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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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Managing Innovation

August 22, 2012 In mid-2010, the already frenetic Todd Park was in overdrive. President Obama had just signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the most significant reform of the American health care system since Medicare. It was Park’s job to figure out how government could use technology to make the law’s implementation...

FBI Seeks to Digitize Data on Possible Terrorist Targets

August 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., is in the market for a digital system to store and organize all of the information it gathers on potential terrorism targets, solicitation documents show. That includes maps, Geographic Information Systems data, aerial and satellite photos, video and even interactive games, according to the...

Commerce prepares for move to cloud email

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is preparing to move part of its email and collaboration infrastructure to the cloud, according to solicitation documents posted Friday. The National Institute for Standards and Technology is leading the cloud email transition for the department and will be the first division to make the move, according...

USDA expects employees’ use of mobile devices to skyrocket

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While about 3,000 Agriculture Department employees are authorized to use smartphones and tablets on the job today, officials anticipate more than 100,000 will within five years, contract documents show. To better serve them, officials are in the market for technology to support a departmentwide store for mobile software applications, according...

Federal IT faces painful budget pressure

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies will face near-sequestration-level pressure to cut information technology spending in the next five years even if Congress manages to wriggle out of the across-the-board cuts required by a 2011 deal to avoid a government shutdown, a technology vendor and consultancy has predicted. Cuts will be driven by budget...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let Robots Take my Job

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Accountability Office is looking for a tool to help track the volume of patent infringement litigation and to sort out who’s bringing the cases, according to solicitation documents. The solicitation arose from a provision in the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which tasked GAO with conducting a study...

Government has shuttered 50 data centers since May

August 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government has shuttered 318 data centers since 2010, 50 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures from the Office of Management and Budget released Friday. Agencies plan to close 56 more centers by the end of September and 363 by the close of September 2013,...

Nobody knows if you’re a fed online

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration launched a tool Thursday that allows social media users to test whether they’re interacting with a legitimate government agency or official and not an imposter. The Federal Social Media Registry is essentially a search bar where people can paste the Web address of a social media...

Labor Department plans move to the cloud

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Labor Department plans to move its email and digital collaboration tools to the cloud, according to a solicitation released Wednesday. The department also is seeking Web-based e-discovery, records management and software-as-a-service tools -- programs that are stored in a vendor’s cloud rather than on an agency’s own servers. Labor’s...

The Limits of Civic Crowdsourcing

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Andres Monroy-Hernandez has an interesting piece over at ReadWriteWeb about the limits of civic crowdsourcing, using the Mexican drug war as his prime example. Monroy-Hernandez is a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His bottom line is that technological innovations can assist civic reform but they...

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