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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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CIO Council Relaunches CIO.gov

September 18, 2012 The main Web page for the federal Chief Information Officers Council relaunched Tuesday in a beta version aimed at providing better navigation and more functionality. The council is seeking public feedback before finalizing the redesign, through the site’s feedback page and on Twitter. Here’s from the announcement: We have pulled...

Feds predict $16.6 billion in cloud savings, triple OMB’s estimates

September 18, 2012 Federal managers believe they can save more than $16 billion annually by moving critical technology infrastructure to cloud computing, a survey released Wednesday shows. That’s more than three times the highest figure to come from the Office of Management and Budget. In May 2011, then-federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra...

MyTSA Coming Down to Earth

September 14, 2012 The Homeland Security Department is considering developing a mobile application similar to its MyTSA app but for land travel across the Canadian and Mexican borders, an official said Friday. MyTSA provides information about wait times at U.S. airport security lines based on crowdsourced traveler reports. The proposed new app from...

GAO gives agencies good marks on e-gov compliance

September 14, 2012 Federal agencies led by the Office of Management and Budget have done a solid job of complying with the 2002 E-Government Act but could improve the way they gather performance metrics and report on agency progress, a watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office report lists numerous federal products and...

EPA to move email to the cloud by early 2013

September 14, 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency will move its roughly 18,000 employees to a cloud-based email and collaboration system by early 2013, EPA said in a statement Friday. Officials expect the Microsoft-based email and collaboration system to save the agency about $12 million over four years, according to the statement. EPA contracted...

Could a workplace social network replace email and phone? One agency thinks so.

September 14, 2012 The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to roll out a workplace social network next spring that will replace much of the agency’s emailing and phone calls, Chief Technology Officer Travis Howerton said Friday. The platform, called One Voice, is a pilot that other divisions of the Energy Department may adopt...

Biggest federal crowdsourcing challenges aren’t technical

September 13, 2012 The greatest challenges that federal agencies face when trying to draw crowdsourced information from citizens on social media aren’t technical; they’re organizational, political and legal, an analyst at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s GeoCenter said Thursday. Shadrock Roberts’ team worked extensively with USAID attorneys before launching a crowdsourcing project...

Benghazi Attack Brings Online Gamers Together

September 12, 2012 Online communities can be sensitive places during a crisis. I wrote in April, for instance, about how the rapid spread of Facebook rumors was robbing some military widows of what small comfort they might have taken from receiving the military’s traditional in-person notification of their husbands deaths. Wednesday’s killing of...

Government Printing Office adopts internal XML system

September 12, 2012 The Government Printing Office is adopting a new system that will manage and publish congressional bills and other publications entirely in a pared down and machine-readable XML format, the company providing the system announced Wednesday. GPO plans to launch a “proof of concept” for the new system with congressional bills...

Does the Federal CIO Shop Need Bold Vision or Implementation?

September 12, 2012 It’s an old trope in government that too much change all at once can start to yield diminishing returns. That’s why government executives who make major changes are often succeeded by managers who, either by temperament or necessity, focus on implementing their predecessor’s big initiatives, making sure all the new...

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