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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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Agencies Get Green Light to Use Six-Second Video Sharing Site

April 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The post has been updated to note the GSA Vine video was replaced with a NASA video. Twitter’s six-second social video site Vine is now open to federal users. The General Services Administration's new media office announced on Monday it had inked government-friendly terms of service with Vine. GSA initially...

Tech Roundup

April 1, 2013 Rebooting IT Acquisition House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wants to overhaul the way the government buys information technology with legislation introduced in March. Issa first floated the proposed IT reboot in September 2012 and has been gathering input from industry and government workers since then....

Welcome to the Data Driven World

April 1, 2013 University of Wisconsin geologist Shanan Peters was frustrated by how much he didn’t know. Most geological discoveries were locked away in troves of research journals so voluminous that he and his colleagues could read only a fraction of them. The sheer magnitude of existing research forced most geologists to limit...

Join the Conversation about Federal IT Reform

March 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A handful of people have weighed in so far on bipartisan legislation to reform how the government purchases information technology. Nextgov is hosting an interactive version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act developed by the office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government...

State Department Launches New App for Prospective Diplomats

March 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new State Department mobile application gives prospective Foreign Service officers a taste of what could be in store for them. The app, which is being promoted online and during career fairs, includes slick video interviews with diplomats representing the department’s different specialties, profiles of embassy life in different nations,...

Postal Service Mobile App Tracks Packages, Locates Mailboxes

March 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The growth of email has battered the U. S. Postal Service financially but that doesn’t mean USPS is a slouch when it comes to modern technology, Nextgov’s team of private sector app reviewers said. The Postal Service’s mobile app allows...

Newtown, Aurora Victims Seek National Compassion Fund on White House Petition Site

March 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An informal group of victims’ families from the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other tragedies is petitioning the White House to help people donate to victims of similar tragedies without losing some of those donations to a non-profit’s operating costs. The 64 families posted their petition to...

GSA Releases Draft Solicitation for Massive Professional Services Contract Vehicle

March 28, 2013 The General Services Administration moved one step closer to launching an overarching contract vehicle for professional services Thursday by releasing two draft requests for proposals. The agency is inviting comments on the draft RFPs and through its GSA Interact system. The contract vehicle, known as One Acquisition Solution for Integrated...

VanRoekel Revamps IT Portfolio Review Process

March 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House is revamping its initiative to streamline how federal agencies buy information technology. The PortfolioStat program so far has saved the government roughly $300 million since it was launched one year ago this month, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told Nextgov in an interview Wednesday. His office...

All 50 States Now Provide Online Access to Spending Data

March 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow All 50 states now provide some checkbook-level government spending information online, a national consumer group has found. That’s up from only 32 states that provided such information in 2009, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 2013 Following the Money report. The seven states that received A or A-minus...