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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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New App will Guide Visitors Around the Site of John Brown’s Famous Raid

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another famous site from the Civil War era may be getting its own mobile app soon. The National Park Service posted a presolicitation notice on Wednesday seeking a vendor to build a mobile app-based tour of its Harper’s Ferry Center in West Virginia, former site of the military arsenal that...

Rebooted Smokey’s Giving Bear Hugs

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With furloughs and pay freezes in the news, feds could be forgiven for not showing a lot of love these days. But that isn’t stopping one of America’s most recognizable federal employees from doubling down on good feelings. Smokey Bear, who’s spent decades warning America’s campers to beware of sparking...

VA Spent $2 Million on Facebook Ads

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Veterans Affairs Department has spent about $2 million on Facebook advertising to lure new followers and maintain ties with existing followers on the social media site, a government official who asked not to be named told Nextgov. A substantial portion of VA’s Facebook ad spending has gone to the...

Look Who’s Gif-ing Now

July 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One sign of an adept politician is the ability to communicate differently with different audiences. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has taken that adage to a new level with an animated gif-filled post on BuzzFeed urging his colleagues to take action to return student loan interest rates to 3.4 percent. The...

Government Has Dropped the Ball on IT Reform, Lawmaker says

July 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., lashed out at government technology leaders on Wednesday for being slow to adopt cost-saving reforms laid out early in the Obama administration and for failing to adequately report their progress. Federal agencies and the White House Office of Management and Budget have been too slow to...

Social Engagement Shouldn't Wait Until After a Crisis Hits

July 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the greatest challenges social media emergency managers face is that the public isn’t very interested in hearing from them unless and until a disaster strikes, they told lawmakers on Tuesday. That can make it more difficult to communicate effectively and efficiently with citizens during a crisis, Albert Ashwood,...

GSA Launches Reverse Auction Site

July 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration launched an online reverse auction tool on Monday that it said will help agencies pay lower prices for common office supplies such as laptops, computer monitors and tablets. Agencies can also use the reverse auction site to buy simple services such as technology training and installation,...

Storify: Government Goes Instagram

July 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Intelligence Agency became one of the first federal government divisions to set up an Instagram account on Tuesday, the day after officials inked federal-friendly terms of service with the photo sharing site. The agency posted several photos from its DIA Innovation Day meeting with technology vendors Tuesday afternoon....

Border Protection Agency Considers E-Commerce

July 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Customs and Border Protection Agency is considering contracting for an “online storefront” that its offices could use to order information technology products, according to documents posted Tuesday. The proposed storefront would be hosted and operated by an outside vendor but built to the agency’s specifications, according to the request...

White House Promises Open Government 2.0

July 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House plans to launch an updated version of its National Action Plan for Open Government as the initial version approaches its two-year anniversary, according to a Wednesday blog post. The first action plan, published in September 2011, outlined U.S. commitments under the international Open Government Partnership, a voluntary...