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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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State Department seeks system to track diplomats through cell phone signals

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The agency charged with securing U.S. embassies plans to purchase a system that could locate and track diplomats during an emergency based on the signals beaming from their satellite and cell phones, solicitation documents show. That system could be extremely effective at monitoring security during an embassy or consulate attack,...

It Can Pay To Be Willing To Fail

October 17, 2012 How do you spur innovation in government? Be willing to fail. How do you make government willing to fail? Make failure cheap. That’s the idea behind Development Innovation Ventures, run by Maura O’Neill, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s chief innovation officer. The program takes a venture capital approach to...

What I don’t want to see during tonight’s debate

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My colleague Bob Brewin has put together an excellent list of items he’d like to see addressed during tonight’s town hall-style presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. I can’t match Bob’s sagacity, so I’ll just note what I’d rather not see: that stream of debate-focused tweets that popped...

CDC app will track injury and violent death trends

October 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a 3-year contract to BNL Consulting on Monday to build a tablet and smartphone application that allow users to parse through state and national data on injuries and violent deaths, contracting documents show. The application will essentially be a mobile version of...

What happens when staff use their own devices for work? They do their jobs.

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cash-strapped agencies are increasingly looking to outsource the cost of smartphones, tablets and even teleworkers’ laptops to the employees themselves. The basic theory behind bring-your-own-device policies is: why should agencies pay full price for something employees are already buying for themselves? The greatest barriers to implementing BYOD plans across agencies...

DARPA to shift away from applied battlefield tech

October 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan winds down, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency should focus less on responding to immediate conflicts and more on tackling obstacles the United States could face years or decades in the future, the agency’s director said Friday. “We’re coming through an extended period with...

Procurement documents show why IT reform won’t be easy

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two solicitation documents posted yesterday demonstrate how difficult information technology acquisition reform -- a top priority for both the White House and Congress -- can be. The first, for cloud hosting services at the Interior Department, has been a regular on FedBizOpps, the government’s contracting website, for months. The request...

Pete Seeger’s digital legacy and other tech news

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping system is now available in Amazon’s GovCloud, a government-only computer cloud that meets stringent security requirements, the companies announced Wednesday. The GovCloud is staffed only by American citizens, which means it can store information from the State, Defense and other departments covered by the International Traffic in...

New app posts president’s daily documents

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. An application the Government Printing Office unveiled Wednesday gives citizens mobile access to the daily stream of documents coming from the White House, such as executive orders, presidential speeches and press releases. The Presidential Docs app also includes the commander in chief’s remarks on signing...

HHS plan requires employees to outfit personal devices to agency standards

October 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Health and Human Services Department employees who wish to work with personal smartphones and tablets should pay upfront for the configurations and services necessary to securely access agency information, according to a strategy from HHS’ Chief Technology Officers Council posted online Monday. Employees also should have to secure express approval...

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