Nextgov - Authors - Joseph Markshttp://www.nextgov.com/voices/joseph-marks/2352/Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for <em>Nextgov</em>. 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 <em>Congressional Quarterly</em>’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.en-usThu, 08 May 2014 10:00:00 -0400Mining Federal Procurement Data for Companies and for Profit http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/mining-federal-procurement-data-companies-and-profit/83902/GovTribe sees an opportunity in helping firms navigate the messy world of government contracting.Joseph MarksThu, 08 May 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/mining-federal-procurement-data-companies-and-profit/83902/Big DataThinkstockWant To Pay Less for Drugs Under Medicare? http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/want-pay-less-drugs-under-medicare/84004/One company is crunching government data to help seniors make more informed decisions when selecting insurance plans.Joseph Marks, Government ExecutiveThu, 08 May 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/want-pay-less-drugs-under-medicare/84004/Big DataThinkstockCancer Maps Show the Power and Limits of Data for Public Policyhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/05/cancer-maps-show-power-and-limits-data-public-policy/83884/You can learn a lot about people’s vulnerability from where they live, but other factors are tougher to track.Joseph MarksWed, 07 May 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/05/cancer-maps-show-power-and-limits-data-public-policy/83884/HealthUGREEN 3S/Shutterstock.comWhy Does the IRS Make It So Tough to Rat Out Tax Cheats?http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/05/why-does-irs-make-it-so-tough-rat-out-tax-cheats/83773/A new Web service lets people report tax avoiders anonymously and online.Joseph MarksMon, 05 May 2014 13:19:37 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/05/why-does-irs-make-it-so-tough-rat-out-tax-cheats/83773/Emerging Tech - Emerging Tech PTstock/Shutterstock.comConsultant Lists DHS’ Most (and Least) Annoying Contracting Officers http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/consultant-lists-dhs-most-and-least-annoying-contracting-officers/83710/GovTribe has produced scorecards for government acquisition staff.Joseph MarksFri, 02 May 2014 16:40:54 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/consultant-lists-dhs-most-and-least-annoying-contracting-officers/83710/Big DataApatsara/Shutterstock.comTechAmerica, ITI Settle Dispute Over Employee and Member Poachinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/05/techamerica-iti-settle-dispute-over-employee-and-member-poaching/83641/Agreement details are confidential; TechAmerica initially sought $5 million in damages.Joseph MarksFri, 02 May 2014 11:00:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/05/techamerica-iti-settle-dispute-over-employee-and-member-poaching/83641/CIO Briefing Derek Hatfield/Shutterstock.comTrying to Limit the Collection of Personal Data Would Be a Lost Causehttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/trying-limit-collection-personal-data-would-be-lost-cause/83614/The government should focus instead on making sure that data does the least harm, a White House report says.Joseph MarksThu, 01 May 2014 17:58:37 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/05/trying-limit-collection-personal-data-would-be-lost-cause/83614/Big DataGenialbaron/Shutterstock.comThis Is Who Actually Enrolled in Obamacarehttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/05/heres-who-actually-enrolled-obamacare/83572/About 28 percent of enrollees were in the vital 18-to-34-year-old range.Joseph MarksThu, 01 May 2014 14:38:06 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/05/heres-who-actually-enrolled-obamacare/83572/CIO Briefingtxking / Shutterstock.comOPM Innovation Lab Can't Say If It's Actually Helpful, GAO Findshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/opm-innovation-lab-cant-say-if-its-actually-helpful-gao-finds/83506/The two-year-old lab is prepping to launch several deep dive projects.Joseph MarksWed, 30 Apr 2014 17:11:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/opm-innovation-lab-cant-say-if-its-actually-helpful-gao-finds/83506/Emerging Tech everything possible/Shutterstock.comCongress to Feds: You're On the Hook for Spending Transparencyhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/congress-feds-youre-hook-spending-transparency/83383/The DATA Act won’t live up to its potential if the executive branch doesn't live up to its responsibilities, lawmakers say.Joseph MarksTue, 29 Apr 2014 13:26:48 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/congress-feds-youre-hook-spending-transparency/83383/CIO Briefing“We looked for a collaborative effort in this process but we’re also holding their feet to the fire,” Senate bill co-sponsor Mark Warner, D-Va., said. J. Scott Applewhite/APThe Data Act Is About to Shake Up Federal Operationshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/data-act-about-shake-federal-operations/83344/Following House passage late Monday, the bill that will require uniform spending data across the government heads to Obama for signature.Joseph MarksMon, 28 Apr 2014 17:25:21 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/data-act-about-shake-federal-operations/83344/CIO BriefingHouse Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.J. Scott Applewhite/APDefense CIO to Step Down This Weekhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/04/defense-cio-step-down-week/83299/The department hasn’t yet named a successor.Joseph MarksMon, 28 Apr 2014 15:02:49 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/04/defense-cio-step-down-week/83299/DefenseLauren Victoria Burke/AP file photoWhy Driverless Cars Don't Require a Bunch of New Lawshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/why-driverless-cars-dont-require-bunch-new-laws/83254/A new report says the right