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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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Half of technology leaders are bullish on big data

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About half of technology experts think the gathering and analysis of troves of big data will produce a “huge positive” for society, while about 40 percent think it will produce a “big negative,” a study released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found. Big data generally refers ...

Recovery board’s ‘wall of shame’ gets smaller

July 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The board charged with monitoring spending for the 2009 economic stimulus package tagged fewer noncompliers with its reporting system during the most recent quarter than any other period since the law went into effect, according to a blog post Tuesday. Only 303 of roughly 140,000 spending reports failed to come ...

Coming soon: An economic stats app from Census

July 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Census Bureau plans to launch an economic statistics app for iPhone and Android devices in a matter of weeks, outgoing director Robert Groves told lawmakers Wednesday. The agency also is streaming much of its data through an application programming interface, so companies, nonprofits and tech savvy individuals can ...

Agencies are still trying to figure out how many data centers they have, GAO says

July 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies largely complied with a September 2011 deadline to report on their data center consolidation plans but 21 of the 24 agencies covered by the requirement had not actually completed a full data center inventory, a government watchdog reported Wednesday. Only one of the agencies had completed its consolidation plan ...

DATA Act, Scene two: Drop the independent board

July 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., plans to reintroduce federal spending transparency legislation without a provision for an independent oversight board that government budget officials have criticized, he told the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Government watchdogs, however, say some independent oversight is needed to ensure agencies take ...

Cloud’s Culture Change Comes at the Top and the Bottom

July 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When government officials describe a cultural barrier to cloud computing, they’re usually talking about ground-level changes. When a workers’ email is glitchy he wants to call someone at a help desk two floors down not 2,000 miles away, and managers feel more comfortable when employees are working on projects at ...

Performance.gov struggles with reduced funding

July 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Funding cuts in the fiscal 2011 and 2012 budgets required the White House to slow development of a unified website for government performance data, an Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. After about one year in operation, Performance.gov lists most agency goals in bulleted points of one or ...

Goodbye Red Phone, Hello Blue Bird

July 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Russian Foreign Ministry plans to launch a Facebook page soon and is offering “special courses to teach diplomats how to make the most of their Twitter accounts to help promote Russia’s position on the world stage,” the state-owned Ria Novosti news service reported Monday. The ministry also launched a ...

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, ...