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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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GoDaddy outage briefly took down FedBizOpps, three other GSA sites

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The hours long outage at GoDaddy.com Monday briefly took down four General Services Administration websites, among them FedBizOpps.gov, which posts information and specifications for billions of dollars in federal contracting opportunities, a spokesman said. GSA did not contract directly with GoDaddy to host the sites or for anything else, agency ...

How the iPhone Changed Government and Society: A Quick Review

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With Apple’s iPhone 5 slated to launch Wednesday and the tech world abuzz with rumors, now’s a good time to review how the indispensable smartphone has changed government and society. To start, note this May study from the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive and Nextgov, which ...

White House seeks unified system to manage interns

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Executive Office of the President wants to retire the mélange of different programs it uses to manage internship hopefuls into a single unified system, according to solicitation documents released Saturday. The new system should at least be able to manage application materials from the roughly 3,650 people who apply ...

Getting the prize purse right in tech contests is a challenge all its own

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s the toughest part about putting together a government-sponsored prize competition to develop new and innovative technologies? It’s not finding problems in need of a solution or drawing in competitors, according to Gregory Downing, executive director for innovation at the Health and Human Services Department. The toughest part is determining ...

Now’s the time for federal innovation, CIO says

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tight budgets aren’t the only things putting pressure on federal technologists these days, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday. There’s also pressure from cyberattackers that’s “unprecedented in its scope” and pressure from citizens trained by the private sector to expect convenient, Web-based systems for all their transactions, he ...

Bringing the private sector into federal innovation

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Taking an innovative approach to social programs isn’t merely a matter of adopting new ideas, Jonathan Greenblatt said Thursday; it’s also about finding new funders. Greenblatt is director of the White House Social Innovation and Civic Participation Office, which is exploring ways to drive more financial support to social programs ...

Pentagon Releases Radiation Exposure Estimates for Japan-Based Troops

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Defense Department website launched Wednesday provides estimates of radiation exposure for adults and children at 13 U.S. military bases in mainland Japan following the 2011 explosion at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The department plans to expand the site by the end of the year to include exposure ...

DNC’s Twitter victory wasn’t won on a level playing field

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michelle Obama’s ability to inspire nearly twice as many tweets per minute as Republican nominee Mitt Romney during her Democratic National Convention speech Tuesday night may have been due to more than being “personal and real.” The first lady had a home turf advantage. Democrats are significantly more likely than ...

We the People nets more than 3 million signatures

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 2.5 million people have signed online petitions posted to the White House’s We the People website since its September 2011 launch, according to its Tuesday blog post. Those people have appended more than 3 million signatures to about 46,000 petitions, the blog post states. We the People was ...

DNC touts open government initiatives in party platform

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story was updated to note that the GOP platform did not address open government. Democrats used their party platform, posted online Tuesday, as an opportunity to tout transparency advances under the Obama administration such as the president’s Open Government Initiative and the government information trove Data.gov. The platform praises ...