regulatory framework may be closer than it appears.Joseph MarksFri, 25 Apr 2014 17:11:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/why-driverless-cars-dont-require-bunch-new-laws/83254/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechA Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle is seen on display at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.Julie Jacobson/APGSA Wants Contractors to Sign on the Digital Line http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/gsa-wants-contractors-sign-digital-line/83236/The General Services Administration plans to award an agencywide digital signature contract in 2015.Joseph MarksFri, 25 Apr 2014 15:14:02 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/gsa-wants-contractors-sign-digital-line/83236/Emerging TechiCreative3D/Shutterstock.comLawsuit Says GSA Discriminates Against Blind Contractorshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/lawsuit-says-gsa-discriminates-against-blind-contractors/83179/The System for Award Management is not handicapped accessible, the suit claims.Joseph MarksThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:05:50 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/lawsuit-says-gsa-discriminates-against-blind-contractors/83179/CIO BriefingVerveridis Vasilis/Shutterstock.comThe RFP for the U-2 Spy Plane Was Just Two Pages Longhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/rfp-u-2-spy-plane-was-just-two-pages-long/83104/The acquisition shows how government contracting has changed and stayed the same.Joseph MarksWed, 23 Apr 2014 16:58:11 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/rfp-u-2-spy-plane-was-just-two-pages-long/83104/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechA U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane takes off from the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea.Lee Jin-man/APBuying Facebook Ads Could be a Bad Call for Agencieshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/buying-facebook-ads-could-be-bad-call-agencies/83020/Departments should focus more on mission and less on marketing, GSA says.Joseph MarksTue, 22 Apr 2014 17:28:58 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/buying-facebook-ads-could-be-bad-call-agencies/83020/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechJoerg Koch/AP File PhotoBYOD Cost the Energy Department More Than Supplying Government Phoneshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/04/byod-cost-energy-department-more-supplying-government-phones/82975/Department could save $2.3 million in three years with better mobile management, auditor finds.Joseph MarksTue, 22 Apr 2014 13:31:28 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/04/byod-cost-energy-department-more-supplying-government-phones/82975/Mobile imtmphoto/Shutterstock.comWant to Know How Developers Use Your Agency's Data? Ask Them.http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/04/want-know-how-developers-use-your-agencys-data-ask-them/82930/An upgraded HealthData.gov site will ask users to volunteer what they’re using HHS data for.Joseph MarksMon, 21 Apr 2014 17:43:52 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/04/want-know-how-developers-use-your-agencys-data-ask-them/82930/Health everything possible/Shutterstock.comFlagging Tweets Didn't Weigh Down Late Obamacare Enrollments http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/flagging-tweets-didnt-weigh-down-late-obamacare-enrollments/82840/The White House drastically slowed its #GetCovered Twitter campaign after March 31.Joseph MarksFri, 18 Apr 2014 16:25:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/flagging-tweets-didnt-weigh-down-late-obamacare-enrollments/82840/CIO BriefingKiev/Shutterstock.comThree Things Federal CIOs Say About CIO Authorityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/three-things-federal-cios-say-about-cio-authority/82771/It can be undone from above and below.Joseph MarksThu, 17 Apr 2014 17:20:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/three-things-federal-cios-say-about-cio-authority/82771/CIO BriefingOhmega1982/Shutterstock.comHow Government Data Could Make College Cheaperhttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/how-government-data-could-make-college-cheaper/82639/The Education Department is asking developers how they could use APIs to make college a better value for students.Joseph MarksWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:10:45 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/04/how-government-data-could-make-college-cheaper/82639/Emerging TechBennyartist/Shutterstock.comSenate Passes Bill Demanding Uniform Coding for Agencies' Spending Datahttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/senate-passes-bill-demanding-uniform-coding-agencies-spending-data/82336/House lawmakers vow to get the DATA Act to the president's desk.Joseph MarksThu, 10 Apr 2014 17:47:29 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/senate-passes-bill-demanding-uniform-coding-agencies-spending-data/82336/CIO BriefingSen. Mark Warner, D-Va.J. Scott Applewhite/APGovernment-Run Competitions Should Be About Markets, Not Prizeshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/government-run-competitions-should-be-about-markets-not-prizes/82333/That means knowing where you want the market to go but giving competitors flexibility to get there faster.Joseph MarksThu, 10 Apr 2014 16:47:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2014/04/government-run-competitions-should-be-about-markets-not-prizes/82333/Emerging Tech - Emerging Tech kentoh/Shutterstock.comGSA Announces Plan to Simplify Federal Contractinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/gsa-announces-plan-simplify-federal-contracting/82306/Initiative puts expert advice in specific acquisition categories.Joseph MarksThu, 10 Apr 2014 14:52:18 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/gsa-announces-plan-simplify-federal-contracting/82306/CIO BriefingSyda Productions/Shutterstock.com