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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Data center goals depend on other programs’ success

June 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s ability to reach its goal of saving $5 billion by consolidating and shuttering agency data centers will ultimately depend on two other information technology initiatives, an industry official said Tuesday: the shared services strategy and Portfoliostat. Unless those other programs -- both aimed at reducing and rationalizing the...

We the Which People?

June 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Reagan used to tell this joke: A Russian and an American are arguing about their countries’ relative merits and the American brags that he can walk into the Oval Office, “pound the president’s desk and say, ‘Mr. President, I don’t like the way you’re running our country.’” [Apparently White...

Government Requests for Google User Data Rise

June 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. government requests for Google user data grew 6 percent between the first and second half of 2011, the search giant reported. There were 6,321 requests for Google user data from U.S. federal, state and local governments between July and December 2011, up from 5,950 such requests during the previous...

The Vatican Makes a Bid for Top-Level Domain Status

June 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Catholic Church is sometimes accused of being out of touch, but there’s one area where it’s on the cutting edge. Among the nearly 2,000 requested new generic top-level domains revealed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Wednesday is .catholic, requested by the Pontifical Council for Social...

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...

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