Matt Williams

Contributing Writer

Matt Williams was previously the news editor of, and is now a contributor to Government Technology and Public CIO magazines. He also is the managing editor of TechWire, a sister publication to Government Technology.


August 1, 2016

California Innovation Lab Open for Business

The state's innovation lab is a sandbox within the state's private cloud where public-sector developers can experiment with, share and reuse open source code and technology in a secure environment.

June 30, 2016

Amy Tong Named Permanent California CIO

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced that Amy Tong will serve on a permanent basis as the state's chief information officer after taking over when Carlos Ramos retired earlier this year.

June 13, 2016

Can Agile Development Change the Culture of Public-Sector Procurement?

Companies are competing to be selected for California's pool of agile developers. One developer hopes openness will improve its chances.

June 6, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Outlines City-Funded Innovation Strategy

Mayor Kevin Johnson announced new initiatives from Sacramento's city government to support business creation, job growth and innovation as dozens of local coders gathered Saturday at The Hacker Lab co-working space in Midtown to participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking.

May 20, 2016

California's Digital Innovation and Technology Engagement Office to Enhance Digital Services Delivery

The initiative will look at implementing agile and lean business processes to quickly deliver IT solutions, and open data also will be a core component.

May 10, 2016

California Launches Redesigned, Dynamic Web Portal

One of the project’s goals was to design the website so it takes fewer clicks for a user to find information.

April 20, 2016

California Seeks Chief Data Officer

Although an official announcement hasn't yet come from the Governor's Appointment Office, a job posting is inviting candidates to apply for the position of Chief Data Officer, which would report directly to the secretary of the Government Operations Agency.

March 25, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Launches 'Massive' Innovation Fund, Recruits Interim Innovation Officer

As Mayor Kevin Johnson's interim chief innovation officer, Abhi Nemani is helping Sacramento figure out what to do with the funding approved by the mayor and City Council.

March 23, 2016

Team California

Ronald Ralph, Tom Lupo, John Laird, Rita Gass, Tim Garza, Phil Minas

March 17, 2016

California Names Amy Tong Acting State CIO

CIO Carlos Ramos has announced that he will retire from public service at the end of March.

March 16, 2016

California CIO Carlos Ramos Leaving Position

Under Ramos' leadership, California's Department of Technology launched its own private cloud in 2014, created a new project approval process and Project Management Office in 2015, and is testing vendor performance metrics in 2016.

February 5, 2016

California Government May Soon Take Advantage of Augmented Reality

Dr. Gregory Curtin, founder and CEO of Civic Resource Group, said there are already "profound" use cases for AR in the public sector.

December 22, 2015

Longtime Tech Advocate Reflects on Achievements, Procurement Reform

Upon her retirement, influential IT industry advocate Carol Henton reflects on trends and accomplishments during her career working with state governments.

December 3, 2015

California Considers Launching a Data and Civic Innovation Lab

The Deputy Director for the California Department of Technology is considering a statewide system that will allow for more flow of government data and an Innovation Lab to work on new strategies of how to take advantage of it.

October 23, 2015

Will California Digital Strategy Mimic U.S. Digital Service?

According to the Little Hoover Commission, California should follow the federal government's model and hire tech officials from the private sector for short term IT projects.

May 15, 2015

California Department of Technology Appoints Chris Cruz as Chief Deputy Director of Operations

Cruz becomes CalTech’s No. 2 executive, replacing Ron Hughes, who retired from public service last summer.

March 24, 2015

Chris Cruz

CIO, Department of Health Care Services, California

August 29, 2014

Hard-Won Experience: Lessons from America’s Biggest Disasters and Emergencies

Public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others.

August 15, 2014

How San Francisco Plans to Reinvigorate Its Open Data Program

A new strategic plan aims to institutionalize open data in San Francisco.

August 15, 2014

San Diego County to Modernize Criminal Case Management System

The new system will provide real-time updates, data transfers, data exchanges and alerts to more than 50 agencies.

August 12, 2014

Is a Vendor Performance Scorecard in California’s Future?

A State Technology Vendor Performance Task Force is discussing how the scoring system would be weighted among competencies such as project management, system development life cycle, vendor performance and contract fulfillment.

July 8, 2014

Tech Sector Elevates California’s Economy to No. 8 in the World

In an analysis by Steve Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, technology, trade and tourism are leading the state’s economy forward.

May 16, 2014

Florida Seems Poised to Bring Back its State CIO’s Office — Will it Work this Time?

State agencies, local governments and the companies that provide services to Florida are waiting to see what will emerge from new legislation that aims to create an Agency for State Technology, replacing the defunct Agency for Enterprise Information Technology.

