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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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Politicians: They’re Just Like Us!

June 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow They experiment with low carb diets; they have embarassing hobbies; and apparently their Twitter accounts get hijacked by botnets too. The Sunlight Foundation launched Politwoops Thursday, a ticker of deleted Tweets from national politicians’ Twitter accounts. The big action Friday morning was with Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., whose account was...

Requesting public documents is about to get easier

June 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In early 2009, around the same time the Obama administration was pushing federal agencies to be more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests, a handful of people at the Environmental Protection Agency had an idea. In 2002, EPA had been the lead agency developing Regulations.gov, an online portal for...

Tech Roundup

June 1, 2012 Crime Stopper The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shopping for crime forecasting technology to predict where gun violence may occur so that ATF can intercede before it happens. The Justice Department in April issued a solicitation for a system “designed to accurately identify the risk of personal...

The Truth Behind Transparency

June 1, 2012 Put a handful of media reports from the days before Sunshine Week in March next to a series of White House blog entries on keeping citizens informed and you might think they’re talking about two different governments. The journalists tell a story of un-answered Freedom of Information Act requests, evasive...

Energy inventory missed 500 data centers

May 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department’s July 2011 inventory of its data centers neglected to include more than 500 centers managed by contractors, the department’s internal auditor said Thursday. Energy told the Office of Management and Budget that month it was operating only 58 federal data centers, excluding at least 520 contractor-operated centers...

Microsoft launches Office 365 for Government in a segregated cloud

May 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft now is offering its Office 365 suite of word processing and collaboration products in a government-only cloud, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday. The software company launched Office 365 in July 2011. It’s an updated version of the software giant's Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes...

Is Your Job a Social Network? Sometimes.

May 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Gadi Ben-Yehuda has an interesting post over at GovLoop about the extent to which the modern workplace resembles a social network. The post was sparked by this New York Times article in which Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz knocked the workplace-focused social network Yammer, saying “work is not a social network,...

Top tech official calls for new panel to help liberate government data

May 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park called on the White House’s team of science and technology advisers Friday to create a special subcommittee to advise his office on projects to disseminate government data to private sector developers and entrepreneurs. Park envisions the subcommittee of the President's Council of Advisors on...

OMB exaggerated 25-point plan performance, GAO says

May 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget has fully completed only three of the 10 pillars of its information technology reform plan, despite having declared in December that it had closed out seven, a government watchdog told a Senate panel Thursday. The Government Accountability Office picked the 10 disputed agenda items,...

White House seeks ‘badass innovators’

May 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The White House is seeking 20 high-powered Web and mobile developers for short-term assignments aimed at reducing the government’s online footprint, making agency data more accessible and rendering federal contracting less onerous for small businesses, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said Wednesday. The Presidential...

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