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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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The Truth Behind Transparency

June 1, 2012 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 ...

Energy inventory missed 500 data centers

May 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department’s July 2011 inventory of its data centers neglected to include more than 500 centers managed by contractors, the department’s internal auditor said Thursday. Energy told the Office of Management and Budget that month it was operating only 58 federal data centers, excluding at least 520 contractor-operated centers ...

Microsoft launches Office 365 for Government in a segregated cloud

May 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft now is offering its Office 365 suite of word processing and collaboration products in a government-only cloud, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday. The software company launched Office 365 in July 2011. It’s an updated version of the software giant's Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes ...

Is Your Job a Social Network? Sometimes.

May 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gadi Ben-Yehuda has an interesting post over at GovLoop about the extent to which the modern workplace resembles a social network. The post was sparked by this New York Times article in which Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz knocked the workplace-focused social network Yammer, saying “work is not a social network, ...

Top tech official calls for new panel to help liberate government data

May 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park called on the White House’s team of science and technology advisers Friday to create a special subcommittee to advise his office on projects to disseminate government data to private sector developers and entrepreneurs. Park envisions the subcommittee of the President's Council of Advisors on ...

OMB exaggerated 25-point plan performance, GAO says

May 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget has fully completed only three of the 10 pillars of its information technology reform plan, despite having declared in December that it had closed out seven, a government watchdog told a Senate panel Thursday. The Government Accountability Office picked the 10 disputed agenda items, ...

White House seeks ‘badass innovators’

May 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The White House is seeking 20 high-powered Web and mobile developers for short-term assignments aimed at reducing the government’s online footprint, making agency data more accessible and rendering federal contracting less onerous for small businesses, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said Wednesday. The Presidential ...

White House launches federal digital strategy

May 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The White House’s long-awaited Digital Strategy, released Wednesday, aims to ensure agencies manage mobile devices safely and affordably and to give citizens mobile access to everything from government websites and applications to raw survey and satellite data. The strategy, titled “Building a 21st Century Platform ...

Getting More Out of Technology

May 23, 2012 All About Face Time Since 2009, Brandon Friedman, director of online communications for the Veterans Affairs Department, has helped launch a VA blog, 150 Facebook pages and 70 Twitter feeds, all of which have garnered a wide audience of veterans. Though Friedman, a former Army infantry officer who served with ...

A Sweet Spot for Geolocation Apps

May 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About three-fourths of smartphone users are taking advantage of mapping services to find their way around and nearly 20 percent are using “geosocial services” such as Foursquare to “check in” at stores and restaurants, according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The rise in ...