Steve Towns, Editor


November 22, 2013

Time Ticking for States to Opt In or Out of FirstNet

The federal government wants to create a single network for emergency communications, and it’s up to states to decide whether they want to join.

October 17, 2013

Investor Confidence in Cloud-Based Government Apps Grows

Equity fund pumps $40 million into California-based civic technology provider.

January 31, 2012

See How the World's Largest Telcom Company Manages its Network (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

AT&T‘s Global Network Operations Center tracks daily movement of nearly 30 petabytes of data.

October 3, 2011

Photo of the Week - NASCIO 2011 Annual Conference Is Under Way

NASCIO's 2011 Annual Conference in Denver focuses on moving government forward.

August 25, 2011

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes Discusses Outsourcing and Cloud Computing

State budget priorities and improving government processes are among challenges Rhodes is facing.

August 31, 2010

Digital Counties Survey Shows Governments Getting More Practical (Opinion)

Recession makes counties take innovative steps.

August 20, 2010

Texas Says It Will Seek New Data Center Contractors

State will likely break massive consolidation services deal into multiple parts.

July 31, 2010

Smart-Grid Initiative May Signal Step Toward Energy Independence (Opinion)

Sacramento, Calif., utility plans smart meters to let consumers track energy use; improved use of renewable energy.

July 27, 2010

Texas Officials Await IBM Response to Data Center Contract Warning

Texas Department of Information Resources weighs options for moving forward if IBM outsourcing deal fails.

July 22, 2010

CIO Chad Kirkpatrick Discusses Arizona E-Mail Consolidation

Desktop virtualization and online licensing among other Arizona CIO's priorities.

July 16, 2010

Texas Warns IBM of Outsourcing Contract Failures

CIO Karen Robinson gives IBM 30 days to fix problems with $863 million data center deal

June 30, 2010

Missouri CIO Doug Young Discusses Budget and IT Operations

Doug Young also covers contract issues and the impact of health-care reform on IT.

June 14, 2010

Aligning Technology and Policy Key to Winning Support for IT Improvements (Opinion)

Using technology to make government work smarter and more efficiently.

April 29, 2010

Attracting Youth to Government Service (Opinion)

Manor, Texas, benefits from Miellennial innovation.

April 29, 2010

Political Transitions Could Boost CIO Influence

New administrations in November could be seeking IT advice.

March 31, 2010

The Impact of Agency Consolidation on the Public CIO's Role (Opinion)

State CIOs share strategies for keeping projects intact under possible new administrations.

March 1, 2010

2010 Top 25 Spotlights Government Innovators (Opinion)

Government Technology's 2010 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

February 24, 2010

Will Facebook Replace Traditional Government Web Sites?

San Francisco CIO Chris Vein sees shift toward new Web channels for service delivery.    

February 3, 2010

Public Libraries Embrace Technology to Attract Citizens (Opinion)

Libraries add video games, multimedia to stay relevant to tech-savvy residents.

January 18, 2010

Nebraska CIO Brenda Decker Talks About State's Transparency Web Site

Nebraska also encourages citizen input with Facebook, Twitter.

January 18, 2010

Cloud Computing: Four Questions to Ask Your Vendor

Data location, access and security are crucial to cloud computing contracts.

January 11, 2010

Michigan Releases Shared Data Center RFI

State IT department seeks input on potential public-private partnership to build energy-efficient computing center.

December 10, 2009

Year in Review: Cloud Computing Gains Government Foothold

State and local governments follow federal foray into cloud computing.

November 13, 2009

California Plans to Launch Information Security Operations Center

Proposed California facility is part of new five-year information security strategy.

October 29, 2009

Federal CTO: Smart Grid, E-Health Records and Broadband Need CIO Input

Aneesh Chopra says state CIOs should play key role in president's innovation agenda.

October 16, 2009

Indiana Cancels Huge Outsourced Welfare Modernization Plan

Governor calls $1.6 billion plan flawed; IBM says modernization was working.

October 14, 2009

Audit Report Criticizes Massive Virginia IT Outsourcing Plan

Vendor failed to plan appropriately, had poor grasp of agency needs, report claims.

