January 26, 2011

2010 Digital Cities Focus: Richmond, Virginia

"When we looked at our initiatives for meeting our budget gaps ... we got the departments involved so it was collaborative. The only thing that was dictated was the 33 percent reduction."

October 12, 2010

Digital Counties Focus -- Cumberland County, Pa.

Best practices, innovations and bright ideas from the top jurisdictions in the 2010 Digital Counties survey.

April 20, 2007

Wisconsin IT Projects Reviewed by the Legislative Audit Bureau

Most problems occurred in planning for complex high-risk projects.

April 20, 2007

Texas HHSC Inspector General Finds Faults With State's TIERS and IEES Social Services Systems

"The eligibility process supported by TIERS is not appropriately designed and/or operating effectively to enforce the respective eligibility decisions necessary to ensure clients are eligible and receive proper benefit amounts."

March 26, 2007

E-Vote: Approaching Election Could Subject States and Localities to New Requirements, Expense

Less than 20 states would be in compliance with all the new requirements, according to some estimates.

March 20, 2007

Texas Wrestles with Privacy, Public Records

Legislature has ignored citizen privacy, says member

February 27, 2007

Texas AG Opinion Causes County Clerks to Shut Down Records Access

One office blocked records with crime-scene tape.

February 26, 2007

Texas Bill Would Require Voting Machine Paper Trail

Would require the system to allow the voter to inspect and verify the paper record before the electronic vote is recorded.

December 6, 2006

NIST Clarifies Import of Voting Machine Study

"Lack of an independent audit capability in DRE voting systems is one of the main reasons behind continued questions about voting system security and diminished public confidence in elections"

December 5, 2006

Texas CTO Larry Olson Resigns

Brian Rawson named interim CTO

November 22, 2006

Santa Monica Features Online Parking Availability

Updated every five seconds

November 6, 2006

Open Source Procurement

"We expect the vendor community to respond quickly, the open source community does not do that, they do not surf the net looking for RFPs"

October 12, 2006

Real World Government Open Source

"Departments should take an inventory of software purchases and software renewals in the Fiscal Year 2004-2005 and implement open source alternatives where feasible"

October 2, 2006

What's Going On?

"I've tried the other way, the rational way, the way of trying to get bills passed and asking people to work together. After a while I realized that most of the good ideas we came up with just died somewhere"

October 2, 2006

Wireless Security

Having an open wireless network is like dangling an entire switching network out the window

September 27, 2006

Digital Government Achievement Flyby

Takes what we already know how to do and focuses it on a community interest

September 27, 2006


Two hundred people used the pilot system over a six-week period

September 27, 2006

Coach Carter Rocks the Egg

"You won't get out of life alive, so live it!"

September 26, 2006

GTC Tuesday: Classes from XML to Security

"People sit in Internet cafes in Lagos and send e-mails all day. They have no money, and they can make thousands of dollars"

September 26, 2006

Weathering Transitions

"People who are careerists are running a marathon. The folks coming in are running a sprint, and the orientation of those two groups is very different"

September 26, 2006

John F. Cape: 2006 Giuliani Award Winner

"Change is good. You go first"

September 25, 2006

Gino Menchini: Leading IT During Change

"There would be 911 for emergencies and 311 for everything else. And he looked at me and said 'It's going to be up in one year.' I didn't remember that in the script"

September 21, 2006

Stockholm Concludes Test of Traffic Control System

Stockholm Concludes Test of Traffic Control System

September 7, 2006

New York City Mayor Attacks Bills That Would Restrict Access to Gun Information

"The only reason to leave information on microfilm is if you want to be certain that no one ever looks at it! It's ridiculous, but clearly that's the intention here"

August 29, 2006

Stockholm Concludes Test of Traffic Control System

Payment is via a number of channels including by direct debit triggered by the recognition of an electronic tag that is loaned to drivers

July 19, 2006

New York State CIO Discusses the State's Strategic Initiatives and the Impending Change of Administration

The network is for first responders throughout the state -- fire, police, ambulance, etc. -- and the contract calls for 97 percent coverage within five years

June 30, 2006

China to Control Blogs, Search Engines, Mobile Communication

Sixty million Chinese blogs predicted this year

June 5, 2006

New York State Senator Authors Bill to Open State Legislative Data to Broader Freedom of Information Access

"The law presumes that Legislative documents are not subject to Freedom of Information Laws, specifically listing only those documents that are public information"

June 4, 2006

Louisiana Moves to Consolidate New Orleans Government Offices

"In the world of the Internet when databases are accessed 24/7, there is every reason to be more efficient and more technology-driven"

June 1, 2006

Missouri to Mandate Photo ID for Voters

Secretary of state calls for special session to appropriate $6 million necessary to implement law

May 31, 2006

Internet and Wireless Technology Changing Gambling and Gambling Regulation, Says Study

While Indian casino revenues increase 75 percent, Internet gambling increases 487 percent

May 30, 2006

San Francisco Civil Grand Jury Investigates City and County IT

The executive director of IT, which is now classified as a department head, should be reclassified as CIO and given commensurate authority

May 29, 2006

Computers on Motorbikes Bring Information to Rural India

"The grid can help alleviate human misery. Questions they have can be answered, information can be found. Information can be delivered to them faster than when they seek it in the physical space"

May 27, 2006

Earthquake Hits Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"Where are you going to look for people? Resources will begin coming in from all over the world -- food, shelter, logistics, where will it be distributed, what are the priorities?"

