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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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Do we need a governmentwide wiki?

July 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government wikis such as the State Department’s Diplopedia and the intelligence community’s Intellipedia aim to be go-to resources for federal employees to get information about internal or external matters, such as how to organize a particular report or where colleagues in a reorganized bureau landed. One of the greatest benefits ...

Half of agency websites are using an updated Internet address system

July 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies had transitioned an estimated 50 percent of their public facing websites and online services to Internet protocol version 6 as of June and are on track to have all of them moved by September, officials said Friday. The latest protocol also should be fully integrated into agencies’ security, ...

There’s Nothing Sexy About Wikipedia

July 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In addition to being the center of most everything else these days, the Internet is a hub of capitalism. With new things being monetized everywhere you look online, federal agencies, universities and nonprofits face a dilemma: how to look user friendly, hip and authoritative, all while making it clear you’re ...

A Campaign Tweet With History

July 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That former federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra would announce his candidacy to be Virginia’s lieutenant governor on Twitter may have been a given in retrospect. What better way for a technologist to simultaneously reach out to his natural constituency and build new followers. One major question remains, though, about ...

Slowdown in Private Sector Tech Could Be a Warning to Government

July 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reuters reported Wednesday that even the normally bullish tech sector is bracing for lower-than-expected quarterly earnings reports, causing investors to back off the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Intel. Here’s the explainer: Corporate IT budgets have historically proved more resilient to worsening macroeconomic conditions than other kinds of spending, because ...

Agencies aren’t providing enough details about future cloud moves, GAO says

July 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nineteen of 20 agency plans for future cloud computing projects are missing important elements, a watchdog said Wednesday. For example, seven of the 20 blueprints submitted to the Office of Management and Budget do not include any cost estimates, according to the Government Accountability Office report. None of the 14 ...

Agencies’ initial IT reviews reveal major savings potential, federal CIO says

July 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Investment review board meetings aimed at rooting out waste and duplication in government information technology portfolios have turned up $500 million in potential savings at just the six agencies reviewed so far, the federal chief information officer said Wednesday. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel plans to ...

DATA Act might have saved GSA from scandal

July 10, 2012 Information collected under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, now pending before Congress, could have helped prevent the over-the-top 2010 conference that erupted into a General Services Administration scandal in April, data vendors said Tuesday. It also might have spotted warning signals that the $500 million Energy Department loan guarantee ...

What Comes First: the Data or the Civic Hackers?

July 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An interesting debate simmering over at the Global Integrity blog points to the complicated nexus between open data and development. The exchange was sparked by a Guardian op-ed by Walid Al-Saqaf, a Yemeni journalist and open government advocate, in which he called on the Yemeni government to establish a digital ...

Spending oversight requires digging deep for data

July 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The most important step in using data analysis to reduce waste and fraud in government spending is to ensure you have all the information you need, an architect of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board’s system to track stimulus spending said Friday. That’s why the board insisted that primary recipients ...