October 6, 2009

Utah Creates Social Media Guidelines for Employees Who Blog, Tweet, Etc.

New guidelines spell out what's appropriate for user-generated content from government.

September 29, 2009

Washington CTO Chris Willey Discusses Continuation of Apps for Democracy

Washington, D.C., taps citizens for government applications using 311 call center database.

September 15, 2009

Google to Launch Government Cloud

New cloud offering is designed for public sector, Google says, but state and local agencies still may need to adapt.

September 10, 2009

Michigan CIO Ken Theis Leads Effort to Bring IT Jobs to State

Tech-based economic development initiative lures IBM, GE and others to Michigan.  

September 2, 2009

Michigan Plans New Data Center and Government Cloud

State readies a request for information for green computer center that will offer managed services to public agencies and drive job creation.

September 1, 2009

New York City's Bold Human Services Re-Engineering Bears Watching (Opinion)

HHS-Connect attempts to integrate Health and Human Services to produce better outcomes.

September 1, 2009

Vivek Kundra Touts Transparency, Accountability and Open Government

Federal CIO wants public feedback for improved IT project management.

August 31, 2009

California Security Chief Aims to Secure Social Networks, Teleworkers

CISO Mark Weatherford prepares strategic security plan for California.

August 24, 2009

Utah Plans Private Cloud for Local Agencies

Hosted e-mail and Web applications could soon be available from Utah state technology agency.    

August 10, 2009

Cloud Computing Is First Option for New Apps in Washington, D.C.

D.C. government finds the cloud is source for low-cost collaboration and application development.

August 6, 2009

Feds Release Final Data Definitions for Stimulus Reporting

Data dictionary describes ARRA spending information that must be reported by state and local governments.

August 3, 2009

Texas Awards Portal Contract to NIC

Seven-year TexasOnline deal is expected to produce $183 million in revenue for state.

July 30, 2009

CIO Steve Jennings Discusses Stimulus Fund Plans for Harris County, Texas

Harris County plans infrastructure and records/document management projects with federal stimulus grant money.

July 15, 2009

Vivek Kundra: Cloud Computing Could Improve Intergovernmental Collaboration

Federal CIO says federal funding rules are under review.

July 9, 2009

Chicago Opens Technology High School

Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology is designed to fill gaps in technology work force.

July 6, 2009

Beth Noveck on the Future of Government Transparency

Leader of President Obama's open-government initiative says performance measures are crucial.

June 16, 2009

Texas Consolidation Saves Money Despite Delays, Report Says

Statewide consolidation plan has reduced costs by $11 million over past two years, accounting firm finds.

June 9, 2009

Order Cuts Year-End Technology Buying in California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates unfilled vendor contracts in response to state budget crisis.

June 4, 2009

Stimulus Reporting: CIOs See Technology, Policy Challenges -- VIDEO

Looming stimulus reporting deadline focuses attention on need for rules and data standards.

June 3, 2009

Obama's First 100 Days Show Willingness to Listen to State and Local Concerns (Opinion)

Office of Management and Budget must still issue guidelines on tracking stimulus spending.

May 31, 2009

Digital Dashboard Will Track California Technology Projects

California CIO's Office releases project management rules and launches new transparency effort.

May 13, 2009

HP CEO Mark Hurd: Technology Transformation Takes Commitment, Investment

HP slashed servers and software applications. The experience holds lessons for California.

May 8, 2009

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra: Obama to 'Rationalize' $71 Billion Federal Tech Portfolio (Video)

Administration will promote cloud computing and take a critical look at existing technology investments.

May 4, 2009

State Stimulus Tracking Rules and Funding Help May Be Coming

OMB to clarify stimulus transparency requirements and reimbursement for tracking expenses.

May 1, 2009

Federal Web Portal Moves to Cloud Computing Platform

USA.gov transitions to cloud computing platform this weekend, expects to slash infrastructure costs.

April 30, 2009

Stimulus Plan Details Are Needed, Local Government CIOs Say

Economic stimulus plan will boost technology deployments in city and county governments -- but CIOs must know the rules.

