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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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The Government’s Data Center Count Has Doubled Since 2011

June 24, 2013 The current tally of data centers managed by the federal government is north of 6,000, up from about 3,000 a few months ago, according to an Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman. The apparent doubling of the government’s data center portfolio is due to a 2011 policy shift that drastically...

Straight Outta Government: GSA Mulls Deal With Rap Genius

June 20, 2013 This article has been updated to correctly state how GSA negotiates with social media sites. What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool designed to decode hip hop lyrics and that government agencies could use...

U.S. History Now on Facebook

June 19, 2013 Want to bone up on the history you forgot from high school or maybe never learned? Fooling around on Facebook might be a valid option. During the past year or so, a number of federal agencies have filled in the history on their Facebook timelines all the way back to...

FDA Plans to Mine Shipping Data to Expose Illegal Cigarette Sales

June 18, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration plans to turn to data mining to spot illegal sellers of cigarettes and other tobacco products, solicitation documents show. The agency is seeking a vendor to mine commercial shipping data going back to 2007 to spot oddities that might indicate illegal tobacco sales or trafficking...

Vines Across the Oceans

June 17, 2013 It’s been about two months since the government inked terms of service with Twitter’s six-second video sharing site Vine, and agencies are beginning to make their marks there. Several U.S. embassies are among the early government Viners. The site gives embassies a quick, visual way to share something about the...

Survey Predicts Major Savings from Big Data

June 17, 2013 Federal technology officials think new data analysis tools could help them make smarter decisions, ultimately saving up to 14 percent of agency budgets, a survey released Monday said. About one-third of officials thought their agencies were on the right track with big data programming despite budget cuts resulting from sequestration,...

A More Searchable History

June 14, 2013 The push to open up government data in searchable and machine-readable formats has focused mostly on the work of contemporary lawmakers and officials. The principles of open data can be applied just as easily and fruitfully to historical works, though, as demonstrated by Founders Online, a new database that boasts...

CIA Gave Amazon a Leg Up on Cloud Deal

June 14, 2013 The CIA gave Amazon an unfair advantage when it agreed to weaken security requirements on a $150 million contract for a massive intelligence community computer cloud it had already awarded to the Web giant, an auditor said Friday. During post-award negotiations, Amazon asked the CIA to weaken a requirement that...

House Backs IT Buying Overhaul

June 14, 2013 This story has been updated to include comment from Rep. Issa. The House on Friday passed a bipartisan plan to overhaul the way the government purchases and manages information technology, as part of a major defense policy bill. House members agreed to add a version of the Federal Information Technology...

We Should Be Getting More From IT Project Reviews, Report Says

June 13, 2013 A system of top-level, adapt-or-perish reviews hasn’t done enough to stem the tide of over-budget and past-deadline information technology projects across the government, according to a report published Thursday. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget also hasn’t done enough to verify the $4 billion it claims TechStat sessions...