Playing Fast and Loose with HealthCare.gov Docs

January 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ranking Democrat on the House’s chief investigative committee claimed on Wednesday that his Republican counterpart wasn’t doing enough to safeguard subpoenaed contractor documents that detail early security gaps within HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace. Those documents, which Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says demonstrate the White House...

Government Data Saves Lives

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol takes thousands of aerial pictures following a natural disaster, but those images alone often aren’t sufficient to assess the full scale of damage to building and communities. Imagine, though, if those images could be combined with geotagged pictures taken by disaster victims on...