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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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Social Media Plays Role in Response to Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2013 This story has been updated. Here’s a quick inventory of the role social media is playing in the response to Monday's bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line that has caused at least two deaths so far. The Boston Police Department began tweeting confirmed news about 45 minutes after...

Your Itemized Federal Tax Receipt

April 15, 2013 With the release of the White House’s 2012 federal taxpayer receipt tool on Monday, it seemed like a good time to put a plug in for the National Priorities Project’s Your Tax Receipt tool. Both tools are basically fancy calculators that break down each taxpayer’s bill based on the proportion...

Big Data Can Help Keep the Peace

April 12, 2013 Some of the same social media analyses that have helped Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spot warning signs of a flu outbreak could be used to detect the rumblings of violent conflict before it begins, scholars said in a paper released this week. Kenyan officials used...

President’s Budget Moves Spending Transparency Site from GSA to Treasury

April 11, 2013 President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal moves control over the spending transparency website USASpending.gov out of the General Services Administration and gives it to the Treasury Department. The budget also requests $5.5 million in additional funding for Treasury to manage the site, a Treasury spokeswoman said. The site was previously...

House Oversight Chairman Calls IT Budget Request Misleading

April 11, 2013 This post has been updated to add comment from Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. The chairman of the House committee that oversees most government information technology spending on Thursday criticized the $82 billion IT request included in President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, saying the figure is likely misleading. The Obama...

Obama Seeks Slight Increase in Tech Spending for Fiscal 2014

April 10, 2013 This story has been updated. President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget hikes information technology spending slightly to $82 billion, a 2 percent increase from estimated fiscal 2012 levels. Much of that increase comes from a 22 percent jump in proposed IT spending at the Veterans Affairs Department, focused mainly on reducing...

Air Traffic Control of the Future Requires Better Coordination Today, GAO Says

April 9, 2013 The Federal Aviation Administration should coordinate more with airlines on plans for a next generation air traffic control system or it risks missing out on some benefits, government auditors said. FAA pared back its midterm NextGen goals to ensure it would produce tangible benefits for airlines and passengers by 2018,...

Majority of Senate Standing Committees Still Aren’t Tweeting

April 9, 2013 This post has been updated. The official launch of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Twitter account on Tuesday brought the percentage of tweeting Senate standing committees to just less than 50 percent. Homeland Security Chairman Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., officially unveiled the Twitter account and a new...

Here’s What Government is Vine-ing About

April 8, 2013 Government-friendly terms of service inked by the General Services Administration and Twitter cleared the way last week for agencies to post six-second Vine videos without fear of violating any rules. A handful of agencies and officials had already begun posting Vine videos before GSA’s announcement, though. The breadth of those...

Paper Records Can Be Tracked Too

April 8, 2013 The Education Department’s contracting arm is investigating new ways to track paper documents even when regulations, security concerns or other technological limitations mean that those documents can’t be digitized, solicitation documents show. The immediate goal is to track about 2,000 contracting files that are on paper, according to a request...