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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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No good news for government IT in sequestration delay

January 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A just-past-deadline deal to put off a decision about drastic federal spending cuts until February will provide little solace for government technology chiefs and may be more damaging than if the draconian cuts had gone into effect, observers said Wednesday. With no final decision on how or even whether to...

Many dot-govs fail on content, not technology

January 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The folks over at GSA’s First Fridays Usability Testing Program have put together a list of the most common government website fails they encountered in 2012. Tellingly, the most common usability problems are less about technology and more about communication -- jargony content, poor navigation labels and confusing contact information....

White House responds to Russian adoption petitions

December 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials posted what is likely the fastest response to date to a We the People petition this week. The petition, posted Dec. 21, urged the U.S. government to oppose then-pending legislation in the Russian parliament banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed the controversial...

Agencies want better guidance on BYOD

December 26, 2012 Federal agencies want better guidance from the White House on how, when and whether they should reimburse employees who use their own mobile devices for government business, according to a coalition of technology officials. Agencies also want better guidance on the legal, financial and privacy implications of switching to so-called...

Obama responds to We the People gun control petition

December 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House published a text and video response early Friday to 32 petitions posted to its We the People website in the days following the murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Among the petitions included in the response was the...

Gun policy leads Newtown shooting discussion on Twitter

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama and many other lawmakers seemed to shift almost immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday from expressing sympathy for the victims to promoting policy changes including increased gun control and mental health services. There was a palpable sense that this shooting had galvanized political action...

Citizen Services Fund earns its keep -- and then some

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The $34 million Citizen Services Fund, which pays for tools such as a common template for writing federal purchase orders and the governmentwide Web interface USA.gov, saved the government nearly twice that dollar figure in fiscal 2012, officials said. The Citizen Services Fund pays for a large share of the...

Prediction: Gun control legislation will come with We the People response

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama pledged Wednesday that he’ll propose new gun control measures to Congress by the end of January. The president’s announcement came in response to Friday’s shooting of 26 people by a mentally disturbed gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and to a public outcry following the...

Data.gov moving to an open source platform

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The team that manages Data.gov is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a Web discussion Wednesday. The governments of India and Ghana have already launched beta versions of their data catalogues on...

TechAmerica sued by three Midwest members

December 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The industry group TechAmerica is being sued by three of its member companies for shutting down its Midwest office but not refunding the companies’ membership dues, according to legal filings. TechAmerica breached its contract with the companies by shuttering its Midwest operations in June, thus “denying members access to a...