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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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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...

This is just a test: Emergency responders tap the Twitterverse

October 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Anthony Barrero ran his hands over a large Google Earth image of the George Mason University campus Tuesday afternoon and assessed the situation. The map was covered with dots representing students, some of them sick and injured, sheltering after what appeared to be...

Invest in big data, industry tells government

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies should appoint a single official to explore how new methods of data mining could enhance their mission and save costs, perhaps following the Federal Communications Commission’s model of a chief data officer, an industry group recommended Wednesday. Officials also should consider appointing a federal chief data officer to assess...

The government wants your big data ideas

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A trio of agencies on Wednesday launched the first public challenge stemming from a $200 million White House investment in March in big data research and analysis. The Big Data Challenge will be focused on developing new software and algorithms that mine government datasets for valuable insights, said Suzi Iacono,...

Watchdogs give multi-agency FOIA portal a thumbs up

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cross-agency Freedom of Information Act request portal that launched Monday has been getting positive reviews so far from transparency groups. Sunshine in Government called the new system, which accepts, tracks and processes FOIA requests for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department and the National Archives and Records Administration,...

Agencies rush to award millions in IT contracts

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies finalized millions of dollars in information technology awards in advance of the close of the 2012 fiscal year this weekend, including a cloud computing services contract from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology that could reach $9 million. The first order under NIST’s indefinite delivery-indefinite...

What do Smokey Bear, traveling feds and children have in common? Their own federal apps.

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is in the midst of an all-out push to make information available to citizens anywhere at any time and to make customer service competitive with the private sector. To that end, federal agencies have launched more than 100 custom-built mobile applications and mobile-adaptive websites in recent years. In...

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