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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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White House Vastly Overstates Federal Transparency, Auditors Report

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. has only completed half the commitments it made two years ago under an international government transparency agreement, an independent auditor found recently. That’s in stark contrast to a March report in which White House officials claimed the government had completed 24 of its 26 original commitments to the...

Lead Contractor Urged More Testing on HealthCare.gov

October 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors building the online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov warned government managers nearly one month before the site’s Oct. 1 launch that they did not have enough time to adequately test the system, according to documents released by congressional investigators on Tuesday. The monthly status report from CGI Federal, dated Sept....

House GOP Watchdog Subpoenas Leader of the HealthCare.gov Fix

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated. One of the House Republicans’ top watchdogs issued a subpoena on Tuesday morning for all correspondence between government officials and the contractor picked to lead the repair process for the government’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa,...

HealthCare.gov’s New Chief Fixer Doesn’t Know Who’s on the Team

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In light of Friday’s announcement that the contractor QSSI will be serving as overall coordinator for the HealthCare.gov fix, it’s worth pausing over this exchange during Thursdays House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing between QSSI’s Group Executive Vice President Andrew Slavitt and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Gardner was questioning Slavitt...

CGI’s HealthCare.gov Testimony is Annotated on Rap Genius

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The debate over HealthCare.gov’s rocky performance during its first few weeks has brought the oft-maligned but little understood world of federal contracting into the public conversation again. And, once again, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of primes, subs, integrators and IDIQs. In a hearing before the House...

Officials Spent Just Two Weeks Testing HealthCare.gov Prior to Launching It

October 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors that helped develop the Obama Administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov told lawmakers on Thursday they wish they’d had more time to test the site before launch but denied any ongoing problems with their portions of the site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which...

Hashtag Campaign: One Place the Obamacare Rollout Exceeds Expectations

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s health care reform plan and the faulty website built to deliver a major portion of it may be taking a beating on social media and elsewhere in the public eye, but a White House Twitter campaign to counteract that bad news is getting high marks. The #GetCovered hashtag,...

Issa Demands Details on HealthCare.gov Fix

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A top House Republican critic of the Obama administration’s rocky HealthCare.gov rollout wants more information about how the government plans to fix the glitch-ridden online insurance exchange. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent letters to Microsoft, Google and three other major technology companies on Tuesday...

Now You Can Petition Some Members of Congress Directly

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the most popular websites for online activists launched a new service on Wednesday that allows lawmakers to create official pages where constituents can petition them on everything from potholes to major national policies. A handful of prominent legislators have already signed up for the new service from Change.org,...

White House Accused of Letting Politics Influence HealthCare.gov Design

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congressional overseers made their first move to apportion blame on Monday for the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, while the White House turned to social media to drum up public support for the ailing and embattled website. The insurance marketplaces are a major component of...