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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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Mining Federal Procurement Data for Companies and for Profit

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Open data is often compared to a natural resource. What that typically means is that just as oil and gas form naturally as a part of earth’s geological processes, so data grows naturally from the processes of government and industry. The metaphor works another way, too, though, according to GovTribe...

Cancer Maps Show the Power and Limits of Data for Public Policy

May 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technological advances in the past half-decade have made it much easier for nonspecialists to use specialized maps as part of their daily work. The Environmental Protection Agency uses custom maps to target pollution enforcement, humanitarian groups use maps to track the migration of people displaced by wars and famine and...

Why Does the IRS Make It So Tough to Rat Out Tax Cheats?

May 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We spend a lot of time at Nextgov looking at ways entrepreneurs can build businesses using open government data. Last month, the team at This American Life put together a great story about how one entrepreneur found a niche compensating for government failures on the data collection end rather than...

Consultant Lists DHS’ Most (and Least) Annoying Contracting Officers

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bidding on a federal contract can be a chaotic process with requirements always changing and deadlines shifting. The federal contracting consultants at GovTribe are bringing some more clarity to that process, if not more calm -- and they’re demonstrating the insights that can be culled from open government data at...

TechAmerica, ITI Settle Dispute Over Employee and Member Poaching

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two of the largest industry groups for government technology vendors have agreed to settle a lawsuit that claims the Information Technology Industry Council poached three of TechAmerica’s top executives who took several top members with them. The associations did not offer details on the settlement, which has not yet been...

Trying to Limit the Collection of Personal Data Would Be a Lost Cause

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Preventing companies and government agencies from gathering embarrassing or damaging personal information about you may be a fool’s errand, a White House panel on privacy in the age of big data said on Thursday. Instead, lawmakers and regulators should focus their efforts on preventing the dissemination or other use of...

This Is Who Actually Enrolled in Obamacare

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Of the roughly 8 million people who signed up for Obamacare health insurance coverage before a deadline earlier this month, 28 percent fell within the administration’s must-cover demographic of 18 to 34 year olds, officials said on Thursday. Experts said it was vital that a sufficient number of these so-called...

OPM Innovation Lab Can't Say If It's Actually Helpful, GAO Finds

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An innovation lab at the Office of Personnel Management isn’t taking enough steps to ensure its innovative work is having a real impact on agency culture and performance, according an audit report released on Wednesday. OPM built the innovation lab at a cost of about $1.1 million as a space...

Congress to Feds: You're On the Hook for Spending Transparency

April 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was one thing. Implementing it will be a much bigger challenge. The success of the open government measure Congress passed on Monday, which the president has pledged to sign, depends on ensuring the executive branch implements the law’s mandates on schedule, lawmakers said...

The Data Act Is About to Shake Up Federal Operations

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include industry comment. Legislation aimed at dramatically increasing the transparency of federal spending data is on its way to President Obama’s desk after the House voted on Monday to approve a Senate-passed version of the bill. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA...

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