March 3, 2014

7 Ways to Innovate Government IT

Seven ingredients to tip the balance toward innovation in your organization.

February 25, 2014

Covered California -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

Peter V. Lee, executive director, California Health Benefit Exchange; David Maxwell-Jolly, former chief deputy executive director for strategy, California Health Benefit Exchange; Karen Ruiz, CalHEERS project director California Health Benefit Exchange; Juli Baker, chief technology officer, California Health Benefit Exchange

February 5, 2014

Disruptive Technology on the Horizon

A look at innovative technology that’s set to take the world by storm.

December 10, 2013

CIOs Off the Clock

Inside the fascinating lives of CIOs who break the mold.

September 3, 2013

2013 Best of the Web Award Winners Announced

Austin, Texas; Alameda County, Calif.; and Tennessee take home top honors.

August 22, 2013

2013 Best of California Awards Celebrate Top IT Projects and Leaders

IT achievements and innovators throughout the state are honored in the annual Best of California awards program.

August 19, 2013

New York State Ready for Quick Move into Cloud Email

New York State is consolidating email and moving to Microsoft Office 365.

August 7, 2013

Why Most Governments Don’t Carry Cyber Insurance

Given the fallout from high-profile data breaches, why do public-sector agencies lag behind other economic sectors when it comes to buying cyber insurance?

July 29, 2013

Is Bitcoin Too Big for Government to Ignore?

Bitcoin and other digital currency may find its way into government yet.

July 29, 2013

Technology Will Make or Break Oregon’s Mileage Tracking Program

Oregon’s plan to charge drivers by the mile is gaining speed with the help of cheaper off-the-shelf devices.

July 18, 2013

2013 Digital Counties Survey Winners Announced

Annual polling shows how county governments are using digital technologies to serve their citizens and streamline operations.

June 5, 2013

2013 Best of Texas Award Winners Announced

The best and brightest technology projects and IT professionals in Texas state and local government were recognized at the Best of Texas awards program during GTC Southwest 2013.

May 20, 2013

How Tech Helped Manassas, Va., Conquer Long-Held Distrust

The city and school board in Manassas, Va., overcame past rivalries to develop a first-ever joint capital improvement plan, engaging citizens in the process.

April 22, 2013

How California Trains Its Future Tech Leaders

The Information Technology Leadership Academy teaches middle managers the skills necessary to lead a technology department.

March 8, 2013

Are Governments Ready to be Buyers of Cybersecurity Insurance?

Some public-sector officials and brokers in the insurance industry think the time has come to apply traditional insurance principles in the world of government IT.

October 9, 2012

Where Is E-Government Communication Headed?

Scott Burns, the CEO of GovDelivery, shares some insights about the present and future that might surprise you.

September 13, 2012

GovGirl Joins Govtech

Kristy Fifelski, the creator of the popular video blog, is bringing her talents to Government Technology and parent company e.Republic.

August 21, 2012

19 Million Americans Still Don’t Have Broadband Access, FCC Says

The most interesting data within the FCC’s annual report on U.S. broadband availability and adoption.

August 8, 2012

New York City Shows New Law Enforcement Technology

Officials believe a new situational awareness platform is a true one-stop shop for public safety data.

August 8, 2012

Philadelphia Gets a Chief Data Officer

Mark Headd, the city’s first chief data officer, has been working as Code for America’s government relations director.

July 17, 2012

Los Angeles CTO’s Rocky Tenure Ended Abruptly

Controversy surrounding Randi Levin’s husband – not a technology scandal – appears to have led to resignation.

July 16, 2012

What Social Media Do Government Officials Use Most? (GRAPHIC)

Only 16 percent of government executives said they don’t use social networks at all.

July 10, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Complicates Health Insurance Exchanges

Health-care industry executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reigns as states continue to build online marketplaces for insurance.

July 9, 2012

Texas Publishes New Strategic IT Plan

Noteworthy excerpts from the 100-page document that sets IT strategy in Texas through 2017.

June 28, 2012

David All Shares Ideas on Emerging Trends for Campaigns and Elections

Founder of online communications and branding firm discusses online technology and strategies for politicians.

June 26, 2012

Q&A: Harry Herington, CEO and Chairman of the Board, NIC Inc.

CEO shares insights about NIC’s future as the company celebrates 20 years in the state portal business.

June 25, 2012

Microsoft and Yammer: What It Could Mean for Government

Time will tell if Microsoft’s $1.2 billion cash purchase of Yammer make governments more social.

