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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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Ignore Those Rumors: The White House Doesn’t Oppose IT Reform, Lawmaker says

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The perception among federal technology watchers that U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and other officials from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget oppose a plan to overhaul government IT spending is off the mark, a co-sponsor of that bill says. “Unfortunately, I believe a false narrative has...

Interior Cloud Storage Contract Could Be Worth $10 Billion

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A slate of contracts to provide cloud computing services to the Interior Department could add up to $10 billion and help the department save $100 million in information technology costs annually, officials have said. Interior initially awarded the contracts for cloud storage, secure file transferring, virtual machine operations and Web...

The White House Didn't Promise to Respond Quickly

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new website that uses streaming data from the White House’s We the People petition site shows just how long some petitioners wait for their promised reply. Titled Helping the White House Keep its Promise, the site lists the 30 We the People petitions that have crossed the threshold to...

State Department May Give Embassy Drone Surveillance Another Shot

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s security bureau is back in the market for a contractor to fly surveillance drones over U.S. embassies abroad and along diplomats’ travel routes, according to contracting documents posted Monday. The department relied on surveillance drones to aid security personnel at the U.S. embassy in Iraq through August...

Social Media Could Help Educate More Vets About Benefits

August 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social media may comprise part of a new Veterans Affairs Department program to reach out to returning soldiers who aren’t taking advantage of VA benefits, a contractor said. VA recently awarded the Virginia-based contractor Reingold a $13.8 million contract to reach out to the 40 to 50 percent of veterans...

White House Responds to Another Round of Gun Petitions

August 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House posted eight responses to petitions on its We the People website on Monday, among them requests that the president not to limit the rights of gun owners, that he endorse a National Rifle Association proposal to put armed guards in schools and one asking him to give...

A New App Takes Government Contracting Mobile

August 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The race to open up government data to the public is typically described in terms of creating better services for citizens and new opportunities for businesses and nonprofits. The benefits of open data can sometimes show up closer to home, however, as demonstrated by the new mobile application hōrd, which...

There’s Apps in Them Thar Hills

August 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Park Service plans to release mobile apps to guide tourists around the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, and two other historic sites, contracting documents show. The iPhone and Android apps include GPS navigation so tourists can see information relevant to their specific locations, according...

White House Unveils CIO Council 2.0

August 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House released a plan on Friday to significantly streamline its top council of information technologists. The plan will slim down the 17-year-old Federal Chief Information Officers Council from six major committees and 29 subcommittees to just three committees focused on portfolio management, information security and identity management, and...

Georgia Goes Drupal

August 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s one for the "states are laboratories of Web innovation" file: The folks at Acquia have produced a white paper about the state of Georgia, which moved its entire Web presence, including 55 state agency websites, over to an open-source and cloud-based Drupal system in 2012. Drupal is an open...