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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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White House issues guidance on modular IT development

June 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House issued new guidance Thursday that focuses on replacing the multiyear “grand design” approach that agencies typically use to implement large information technology projects with a more incremental model. The Contracting Guidance to Support Modular Development springs from the 18-month-old 25-Pont Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management. ...

Director VanRoekel?

June 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As I was checking for the president’s latest executive order establishing the U.S. Ignite program this morning, I happened upon a series of under-reported May orders establishing formal lines of succession in federal agencies. Curious how the federal tech shop fared, I dug into the Office of Management and Budget ...

White House unleashes ‘innovation mojo’ of broadband providers, developers

June 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama signed an executive order Thursday aimed at linking high-speed broadband Internet providers and application developers with communities to design and test new applications in medicine, engineering and other fields. The idea behind the U.S. Ignite program is to use the broadband communities as test beds to develop applications ...

Fraud can’t be stopped with data alone

June 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Powerful new data analysis tools can spot suspicious patterns and root out fraud in everything from defense contracts to student loan applications, a collection of federal auditors and technologists said Tuesday. Effectively using those tools, though, will require smart humans not just smart computers, panelists said at a conference on ...

Clicks and Mortar…But Mostly Mortar

June 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Roberto Baldwin over at Wired has pulled together a hilarious compilation of TV ads from the dot-com bubble, all from Web-based companies that met their end sometime in the late ‘90s or early 2000s. One of the most striking revelations -- other than that Whoopi Goldberg can be a little ...

The truth behind transparency

June 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Put a handful of media reports from the days before Sunshine Week in March next to a series of White House blog entries on keeping citizens informed and you might think they’re talking about two different governments. The journalists tell a story of un-answered Freedom of Information Act requests, evasive ...

New Top-Level Domains Could Give the Internet More Structure

June 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With just days to go before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is expected to release its list of new top-level domain applications, news is starting to dribble out about what the list will include. Among the over 19,000 new top-level domains will be four from Dot Registry ...

Timelines Might be the Next Big Thing in Congressional Advocacy

June 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As congressional advocacy campaigns go, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., may have struck gold when his staffers hit on the idea of using Facebook’s Timeline feature to gather and display evidence of wrongdoing. Carper’s chosen topic, though -- the House’s failure to vote on postal service reform -- may not do ...

Agencies touting IT reform at 18 months

June 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies published a slew of blog posts to the government’s CIO.gov Web page Tuesday detailing efforts to improve their information technology management 18 months after the largest IT reform initiative in decades. As of 9 a.m., the Energy, Interior and Commerce departments had posted updates as had the General Services ...

Census to launch API for demographic, economic app builders next month

June 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau plans to launch an application programming interface in the next month that will stream its data straight to developers, Stephen Buckner, director of the bureau’s Center for New Media and Promotion, said Monday. Developers will be able to use data from the APIs to build apps that ...