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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Key Senators Back a Stronger, More Digital FOIA

March 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed interest on Tuesday in a House-passed bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, including by mandating a single online portal for all government FOIA requests. Judiciary committee staff members are reviewing the bill that the House passed unanimously in February,...

In the Future, Internet Privacy Will Be a Luxury for Those Who Can Afford it

March 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet of 2025 will be less noticeable but more pervasive, something like electricity is today, according to the sentiment of more than 2,000 experts questioned by the Pew Research Center on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. The report describes a “global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing...

Feds Won't Release Emails Alleging First Responder Network Impropriety

March 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is seeking to bar the release of emails from an Iowa sheriff alleging improprieties among members of the governing board for a nationwide first responders’ wireless network, The Des Moines Register reports. Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald has claimed some members of the governing board for the...

Seven Agencies Fail at FOIA, Group Says

March 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government transparency group has given failing grades to seven federal agencies for their efforts to provide timely, clear and accessible responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. The grades from the Center for Effective Government were based on how fully and quickly agencies responded to FOIA requests, the clarity...

Obamacare Cloud Contract Will End Up Costing 10 Times Its Original Value

March 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has extended and roughly doubled the value of a contract with Verizon’s cloud division to host, manage and secure backend data for and state Obamacare marketplaces because of a delay in moving that data to a new host, according to contracting documents. The Centers for Medicare...

Sequestration Hit IT Contracts

March 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office released a mammoth report on Thursday detailing how agencies managed through sequestration during the 2013 fiscal year. The report is full of details but one jumps out from a table on page 54: 18 of the 23 surveyed agencies re-scoped information technology projects in order to...

Private-Sector Technologists -- the White House Wants You

March 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is recruiting a third round of non-government technologists to tackle thorny government problems on a short term basis, according to a notice posted on Thursday. This round of Presidential Innovation Fellows will spend six month tours working on projects related to government crowdsourcing, open government data and...

White House Seeks Feedback on Big Data and Privacy

March 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public feedback on how the government can best protect citizen privacy as it and the private sector increasingly turn to big data analysis. The request for information posted on Thursday is part of a larger investigation of big data...

Is Smarter Dot-gov Reform on Its Way?

March 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Could a new push to cut, consolidate and rationalize the federal Web presence be on the horizon? Two things make me think it might be. First, there were federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s comments in a budget talk with reporters on Tuesday that he plans to expand his PortfolioStat...

Federal Tech Funding Dips Slightly in Obama’s Fiscal 2015 Request

March 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Funding for civilian information technology projects and maintenance is essentially flat in President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year, and the Defense Department's requested technology allowance is down slightly, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said during a conference call on Tuesday. The 2015 request for information technology...

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