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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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GSA plans new governmentwide software contracts

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration plans to create a slate of new blanket purchase agreements with large commercial software publishers to be used governmentwide, according to solicitation documents issued Thursday. The new contracts will allow agencies to use software from a collection of large publishers based on standard rates negotiated by...

VanRoekel will stay on at the White House

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel confirmed via Twitter Friday that he plans to stay in the White House during President Obama’s second term. VanRoekel was named the nation’s second-ever CIO in August 2011 after a long career as an executive at Microsoft and, more briefly, as managing director at...

Louisianan talks secession on White House petition site

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s been a lot of Sturm und Drang among far right Republicans over President Obama’s reelection Tuesday. One Louisianan is apparently taking it harder than the rest, though. The day after the election “Michael E” of Slidell took to We the People, the White House’s online petition site, to ask...

Could immigration IT be the next health IT?

November 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama told the Des Moines Register in a formerly-off-the-record interview in late October he was confident he could pass comprehensive immigration reform during a second term because Republicans would be eager to mend ties with Hispanic voters. The newly reelected president also listed immigration reform as a major priority...

State seeks social media platform to target travel news, warnings

November 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s consular affairs bureau is in the market for a new social media platform to help it target travel warnings and other news to different audiences, solicitation documents show. The consular affairs bureau is responsible for providing warnings to Americans abroad or who are considering visiting unsafe or...

The next four years in government IT will be about implementation

November 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama’s two campaign themes -- change in 2008 and forward in 2012 -- could just as easily describe the government’s likely approach to information technology during his two terms, analysts told Nextgov on Wednesday. The president’s first term included major programs to make federal technology buying more agile, to...

The election in social media

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated The social media story of Election Day 2012 so far has been less about specific things social networking sites did than about the variety of news that came out of them. At about 10:15 p.m. Twitter reported that, with 20 million tweets, the Election Day...

Best of the Instagraming your ballot tweets

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook and Twitter have come up with some great toys this election season. So who would have thought the Cinderella social media star of Election Day would be Instagram and seven states' prohibition against using it or other photography apps at polling sites. Warnings against using the smartphone photo app...

New Jersey voters Tweet problems with online voting

November 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. New Jersey voters flocked to Twitter Tuesday to report problems with the state’s makeshift online voting plan for residents displaces by Hurricane Sandy. That trend is in keeping with a study released Tuesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found nearly one-fourth...

Googling in the voting booth

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A smartphone means never having to plan in advance. Don’t know the restaurant’s address? It’ll be in Google maps. Not sure when that meeting is scheduled for? You can check the calendar later. If it’s not there, you’ll find it somewhere in your email. So here’s my Election Day prediction:...

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