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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Petition Aims to Digitize U.S. History

December 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Center for American Progress think tank and the transparency group Public.Resources.Org want to turn the vast holdings of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Government Printing Office and other government agencies into the core of a national digital public library. "We are not necessarily suggesting that the ...

Federal CIO announces new data center consolidation baseline

December 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The White House plans to close 40 percent of roughly 3,100 federal data centers by 2015,according to a new blog post by federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. That amounts to shuttering about 1,200 centers. The government expects to save $5 billion overall through the ...

FCC Launches Personalized Web Interface

December 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Frequent visitors to the Federal Communications Commission website can now personalize the site's homepage by picking and choosing which elements they want to display. My.FCC.gov, which the FCC launched in a Beta testing version Tuesday, has eight sample dashboards. Six of those dashboards are optimized for visitors from different industries ...

Senators want better assessment of Medicare fraud detection program

December 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Medicare officials should better evaluate whether a new system designed to spot fraudulent claims and roll back the program's roughly $50 billion in annual improper payments is living up to its potential, a bipartisan group of senators said Tuesday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service responded that it had ...

Only half of dot-gov sites are active, GSA reports

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October. Active government domains employ 150 different content management systems, a hodgepodge of design templates that vary wildly from one division to the next, and a host ...

Only half of dot-gov sites are active, GSA reports

December 19, 2011 Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Federal CIO pushes for new systems, shared services

December 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agency information technology shops often spend so much time and money trying to get the full value from old investments that there are not enough resources left to try something new, federal Chief Information Officer Steven Van Roekel said Friday. The result is agencies pay more in the long run ...

Dot-Gov Reform Effort Making Progress

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The push to drastically reduce the number of government-run websites is making quiet progress. The list of all top-level federal Web domains posted to Data.gov -- which has hovered around 1,650 for more than a month -- dropped to 1,551 over the weekend. About 280 of the remaining sites are ...

Appropriations bill hikes e-government fund

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A joint House and Senate 2012 appropriations bill splits apart two funds that promote transparency initiatives, the e-government fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund, a victory for champions of digital open government. The conference bill appropriates $12.4 million to the e-government fund, up from $8 million in 2011. That ...

Transparency board urges single government spending ID

December 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. Agencies should integrate the various computer systems they use to track federal grant, contract and award spending and assign each payment a universal identification number that will be recognized governmentwide, according to a report released Wednesday. The government also should leverage new Web-based investigative techniques ...