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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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Government has shuttered 64 data centers since August

November 16, 2012 The government has shuttered 382 data centers since 2010, 64 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday. Agencies plan to close 315 more centers by the end of September 2013, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government...

IT projects may not be getting enough oversight

November 16, 2012 The White House should do a better job of tracking whether agencies’ major technology projects are at risk of going off the rails and agencies should perform more oversight on their operations and maintenance spending, according to two recent watchdog reports. The first report, released publicly by the Government Accountability...

Secessionists and big government

November 15, 2012 One interesting side note about the string of secession petitions posted to the White House’s We the People site in recent days is that the petitioners don’t seem interested in merely dividing red states from blue states. No, if you take the petitioners at their word -- and the majority...

Lawmaker: Let travelers choose between speed and privacy at airport checkpoints

November 15, 2012 During a House hearing Thursday regarding malfunctioning privacy controls on 91 full-body airport scanners that are being held in storage, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., asked a novel question. Why doesn’t the Transportation Security Administration place the malfunctioning scanners in airports and let travelers decide whether privacy or passing through the...

Residents of all 50 states have filed secession petitions

November 15, 2012 Vermont became the 50th state in which some residents are seeking permission to secede from the union Thursday using the White House’s petition site We the People. The Vermont petition became visible on the site sometime after 10 a.m. It wasn’t actually authored by a Green Mountain State resident but...

The best of the non-secession petitions to the White House

November 14, 2012 Update: The petition has been removed for violating We the People's terms of participation The rush of new secession-inspired We the People petitions following President Obama’s reelection has included some old saws, some absolute arcana and a fair amount of vitriol on both sides. I think this one takes the...

Expect IT consolidation, cost cutting during Obama’s second term

November 14, 2012 Expanding the Office of Management and Budget’s PortfolioStat process for reviewing agencies’ informational technology spending will be one focus of the second Obama term, Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said Wednesday. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel launched PortfolioStat in March focused mainly on reducing what agencies were paying for...

Citizens in nearly every state petition White House for right to secede

November 14, 2012 This story was last updated at 3:30 p.m. to reflect that petitions for Maryland and Connecticut to secede appeared on the public site. For the most recent story and to find out which state was the last holdout, click here. The number of states where a handful of citizens were...

Russian Internet crackdown shows complexity of modern transparency

November 13, 2012 The list of nations with a comparatively open Internet took another hit this month with the creation of a Russian blacklist of banned websites. The blacklist is ostensibly aimed at filtering out child pornography and keeping information promoting drugs and suicide out of the hands of youth, according to the...

State CIOs aim to consolidate data centers, move to the cloud

November 13, 2012 Consolidating data centers and other infrastructure, moving more operations to nimble computer clouds and avoiding a cyberattack or other security breach are the top three priorities for state chief information officers in 2013, according to a survey released Tuesday. Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers also...

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