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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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Gun control petition is most popular ever posted to White House site

December 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A petition asking the White House to immediately press Congress for tighter restrictions on gun ownership became the most popular ever posted to the White House’s We the People website after less than 48 hours online Sunday. The petition was filed in the hours following an elementary school shooting in...

Gun control petition receives more than 35,000 signatures in just hours online

December 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An updated version of this story can be found here. A petition to the White House demanding stricter gun control laws crossed the 25,000 signature barrier for an official White House response after fewer than seven hours online Friday. The petition was created shortly after the shooting rampage at a...

Contractors find that doing business with government is increasingly risky

December 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal contracting is increasingly becoming a high risk business, according to an industry survey scheduled to be released later this month. The survey from consultant Grant Thornton shows nearly 40 percent of federal contractors achieved lower revenues this year compared to last year while 35 percent made greater revenue, Grant...

Patent office plans a public search portal

December 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is on the lookout for a company that can use its cumbersome database of granted and pending patents to build a more user-friendly public website that will automatically update users about the changing status of particular patent applications. That basic function must be provided...

DOT wants to mandate black boxes for cars

December 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We’ve come a long way from crash test dummies. The Transportation Department proposed a new rule this month that would require all automakers to begin installing the equivalent of an airplane’s black box in their vehicles by September 2014. More than 95 percent of 2013 model passenger cars already carry...

Agencies seek more guidance on mobile technology

December 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government agencies want more guidance on how to safely and smartly adopt new mobile technology programs, such as bring-your-own-device plans, an interagency group of chief information officers said Wednesday. Without more central guidance on security, policy and legal considerations, agencies adopting BYOD policies, building internal app stores and launching other...

The era of government-supplied technology for employees is eroding

December 12, 2012 The next four to eight years in federal IT will be defined by what workers increasingly lack, experts say, including agency-issued phones, tablets and even laptops for telework. “Bring your own device” policies already have been rolled out at some agencies, mostly on a voluntary basis. As the years roll...

Feds with Klout

December 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I do a lot of eavesdropping on Twitter. That’s basically in a reporter’s job description these days. This morning I came across an interesting exchange between Mobilegov President Tom Suder and Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about a MeriTalk study of social media influence by agency chief information...

Budget uncertainty puts federal IT dashboard in limbo

December 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s one example of how budget uncertainty affects federal planning. The Federal IT Dashboard, which Office of Management and Budget officials launched in December 2009 to keep better tabs on government technology investments, won’t be updated until the president’s fiscal 2014 budget is out. The president’s budget proposal is used...

How to take the 'social' out of social media

December 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In an ironic coincidence the State Department’s communications staff is asking the public to help rename its official blog at the same time higher ups are reportedly considering new rules that could delay posts to that blog for up to five days for vetting. The new vetting rules would also...