November 16, 2009

Power Management Solution Reduces Police Car Dead Batteries, Emissions

The Dallas Police Department piloted anti-idling technology that operates a car's electrical system while it's turned off. Laptops, lights, radios and other equipment are powered.

November 11, 2009

Cities Use RFID and Bar Codes in Recycling Incentive Program

Michigan and Florida cities offer residents coupons and discounts in exchange for recycling.

November 4, 2009

Biometric Access System Distributes Weapons, Tasers to Police Officers

The Troy, N.Y., Police Department implements computerized lockers that verify officers' identities and equipment access privileges.

October 30, 2009

Rhode Island Tracks H1N1 Using Electronic Prescription Data

E-prescription data is sent to Rhode Island health officials to help identify potential H1N1 outbreaks and affected age groups.

October 27, 2009

Handheld Fingerprint Scanners Let Florida Police Identify Individuals in the Field

Sarasota County, Fla., Sheriff's Office deployed handheld devices that scan fingerprints and connect to state and local databases.

September 22, 2009

Universities Pilot's Kindle DX in the Classroom

Seven universities countrywide are participating in the pilot project, which provides Kindle DXs to 40 to 60 students.

September 17, 2009

Iowa County Surveys Citizens to Determine Emergency Volunteer Capabilities

Adair County, Iowa, is surveying its citizens to determine how they want to help following a disaster and what they could contribute to the response effort.

September 8, 2009

Partnership Improves Santa Barbara County, Calif.'s Preparedness, Communication Capabilities

Through the Radio Ready Program, Santa Barbara County teamed with local radio stations to install satellite communications equipment to ensure the distribution of information to the public.

August 25, 2009

California County Uses Medication-Dispensing Machine in Correctional Facilities

San Bernardino County reduces waste and increases accuracy by automatically dispensing prescriptions for inmates.

August 18, 2009

Green Initiatives: Washington, D.C.'s Vehicle Fleet Management Program Cuts Costs

DC Fleet Share program increases car sharing and eliminates unused vehicles.

August 10, 2009

Power IT Down Day Represents the Importance of Turning Off Technology

The second annual Power IT Down Day is August 27; state and local governments are urged to participate and reap the monetary savings.

August 6, 2009

North Carolina County Includes Community in Mitigation Plan Development, Discovers Partnership

Catawba County, N.C., held public meetings to garner citizen feedback for its new hazard mitigation plan and in the process developed a new public-private partnership.

August 4, 2009

Digital Pens Aid Critical Infrastructure Threat Assessments in Phoenix

The Phoenix Police Department uses digital pens to store information, reducing the amount of time assessing threat vulnerability in critical infrastructure and key resources.

July 27, 2009

Port Security Improves With Nonintrusive Cargo Inspection and Secure Port Access

9/11 changed the way officials view port security and led to new technologies and regulations.

July 24, 2009

New Products from Spectrum San Diego, American Technologies Network, Global Net Productions, General Atomics Electronic Systems

X-ray system, daytime binocular, video aids for pandemic preparation, radiation protection.

July 22, 2009

DHS Seeks Feedback From All Homeland Security Stakeholders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is conducting the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review of its policies and priorities, and will provide Web-based dialog sessions to garner feedback.

July 16, 2009

Higher Education Receives $9.7 Million for Emergency Management Plans

The U.S. Department of Education awarded grants to 26 colleges and universities to address the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

July 8, 2009

Boston Developing Apple iPhone Application to Report City Complaints

Boston's Citizen Connect iPhone application will let residents make complaints -- complete with a photo and location information -- about city nuisances.

July 7, 2009

Pilot Organizations Announced for DHS' Multi-Band Radio Project

The Multi-Band Radio Project seeks to address interoperability's challenges through the use of a radio that enables communication regardless of the frequency a first responder is operating on.

June 30, 2009

Federal Dashboard Tracks IT Spending revamped to track more than $70 billion in federal government IT spending, providing increased transparency for taxpayers.

June 30, 2009

Texas County Promotes Emergency Preparedness With Electronic Billboards

Jefferson County, Texas, counts down the days remaining in hurricane season and provides emergency preparedness information on electronic billboards.

June 29, 2009

Maryland State Police Overhauls its Vehicle Citation Process

Increased officer safety, improved efficiency and reduced paper use among benefits seen.

June 23, 2009

San Francisco Promotes Recycling With Green iPhone Application

San Francisco's EcoFinder iPhone application provides location-based information to help residents find the best location to recycle different materials.

June 18, 2009

Orlando, Fla., Completes Computer Replacement, Finds Energy Savings

Conrad Cross, CIO of Orlando, Fla., said the city wanted to update employees' technology, but discovered energy savings during the initiative.

June 17, 2009

Homeland Security Grants Process 'Improved,' Secretary Janet Napolitano Says

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it's working to streamline the grant process and fund projects that have staying power beyond a single grant cycle.

June 12, 2009

Ann Arbor, Mich., School District Enhances Campus, Student Safety

Ann Arbor Public Schools utilized a Readiness Emergency Management for Schools grant to help secure the school environment and train teachers and administrators.