April 21, 2009

Aneesh Chopra Brings Innovation and Urgency to Federal CTO Role (Opinion)

Obama's choice of Chopra underscores the president's drive for technological innovation.

April 14, 2009

Collin County's Caren Skipworth Pushes Regional Collaboration

IT director for Texas county led effort to build shared communication network.

April 2, 2009

Cloud Computing Apps for Government Offered by Microsoft

Cloud applications from Microsoft include public-records tracking, case management, and licensing and permitting.

March 30, 2009

Stimulus Reporting Requirements Remain Hazy

Economic stimulus task force in California seeks to maximize funding and sort out monitoring and transparency details.

March 15, 2009

New York's myBenefits Lets Citizens Apply for Social Services

Daniel Chan, CIO of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, discusses myBenefits social services Web portal.

March 4, 2009

Texas CIO of the Year Chosen; Sacramento Gasification Plan Canceled

Collin County's Caren Skipworth named top Texas CIO.

March 2, 2009

Ken Theis: Michigan CIO Fights Tight Budget With Shared Services

Ken Theis: Michigan CIO Fights Tight Budget With Shared Services

February 25, 2009

Obama Committed to New Technology

Clean energy, health IT and power grid management have great promise, but big price tags.

February 20, 2009

Economic Stimulus Will Boost Technology and Role of State CIOs

Recovery.gov could spark new relationships between state, local and federal government.

February 2, 2009

Opinion: Obama Administration Should Invest in IT Infrastructure

Federal help possible as states struggle to fix budgets.

January 30, 2009

California May Create Chief Geographic Officer Position, Says State CIO Teri Takai

Colorado CIO Mike Locatis urges new funding approach.

January 30, 2009

Security Expert: Fight Cyber-Crime Through Procurement

Make vendors responsible for vulnerable software, says Alan Paller, director of research for the SANS Institute.

January 28, 2009

Collin County's Caren Skipworth Named 2009 Texas CIO of the Year

Skipworth led development of shared network that saved Collin County more than $1 million.

January 26, 2009

Ken Theis, Michigan CIO, Looks to Cross Boundaries

State and local cooperation is crucial in economic downturn, Theis says.

December 10, 2008

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.

December 3, 2008

Second Life Employee-Recruiting Site Leads to Missouri IT Worker Hire

GPS sensors help save elephants.

December 3, 2008

Bad Economy, Green IT and Web 2.0 Shape 2008 IT Trends

CIOs grapple with work force turnover, budget prioritization and collaborative applications.

December 3, 2008

What Does an Obama Administration Mean to Government IT?

Shifting funding priorities and focus on green technology investments could be some of the changes.

November 11, 2008

Obama Presidency May Quickly Impact State and Local Governments

Large public works projects and federal backing for state and local bonds could be among new president's early priorities.

November 4, 2008

Utah CIO Steve Fletcher Saves State Millions in Energy Costs

Four-day workweek helps attract new workers.

October 1, 2008

Utah Tops 2008 Digital States Survey

State's four-day work week demonstrates e-government's growth.

September 26, 2008

New York State Officials: Agencies Must Adapt to Millennial Work Force

Millennial desires will challenge traditional government work rules.

September 25, 2008

Missouri Hires First Employee from Second Life

Low-cost virtual recruiting effort delivers ROI, state CIO says.

September 16, 2008

Utah Tops 2008 Digital States Survey

With more than 800 state government services online, Utah could close offices statewide without inconveniencing citizens.

September 15, 2008

Alaska Enterprise Technology Director Focuses on Metrics

Anand Dubey says good information leads to good IT investment and management.

September 11, 2008

New York Wireless Network Faces Serious Problems, CIO Says

But Melodie Mayberry-Stewart expresses optimism that troubles can be fixed.

September 9, 2008

Counties Highlight IT Successes at NACo Conference

Electronic filing for property statements and RFID tracking of election ballots draw attention.

August 7, 2008

CIO Dale Jablonsky Explains How California's EDD Will Use Web 2.0 and SaaS

New technologies help California Employment Development Department take on new responsibilities.

