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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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Feds want a more robust insurance database before Obamacare rollout

February 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is seeking a contractor to help expand and manage its database of information about private health insurance plans as new parts of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act come online, solicitation documents show. Officials expect the number of private insurers using the Health Insurance Oversight System, or HIOS, to...

HHS innovator seeks better digital digs

February 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak is looking for a better Web platform to highlight his office’s activities, solicitation documents show. Sivak’s office is responsible for numerous projects including making health care data more open to the public, making health records more accessible via smartphones...

When the People Speak Is Anyone Listening?

February 1, 2013 The White House’s online petition website We the People showcased both unity and division as 2012 came to a close. Division came first. In the weeks after President Obama’s reelection in November 2012, citizens from all 50 states took to the site to demand permission to secede from the union....

Tech Roundup

February 1, 2013 Radio Static The Homeland Security Department spent $430 million on a fruitless plan to enable radio users departmentwide to communicate on the same frequency, according to an internal audit released in November 2012. Of 479 radio users the DHS inspector general tested, only one knew how to tune in to...

Checking in on the Presidential Innovation Fellows

January 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As they pass the five month mark of their six month tours of duty, it’s a good time to check in on what the Presidential Innovation Fellows are up to. For anyone who forgot, the innovation fellows are U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park’s take on the entrepreneur in residence...

Tool makes it easier to tap into the conversation on federal regulations

January 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Sunlight Foundation launched a new open government tool Thursday that allows users to track comments on proposed rules by the broader topic, the commenter or the rule itself. The tool, called Docket Wrench, allows users to search for proposed rules using key works, such as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”...

Library of Congress wants mobile access options for staff

January 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Library of Congress is in the market for a mobile device management system so employees can securely access library materials from personal smartphones and tablets, solicitation documents show. The library’s 4,000 employees can only remotely access library data now using government-issued mobile devices. Officials are also hoping the device...

Just putting bills online doesn't tell you what they mean

January 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reading through proposed legislation can be mind boggling, especially for a novice. The average proposed law is full of instructions to strike this, add that and amend to read thus. The natural way to make proposed bills more accessible to the public would be to employ smart software that allowed...

Labor inks $50 million cloud email deal with Microsoft vendor

January 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: The original version of this story mistated the number of people using Interior's cloud email system. It's 72,000. The Labor Department will pay a vendor up to $50 million to move its employees and contractors to a cloud-based Microsoft email system, according to an award notice. The contract also...

White House drops first names from We the People petitions

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has abbreviated citizen signatures on its We the People petition website.The signatures, which used to include a signer’s first name and last initial, now just include first and last initials. The signature blocks also include the signer’s location and the date of the signature. The change comes...