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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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Are Military KIA Notifications too Slow for the Facebook Age?

April 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The speed of social information has forced many groups to compromise on old standards of formality and dignity when sharing important information. One of the most profound examples is a debate taking place now on SpouseBUZZ, a website for military family members, about whether the traditional notification process for when ...

Regulations.gov relaunch coming soon

April 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal officials plan to completely overhaul Regulations.gov during 2012 to make the electronic rule-making website more intuitive for users, according to version 2.0 of the Environmental Protection Agency's open government plan. The updates also will make it easier for developers to automatically stream proposed rules onto their own websites using ...

What Happens at the President's Innovation Cohort?

April 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tuesday's news that the White House is forming a chief technology officers' council shed light on a seldom-discussed group: the President's Innovation Cohort. The new CTO council -- it doesn't have an official name yet -- will be a place for appointed and career CTOs to hash out common problems, ...

White House: Eyes on a prize could stir innovation

April 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chuck Kennedy/White House The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy followed up its Tuesday report on the effect of prize challenges in government on Thursday with a wish list for future challenges. The government, for example, could fund a challenge for a digital tutor that would enable high ...

Texts From Hillary Quits While It's Ahead

April 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for tips for a well-managed meme? One might be quitting while you're ahead. The folks over at Texts From Hillary bowed out gracefully Wednesday, a day after the Secretary herself submitted an entry in which she told the site creators she was "ROFL @ ur tumblr!" Clinton also invited ...

White House Facebook Timeline Goes Back to the Beginning

April 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has taken the Facebook timeline concept to a whole new level by adding images stretching all the way back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration. The timeline includes light moments and more somber ones. It also points out some odd American preoccupations. There are large gaps of course. ...

White House Report Touts Prize Competitions

April 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government-sponsored prize competitions have allowed agencies to save money on new projects, better hedge risky investments and improve results by bringing together people from a range of disciplines, a report released Tuesday by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said. Challenges also allow agencies to "establish an ...

White House to establish chief technology officers' council

April 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow MISHELLA/Shutterstock.com This story has been updated. The White House is in the process of launching a new council of federal technology officers who will be tasked with sharing insights and solving problems across government, Veterans Affairs Department Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin said Tuesday. The new council doesn't have an ...

All major federal agencies now using Twitter and YouTube

April 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cienpies Design / Shutterstock.com Every major federal agency is now using Twitter and YouTube and 23 of the 24 major agencies are on Facebook. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency -- the only major agency reported as not using any of the three major social networking sites in a June 2011 report ...

Disabled feds want to be involved in making IT more accessible

April 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal workers with disabilities should be called on to test government information technology systems before new systems are rolled out and the White House should impose uniform governmentwide guidelines for accessibility, respondents to an ongoing crowdsourced survey are saying. Federal technology officials also should do more to educate contractors and ...