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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White House looks to beef up management of electronic records

November 28, 2011 Federal agencies have until May 2012 to report on how they will improve the way they store and manage electronic records, including emails, blog posts and social media activity, according to a White House memorandum issued Monday. The White House and National Archives and Records Administration will use the reports...

We the People draws a curious crowd

November 28, 2011 During roughly two months since its launch, the Obama administration's We the People online petition website has drawn environmentalists looking to kill the Keystone pipeline project, graduate students seeking more subsidized loans and immigrants advocating for a less labyrinthine visa system. It's also attracted online poker enthusiasts asking for consumer...

Can Obama's war on waste make a difference?

November 23, 2011 In his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 story "The Federal Bureaucracy," Associated Press reporter Saul Pett painted the government as an amorphous mass, impossible to tame or organize, an all-encompassing swamp where rules, regulations and organizations bubble up in one place whenever they are forced down in another. "It is so shapeless...

GSA Issues Revised Cloud Email RFQ

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration has issued a revised Request for Quotation for cloud email services after its first RFQ was shot down by the Government Accountability Office, Federal News Radio reported. GAO struck down the original RFQ in October saying GSA hadn't given a reasonable explanation for why cloud-based servers...

White House Ramps Up E-Petition Responses

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has boosted its rate of responses to We the People petitions after a slow start, posting nine responses in the past week. Five of the responses are refusals to comment on legal cases, including cases against American Indian activist Leonard Peltier and accused Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning,...

DOD Sets New Data Center Consolidation Plan Goal

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department now plans to update the White House on its data center consolidation progress and goals "on/ about" Nov. 28, more than six weeks after the plan's original deadline. Defense missed an Oct. 7 deadline set by the Office of Management and Budget for agencies to publish a...

Watchdog outlines IT best practices

November 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government watchdog on Monday identified nine best practices that help information technology projects stay on budget and on time, including sufficient upfront funding, strong communication between the contractors building the system and the federal employees who will operate it, and genuine involvement from senior agency leaders. Keeping the same...

GAO outlines IT best practices for federal agencies

November 22, 2011 A government watchdog on Monday identified nine best practices that help information technology projects stay on budget and on time, including sufficient upfront funding, strong communication between the contractors building the system and the federal employees who will operate it, and genuine involvement from senior agency leaders. Read the whole...

Google Plus Publishes Guide for Pols

November 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: This article has been corrected to better reflect the origin of a Google Plus page supporting President Obama's reelection campaign. Google has posted a guide for politicians using its developing social networking site Google Plus. The post effectively describes how politicians can morph Google Plus networking features into campaign...

White House inaction stalls FOIA recommendations

November 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recommendations for improving how agencies handle governmentwide Freedom of Information Act requests have been awaiting approval at the Office of Management and Budget for more than nine months, the director of the office that wrote the recommendations told Nextgov. The Office of Government Information Services is tasked with mediating disputes...

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