July 29, 2008

Debra Bowen: A Politician Who Gets 'IT'

California secretary of state proves the value of a tech-savvy political leader.

July 8, 2008

Vivek Kundra, CTO of Washington, D.C., Focuses on Project Management

Kundra uses stock market model to determine viability of IT projects.

June 2, 2008

Four Questions for Pete Collins, CIO of Austin, Texas

Four Questions for Pete Collins, CIO of Austin, Texas

May 19, 2008

Texas CTO Brian Rawson Previews Upcoming Procurements

State will rebid contracts for statewide network and TexasOnline Web portal.

May 6, 2008

Flexing Your Power

Governments get serious about energy conservation and sustainability

April 22, 2008

California to Measure Cost of Strict Contracting Rules

Procurement officials try to gauge whether state's contracting terms and conditions inflate prices and cut competition.

April 20, 2008

Peter Collins, CIO of Austin, Honored at GTC Southwest

Texas Gov. Rick Perry urges CIOs to Innovate.

April 8, 2008

IT Security Survey Shows Government's Progress on Safeguarding Data

GT reader survey exposes strengths and weaknesses of information security.

January 30, 2008

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Urges Government IT Community to Innovate

"You'll grasp the importance of technology before anyone else in your agency. You're the agents of change, and change is hard."

January 17, 2008

New York CIO Melodie Mayberry-Stewart to Modernize State IT Systems

Mayberry-Stewart says innovation and information sharing are key challenges.

November 7, 2007

The Next 'Greatest Generation?'

The Next 'Greatest Generation?'

July 31, 2007

The Sacrifice at Home

The Sacrifice at Home

May 31, 2007

Tom Ridge: On the Hot Seat

Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge talks about holding one of the most demanding jobs in government.

March 9, 2007

Reinventing Our Web Site

Reinventing Our Web Site

March 2, 2007

Get Ready for SaaS: Software as a Service Will Transform Industry Says Microsoft CEO

"Ten years from now, 80 percent of users in this room will be running software with an outside service provider."

February 26, 2007

Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2007

Doers, dreamers and drivers of 2007

February 16, 2007

Former Homeland Security Chief Slams Interoperability Progress

"To be five and half years after 9/11 and be no further toward a national, broadband, interoperable communication system in my judgment is inexcusable."

January 29, 2007

A New View

A New View

January 5, 2007

Leaders of the Pack

Revealing the secrets of 2006 Digital States' top performers.

December 15, 2006

Fast Forward

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December 8, 2006

Year in Review

A look back at the issues and events that drove government IT in 2006.

December 8, 2006

Digital States 2006

2006 Digital States Survey reveals growing e-government maturity.

December 1, 2006

Fast-Forward

Fast-Forward

October 2, 2006

Two in a Row

Michigan repeats as nation's top Digital State.

September 7, 2006

Fair and Square?

Fair and Square?

July 6, 2006

Small World

Small World

May 2, 2006

Seeing Stars?

Seeing Stars?

May 1, 2006

L.A. Story

Political leaders envision more technology in the city's future.

April 4, 2006

Austin on Display

March 8, 2006

Thera Bradshaw: One of Government Technology's 25 Doers Dreamers & Drivers

"Our plan is to unwire L.A., all public facilities within the next three years, and the entire city within five years"

March 1, 2006

Saluting the Top 25

Saluting the Top 25

February 3, 2006

Helping Government Measure Up

Helping Government Measure Up

January 1, 2006

From the Editor: Work Force of the Future

Building a better Texas, piece by piece.

December 7, 2005

The Year in Review ... 2005

Consolidation and other cost-cutting moves continued throughout 2005, but technology also returned to the political stage as a potentially transformative force. Here's our look back at the events that shaped 2005.

October 3, 2005

Credibility Gap

Bad contracts leave lasting damage.

June 27, 2005

Economic Imperative

Economic Imperative

March 28, 2005

Powerful Partners

Powerful Partners

March 28, 2005

Shaking Off the Rust

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and CIO Teresa Takai view technology as key to revitalizing Michigan's economy.

