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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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White House responds to Russian adoption petitions

December 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials posted what is likely the fastest response to date to a We the People petition this week. The petition, posted Dec. 21, urged the U.S. government to oppose then-pending legislation in the Russian parliament banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed the controversial...

Agencies want better guidance on BYOD

December 26, 2012 Federal agencies want better guidance from the White House on how, when and whether they should reimburse employees who use their own mobile devices for government business, according to a coalition of technology officials. Agencies also want better guidance on the legal, financial and privacy implications of switching to so-called...

Obama responds to We the People gun control petition

December 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House published a text and video response early Friday to 32 petitions posted to its We the People website in the days following the murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Among the petitions included in the response was the...

Gun policy leads Newtown shooting discussion on Twitter

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama and many other lawmakers seemed to shift almost immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday from expressing sympathy for the victims to promoting policy changes including increased gun control and mental health services. There was a palpable sense that this shooting had galvanized political action...

Citizen Services Fund earns its keep -- and then some

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The $34 million Citizen Services Fund, which pays for tools such as a common template for writing federal purchase orders and the governmentwide Web interface USA.gov, saved the government nearly twice that dollar figure in fiscal 2012, officials said. The Citizen Services Fund pays for a large share of the...

Prediction: Gun control legislation will come with We the People response

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama pledged Wednesday that he’ll propose new gun control measures to Congress by the end of January. The president’s announcement came in response to Friday’s shooting of 26 people by a mentally disturbed gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and to a public outcry following the...

Data.gov moving to an open source platform

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The team that manages Data.gov is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a Web discussion Wednesday. The governments of India and Ghana have already launched beta versions of their data catalogues on...

TechAmerica sued by three Midwest members

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The industry group TechAmerica is being sued by three of its member companies for shutting down its Midwest office but not refunding the companies’ membership dues, according to legal filings. TechAmerica breached its contract with the companies by shuttering its Midwest operations in June, thus “denying members access to a...

Petition criticizing Westboro Baptists is most popular ever on White House site

December 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A petition seeking to have the Westboro Baptist Church legally defined as a hate group outpaced a separate petition asking the Obama Administration to support legislation to further restrict gun ownership on the White House’s We the People website Tuesday. Both petitions were posted on Friday shortly after a Newtown,...

NASA goes Gangnam Style

December 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From the agency that brought you “We’re NASA and we Know it” and the early hit “I.S.S. Baby” comes this new gem: “NASA Johnson Style,” a Gangnam Style parody. The video was produced by students at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and posted to YouTube Friday. It had been...