May 26, 2006

California Bill to Ban Cell Phone Use by Drivers Passes First Hurdle

Goes now to California Assembly

May 21, 2006

Westchester County Executive Outlines Digital Resources for Law Enforcement and Public Safety

The county's Department of Public Safety will soon have an accredited Digital Evidence Investigations Unit, and the county's Criminal Justice Data Warehouse -- containing over one million records -- is shared by 14 law enforcement agencies

May 18, 2006

Innovating at the Intersections of Change

Hubbard was the focal point for integrating new technology and eventual human exploration goals into the Mars Program

May 18, 2006

Wireless Security

"I could give you a brick for a wireless device, and you'd have no security issues at all"

May 17, 2006

Lessons from the Front Lines of E-Government

But self-service self-reliant customers for the private sector can be bad news for government. "Companies have reduced headcount, cut overhead, merged, and offloaded benefits"

May 17, 2006

Coach Ken Carter Keynotes GTC West

"Stand up! Raise your hands!" Coach Carter puts the GTC audience through its paces during Wednesday morning's keynote

May 15, 2006

Panel Discusses Infrastructure, Globalization, Other Concerns

Only a handful of people know how to deal with the old systems and they are nearing retirement

May 15, 2006

Tommy Thompson: America's Health Care System Will Collapse by 2013

"In St. Petersburg, Russia, I ran out of money. I went to the ATM and got money and the account record from my bank in Elroy, Wisconsin. But if you had a stroke here and were taken to the hospital, it would probably take days to find out your name, your allergies, illnesses and other medical information"

May 14, 2006

Stockholm Challenge IT Award Winners Announced for 2006

Winning projects chosen from among 1,155 entrants

May 4, 2006

Compassion and Technology Brighten the Future for Indian Girls

Education has not been a priority for girls in India, but interested organizations and people have focused on teaching girls information technology as a route to a more productive future

April 19, 2006

San Francisco Mayor -- Technology and the Global Economy

"And he starts telling me how people are paying for parking and their property taxes with their cell phones -- in Estonia!"

April 18, 2006

E-Vote: Political Microtargeting

Political campaigns adopting consumer marketing tactics

April 17, 2006

California Department of Technology Services Archives Meetings in Video and MP3 Formats

"Since we are the Technology Services Board, I think it's entirely appropriate that we use some of the newer technology that provides both efficiencies and effectiveness"

April 16, 2006

Bloggers Focus Attention on Proposed Brooklyn Development

''If Jane Jacobs had the tools and technology back when she was fighting Robert Moses' plans to bulldoze Lower Manhattan, I bet 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' would have been a blog"

April 12, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger Declares State of Emergency in Seven California Counties

"creates conditions of imminent peril to those living near the levees, to the environment, businesses, and the critical life support systems, such as drinking water"

April 12, 2006

Schwarzenegger Speaks at Law Enforcement Legislative Day

"We are putting more money into programs like drug enforcement, GPS monitoring, gang task forces, sex offender enforcement teams and much, much more"

April 4, 2006

Illinois CIO Departing

Rafael Diaz to take over

March 19, 2006

San Diego Investigates E-Mail Retention Policies

"It has become abundantly clear to me that city retention policies may not be known to all and that our own systems may not be providing critical safety nets to prevent the elimination of e-mails"

March 18, 2006

Turku, Finland Rolls Out Cooperative Wi-Fi Network

"Access points cost under 100 euros each and the networks already exist"

March 18, 2006

Atlanta Provides Video On Demand

"You can talk about what's wrong with the world, or you can help fix it"

March 18, 2006

New York to Assess State IT Workforce Skills, Needs

IT professionals, agency CIOs to be queried

March 18, 2006

California Communities Concerned About Telecom Franchise Bill

Telecommunications principles signed by 150 California cities

March 16, 2006

Stockholm Challenge Releases Finalists for 2006

Winners will receive their awards in Stockholm City Hall at a ceremony on May 11

March 14, 2006

China Moves Ahead on WAPI Encryption

"A home-grown encryption standard for wireless local area network equipment"

March 14, 2006

UK Identity Cards Rejected

"If the bill passes unamended you could be forced to go to a registration centre to be fingerprinted to get any official document the Home Secretary chooses"

February 21, 2006

Update on California's Strategic Sourcing Initiative

"We completed a strategic sourcing integration plan in January. That's the best way to transition from strategic sourcing as a project to strategic sourcing as another set of tools in the tool box for conducting procurements in general"

February 19, 2006

Can Social Software Improve E-Government?

Enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication and to form online communities

February 18, 2006

IT and Business Alignment

The foundation for building strong relationships, said McDonald, starts with boring and simple stuff. "Do what you say you are going to do, bring it in on cost, or raise your hand early"

February 18, 2006

Command Prompts and Project Status

Service oriented architecture, IT authentication, business reference model, IT classification reform, strategic sourcing and consolidation

February 17, 2006

2006 CIO Academy Awards

California honors its state technology officers

February 16, 2006

CIOs Learn Lessons From Everest

"Keep a positive attitude. That is contagious. If you are talking about how miserable things are, that will catch on too. A smile on your face during tough times helps the people around you"

February 8, 2006

California Holds Hearing on Open Source Software in Election Systems

"We're in the middle of an intense discussion over whether voting systems that rely on proprietary software, such as Diebold, should be certified or re-certified for use here in California for the 2006 elections"

February 1, 2006

Coach Ken Carter

One student -- assigned 20,000 pushups as discipline -- got 100 students to do them for him with Carter's approval. "I wanted to build great leaders," he explained, and that student went out and built a team

January 30, 2006

GTC Southwest Classes Begin in Austin

Project management, security and more are topics of the day

December 7, 2005

Minnesota State Data Vulnerable, Says Legislative Auditor

Access "not adequately restricted"

December 2, 2005

States and Localities Prepare for Jan. 1 HAVA and Electronic Voting Deadline

Thirty-eight of the state's 39 counties had been tallied, and the state waited, electrified, for the final county's results. The reason? The candidates were only eight votes apart

November 17, 2005

Barrett Outlines Management Initiatives for Georgia

Georgia is ninth in population, with a budget that exceeds $17 billion, so even a few percent gain is significant

November 17, 2005

Best of Georgia 2005 Photos

Best of Georgia 2005 Photos

November 16, 2005

Cyber Security Summit Outlines Evolving Threats, Solutions

"The person who owns the data, needs to take responsibility to make sure it is secure. Each individual has some responsibility"

November 15, 2005

Executive Leadership Institute

"Everything is a priority" a bad recipe for public-sector IT effectiveness, says Gartner research director

November 15, 2005

Gopal Kapur

An upper-level executive has a "vision" and the project manager has no idea what is needed except there is a December 15 deadline

September 22, 2005

How Do Students Rate Government Web Sites?

Most young people have the expectation that computers can talk to one another

September 22, 2005

Sharon Dawes: A Lesson in Leadership

We discovered first hand the limits of wonderful technology. There were thousands of errors. Some people received no check at all. Some people received too little, and three very happy elderly gentlemen received $6,000 each

September 21, 2005

Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Albany, Bounds up Capitol Steps

"What if we had him nominated for vice president? That would get him out of the state, and we'll never hear of him again"

September 20, 2005

Vigilance, Resilience Key to Cyber Security, Says New York State Official

"One hundred percent security will never be obtainable. If you think you're safe, you're not secure. 9/11 taught us not to say things won't occur. Vigilance has to be there. Cars are becoming safer every day but you still need to buckle your seat belt"

August 25, 2005

Cleveland Rolls Out Wireless Permitting

City's first enterprise application goes live with phase one

November 30, 1998

Notes from the Field

Electronic Commerce and Sovereignty

September 30, 1998

Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

October 31, 1997

GTC East

GTC East

September 30, 1997

Local Government

Our panel of local government experts discusses Internet taxes, welfare and telecommunications reform, devolution and community standards.

August 31, 1997

Outsourcing and Privatization

Our panel of experts discusses outsourcing and privatization in an era of government golf courses, private jails, and blurred distinctions between public- and private-sector enterprises.

July 31, 1997

Public Safety

Will strong encryption prevent legal wiretaps? Should sex offender data be available to the public over the Internet? Our panel of experts takes up technology and public safety.

June 30, 1997

How Goes Public Education?

A governor, a U.S. senator, a teacher, publisher, student, and a former official of the U.S. Department of Education look at the state of public education in 1997.

April 30, 1997


Is the single-occupant vehicle doomed? Will tollbooths soon appear on our interstate highways? And what can state and local governments do to prepare?

February 28, 1997

Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

January 31, 1997

Welfare Reform

"Welfare reform will be a major test as to whether

November 30, 1996

Notes From the Field

Notes From the Field

July 31, 1996

Notes From the Field

Notes From the Field

February 29, 1996

Blind Justice: The Murder of Kristin Lardner

A father, investigating his daughter's murder, uncovers blunders by law enforcement, courts and corrections agencies brought about by failure to share criminal justice information.

September 30, 1995

You Can't Eat Money Anymore

You Can't Eat Money Anymore

August 31, 1995

The Battle of Britain: A Reengineering Success

The Battle of Britain: A Reengineering Success

July 31, 1995

August Editorial

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity." - Douglas MacArthur

June 30, 1995


"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than 10 years' mere study of books. - Longfellow, 1939

May 31, 1995


"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

February 28, 1995

Point of View

Remember Reinventing Government?

December 31, 1994

The Future in Review: James Burke To Keynote GTC `95

Worried about electronic surveillance? You share a concern with 19th century citizens who revolted when their government proposed painting numbers on their houses. Think literacy is the mark of a good education? You may be in for a surprise! James Burke - who will keynote GTC `95 Feb 15th - links future and past in an exclusive interview.