June 11, 2009

Virginia Enacts Green Challenge, Requires State Agencies to Adopt Environmental Initiatives

Virginia state agencies can join in a green challenge in which metrics, like frequency of teleworking and video conferencing, will be tracked beginning June 15.

June 10, 2009

Oregon Corrections Streamline Communication With Voice-Messaging System

Using a Web-based service, two facilities in the Oregon Department of Corrections deliver unified messages to their communities or staff.

June 1, 2009

Hurricane Season Begins; Emergency Managers Prepare Through Guides, Polls

South Carolina Emergency Management Division's hurricane guide provides statewide information for residents and an example for other state agencies.

May 22, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak Puts Attention on Pandemic Planning at Universities

Campus emergency managers face tough questions in preparing for global emergencies.

May 21, 2009

Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Program Aids Government Agencies

Focus on Energy provides education and monetary incentives for installing energy-efficient technologies in Wisconsin.

May 19, 2009

New Products from Sargent Manufacturing, Nucsafe, Protective Products International, Leica

Exit device, radiation search tool, body-armor vests, mapping camera.

May 19, 2009

National Fuel Standard Will Reduce Oil Use, Greenhouse Gases

President Barack Obama's national fuel efficiency policy requires new vehicles to meet an average requirement of 39.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

May 17, 2009

Consolidated Internet and Phone Service Saves Thousands for New Jersey Town

Wayne Township, N.J., saved more than $52,000 annually by consolidating its phone and Internet services.

May 14, 2009

Kevin Kealy of AT&T: New Technology Often Has Unforeseen Consequences

Chief security scientist says with technology, like mobile phones, being used for more purposes, beware of misuse and negative consequences.

May 13, 2009

Craig Fugate Confirmed as FEMA Administrator

Craig Fugate, who hails from state and local government, takes top post at FEMA.

May 7, 2009

New York City Streamlining 911 Call Taking Process

New York City's unified call taking program combines the police and fire 911 call taking and dispatch systems.

May 7, 2009

New York City Police Department Adds 40 Hybrid Cars to its Fleet

The NYPD's addition of 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids brings its number of hybrid vehicles to more than 100.

April 27, 2009

Swine Flu Escalates to National Public Health Emergency

Swine flu has "pandemic potential," according to World Health Organization director general.

April 22, 2009

Light-Emitting Diode Streetlight Green Initiative Launched in San Jose, Calif.

San Jose will convert 125 streetlights to LEDs by June.

April 20, 2009

Aneesh Chopra Named Federal Chief Technology Officer

Virginia's secretary of technology to join the administration as chief technology officer.

April 16, 2009

High-Speed Rail Strategic Plan Released

President Barack Obama named 10 projects likely to receive stimulus funding and identified three funding tracks.

April 14, 2009

Green Initiatives Funded in Pennsylvania With Stimulus Funds

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority expects $3.8 million in grants to create 155 jobs and attract $19 million from private sources.

April 12, 2009

Jacksonville, Florida, Transportation Authority Installs Wireless Camera System

The surveillance system is monitored by a centralized command center and will aid in investigating customer complaints and keeping passengers and employees safe.

April 8, 2009

Science Adviser: Geoengineering Could Be Option to Combat Global Warming

John Holdren suggests that radical technologies may be the next step in fighting global warming.

April 7, 2009

Understanding the Stimulus Bill's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants

The National Association of Counties offers tips and will hold a webinar to provide information and answer questions.

March 30, 2009

Stimulus Funds to Aid Transit Authority's Green Initiative: Hybrid Buses

Kentucky's Transit Authority of River City plans to spend $5.37 million of stimulus funding on hybrid buses.

March 24, 2009

California Water Resources Uses CalLite Risk Simulation

California Department of Water Resources uses risk simulation model called CalLite to evaluate effects of water management policies.

March 23, 2009

Light Emitting Diode Streetlight Systems Help Cities Save Energy

Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska, cut energy consumption with LEDs and central controls.

March 19, 2009

Roy Mentkow: Technology Director Keeps Roanoke, Va., on the Cutting Edge

Roy Mentkow: Technology Director Keeps Roanoke, Va., on the Cutting Edge

March 18, 2009

Green Summit Features California EPA Secretary, UC Berkeley Director

Environmental experts discuss state's greenhouse gas emission goals, want to revise traditional thinking about green technologies.

March 17, 2009

J. Pari Sabety: Ohio Budget Director Aids Huge ERP Deployment

J. Pari Sabety: Ohio Budget Director Aids Huge ERP Deployment

March 6, 2009

Stimulus Bill Debated by California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority wants to determine what projects it can get stimulus bill funding for, but is lost because there are no requirements.

March 4, 2009

Craig Fugate Intended Nominee to Head FEMA

Fugate, Florida's emergency management director, to appear in New Orleans tomorrow for an event with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

March 3, 2009

Doug Thomas: Lincoln, Nebraska's E-Government Pioneer

Doug Thomas: Lincoln, Nebraska's E-Government Pioneer

February 25, 2009

Energy-Conservation Tools on 200 Workstations Will Save Delaware $10,000 Annually

Launched as a green initiative, Desktop Authority controls computers' power schemes and allows for individual energy-conservation customization.

