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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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When We the People talk it’s not always pretty

January 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The flood of petitions advocating secession that flowed into the White House after President Obama’s November reelection were not the most constructive use of the administration’s public engagement website We the People. Directly engaging the public, however, is a messy business that requires dealing with a lot of loud people...

White House says no deal to secession petitioners

January 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maintaining a healthy democracy should involve a vigorous and open debate about national priorities, the Obama Administration said late Friday, but seceding from the union isn’t an option. That statement from White House Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson came in response to a slew of petitions on the...

FCC publishes proposed text-to-911 rule

January 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to clarify that 911 call centers may lag behind carriers in offering text to 911 service. The Federal Communications Commission published a proposed rule on Wednesday requiring all wireless carriers to support text messages to 911 in addition to standard phone calls to the emergency...

NIH to appoint chief data official

January 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institutes of Health plans to recruit a new associate director to examine the potential for vast new troves of biomedical research data related to genomics, imaging, and electronic health records, the institute said Thursday. NIH’s associate director for data science would be one of only a few high-ranking...

Government Printing Office to publish House bills in XML

January 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office will publish bills from the U.S. House in machine readable XML format through its Federal Digital System bulk data repository beginning with the 113th Congress, which convened Jan. 3, the office said Thursday. The printing office already publishes other federal products as XML bulk data including...

Training, relationships help with social media quality control

January 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s the best way to balance the immediacy users expect in social media communication and government’s interest in clearing most external communication? It helps to develop a strong bond with the legal and public affairs departments, the ones most interested in managing what goes out under an agency’s digital letterhead,...

White House responds to petition to deport Piers Morgan

January 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a petition seeking to deport CNN host Piers Morgan Wednesday, urging petitioners not to let their support for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution interfere with their respect for the First Amendment. Morgan urged stricter gun control laws on his show...

Map of tweeting world leaders shows little blank space

January 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Washington Post put together an interesting map using data from the Digital Policy Council’s December report about tweeting by world leaders. The map shows nearly every leader tweets throughout North and South America but adoption of the social networking site is lighter among European, Asian and African leaders. The...

Could online inmate visits reduce recidivism?

January 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Telecommunications vendor Polycom filed an interesting blog post Tuesday about the possibility for videoconferencing to reduce recidivism in prison inmates and save money for state and federal government. The post cites reports from Minnesota and Florida that found regular visits by family members can reduce the likelihood of a released...

Medicare appeals team seeks digital workflow

January 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals plans to switch from a paper-based system for passing records along the appeals chain to a digital system, solicitation documents show. The current system for exchanging legal and medical documents along the five-level appeals chain requires a hodgepodge...