Matt Williams was previously the news editor of Govtech.com, 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.
Cathy Cleek, CIO of California's Franchise Tax Board discusses what the next wave of innovation will bring at the state's Franchise Tax Board.
California is inching closer to achieving a single system for email and productivity tools across state government. By the end of 2017, the vast majority of email accounts kept by California's state government — perhaps 90 percent or more — will be hosted off-premises in Microsoft's government cloud.
The chairman of the Assembly's Banking and Finance Committee is proposing that in the event of a breach of government data, California state and local agencies would be required to provide identity theft protection or mitigation services at no cost to constituents whose personal data may have been compromised.
The Department of Technology is currently in negotiations with a systems integrator that will come aboard to install the software.
The state has tapped FireEye executive Peter Liebert for the position, which has been vacant for about eight months.
Do agile development principles have a place in upcoming state IT projects?
Intel's Chuck Brown explains that solid state drives are enabling governments to accelerate existing applications, such as ERP systems and databases, and also to support the storage necessary to move applications into the cloud and virtualized environments.
When the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance folded last fall, one effort the organization abandoned was the region’s state-designated innovation hub, called the iHub. Local stakeholders are now working to reinvigorate the region's innovation cluster.
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.
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.
Companies are competing to be selected for California's pool of agile developers. One developer hopes openness will improve its chances.
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.
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.
One of the project’s goals was to design the website so it takes fewer clicks for a user to find information.
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.
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.
CIO Carlos Ramos has announced that he will retire from public service at the end of March.
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.
Dr. Gregory Curtin, founder and CEO of Civic Resource Group, said there are already "profound" use cases for AR in the public sector.
Upon her retirement, influential IT industry advocate Carol Henton reflects on trends and accomplishments during her career working with state governments.
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.
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.
Cruz becomes CalTech’s No. 2 executive, replacing Ron Hughes, who retired from public service last summer.
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.
A new strategic plan aims to institutionalize open data in San Francisco.
The new system will provide real-time updates, data transfers, data exchanges and alerts to more than 50 agencies.
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.
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.
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.
Seven ingredients to tip the balance toward innovation in your organization.
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
A look at innovative technology that’s set to take the world by storm.
Austin, Texas; Alameda County, Calif.; and Tennessee take home top honors.
IT achievements and innovators throughout the state are honored in the annual Best of California awards program.
New York State is consolidating email and moving to Microsoft Office 365.
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?
Bitcoin and other digital currency may find its way into government yet.
Oregon’s plan to charge drivers by the mile is gaining speed with the help of cheaper off-the-shelf devices.
Annual polling shows how county governments are using digital technologies to serve their citizens and streamline operations.
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.
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.
The Information Technology Leadership Academy teaches middle managers the skills necessary to lead a technology department.
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.
Scott Burns, the CEO of GovDelivery, shares some insights about the present and future that might surprise you.
Kristy Fifelski, the creator of the popular GovGirl.com video blog, is bringing her talents to Government Technology and parent company e.Republic.
The most interesting data within the FCC’s annual report on U.S. broadband availability and adoption.
Officials believe a new situational awareness platform is a true one-stop shop for public safety data.
Mark Headd, the city’s first chief data officer, has been working as Code for America’s government relations director.
Controversy surrounding Randi Levin’s husband – not a technology scandal – appears to have led to resignation.
Only 16 percent of government executives said they don’t use social networks at all.
Health-care industry executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reigns as states continue to build online marketplaces for insurance.
Noteworthy excerpts from the 100-page document that sets IT strategy in Texas through 2017.
Founder of online communications and branding firm discusses online technology and strategies for politicians.
CEO shares insights about NIC’s future as the company celebrates 20 years in the state portal business.
Time will tell if Microsoft’s $1.2 billion cash purchase of Yammer make governments more social.
A new Government Technology survey confirms longstanding procurement frustrations as agencies look to upgrade health and human services systems.
Spat over scope of duties leads to loss of funding for Florida AEIT and a new job for CIO David Taylor.
The Southern California city was recognized for its fiber network, digital inclusion efforts, technology incubation, IT recycling and several other projects.
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.
Deploying high-speed broadband nationwide should be a priority.
The state’s 22,000 government employees will be getting the company’s cloud-based email and applications later this year.
State CIO hopes small investments will result in innovative partnerships between state and local government.
Pittsburgh CIO says he is confident in Google’s security despite L.A. City Council’s decision to cancel email for law enforcement.
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.
Steve Emanuel’s candor could pair well with Gov. Chris Christie’s plainspoken approach.
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.
Clout, consolidation, collaboration and changes are big trends, according to the 2011 State CIO Survey.
Widespread use of social media in earthquake’s aftermath is the latest example of how Web 2.0 technology has changed emergency communication.
Gov. Matt Mead celebrates Wyoming’s status as the first state to install Google Apps statewide.
Major corporations, government agencies and universities set to test IPv6, the next-generation Internet addressing standard.
The new Utah.gov is another example of the tidal changes occurring in website design.
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.
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.
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.
Northrop Grumman unexpectedly transfers ownership of its $700 million contract to Hewlett-Packard ahead of the agreement’s 2013 end date.
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
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.
Budget constraints and inadequate network infrastructure are likely culprits of low adoption rates found in third annual CDW-G survey.
MS.gov becomes the 24th state Web portal in NIC USA’s portfolio.
U.S. PIRG gives states higher marks on scorecard that measures how they’re making data available on transparency websites.
Historic earthquake and tsunami on Friday is a reminder that data collection and early warning systems have improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean catastrophe.
The sluggish economy has delayed but not eliminated a retirement wave of IT employees.
Steve Rucker named commissioner of the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology; Lori Flanery to continue as interim state CIO.
As part of a governmentwide reorganization, North Carolina would contract with a private company for its technology services.
Government customers of Microsoft and Google cloud computing services explain their preferences.
Colorado municipalities sit atop the Digital Cities survey as rankings put emphasis on quantifiable results.
Within a year, 10,000 Wyoming state government employees will be moved onto Google Apps for e-mail and productivity tools.
By accepting position with the Defense Department, California CIO Teri Takai to end drawn-out wait.
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.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver signs proclamation that will widen state’s IT consolidation to include technology infrastructure, data security and enterprise applications.
Despite security flaws in experimental Web-based voting system, Washington, D.C., elections director says research on a digital-only voting system should continue.
But nearly one-quarter of government IT professionals still don’t know what Gov. 2.0 involves, Hewlett-Packard survey finds.
Palo Alto, Calif., and Lamar, Colo., now accept bill paying of city services and fines through smartphones on a platform called Bling Nation.
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.
Money savings and transparency lead more governments to consider open source software.
Bill Greeves, communications and IT director, Roanoke County, Va.
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.
State and local governments must upload data to FederalReporting.gov starting October 10
Vivek Kundra: Washington, D.C., Technology Chief Democratizes Data
Susan Combs: Texas Comptroller makes State Finances an Open Book
Web Lockers slam the door on on-site file management.
Texas A&M professor says invasive species could conceivably endanger the public.
Hive networks could cheaply track store goods and border crossings.
The Texas Department of Information Resources gives IBM 30 days to solve backup shortcomings after Gov. Rick Perry expressed concern about data center consolidation.
Younger workers spread Web 2.0 to the IT labor force.