June 22, 2012

HHS Systems Needed, but Procurement Is Ailing

A new Government Technology survey confirms longstanding procurement frustrations as agencies look to upgrade health and human services systems.

June 14, 2012

Florida’s Technology Agency Caught in Political Crossfire

Spat over scope of duties leads to loss of funding for Florida AEIT and a new job for CIO David Taylor.

June 8, 2012

Riverside, Calif., Named World's 2012 Intelligent Community of the Year

The Southern California city was recognized for its fiber network, digital inclusion efforts, technology incubation, IT recycling and several other projects.

June 7, 2012

How many tweets are made each day?

How many tweets are made each day?

May 15, 2012

Utah CIO Steve Fletcher Resigns, State Promises Security Reforms

Gov. Herbert announces a technology audit and a health data security ombudsman in response to a big data breach discovered last month on a Utah Department of Health server.

March 30, 2012

It’s Time for America to Invest in Broadband

Deploying high-speed broadband nationwide should be a priority.

February 29, 2012

Ron Littlefield

Mayor, Chattanooga, Tenn.

January 17, 2012

Utah Signs On With Google

The state’s 22,000 government employees will be getting the company’s cloud-based email and applications later this year.

January 10, 2012

Michigan Starts Seed Fund for Collaborative IT Projects

State CIO hopes small investments will result in innovative partnerships between state and local government.

January 4, 2012

Pittsburgh Finishes Google Apps; CIO Howard Stern Leaves

Pittsburgh CIO says he is confident in Google’s security despite L.A. City Council’s decision to cancel email for law enforcement.

December 15, 2011

California Creates Justice Unit for E-Crimes

The eCrime Unit will work across jurisdictional lines to investigate and prosecute cybercrime, identity theft, computer theft, online child pornography, intellectual property theft and similar crimes.

November 18, 2011

N.J. Eyes Transformation After Naming New State CIO

Steve Emanuel’s candor could pair well with Gov. Chris Christie’s plainspoken approach.

October 6, 2011

State and Local Cloud Commission Has First Meeting

Nine IT executives from state and local government to advise commission of industry heavyweights that will develop recommendations for implementation of cloud computing in the public sector.

October 5, 2011

State CIOs Say Their Influence Is Expanding

Clout, consolidation, collaboration and changes are big trends, according to the 2011 State CIO Survey.

August 23, 2011

Virginia Earthquake Sets Off Wave of Emergency Tweets

Widespread use of social media in earthquake’s aftermath is the latest example of how Web 2.0 technology has changed emergency communication.

June 22, 2011

Google Apps Goes Statewide in Wyoming Government

Gov. Matt Mead celebrates Wyoming’s status as the first state to install Google Apps statewide.

June 7, 2011

World IPv6 Day Should Bring Surprises and Valuable Data

Major corporations, government agencies and universities set to test IPv6, the next-generation Internet addressing standard.

June 2, 2011 Puts Search Front and Center

The new is another example of the tidal changes occurring in website design.

June 1, 2011

Cloud Computing Remains Out of Reach for Most Government Agencies

AMD survey finds 42 percent of private-sector organizations around the world are operating on some level in the cloud, while 23 percent of public-sector organizations are doing the same.

May 25, 2011

IT Consolidation Signed into Oklahoma Law

Bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin centralizes policymaking, procurement and decision-making into the CIO’s office in an attempt to streamline the state’s hardware, software and storage.

May 19, 2011

Northrop Grumman to Pay Nearly $5 Million in Virginia Computer Outage Settlement

Northrop Grumman has agreed to pay Virginia nearly $5 million in restitution for a widespread computer outage last summer that left 26 state agencies without service.

May 9, 2011

San Diego County Ready for Hewlett-Packard as New IT Outsourcing Partner

Northrop Grumman unexpectedly transfers ownership of its $700 million contract to Hewlett-Packard ahead of the agreement’s 2013 end date.

May 4, 2011

Flint Waters Named Wyoming’s New CIO

Flint Waters, the police investigator and former chief of Wyoming’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force, is known for making software that identifies computers trading child pornography on file-sharing networks

May 4, 2011

Virginia Targets Wasteful Government Cell Phones

A Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts report found the state is spending $6 million annually for 11,000 cell phones, some of which are unused.

April 6, 2011

Unified Communications Deployment in State and Local Governments Lags Behind

Budget constraints and inadequate network infrastructure are likely culprits of low adoption rates found in third annual CDW-G survey.

March 30, 2011

Mississippi Outsources State Web Portal becomes the 24th state Web portal in NIC USA’s portfolio.

