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Joseph Marks

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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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State Department Launches New App for Prospective Diplomats

March 29, 2013 A new State Department mobile application gives prospective Foreign Service officers a taste of what could be in store for them. The app, which is being promoted online and during career fairs, includes slick video interviews with diplomats representing the department’s different specialties, profiles of embassy life in different nations,...

Postal Service Mobile App Tracks Packages, Locates Mailboxes

March 29, 2013 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The growth of email has battered the U. S. Postal Service financially but that doesn’t mean USPS is a slouch when it comes to modern technology, Nextgov’s team of private sector app reviewers said. The Postal Service’s mobile app allows...

Newtown, Aurora Victims Seek National Compassion Fund on White House Petition Site

March 28, 2013 An informal group of victims’ families from the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other tragedies is petitioning the White House to help people donate to victims of similar tragedies without losing some of those donations to a non-profit’s operating costs. The 64 families posted their petition to...

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GSA Releases Draft Solicitation for Massive Professional Services Contract Vehicle

March 28, 2013 The General Services Administration moved one step closer to launching an overarching contract vehicle for professional services Thursday by releasing two draft requests for proposals. The agency is inviting comments on the draft RFPs and through its GSA Interact system. The contract vehicle, known as One Acquisition Solution for Integrated...

VanRoekel Revamps IT Portfolio Review Process

March 27, 2013 The White House is revamping its initiative to streamline how federal agencies buy information technology. The PortfolioStat program so far has saved the government roughly $300 million since it was launched one year ago this month, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told Nextgov in an interview Wednesday. His office...

All 50 States Now Provide Online Access to Spending Data

March 26, 2013 All 50 states now provide some checkbook-level government spending information online, a national consumer group has found. That’s up from only 32 states that provided such information in 2009, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 2013 Following the Money report. The seven states that received A or A-minus...

Interior Cloud Services Contract Gets Go Ahead After Protest

March 26, 2013 The comptroller general’s office has denied a federal contractor's protest, clearing the way for the Interior Department to purchase a slate of cloud-based services including cloud storage and application hosting. This is Interior’s second major cloud acquisition to be delayed by a vendor protest. The government technology vendor Qwest Government...

Here’s How the Government Hires a Dishwasher

March 25, 2013 Government acquisitions move at a slow, lumbering pace. They’re weighed down by special requirements, procedures and regulations that ensure the government doesn’t pay more or less than it ought to and that competition for contracts stays fair and open. These rules and procedures can also slow down operations to the...

Intel Community Seeks the Next Big Thing in High Powered Computing

March 25, 2013 The research wing of the U.S. intelligence community is looking for new and innovative supercomputing technologies that can provide substantially more computing power while expending less energy, solicitation documents show. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, is also interested in new methods for evaluating computer performance that go...

Who’s Using Our Data? Ag Agencies Ask

March 22, 2013 Hats off to two Agriculture Department divisions for seeking feedback Thursday and Friday about how and whether their open data are being used by researchers and other data consumers. In the push to make government data more accessible to the public, phase two -- figuring out what data the public...