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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Here’s What Government Is Thunderclapping About

March 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s been about seven months since the social amplification site Thunderclap was approved for government use, so I asked the folks at Thunderclap to send along some examples of how federal agencies had used the site so far. Thunderclap is a tool that allows groups that want to launch a...

FDA Wants to Monitor Social Media Chatter About Product Risks

February 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Food and Drug Administration is looking for a contractor to monitor social media chatter about the drugs and other products it regulates and how that chatter shifts as a result of FDA risk warnings, solicitation documents show. The agency is looking for a contractor that can provide historical information...

The Curious Case of the Obamacare Doge

February 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency’s Director of Web Communications Jeffrey Levy posed an interesting question to Twitter this morning asking why this Obamacare-promoting tweet from the Health and Human Services Department that capitalized on the doge Internet meme received hundreds of favorites and retweets but primarily negative or mocking comments. The...

Are Conflicting Priorities Making Your Job Harder?

February 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top priorities for those in federal technology are pretty clear: provide good value for government and for citizens at a reasonable cost; ensure systems and data are secure; be innovative about how you provide those services and keep Congress and your bosses in the loop. When those priorities are...

How Canada Plans to Fuel Its Economy With Data

February 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Canadian government committed $3 million this month to funding a new Open Data Institute charged with finding, compiling and standardizing government and private sector data that companies, entrepreneurs and academics can use as the raw material for new products and services. The investment, which was matched by an additional...

House-Passed IT Reform Bill Expands Single CIO Mandate to DoD

February 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The version of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act that passed the House on Tuesday contains a handful of revisions from the version passed out of committee in 2013. Most importantly, the law’s mandate that all agencies employ a single official with the title chief information officer and the...

House Passes Bill to Put More FOIA Processing Online

February 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House unanimously passed legislation late Tuesday that would make it more difficult for agencies to refuse to release information requested under the Freedom of Information Act and would require more FOIA requests to be managed online. The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act would require the government to work toward...

IT Reform Bill Passes House

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The largest reform in a decade to how the government builds and buys information technology systems passed the House on a voice vote on Tuesday afternoon. Similar legislation is awaiting a hearing in the Senate. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act would limit each federal agency to one person...

Government Knocks on BlackBerry Continue

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Another government office is turning away from BlackBerry for its mobile phone and computing needs and leaving the once dominant product with some critical words on its way out the door. The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General is in the market for 85 iPhones and 85 Samsung Galaxy...

IT Reform Act Heads to House Floor Tuesday

February 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow UPDATE: House Passes IT Reform. Read our story HERE. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would revamp how the government buys information technology systems in a bid to strengthen the oversight of projects like and make a single person responsible for such projects’ success...

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