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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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Three Things Federal CIOs Say About CIO Authority

April 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government chief information officers looking to exercise authority wisely can be easily undone -- by senior leaders who don’t understand the value of improved technology, by contracting rules that diminish that value or for a host of other reasons, officials said on Thursday. The Association for Federal Information Resources Management...

How Government Data Could Make College Cheaper

April 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Education Department is looking for advice on how the private sector and nonprofits might use government-gathered data to make higher education cheaper, more accessible and a better value for the cost. The department wants feedback from developers on how they could use APIs, also known as application programming interfaces,...

Senate Passes Bill Demanding Uniform Coding for Agencies' Spending Data

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act on Thursday, raising the likelihood the spending transparency measure will become law. The DATA Act, sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would require agencies to use a uniform coding system for federal spending data so internal auditors...

Government-Run Competitions Should Be About Markets, Not Prizes

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Running a prize competition in government or industry is about “understanding where the market’s going in 10 years and trying to make it go there in three years,” Christopher Frangione, vice president for prize development at the X Prize Foundation, told members of Congress on Wednesday. That means government agencies...

GSA Announces Plan to Simplify Federal Contracting

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration’s contracting division is developing a new Web platform and business structure to bring more expertise to complicated acquisitions, the agency said on Wednesday. The new initiative, called Category Management, will involve assigning a Federal Acquisition Service manager in charge of each of several acquisition categories, such...

Here Comes GSA's Next Governmentwide Telecom Contract Vehicle

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration’s information technology contracting office is seeking industry feedback on plans for the next governmentwide contract vehicle for telecommunications and related services. GSA is in the process of developing Network Services 2020, or NS2020, a slate of approved vendors offering everything from basic telephone and data services...

New Data.gov Section Profiles the Companies That Use It

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government’s digital information repository Data.gov launched a new section on Tuesday focused on companies and nonprofits that are using government data to fuel their businesses. The page titled Impact offers brief profiles of 22 companies that consume open government data, including the companies’ financing and number of employees as...

How Technology Failed to Fix Kenya’s Election

April 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s perhaps the most common story in all of government technology: A challenge arises; new technology seems to offer the perfect solution; but something happens between concept and execution that makes that technology seem more like a culprit than a savior and that leads people to complain the old analog...

Former NASA Web Manager Is Crowdfunding Her Discrimination Suit Against the Agency

April 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As a Web manager and open government lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Megan Eskey used social media and other innovative approaches to publicize NASA activities. Now she’s using those same tools to publicize a discrimination complaint against her former employer and to crowdsource funds to support her suit and...

Sometimes the Best Big Data Questions Raise the Biggest Privacy Concerns

April 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One useful definition for the unstructured data that underlies most existing and theoretical big data projects is that it was often collected for some purpose other than what the researchers are using it for. That definition was provided by Chris Barrett, executive director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute during a...

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