March 16, 2011

State Spending Transparency Greatly Improved from 1 Year Ago, Survey Says

U.S. PIRG gives states higher marks on scorecard that measures how they’re making data available on transparency websites.

March 11, 2011

Japan Tsunami Response Aided by High-Tech Warning System

Historic earthquake and tsunami on Friday is a reminder that data collection and early warning systems have improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean catastrophe.

February 17, 2011

Kumar Rachuri

CIO, Ohio Office of Budget and Management

January 26, 2011

IT Retirement Wave Still Coming Despite Economy

The sluggish economy has delayed but not eliminated a retirement wave of IT employees.

January 13, 2011

Kentucky IT Leadership Takes Shape

Steve Rucker named commissioner of the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology; Lori Flanery to continue as interim state CIO.

December 10, 2010

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue Wants Privatized IT

As part of a governmentwide reorganization, North Carolina would contract with a private company for its technology services.

November 29, 2010

Microsoft and Google Cloud Services Weighed by Government Customers

Government customers of Microsoft and Google cloud computing services explain their preferences.

November 18, 2010

2010 Digital Cities Survey Winners Announced

Colorado municipalities sit atop the Digital Cities survey as rankings put emphasis on quantifiable results.

October 27, 2010

Wyoming to Move State Employees to Google Apps

Within a year, 10,000 Wyoming state government employees will be moved onto Google Apps for e-mail and productivity tools.

October 25, 2010

California’s Teri Takai to Become Defense CIO

By accepting position with the Defense Department, California CIO Teri Takai to end drawn-out wait.

October 21, 2010

California Agencies Given Option of Cloud E-Mail

The consolidation of California’s e-mail systems lets agencies choose Microsoft’s cloud-based e-mail or keep their e-mail in the Office of Technology Services’ data center.

October 15, 2010

Iowa to Create CIO Office and Expand IT Consolidation

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver signs proclamation that will widen state’s IT consolidation to include technology infrastructure, data security and enterprise applications.

October 11, 2010

Is Secure Web-Based Voting a Decade Away?

Despite security flaws in experimental Web-based voting system, Washington, D.C., elections director says research on a digital-only voting system should continue.

October 6, 2010

Half of the Public Sector Embracing Gov 2.0, Survey Finds

But nearly one-quarter of government IT professionals still don’t know what Gov. 2.0 involves, Hewlett-Packard survey finds.

September 17, 2010

Cities Let Citizens Pay Bills With ‘Bling’

Palo Alto, Calif., and Lamar, Colo., now accept bill paying of city services and fines through smartphones on a platform called Bling Nation.

September 14, 2010

Washington State CIO Tony Tortorice to Resign Post

Washington State CIO Tony Tortorice cites family as reason he’s resigning effective mid-October after 16 months at the helm of the Department of Information Services.

May 12, 2010

California and Other Governments Tackle the Challenge of Enacting Policies for Open Source Software

Money savings and transparency lead more governments to consider open source software.

March 1, 2010

Bill Greeves, communications and IT director, Roanoke County, Va.

Bill Greeves, communications and IT director, Roanoke County, Va.

February 1, 2010

New York Consolidating E-Mail Statewide

The New York State Office for Technology has 18 months to migrate nearly 100,000 additional users to the e-mail solution currently managed by the state CIO's office.

August 4, 2009

Stimulus Expense Reporting Deadline Prompts ARRA Software for Government

State and local governments must upload data to starting October 10

March 3, 2009

Vivek Kundra: Washington, D.C., Technology Chief Democratizes Data

Vivek Kundra: Washington, D.C., Technology Chief Democratizes Data

March 3, 2009

Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller makes State Finances an Open Book

Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller makes State Finances an Open Book

January 15, 2009

Hosted File Management Moves Into Public Schools

Web Lockers slam the door on on-site file management.

December 31, 2008

Crazy Ants Harmful to Texas Governments' Computers

Texas A&M professor says invasive species could conceivably endanger the public.

December 8, 2008

Next-Generation RFID Network Swarms for Attention

Hive networks could cheaply track store goods and border crossings.

November 7, 2008

Texas Puts IBM on Notice for Data-Backup Deficiencies

The Texas Department of Information Resources gives IBM 30 days to solve backup shortcomings after Gov. Rick Perry expressed concern about data center consolidation.

October 24, 2008

Millennials Enter the Work Force in Earnest

Younger workers spread Web 2.0 to the IT labor force.

July 21, 2008

Electronic Health Records Gaining Impetus

Electronic Health Records Gaining Impetus

February 29, 2008

Dan Ross, CIO, Missouri

Dan Ross, CIO, Missouri