March 4, 2005

E2CI Founder Chris Warner, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'I started this adventure with the naïve goal of getting 50 states and 3,300 counties and 10,000 cities to work together. Luckily I had no idea of what I was getting into'

March 4, 2005

Fulton County, Ga., CIO Robert E. Taylor, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'We take every dollar we can, and we pinch it and use it like it was ours'

March 4, 2005

Michigan CIO Teresa Takai, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

''Because all of our IT is focused in a single area, the governor doesn't have to think, 'If I want to accomplish this, which IT program in which agency do I need to make that happen?'''

March 4, 2005

Sarasota County, Fla., CIO Bob Hanson, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'The data center had the capacity to serve as a magnet to induce collaboration -- that's what inspired us on the ASP model.'

March 4, 2005

Des Moines City Manager Eric Anderson, One of Government Technology's 25 'Doers Dreamers and Drivers'

'Knowledge of technology is fundamental; it's a prerequisite to good management.'

March 2, 2005

Twenty-Five Reasons Why

The public sector shows its mettle.

December 3, 2004

Cautious Optimism

Cautious Optimism

December 2, 2004

2004: Year in Review

From budget angst, CIO turnover and offshore outsourcing to technology's continued advance to sci-fi heights, 2004 gave us a little bit of everything. Here's Government Technology's revisit of the year gone by.

November 15, 2004

Defining Leadership

CIOs, city managers, legislators and one long-dead president struggle to answer the question: 'what makes an effective leader?'

October 14, 2004

State of the Counties

Angelo Kyle NACo president and NACo CTO Bert Jarreau discuss county technology issues with Government Technology

October 4, 2004

State of the Counties

NACo's CTO and new president talk technology, homeland security and collaboration.

July 9, 2004

Thomas Freeman

CIO, Roseville, Calif.

June 4, 2004

Change Triggers Challenges

Evolving Internet drops complex issues into the laps of CIOs.

June 3, 2004

Steven Schafer

CIO, Nebraska

June 3, 2004

Crosstalk

Crosstalk

March 29, 2004

Two Cents

Gateway M275 Convertible Notebook

March 2, 2004

Introducing Our Top 25

Introducing Our Top 25

February 4, 2004

Leroy Williams

CIO of Colorado

January 6, 2004

Desert Discourse

The Center for Digital Government's second annual meeting on public leadership yielded more than its share of provocative ideas.

November 12, 2003

Strong CIO/Governor Alliance Key to E-Gov Success

Project centralized Michigan's e-government operations

October 24, 2003

Answering the Call

311 system helps New York respond to recent emergencies.

September 10, 2003

Kentucky CIO Receives NASCIO Service Award

Aldona Valicenti takes top honor at national conference.

September 3, 2003

Speaking Up for Rural America

NACo President Karen Miller says technology plays a vital role in the health of small communities.

April 21, 2003

New Training Options for Federal Money Managers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is automating and enhancing training initiatives delivered to nearly 10,000 financial management professionals employed by the federal government.

April 21, 2003

Learning Portal for ATF Employees

Employees at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) now have access to more than 1,500 e-learning course and e-books through the bureau's learn.atf Web site.

April 21, 2003

National Guard Leads E-Learning

The U.S. National Guard is working with the University of Nebraska to develop e-learning courses through an initiative known as Project Alert.

April 21, 2003

New Jersey Opens Online Training to Insurance Agents

Insurance agents in New Jersey now can fulfill continuing education (CE) requirements via online classes.

April 21, 2003

Study Backs Benefits of Blended Learning

Blended learning programs that combine e-learning, online instruction, texts and live classroom training can significantly boost employee productivity, according to a new study.

April 21, 2003

Connecticut Implements HIPAA Training Solution

Connecticut implemented an e-learning solution to deliver HIPAA general privacy training to as many as 6,000 employees.

February 14, 2003

Choosing the Top 25

Choosing the Top 25

October 31, 2002

Digital Dogfight

Arizona tops tightly contested 2002 Digital State survey.

September 5, 2002

Successful Venture

Technology-based economic-development effort delivers results, Illinois says.

