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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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Attendance Triples at Archives Event That Was Forced Online by Sequestration

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s become a platitude of sequestration that scaling back doesn’t have to mean limiting services and that austerity can sometimes breed innovation. That platitude is sometimes proven true in simple ways, though, such as an annual genealogy fair hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration that made the move...

The Downside of Transparency

September 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Can transparency harm public participation in government? There’s no question transparency can be detrimental to government itself, of course. It makes it tougher to negotiate with contractors or foreign nations and precludes officials from taking some shortcuts that might turn out cheaper and more effective in the long run. Secrecy...

New ICE App Enlists the Public’s Help to Catch Sexual Predators

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new iPhone and iPad mobile application from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency enlists the public’s help to track down child predators. The app, called Operation Predator, includes profiles of accused criminals ICE is seeking, mostly for possession and distribution of child pornography. It includes links to submit a...

Auditor Finds $300 Million in Duplicative IT Systems at 3 Agencies

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated to include comment from Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. A dozen duplicative information technology systems at three federal agencies have cost the government more than $300 million during the past five years, an auditor announced Thursday. The duplicative investments included two overlapping systems to manage immigration...

Think Managing Federal Email Records Is Tough? Wait for Records on Snapchat

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once upon a time when federal employees used personal email for government communication, it was easy to call evasion, subterfuge or plain old trickery aimed at avoiding federal records preservation requirements. When some of President Bush’s political advisers used Republican National Committee accounts -- designated for political-only emails -- to...

Cost of Running Obamacare Data Site Has Tripled Since 2011

September 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost to run a computer cloud that manages some technical requirements of President Obama’s landmark health care reform act has tripled to more than $35 million since the contract was first awarded in 2011, documents show. The computer cloud stores the cost, coverage and performance data for insurance plans...

More Aggressive Oversight of Agency FOIA Compliance Is Needed, GAO Says

September 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government ombudsman for evaluating agencies’ compliance with the Freedom of Information Act should be more aggressive, a congressional auditor said on Tuesday. The four-year-old Office of Government Information Services, or OGIS, should be more proactive and comprehensive in suggesting improvements to proposed FOIA regulations and in assessing agencies’ compliance...

Justice Department Websites May Go Open Source

September 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department could be the next federal agency to switch a large share of its websites over to the open source Drupal content management system, contracting documents show. The agency posted a sole-source solicitation on Tuesday asking Drupal supplier Acquia to help it transfer up to its entire Web...

Second Round of Solicitations Added to Simplified Federal Contracting Site

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new crop of solicitations has been posted in the past few weeks to the government’s startup website for simplified government contracting RFP-EZ. There were 15 solicitations on RFP-EZ Monday afternoon, including one for a new mobile application to help the U.S. Marine Corps communicate with marines and recruits and...

FEMA Wants Better Hurricane Alerts for People With Disabilities

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to make its systems for alerting and communicating with the public during natural disasters more easily accessible by people with disabilities, contracting documents show. A solicitation posted in late August focuses on transmitting FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, alerts to...