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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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But who are the grammarians backing?

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter published an interactive feature on Thursday that maps interest in President Obama's and Mitt Romney’s most popular tweets across the nation. Interestingly, the most partisan tweets rarely map to the candidates’ natural political bases. Obama’s second most popular tweet nationwide, for instance, supported abortion rights and got the most...

States save money with online services

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A University of Utah study suggests state governments can achieve significant budget cuts by shifting many of their in-person services to the Web. Utah has saved more than $61 million during the past five years by moving state transactions online and contracting some Web services out to third-party vendors, the...

Get ready for a seismic shift in federal IT

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years can change a lot in federal technology. As the Bush administration prepared to hand power to the Obama team in late-2008, no mission-critical government systems were housed in computer clouds, there were fewer than two dozen government-built mobile applications and the nation had never had a chief information...

One Voice

November 1, 2012 Could social networking actually replace email and phone calls in the workplace? One agency thinks so. The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to roll out a social network next spring that will replace many of its traditional modes of communication. The platform, called One Voice, is a pilot that other...

Tech Roundup

November 1, 2012 Rebooting Federal IT Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is floating proposed legislation that would drastically reform the way federal technology is purchased and grant agency chief information officers authority over their information technology budgets—authority currently held only by the Veterans Affairs Department CIO. If approved, the draft legislation would be the...

Technology Hand-Off

November 1, 2012 Four years can change a lot in federal technology. As the Bush administration prepared to hand power to the Obama team in late-2008, no mission-critical government systems were housed in computer clouds, there were fewer than two dozen government-built mobile applications and the nation had never had a chief information...

Tech support: Who to call in Congress

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just in time for the election, TechCrunch has launched a leaderboard rating members of Congress seeking reelection based on how closely their votes align with tech industry priorities. The board assigns B through D grades to legislators based on their stance on three bills affecting issues where TechCrunch found a...

EPA email to move to the cloud by early 2013

October 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency plans to move about 25,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for Government email, calendar and collaboration system by early 2013, the agency said Wednesday. EPA signed a $9.8 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the transition, which the agency expects will...

Facts and figures from a day indoors during Sandy

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As of 3 p.m. today, I’m still waiting on stats from FEMA about how their Web and social media traffic fared during Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the East Coast Monday. I’m predicting a big surge. I’m also -- just to be clear -- not complaining about the delay. FEMA’s very...

Smarter use of IT could reduce the deficit by $220 billion, group says

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Update: This story is based on a copy of ACT-IAC’s Quadrennial Government Technology Review that the organization has since removed from its website. ACT-IAC plans to formally release the report Nov. 13. A cadre of government technology officials and vendors predict agencies could cut up to $220 billion from the...