February 25, 2009

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Tracked by Google Earth Layer

'Vulcan' map layer lets users track pollution from power plants and factories, or by U.S. location.

February 24, 2009

Stimulus Bill Includes Green Initiatives

A breakdown of the stimulus bill's funding for energy-efficient investments.

February 23, 2009

Stimulus Bill Funding to be Expedited by the U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu announced the stimulus bill funding reorganization in order to quickly get new investments in energy projects and create jobs.

February 17, 2009

Georgia Public-Safety Radio Network Years in the Making

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and others will have an interoperable network up and running as soon as December 2009.

February 13, 2009

Green Initiatives: Stimulus Package Includes Funds to Clean Up Cold War-Era Weapons Sites

Approved stimulus package allots nearly $6 billion to help clean up weapons sites like the Hanford Site -- the U.S.'s most contaminated area.

February 9, 2009

What Seabrook, Texas, CIO Learned From Hurricane Ike

George Szakacs wants Seabrook to have virtualization and an upstairs 911 center.

February 9, 2009

GIS Maps, Computerized Sprinklers Help Munis During Drought

Historic droughts in California, Georgia and elsewhere prompt cities to turn to IT -- like GIS maps -- for conservation help.

February 5, 2009

Vivek Kundra, Washington, D.C., CTO, Rumored to be Federal E-Government Chief of Office of Management and Budget

Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra joins Padmasree Warrior in running to be first federal CTO.

February 3, 2009

First Response Team of America Offers Disaster Response Aid

Response team helps first responders in disaster recovery and expects nothing in return.

February 2, 2009

New York State Moves to Green Oil Filters to Save Money, Environment

With the new oil filters, state vehicles will consume up to 70 percent less oil.

January 25, 2009

Maine Blows Region's Wind Power to New Levels

The state's second wind farm can generate up to 57 megawatts of electricity daily.

January 20, 2009

Gunshot Detection System Arms Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University launches a system that detects a gunshot's acoustic signature and automatically reports it to campus security.

January 19, 2009

GPS Tracks School Buses, Automatically Reports Crashes

Gloucester Township, N.J., uses system to increase student safety and obtain metrics for school buses and other city vehicles.

January 15, 2009

Dan Lohrmann, Michigan's First CISO, to be State's Acting CTO

Deputy Director Patrick Hale to leave Michigan state role; Lohrmann and Trent Carpenter step up.

January 12, 2009

LEDs, Centralized Control Illuminate Anchorage's Green Initiatives

Anchorage, Alaska, replaced 1,200 streetlights to save money and increase energy efficiency.

January 7, 2009

Solar Map Helps San Francisco Residents Plan Solar Power Installations

Solar maps let citizens investigate their home's solar potential and learn about local installations.

January 4, 2009

Kansas City Emergency Management Office Helps City Recover After Ice Storm

Emergency management agency aids Kansas City, Mo., after it's buried under tons of debris.

November 25, 2008

Solar LA Green Initiative Is Most Ambitious Citywide Renewable Energy Plan

Los Angeles launched the goal of installing 1.3 GW of photovoltaic power by 2020.

November 13, 2008

California Campuses to be Aided by Green Power

Public-private partnership aims to provide schools with renewable energy.

November 9, 2008

Police Encourage Citizens to Text Their Crime Tips

Citizens use cell phones to text-message crime tips to cops in Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2008

New York City's Taxicab Greening Curbed

Judge halts initiative, says fuel-efficiency standards can only be imposed by the federal government.

October 24, 2008

McCain vs. YouTube: How Copyright Affects Government Online

After McCain presidential campaign videos were removed from YouTube, letters between the two organizations give users insight into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

October 22, 2008

Gainesville, Fla., Seeks Solar Ideas From German-Style Incentive

Florida city seeks to encourage private and public solar power investment through 20-year monetary initiative.

October 20, 2008

Renewable Energy Powers Maui County, Hawaii, Portal

Hawaiian county's new Web site helps decrease its carbon footprint, while offering more information and resources.

October 13, 2008

Hosted Applications Cut Document Management Costs

Online document management offers benefits -- but some worry about security.

October 9, 2008

California Makes Prison Grounds Greener

Installing solar power fields and retrofitting old technology will save state penitentiaries 25 million kilowatt hours annually.

October 9, 2008

Offshore Wind Power Technology on New Jersey's Horizon

The state prepares to build a 346-megawatt power station.

October 7, 2008

Market-based Approach to Carbon Dioxide Emissions Launched

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative makes power plants bid for carbon emission allotments.

October 6, 2008

Solar Map Sheds Light on Photovoltaic Installations

Map gives information on local solar installations and helps citizens discover their roof's solar potential.

September 19, 2008

Atlanta Prepares New Sustainability Portal will be a hub for building a more environmentally conscious city.

September 8, 2008

New York Seeks Green Perspective From Traffic Camera System

The state investigates the environmental benefits of traffic camera systems.

August 26, 2008

Green Meter Quantifies Web Conference Savings

Arizona agencies hold virtual meetings, cut carbon emissions.