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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent

Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.

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A Single Federal Email System is Interesting, but Unlikely

May 14, 2012 Friday marked the second time in as many weeks Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has publicly pondered a major Canadian initiative to pull the government’s entire information technology staff into a single agency and, perhaps most impressively, launch a single governmentwide email system. VanRoekel first mentioned the Shared Service ...

Telework will play a big role in government digital strategy, federal CIO says

May 11, 2012 The forthcoming digital government strategy will include telework as a major component, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told lawmakers and technology contractors Friday. The federal digital strategy, which VanRoekel said will be released soon, is a combination of two strategies the White House has been working on: one to ...

BlackBerry Needs Apps to Retain Federal Market Share

May 10, 2012 A compelling array of applications will be vital for Research in Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 if the company hopes to maintain some share of the federal marketplace it once dominated, a government vendor said Wednesday. That won’t be an easy sell for developers, however, who don’t see RIM’s BlackBerry as ...

Social Security’s IT modernization lacks a strategic plan

May 10, 2012 The Social Security Administration has invested more than $5 billion in information technology modernization over the past decade without effectively measuring how each reform would improve its services, a watchdog testified before members of a House subcommittee on Wednesday. As a result, the agency does not have reliable data on ...

New App Will Help the Disabled Report Income

May 9, 2012 The Social Security Administration is developing a mobile application for people who receive Supplemental Security income from the agency, Chief Information Officer Kelly Croft told a House subcommittee Wednesday. SSI benefits, which are intended to help aged, blind or disabled people pay for food and other basic needs, must be ...

GAO rejects protest of $70 million IT contract at CDC

May 8, 2012 The Comptroller General’s Office rejected arguments from Unisys Corp. on Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tricked it into overbidding on a $70 million contract to combine the agency’s legacy information technology systems. Unisys argued CDC officials misled the company into raising its proposed price tag from ...

Two-thirds of embassies are Tweeting

May 8, 2012 About 70 percent of U.S. embassies are active on Twitter, many of them Tweeting in the local language as well as English , according to a report released Tuesday by the Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency advocacy group. Most of the 121 U.S. embassies on Twitter use the social media ...

The many mothers of invention

May 8, 2012 Innovations such as a 2006 Transportation Department pilot program to reduce traffic jams and exhaust pollution can be spawned by a sudden influx of funding, panelists at Government Executive Media Group’s Excellence in Government conference said Monday. Or they can be prompted by the dearth of funding agencies face today. ...

Gathering data is just the first step

May 7, 2012 The explosion of big data across government and industry is just the first step in developing more efficient, data-driven services, Corporate Executive Board managing director Sampriti Ganguli said Monday. The next steps are figuring out what the data means, separating the wheat from the chaff and, finally, turning that knowledge ...

Democrats defend IT field hearing that Republicans plan to boycott

May 4, 2012 There’s nothing unethical about an information technology-focused event that Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plan to hold in Northern Virginia on May 11, the committee’s ranking member and the leading Democrat on its IT subcommittee said Thursday. Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on April 26 declined ...