Steve Towns

Executive Editor

May 2, 2013

Shaking Up Washington State’s IT Culture

The key? Building an agile, mobile workforce.

May 1, 2013

Virginia Builds Statewide ID Management Platform

The commonwealth is using technology deployed from Medicaid reform to build the platform.

March 29, 2013

Column: The Age of the Tech-Savvy Legislator

An influx of young lawmakers could lead to better technology investments.

March 18, 2013

Philadelphia Creates an Environment for Innovation

Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid describes city efforts to promote and sustain innovation-oriented activities.

March 13, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned in New Jersey

State CIO Steven Emanuel talks about Hurricane Sandy's impact on critical state computer systems and lessons learned from the event.

March 11, 2013

Leadership: Spotting a Good Idea

Oklahoma lawmakers and CIO collaborate to make state IT consolidation work.

January 2, 2013

How Acting Like a Tech Entrepreneur Can Improve Government Services

By letting the public test unfinished websites and apps, agencies are completing projects faster and more cheaply.

December 4, 2012

Michigan Gets Buy-in from the Top in IT Decisions (Opinion)

Gov. Rick Snyder supports IT as fundamental.

November 30, 2012

The Mobile Future of Law Enforcement

Motorola CTO Paul Steinberg predicts a future where public safety technology is smart and wearable.

November 16, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Threatens Fragile State Economies

Michigan budget director says failure to reach a deficit reduction deal could trigger turmoil.

November 12, 2012

Obama’s Victory Is a Win for Big Data

Unprecedented data operation was a major factor in the president’s re-election.

October 29, 2012

Oregon CIO’s Exit Interview

Veteran CIO Dugan Petty talks about the importance of thinking big.

October 26, 2012

Colorado Goes Google Apps for Government

At the 2012 NASCIO Annual Conference in San Diego, CIO Kristin Russell discussed the deployment to 26,000 state employees.

October 1, 2012

What Makes the Best Government Website?

You still have to cover the basics, but adding some of these state-of-the-art features might earn you bragging rights, and more important, the gratitude of your citizens.

September 1, 2012

Cyber Security Act’s Failure Leaves Infrastructure Vulnerable

Some worry terrorists could shut down the economy with the click of a mouse.

August 31, 2012

Websites for the Real World (Opinion)

Best of the Web winners know how to interact with citizens.

August 2, 2012

Shoring Up Cybersecurity (Opinion)

Teamwork and information sharing between the private and public sector can reduce security woes.

July 3, 2012

4 Hot Technology Tools for Public Safety (VIDEO)

Mobile data, video analytics, license plate recognition and remote monitoring for police and fire.

May 29, 2012

Real LIfe Meets Virtual Life (Opinion)

Physical and virtual activities are closely intertwined for many citizens, so government is taking up more social media.

May 18, 2012

A Cloud Discussion with Government CIOs (VIDEO)

The nation’s top state and local government CIOs share their thoughts about the cloud.

May 17, 2012

Big Data Still an Untapped Resource in Government (VIDEO)

State and local CIOs say government is doing a good job of collecting and publishing data, but the next step is using it to affect decision-making.

May 15, 2012

Can Twitter and Facebook Transform 311? (VIDEO)

State and local CIOs discuss the future of social media in government.

May 14, 2012

New Hampshire Law Promotes Open Source Software (VIDEO)

Recent legislation imposes new IT rules that promote open source software and open data plans.

May 14, 2012

New Funding Model Needed for IT Infrastructure (VIDEO)

At the NASCIO Midyear Conference in Baltimore, state CIOs discussed the need to redefine what IT infrastructure means and how to pay for it.

May 9, 2012

California CIO Carlos Ramos Discusses IT Consolidation

Governor proposes shifting California Technology Agency into a consolidated administrative agency.

May 3, 2012

Is Procurement Killing Innovation?

A new GovTech Exchange poll says purchasing rules can block shared services and emerging technologies.

April 19, 2012

Open Source and Mobile Apps Are on Government Radar

Collaboration and social media are also grabbing government attention.

March 23, 2012

Alaska Director of Enterprise Technology Services Balances Business and IT

Pat Shier's background as head of retirements and benefits division guides his latest task of leading Enterprise Technology Services.

