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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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White House Defends Obamacare on We the People

May 17, 2013 The White House turned to its petition site We the People late Thursday to combat Republican criticisms of President Obama’s two-year-old healthcare overhaul. Around the same time that the House of Representatives voted for the 37th time to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the White House posted responses to...

How Data Can Aid Farmers' Markets and Education Innovations

May 16, 2013 Two things that came across my desk this week show the potential of President Obama’s new open data policy but also its potential pitfalls. That policy requires agencies to make all future data they collect open and machine readable by default. The hope is that entrepreneurs outside government will use...

Cloud Computing Could Transform Foreign Aid

May 15, 2013 The next agency to invest heavily in the cloud may be the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency is in the market for a flexible, cloud-based platform that will allow officials at USAID's mission offices overseas and Washington headquarters to rapidly build new technology, according to solicitation documents posted...

Data Center Consolidation Savings ‘Minimal’ So Far

May 14, 2013 An initiative to consolidate federal data centers has yielded minimal savings so far and the government is unlikely to meet its goal of $3 billion in savings by 2015, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday. Agencies have also failed to adequately report on their data center cost...

Dot-govs Dip Below 1,000

May 14, 2013 Remember that plan to drastically consolidate federal websites? Progress on the initiative has been slow since mid-2011 when President Obama first highlighted dot-gov proliferation as part of his campaign to cut government waste. As we approach the three-year anniversary of that initiative, though, the government has passed a milestone. For...

The Story of an Open Document

May 14, 2013 When a cross-government team prepared to write the government’s new open data policy they wanted to do it in the most open way possible, Ben Balter, a Presidential Innovation Fellow who worked on the project, said. So for its primer on best open data practices, the team eschewed the common...

Feds Release Source Code for Dozens of Government Apps

May 14, 2013 The government’s Digital Services Innovation Center posted the computer code for dozens of citizen-facing mobile applications and websites to the code-sharing site Github on Tuesday. Officials at the center, which is part of the General Services Administration, posted the Mobile Code Catalog to Github so developers from other agencies or...

ICE Wants One Supplier for All Its Mobile Needs

May 13, 2013 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is looking for a single company to cover all its mobile needs, from providing equipment and data services to mobile device management and services to improve cell coverage inside its buildings. The provider should also offer a Web portal where ICE can order additional...

Not All Data Are Equal

May 13, 2013 This article has been updated to correct a typo in the original headline. One step to making government more data-driven is figuring out which data can lead to good decisions and which are less valuable, Office of Management and Budget official Kathryn Stack said Monday. “Frankly one of the steps...

A New One-Stop Shop for State-Level Mobile Apps

May 13, 2013 Looking for farm fresh produce in Delaware or curious about the driver’s test in Montana? The National Association of State Chief Information Officers can hook you up. The association launched a catalog of state government mobile applications Monday featuring about 160 apps from 47 states. The goal is to give...