August 8, 2002

Conquering the High-Speed Divide

Conquering the High-Speed Divide

June 25, 2002

University Kicks Off Ambitious Wireless Project

University is installing a campus-wide wireless network to handle voice, data and messaging

June 24, 2002

Wireless Communication Helps in Emergency Situations

A new mobile system will make communication easier for emergency personnel.

June 24, 2002

Parking Authority Goes Wireless

Web-based parking terminals help the Toronto Parking Authority become more efficient and increase revenue.

June 24, 2002

Dallas Adds Mobility To 311 Call Center

The city can forward service requests to workers in the field and track the progression of each request.

June 24, 2002

Arizona City Tracks Projects Wirelessly

Development and permitting agencies will be better able to track all stages of the process.

June 24, 2002

Bush Delays Spectrum Auctions

Wireless companies were worried the spectrum would be unavailable to them for years, or too expensive to obtain.

May 31, 2002

Local Government Program Adds Wireless Capability

IBM and Hughes to provide satellite Internet connectivity to rural towns.

May 31, 2002

Integrated Network Links City and County

Shared communications infrastructure supports 51 agencies.

May 31, 2002

Marines Modernize Inventory Tracking

Mobile technology replaces pencils and paper at field warehouses.

May 31, 2002

Sacramento Police Begin Mobile Communications Overhaul

Wireless system to offer data networking and helicopter video downlink capabilities.

May 31, 2002

Navy Equips Destroyer with Wireless LAN

Crew of USS Howard accesses network resources anywhere on ship.

May 31, 2002

Bellevue Workers to Gain Wireless Connectivity

City sees mobile technology as key to better productivity and service.

May 31, 2002

Houston to Automate Traffic Citations

Officers will use hand-held devices to print tickets in seconds.

April 24, 2002

Hot Stuff: Mobile Technology Set to Tame Western Wildfires

Firefighters use handheld computers and GIS to minimize environmental destruction and lessen the loss of lives and property.

April 24, 2002

Patient Pleasing: Medical Center Improves Care with Pocket PCs

Vanderbilt University Medical Center adopts wireless pocket PCs

April 24, 2002

Healthy Growth: Hospitals and Doctors Embrace Wireless Applications

Study shows improvement in patient care with use of wireless technology.

April 24, 2002

Gathering Evidence: CDC Acquires GPS-Equipped Mobile Devices

System will speed collection of information during an emergency.

April 24, 2002

Designer Technology: Ohio School District Gets Into Wearable Computers

Wearable computers will assist in educating students with disabilities.

April 24, 2002

Database In Your Pocket: Seattle Officers Receive BlackBerries

Wireless email pagers will increase security at transportation hubs.

April 24, 2002

Good Form: Pasco Police Adopt Wireless Report Solution

Wireless system will save thousands and increase productivity.

April 15, 2002

Enterprising Wireless

Governments seek mobile solutions that serve multiple masters.

August 31, 2001

Tracking Traffic-Stop Data

Racial profiling concerns prompt police agencies to adopt mobile applications.

August 31, 2001

Following Californias Lead

Following Californias Lead

November 30, 2000

This Space for Rent

So far, only a few jurisdictions have accepted advertisements on their Web sites, but more will follow. Is the risk worth the reward?

November 30, 1998

Enterprising Solutions

Enterprise systems can provide comprehensive agencywide improvements in functionality and efficiency while stomping the millennium bug.

August 31, 1998

States Progress Toward Digital Nation

Is there a way to balance the competing needs of access and privacy? Should the Social Security Administration try again to make some of their information available on the Web?

June 30, 1998

When Procurement is Rocket Science

Can putting the Space Shuttle together provide the experience to revamp California's procurement process?

February 28, 1998

New York Installing Statewide Intranet ?

Government agencies from large state departments to small-town clerks prepare to connect.

November 30, 1997

State/Federal Summit Tackles Y2K Data Compatibility

Inability to transfer data between agencies could unravel a networked government.

October 31, 1997

Number-Crunching

A new spreadsheet literally puts San Francisco commissioners on the same page.

August 31, 1997

Procurement Reform Stalled Over Privatization Issue

The California Acquision Reform Act is hung up, snagged on union fears that it will facilitate privatization and layoffs.