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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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If you think you'll save money with cloud computing, think again

December 6, 2011 More than half of organizational users saved little or no money after transitioning to cloud computing, according to a new study, and only 14 percent actually downsized their information technology departments after moving to the cloud. The findings could concern federal IT officials who have said they would save roughly ...

Navy considers the power of Google

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One thing to keep in mind as agencies debate jumping onto Google Plus, the search giant's nascent social networking site: Google could use its 65 percent share of the U.S. search market to favor Google Plus pages, either by adjusting its algorithm to favor them directly or by posting them ...

U.S., India take step toward launching Data.gov in a Box

December 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has published the first smatterings of computer code for a project that will grow into a ready-made open government data platform for other nations, White House technology leaders said Monday. The project, called Data.gov in a Box, is a joint venture between the U.S. and Indian governments ...

Tweet this: Some popular agencies have poor social media skills

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new dashboard created by the nonprofit group Expert Labs ranks 125 federal agencies each week based on their public engagement on Twitter. The Federal Social Media Index mixes traditional measures of Twitter success, such as the number of new followers an agency gains weekly, with more complex indicators such ...

Tweet this: Some popular agencies have poor social media skills

December 2, 2011 A new dashboard created by the nonprofit group Expert Labs ranks 125 federal agencies each week based on their public engagement on Twitter. Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

Navigating the Hatch Act in the Internet Age

December 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The folks over at OhMyGov have put together a handy infographic for federal employees to share political views on their personal blogs and through social media without violating the 1939 Hatch Act. The post is based on a 2010 Frequently Asked Questions primer from the Office of Special Counsel. The ...

Window on The World

December 1, 2011 More than 40 nations have joined a partnership to promote transparency, but what that means depends on where you live. One irony of the digital revolution is that it has made the once relatively simple concept of government transparency significantly more opaque. In the old days of paper, transparency generally ...

White House Dashboard Tracks a Handful of Building Projects

November 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House Web page launched Wednesday tracks federal permitting and environmental review progress on 14 high priority infrastructure projects. The administration handpicked the 14 projects for "expedited review," because officials believe they will "create a significant number of jobs... and... significant steps remaining before construction are within the control ...

It's waste vs. cost in the transparency debate

November 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are some technical steps officials could take to make reporting less burdensome for recipients of federal stimulus money, such as auto-filling more parts of the electronic spending form, reducing the number of data fields and adding auto-editing programs that spot common mistakes such as incorrect ZIP codes, government watchdogs ...

It's waste vs. cost in the transparency debate

November 30, 2011 There are some technical steps officials could take to make reporting less burdensome for recipients of federal stimulus money, such as auto-filling more parts of the electronic spending form, reducing the number of data fields and adding auto-editing programs that spot common mistakes such as incorrect ZIP codes, government watchdogs ...