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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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Using Search Tools to Declassify Presidential Docs - Starting With Reagan's

December 9, 2013 The White House plans to speed up the declassification of presidential records by launching new tools to search and automatically analyze documents for possible release, according to the Obama administration’s second round of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership published on Friday. The CIA and the National Archives and...

Using Search Tools to Declassify Presidential Docs -- Starting With Reagan's

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to speed up the declassification of presidential records by launching new tools to search and automatically analyze documents for possible release, according to the Obama administration’s second round of commitments to the international Open Government Partnership published on Friday. The CIA and the National Archives and...

Smart Sanctions 2.0

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. and international sanctions against repressive regimes may do more harm than good when they prohibit exporting personal technology such as smartphones and software programs that can aid dissidents and promote human rights, according to a report released on Wednesday. By prohibiting U.S. companies from exporting these technologies, sanctions may...

Obamacare’s Next Step: Fixing Medicare and Medicaid Data Sharing

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The agency that fumbled but seems to have repaired HealthCare.gov is preparing to launch a new program authorized under President Obama’s health care reform initiative to better integrate federal Medicare data with data from state Medicaid offices, contracting documents show. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted a notice...

Kicked Off HealthCare.gov? Try Now, Obama Administration Says

December 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration issued guidance on Wednesday for people who were kicked off HealthCare.gov during its first two rocky months or who steered clear of the ailing website entirely. For people who began the enrollment process on the Obama administration’s troubled online health insurance marketplace but got stuck by a...

HealthCare.gov’s Lessons for Big Government

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace, got a big picture treatment from historians and economists on Wednesday, during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. At issue was whether the government is capable of implementing large programs such as Obamacare and...

Private Investment in Civic-Minded Tech Startups Soars

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Corporations, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations invested more than $430 million in new technologies aimed at making cities and municiple governments more effective and efficient during the two-and-a-half years ending in May, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,...

When Will You Own Your Genetic Information?

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How should the democratization of information brought on by the Internet, new data sources and advances in physical and biological science change the way the government thinks about citizens’ personal data? That’s one of the questions at the center of the Food and Drug Administration’s move last month to halt...

HealthCare.gov Performs Well After Making White House’s Repair Deadline

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration’s once barely functioning online health insurance marketplace performed solidly on Monday, the first weekday after a White House deadline for the site to be vastly improved, but the site had to keep some insurance seekers waiting to lower the overall volume of visitors. About 375,000 people visited...

We the Ukrainian People

December 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One interesting outcome of the Obama administration’s online petition site We the People is that the site has been used as much or more by non-Americans who wish to petition the White House than by the president’s own countrymen. Since its launch in 2011, We the People has been riddled...