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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The many mothers of invention

May 8, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Innovations such as a 2006 Transportation Department pilot program to reduce traffic jams and exhaust pollution can be spawned by a sudden influx of funding, panelists at Government Executive Media Group’s Excellence in Government conference said Monday. Or they can be prompted by the dearth of funding agencies face today....

Gathering data is just the first step

May 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The explosion of big data across government and industry is just the first step in developing more efficient, data-driven services, Corporate Executive Board managing director Sampriti Ganguli said Monday. The next steps are figuring out what the data means, separating the wheat from the chaff and, finally, turning that knowledge...

Democrats defend IT field hearing that Republicans plan to boycott

May 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s nothing unethical about an information technology-focused event that Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plan to hold in Northern Virginia on May 11, the committee’s ranking member and the leading Democrat on its IT subcommittee said Thursday. Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on April 26 declined...

How House Oversight Conquered YouTube and What It Means

May 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow So what does it take to rise to the top in federal social media? Well, dedication and tech savvy help, but content is still king. This lesson is borne out by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which recently crossed a milestone: 2 million video views on its YouTube...

Federal CIO releases shared services strategy

May 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency technology chiefs in charge of implementing a new Shared Services Strategy should look first to information technology spending within their agencies for commodities such as email and storage, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Thursday. After that, agencies should aim to consolidate services within lines of business, such...

Big data could remake science -- and government

May 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big data has the power to change scientific research from a hypothesis-driven field to one that’s data-driven, Farnam Jahanian, chief of the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, said Wednesday. Reaching that point, however, will require upfront investment from government and the private sector to build...

Interior awards $35M cloud email contract to Google vendor

May 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to include comments from the Interior Department. The Interior Department late Monday awarded a $35 million contract to Onix Networking Corps. to move Interior's 90,000 employees to the cloud-based Google Apps for Government email system. This could mark the end of a multiyear legal squabble...

A Tech Evolutionary

May 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the formative moments of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s life was watching Star Wars in the movie theater as a child. That might not be surprising for a man who describes himself as “the tech geek” and who spent 15 years working his way up the Microsoft...

A Tech Evolutionary

May 1, 2012 One of the formative moments of federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s life was watching Star Wars in the movie theater as a child. That might not be surprising for a man who describes himself as “the tech geek” and who spent 15 years working his way up the Microsoft...

Tech Roundup

May 1, 2012 Chain Reaction Counterfeit materials increasingly endanger the military supply chain. Because technology often touches many hands in foreign countries before reaching a contractor, malicious actors have multiple opportunities to taint materials. In March, the Government Accountability Office announced its undercover investigators had ordered military-grade parts from online portals and received...

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