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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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Agencies Aren't Honest About Tech Spending and Risks, Auditor Says

June 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Better information technology management could save taxpayers $10 billion within five years, the government's top technology auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. But getting there will require agencies to be more open about what they're spending on IT and what they're actually getting for that investment. David Powner, director of Information Technology...

IT Reform Act Could Hitch a Ride on Major Defense Bill

June 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The bipartisan team sponsoring a complete reboot of how the government buys information technology introduced a version of its bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday. Packaging separate legislation inside a major policy bill such as the Defense Authorization Act can speed passage because lawmakers...

Petition to Pardon NSA Leaker is Among Most Popular Ever Posted to White House Site

June 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been udpated. A petition on the White House’s We the People website demanding that President Obama pardon Edward Snowden, the leaker of National Security Agency documents, is gaining signatures at a rate that rivals and may surpass the most popular petitions ever posted to the site. More...

Commerce Seeks Unified Customer Management System

June 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce Department is considering purchasing a single, cloud-based customer relations management system that it can use across its 12 agencies, solicitation documents show. The unified system would replace a hodgepodge of existing software tools that manage and track Commerce agencies’ marketing campaigns, surveys and Web and social media communications...

Moneyball Diplomacy

June 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When violence spiked in Nigeria’s conflict-ridden Delta region in 2008, the government launched an amnesty program, offering to protect militants from prosecution and pay for their arms if they’d lay them down. It seemed like a reasonable approach and one that might work. But when the U.S. State Department’s Bureau...

Do We Need a Data Court?

June 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The complex information, security and privacy issues brought to the fore by recently exposed National Security Agency programs to mine telephone and Internet data might best be handled by a special “data court,” the Economist magazine’s Data Editor Kenneth Cukier said Friday. That’s because data, metadata and privacy issues can...

Government Performance Site Failed to Follow Its Own Advice

June 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A government website designed to track whether agencies are making the best use of their resources has failed to follow some best practices of its own, an auditor said Thursday. A 2010 law directed the government to make agency performance information readily available to Congress and the public through a...

The Government’s Hurricane Sandy Pages Play by Play

June 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its satellites, scanners and links to local officials, the federal government is often the best source for trusted information during a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster. Just having important information doesn’t mean much, though, if the public can’t find it or is too confused to do anything with...

Google Tells Feds How to Get Emergency Info to the Top of Search Results

June 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Offering relevant information in open, machine-readable formats may be the most important thing government can do to keep the public informed during a natural disaster, Google and other technology leaders told members of Congress Tuesday. When a natural disaster such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy hits, federal, state and local government...

Smart Disclosure Makes Consumers Happier and Markets Better

June 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government collects reams of information that might benefit citizens, but just opening that data up to the public isn’t enough, according to a task force report released Thursday. Federal agencies should tag any public data releases that might benefit people so consumers and intermediaries such as smart buying applications...