February 29, 2012

V. James Onalfo

CIO, New York City Police Department

February 22, 2012

Cities Give Cloud-Based Email Mixed Reviews

Some cities have switched to the cloud with ease, but others have been tripped up by outdated security policies.

January 23, 2012

Florida CIO on State’s Email Consolidation

David Taylor discusses Florida’s move to a private cloud.

November 10, 2011

7 Secrets to CIO Success

Technology leaders share advice and insight about the job.

November 9, 2011

Will the Cloud Replace Government Data Centers?

Despite the hype, most state CIOs don't anticipate that government data centers will disappear anytime soon.

November 8, 2011

Do You Use a Personal iPad at Work?

State CIOs talk about how they're coping with an explosion of personal computing devices in the office.

August 31, 2011

A team of scientists is proposing to bring nuclear power to what unusual location?

A team of scientists is proposing to bring nuclear power to what unusual location?

June 1, 2011

North Carolina CIO Discusses Infrastructure and Cloud Computing

Jerry Fralick talks about managing expectations and supporting more federal-state collaboration.

May 27, 2011

What's Wrong with Government?

State CIOs talk about changes they would make if they could.

May 26, 2011

Amazon Outage Doesn't Shake Cloud Confidence

State CIOs are committed to cloud computing with the right precautions.

May 25, 2011

What's Next for State CIOs?

IT leaders from Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and more talk about their priorities.

March 31, 2011

Miami-Dade County GIS Gives Emergency Planners Vital Data (Opinion)

Japan’s recent disasters remind us that disaster planning and response are vital.

February 25, 2011

Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers 2011 (Opinion)

Introducing our Top 25.

January 14, 2011

Harris County CIO Bruce High Discusses Local Collaboration

Texas county CIO discusses new initiatives including enterprise technology.

December 2, 2010

Incoming Governors Inherit IT Consolidations, Shared Service Initiatives (Opinion)

The changing political landscape may also mean new chief information officers are appointed.

March 3, 2009

Government Innovation: Now is the Time to Lead (Opinion)

Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2009 pioneered new uses of technology in government.

March 3, 2009

Debra Bowen: California Secretary of State Rocks the E-Vote

Debra Bowen: California Secretary of State Rocks the E-Vote

October 22, 2008

Top Digital States Gather in Milwaukee

CIOs from Utah, Michigan and California discuss their efforts.

August 15, 2008

Government Should Focus on Data Feeds, not Web Sites, Researchers Say

Agencies should use XML to feed innovative third-party sites, paper recommends.

July 8, 2008

The Conference on California's Future

The Conference on California's Future

May 27, 2008

Strategic Planning and Project Management are Focus for California CIO

Fail fast and fail small: CIO Teri Takai says state must manage project risks more effectively.

April 8, 2008

Otto Doll, CIO of South Dakota, Discusses Web Strategy for Rural States

Veteran CIO balances the needs of millennials and elderly citizens.

March 20, 2008

Gopal Khanna, CIO of Minnesota, Pushes IT Standardization and Modernization

Khanna says investment is needed to meet 21st-century government needs.

March 4, 2008

Presenting 2008's Top 25

Government Technology releases its annual list of 'Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.'

February 20, 2008

Norm Jacknis, CIO, Westchester County, N.Y.

Four questions for Norm Jacknis.

January 13, 2008

Government Technology Magazine Enters Its 21st Year

Magazine will tackle job critical issues in 2008.

December 18, 2007

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

November 20, 2007

Vint Cerf

Honorary Chair, IPv6 Task Force Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.  

October 29, 2007

Progress Report

Houston CIO Richard Lewis discusses the state of technology in Texas' largest city.

October 2, 2007

Cerf on the Net

Predictions for the future from one of the fathers of the Internet.

September 28, 2007

The Road Ahead

State CTO Brian Rawson discusses Texas' technology vision.

May 18, 2007

Leading the Pack

City Manager Skip Noe shares how Corpus Christi became a municipal wireless pioneer.

February 5, 2007

Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council

Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council

January 1, 2006

Economic Impact

Gov. Rick Perry explains why technology is fundamental to Texas' future.