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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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DATA Act, Scene two: Drop the independent board

July 18, 2012 Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., plans to reintroduce federal spending transparency legislation without a provision for an independent oversight board that government budget officials have criticized, he told the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Government watchdogs, however, say some independent oversight is needed to ensure agencies take...

Cloud’s Culture Change Comes at the Top and the Bottom

July 18, 2012 When government officials describe a cultural barrier to cloud computing, they’re usually talking about ground-level changes. When a workers’ email is glitchy he wants to call someone at a help desk two floors down not 2,000 miles away, and managers feel more comfortable when employees are working on projects at...

Performance.gov struggles with reduced funding

July 17, 2012 Funding cuts in the fiscal 2011 and 2012 budgets required the White House to slow development of a unified website for government performance data, an Office of Management and Budget official said Tuesday. After about one year in operation, Performance.gov lists most agency goals in bulleted points of one or...

Goodbye Red Phone, Hello Blue Bird

July 16, 2012 The Russian Foreign Ministry plans to launch a Facebook page soon and is offering “special courses to teach diplomats how to make the most of their Twitter accounts to help promote Russia’s position on the world stage,” the state-owned Ria Novosti news service reported Monday. The ministry also launched a...

Do we need a governmentwide wiki?

July 13, 2012 Government wikis such as the State Department’s Diplopedia and the intelligence community’s Intellipedia aim to be go-to resources for federal employees to get information about internal or external matters, such as how to organize a particular report or where colleagues in a reorganized bureau landed. One of the greatest benefits...

Half of agency websites are using an updated Internet address system

July 13, 2012 Federal agencies had transitioned an estimated 50 percent of their public facing websites and online services to Internet protocol version 6 as of June and are on track to have all of them moved by September, officials said Friday. The latest protocol also should be fully integrated into agencies’ security,...

There’s Nothing Sexy About Wikipedia

July 13, 2012 In addition to being the center of most everything else these days, the Internet is a hub of capitalism. With new things being monetized everywhere you look online, federal agencies, universities and nonprofits face a dilemma: how to look user friendly, hip and authoritative, all while making it clear you’re...

A Campaign Tweet With History

July 12, 2012 That former federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra would announce his candidacy to be Virginia’s lieutenant governor on Twitter may have been a given in retrospect. What better way for a technologist to simultaneously reach out to his natural constituency and build new followers. One major question remains, though, about...

Slowdown in Private Sector Tech Could Be a Warning to Government

July 12, 2012 Reuters reported Wednesday that even the normally bullish tech sector is bracing for lower-than-expected quarterly earnings reports, causing investors to back off the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Intel. Here’s the explainer: Corporate IT budgets have historically proved more resilient to worsening macroeconomic conditions than other kinds of spending, because...

Agencies aren’t providing enough details about future cloud moves, GAO says

July 11, 2012 Nineteen of 20 agency plans for future cloud computing projects are missing important elements, a watchdog said Wednesday. For example, seven of the 20 blueprints submitted to the Office of Management and Budget do not include any cost estimates, according to the Government Accountability Office report. None of the 14...

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