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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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A Busy Week in Federal IT: Here’s What You May Have Missed

August 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the induction of 18 “badass innovators” into government service, the planning for a few dozen new government APIs and an unexpected flare up with the conservative blogosphere, this has been a busy week for the federal IT crowd. Here are a few things that would have been significant news ...

White House overhauls electronic records requirements

August 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies have until the end of 2019 to adopt systems that store and manage all electronic records in formats that will keep them safe and searchable for future generations, according to a White House directive released Friday. Currently, many agencies print paper copies of the documents and other records ...

‘Badass innovators’ get down to work

August 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eighteen Presidential Innovation Fellows, sworn into government service by Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry on Thursday, have six months to get five major government initiatives up and running. A few of the fellows, whom federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park sometimes calls “badass innovators,” have been at work ...

Federal agencies are gearing up for a massive data dump

August 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Databases of U.S. foreign assistance payments, nuclear reactors’ daily event reports and a national sex offender registry are in the running to be released through application programming interfaces in the next few months, according to agency updates on the federal digital strategy. Application programming interfaces -- the tools used to ...

Managing Innovation

August 22, 2012 In mid-2010, the already frenetic Todd Park was in overdrive. President Obama had just signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the most significant reform of the American health care system since Medicare. It was Park’s job to figure out how government could use technology to make the law’s implementation ...

FBI Seeks to Digitize Data on Possible Terrorist Targets

August 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., is in the market for a digital system to store and organize all of the information it gathers on potential terrorism targets, solicitation documents show. That includes maps, Geographic Information Systems data, aerial and satellite photos, video and even interactive games, according to the ...

Commerce prepares for move to cloud email

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is preparing to move part of its email and collaboration infrastructure to the cloud, according to solicitation documents posted Friday. The National Institute for Standards and Technology is leading the cloud email transition for the department and will be the first division to make the move, according ...

USDA expects employees’ use of mobile devices to skyrocket

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While about 3,000 Agriculture Department employees are authorized to use smartphones and tablets on the job today, officials anticipate more than 100,000 will within five years, contract documents show. To better serve them, officials are in the market for technology to support a departmentwide store for mobile software applications, according ...

Federal IT faces painful budget pressure

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies will face near-sequestration-level pressure to cut information technology spending in the next five years even if Congress manages to wriggle out of the across-the-board cuts required by a 2011 deal to avoid a government shutdown, a technology vendor and consultancy has predicted. Cuts will be driven by budget ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let Robots Take my Job

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office is looking for a tool to help track the volume of patent infringement litigation and to sort out who’s bringing the cases, according to solicitation documents. The solicitation arose from a provision in the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which tasked GAO with conducting a study ...