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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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House oversight leaders find rare bipartisan agreement on IT reform

December 3, 2012 One key to rationalizing the way information technology is managed in government is to mandate transparency about what agencies are buying and from whom, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said during Nextgov Prime Monday. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who appeared onstage with Issa, agreed. “Off the shelf software for agency X,...

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Up to the Challenge

December 1, 2012 In February 2011, the South Harbor Maine-based startup Flagsuit won a contract to develop new astronaut gloves for testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a big opportunity for Flagsuit founder and chief executive Peter Homer, who was managing a South Harbor community center when he first...

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Tech Roundup

December 1, 2012 Tracking Diplomats The agency charged with securing U.S. embassies plans to purchase a system that could locate and track diplomats during an emergency based on the signals beaming from their satellite and cellphones, documents show. That system could be extremely effective at monitoring security during an embassy or consulate attack,...

Industry groups demand changes to Issa’s IT reform bill

November 30, 2012 This story has been updated to include comment from Issa. A coalition of technology vendors demanded changes on Friday to proposed legislation that would overhaul the way agencies purchase information technology, saying they will not endorse the bill in its current form. The groups criticized the Federal Information Technology Reform...

Agencies waste millions acquiring duplicative data on roads, street addresses

November 29, 2012 The Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies haven’t done enough to coordinate how geospatial data is collected and shared, a watchdog said Monday. As a result, agencies have wasted millions of dollars gathering duplicative information about roads, street addresses and other data, the Government Accountability Office said....

AT&T subscribers can’t use Smokey’s app in his namesake park

November 29, 2012 From the All Things Ironic and Ursine Department: Nextgov is running a review of the U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear app this week, part of our Building Better Apps running feature. Smokey’s app is designed to give users information about how to safely build a forest fire. Our private sector...

GSA’s per diem app does one thing well, but it doesn’t do enough

November 28, 2012 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Our reviewers were mostly satisfied with what the General Services Agency’s Per Diem app does but they didn’t think it did enough. The app lists per diem reimbursement rates for federal employees traveling in the United States. But travelers could...

Issa advocates halting new Internet regulations

November 28, 2012 Rep. Darrell Issa took questions -- and a healthy dose of criticism -- from users of the social networking site Reddit Wednesday regarding his proposed bill to halt any new Internet regulations for two years. Issa’s proposed Internet American Moratorium Act would prohibit any new Internet regulations during the 113th...

FBI’s child ID app provides an insurance policy for concerned parents

November 28, 2012 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The FBI’s Child ID app is designed for parents to store photos and other information for easy access if their child is abducted. You can email the information to authorities straight from the application. Our reviewers thought the app had...

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Could Social Networking Kill Email in the Office?

November 28, 2012 Could social networking actually replace email and phone calls in the workplace? One agency thinks so. The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to roll out a social network next spring that will replace many of its traditional modes of communication. The platform, called One Voice, is a pilot that other...

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