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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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Is It Time for a Secretary of Technology?

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to prevent the next HealthCare.gov debacle? Look to the British, says Clay Johnson, a former government innovation fellow and outspoken critic of the troubled online insurance marketplace. To improve accountability for government information technology projects, Johnson suggested implementing something like the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service, a Cabinet-level agency...

Sugar Daddy Dating Site Offers Obamacare Fix

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow White House officials claim they’ve recruited the “best and brightest” for the HealthCare.gov fix; but somehow they missed these guys. The “dating” website SugarDaddyForMe.com sent out a press release on Wednesday offering to pitch in on the HealthCare.gov fix, noting the site’s programmers “currently manage tens of millions of monthly...

House Passes Spending Transparency Bill

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. House passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at making federal spending data more transparent and easier to compare across agencies. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act would require agencies to use a uniform coding system for federal spending data so internal auditors and external watchdogs could easily compare how...

Collecting Better Data to Drive Smarter Spending, L.A. Style

November 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is the second interview with LA Information Technology Agency programmer analyst Eduardo Magos and the city’s MyLA311 mobile app project manager Jennifer Baños. The first interview about the development of the MyLA311 app appeared Nov. 14. The transcript was edited for length and clarity. The second phase of your...

Tech Roundup

November 15, 2013 Game On Building an educational game for a smartphone or tablet is a pretty tall order for federal agencies. It has to be sufficiently engaging so it doesn’t wilt when compared with apps from private sector leaders such as Zynga. But you can’t ramp up the fun by compromising the...

Lessons From Los Angeles: Powering Up Data-Driven Government

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is the first interview in a two-part series about Los Angeles’ efforts at data driven government . In April, Los Angeles joined New York, Chicago and other major American cities by launching a mobile app version of its 311 call center for non-emergency city services. The app’s main goal...

Congress.gov Coming This Month

November 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress.gov will be the sole source for texts of pending and passed legislation, committee reports, congressional floor speeches and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office beginning Nov. 19, the Library of Congress announced on Friday. The site, initially launched in 2012, will replace the 18-year-old Thomas.gov, named for Thomas...

Satellite Providers Seek Rule Change to Sell Sharper Images on the Open Market

November 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Satellite images seem to be everywhere in the modern world from the weather channel to Google maps. They tell researchers the thickness of smog over Beijing; they tell U.S. intelligence agencies where Iran might be processing nuclear weapons and they can tell big box retailers how many cars are in...

Satellite Firms Want Rules Eased for Intel-Quality Images

November 7, 2013 U.S. intelligence agencies soon could pay drastically reduced prices for the highest resolution satellite images that only they’re allowed to purchase from commercial providers. That limited market has irked private satellite companies, which say it leaves them little incentive to innovate. Their solution: let the firms sell the images to...

HealthCare.gov’s Silver Lining: Everyone Cares About IT Procurement Now

November 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If there’s a silver lining to the HealthCare.gov debacle it’s that tough questions about how the government buys and builds information technology are now suddenly a topic of major and mainstream debate. Exhibit one: this Wednesday editorial in the New York Times, which calls for smarter IT buying throughout government,...