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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Oversight Committee Passes IT Reform Act, Giving CIOs Budget Authority

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed legislation on Wednesday that would mark the most significant reform in more than a decade to the way the government purchases information technology. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act would make agency chief information officers presidential appointees. It would also...

Space Apps and Duck-Sized Horses in Microgravity

March 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Astronaut Ron Garan took to Reddit Monday to pump up interest in NASA’s second International Space Apps Challenge, scheduled for April 20 and 21. The event includes hackathons in 75 cities across seven continents during which participants will tackle projects ranging from hardware for the International Space Station to Web...

'Born Digital' Documents Are Much Cheaper to Share

March 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost of making federal documents available to the public has dropped from about $18 million a year to about $10 million annually in the 17 years since the Government Printing Office first began to make some materials available online, the agency said Tuesday. That’s a roughly 62 percent cost...

Open Data is a '21st Century Natural Resource'

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Member of Parliament Tony Clement has been at the forefront of the Canadian government's most important information technology reforms of the past few years. He has helped in developing Canada’s action plan for the international Open Government Partnership, expanding the government’s open data site, making better use of social...

Bipartisan Team Introduces FOIA Reform

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Republican and Democrat who lead the House’s oversight panel introduced legislation on Friday to update the way the government processes Freedom of Information Act requests. The legislation, which Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., first unveiled on Monday, would mandate a single online portal for all FOIA...

Measuring Government Social Media Part II: We the People

March 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While we’re on the subject of measuring government social media engagement, it’s worth drawing attention to a few stats on the petition site We the People that White House Digital Strategy Director Macon Phillips cited in a recent blog post. According to a White House survey of people who had...

Updated IT Reform Act Would Make CIOs Presidential Appointees

March 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. An updated draft of legislation to fundamentally reform how the government purchases information technology gives agency-level chief information officers more authority but scales back some earlier proposals to centralize purchasing for major IT products and services. Most notably, the revised bill, proposed by Rep. Darrell...

How to Use Social Media in Government: A Response to Cory Booker

March 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker may be the hottest thing in government social media now but the General Services Administration’s social media guru Justin Herman is no slouch either. So when Booker told an audience at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday that the...

Measuring Open Government

March 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Crowing about the success of a program or initiative doesn’t mean much if you don’t have hard numbers to back up those claims. That’s a lesson every field learns eventually and most have to relearn on a regular basis. With that in mind I wanted to draw attention to a...

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Beef Up FOIA Compliance

March 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Republican and Democrat sitting atop Congress’ top watchdog panel unveiled joint proposed legislation Tuesday that would mandate a single online portal for all Freedom of Information Act requests across government. The 2013 FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act would direct officials to look closely at FOIA Online, a 5-month old...

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