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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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IRS Should Be Doing More With Its Websites, GAO Says

April 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service's Web tools lag behind other federal agencies and some state governments, especially its inability to give taxpayers secure online access to most of their records, a government auditor said Tuesday. The tax agency has also been too slow to collect data on how people are using...

White House Debuts Shared Services Catalog

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s team of top information technology officials published a catalog of shared services on Tuesday aimed at helping agencies save money on IT services. Agencies will be able to use the catalog to shop for IT services provided by other agencies that are cheaper than they could provide on...

Boston Bombing Aftermath Documented on Vine

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line that have left three dead so far, some people have turned to Twitter’s six-second social video site Vine to document the tragedy and to share their grief. Here’s a sample of those videos. Many people shot Vine videos...

Social Media Aids First Responders and Grieving Public After Bombing

April 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Online social networks have played a role in national emergency response for nearly a decade now. After bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line left three people dead and more than 100 people injured on Monday, Nextgov caught up with observers of social media in emergency management to find...

Social Media Plays Role in Response to Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Here’s a quick inventory of the role social media is playing in the response to Monday's bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line that has caused at least two deaths so far. The Boston Police Department began tweeting confirmed news about 45 minutes after...

Your Itemized Federal Tax Receipt

April 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the release of the White House’s 2012 federal taxpayer receipt tool on Monday, it seemed like a good time to put a plug in for the National Priorities Project’s Your Tax Receipt tool. Both tools are basically fancy calculators that break down each taxpayer’s bill based on the proportion...

Big Data Can Help Keep the Peace

April 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some of the same social media analyses that have helped Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spot warning signs of a flu outbreak could be used to detect the rumblings of violent conflict before it begins, scholars said in a paper released this week. Kenyan officials used...

President’s Budget Moves Spending Transparency Site from GSA to Treasury

April 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal moves control over the spending transparency website USASpending.gov out of the General Services Administration and gives it to the Treasury Department. The budget also requests $5.5 million in additional funding for Treasury to manage the site, a Treasury spokeswoman said. The site was previously...

House Oversight Chairman Calls IT Budget Request Misleading

April 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to add comment from Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. The chairman of the House committee that oversees most government information technology spending on Thursday criticized the $82 billion IT request included in President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, saying the figure is likely misleading. The Obama...

Obama Seeks Slight Increase in Tech Spending for Fiscal 2014

April 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget hikes information technology spending slightly to $82 billion, a 2 percent increase from estimated fiscal 2012 levels. Much of that increase comes from a 22 percent jump in proposed IT spending at the Veterans Affairs Department, focused mainly on reducing...