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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New GSA Offering Could Avert the Next Conference Scandal

February 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration is considering building a menu of contractors offering services that can help agencies avoid the sort of conference spending scandals that rocked GSA itself in 2012, according to solicitation documents posted Tuesday. Contractors listed on the menu would help centralize agencies’ conference and meeting spending in...

GSA Releases Guidelines to Measure Social Media Impact

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration released new guidelines for how to measure federal agencies’ social media engagement Tuesday that aim to move beyond raw counts of Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The agency also released a new application programming interface, or API, that will allow people to create customized social media...

We the People (of the World)

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An interesting side note to the White House’s experiment in digital engagement, We the People, is that the petition site has proved as or more popular among non-Americans as among the “people” of its title. Japanese and Korean citizens took to the site in 2012, for example, to air a...

GSA to Release Federal Social Media Registry Data

February 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to publicly release the application programming interface or API that runs its Federal Social Media Registry during a Social Media Week DC event Tuesday, according to a blog post. People using the API will be able to curate the social information they receive from government...

Forest Service Seeks Online Storefront for Digital Maps

February 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Forest Service wants to contract with online retailers so it can sell digital and digitally-enhanced versions of its national forest maps and atlases along with forest map-based mobile apps, according to solicitation documents posted Thursday. The Forest Service produces numerous hardcopy maps that it sells to about 250,000...

High School Students Should Learn to Code, Obama says

February 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It makes sense to require U.S. high school student to learn not just a foreign language but a computer language too, President Obama said Thursday during a video chat using Google Plus’s hangout feature. The conversation, which the White House dubbed a “fireside hangout” after President Roosevelt’s radio addresses to...

FAA Considers Putting Nextgen Weather System in the Cloud

February 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking industry’s advice on whether it can house a major part of its long-awaited next generation air traffic control system in the cloud, solicitation documents show. The FAA asked vendors about the possible risks and benefits of housing its nextgen weather processor program in the...

Who do Govies Love on Twitter?

February 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Web designer Lee Munroe has built a tool that uses data culled from the handle to deduce the mysteries of the heart. TwitAmore, which Munroe calls a “light humored Web app” pulls information about who you follow, tweet about and favorite to determine who...

White House Touts Citizen Responses to State of the Union

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Less than three hours after President Obama completed his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the White House had already posted a collection of citizen responses to the speech. The selected statements -- all supportive of the president -- came from three people using “Citizen Response,” a tool developed...

National Library of Medicine Seeks User Data from Social Media

February 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Library of Medicine wants to mine social media to learn how people are using its services and how it can make those services better, solicitation documents show. The library plans to contract for a system to mine Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news sites, discussion boards [and] video and image...

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