Andrew Westrope

Staff Writer

Andrew Westrope is a staff writer for Government Technology. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at community newspapers for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

January 22, 2019

ProudCity's New Meetings Tool Aims to Help Small Governments

As an add-on or standalone product, ProudCity Meetings aims to fill a simple niche overlooked by larger software providers: a public meeting tool for small governments that can’t afford huge enterprise systems.

January 17, 2019

CivicPlus Adds 311 Capabilities to Integrated Solution Suite

CP Connect works with any online CMS or other communications channel of a citizen’s choice, including phone, text, email, social media or other websites.

January 15, 2019

Former FEMA Admin.: AI Can Marry Urban Planning and Disaster Response

Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is now with a company called One Concern, whose existing tools for earthquakes and floods, and a third in the works for wildfires, create highly detailed maps of possible damage.

January 10, 2019

CompTIA Absorbs Locally Focused Public Technology Institute

The merger between a global tech industry advocate and a locally focused professional development group will bring new resources to government IT decision-makers, with an early emphasis on counties.

January 8, 2019

CentralSquare Acquires Infrastructure Management Firm Lucity

One of the largest public-administration software providers, CentralSquare, has absorbed a new tool to help government clients address crumbling infrastructure with asset management software.

January 4, 2019

Hawaii Gov. Names State Comptroller Murdock to CIO Position

A former state comptroller and VP of fiscal affairs for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Douglas Murdock is set to take over leadership of the state IT department from Todd Nacapuy, who stepped down to enter the private sector.

December 28, 2018

Citymart’s BidSpark Aims to Bring New Vendors to Government

The New York-based procurement platform sends RFPs to a database of more than 100,000 vendors, most of which are new to the gov tech market, in an effort to ramp up the government's options.

December 27, 2018

Michigan CIO to Depart as New Governor Takes the Reins

David DeVries helped Michigan launch a statewide ERP system, move the state’s computers to Windows 10 and replace several legacy systems for multiple agencies. Now, with a new governor inbound, he's stepping down.

December 11, 2018

Five Questions with New Accela CEO Gary Kovacs

Gary Kovacs, who has held senior executive positions at AVG Technologies, Mozilla, Adobe and others, hopes to usher the government software company into a new era with speed and adaptability.

December 5, 2018

New Data-Driven Software Tool Assesses Environmental Impacts

A new partnership between the software developer UrbanFootprint and a conservation group could help city planners and others decide where and how to build with minimal impact to natural environments.

December 3, 2018

Illinois CIO Kirk Lonbom Retires After 38 Years in Public Service

As a police officer, detective, undercover officer, intelligence analyst and information officer of various departments over decades, Lonbom navigated the push toward more data-driven, collaborative government.

November 28, 2018

Colorado CIO Returns to Her IT Roots at Dish Network

Exiting Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati will return to the company where she started her IT career as a programmer in 1997, this time as its chief digital officer overseeing application delivery and digital strategy implementation.

November 26, 2018

Oracle Recruits Palo Alto CIO for Public-Sector Division

Having spearheaded across-the-board upgrades for public tech in the city of Palo Alto, Jonathan Reichental will join Oracle as its global industries solution leader for gov tech.

November 21, 2018

ProudCity Builds Recovery Website for Paradise, Calif., in 3 Days

Like it did for Sonoma County, Calif., after the Santa Rosa fire in 2017, the digital government platform was able to launch a customizable portal for evacuation, shelter, donation and other info in a matter of days.

November 20, 2018

Data Startup Geospiza Helps Cities Prepare for Disaster

The online platform pulls data so officials can make better decisions about how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters. It's working with Kansas City, Mo., to find neighborhoods at the greatest risk of fire.

November 13, 2018

For Digital Identity Management, Startup Offers Blockchain

Two people who worked on Illinois' project to vet blockchain for government uses have started their own company, aimed at solving the fundamental problem they kept running into in government: identity management.

November 12, 2018

Consulting Firm GCOM Acquires Three Sigma Software

The merger, announced Friday, includes continued support for the acquired company's software for administering the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and is intended to accommodate new growth and more clients.

November 8, 2018

Numetric Announces New Analytical Tools for Road Safety

The data analytics company’s new software suites align problem diagnosis, countermeasure options and design. They also have a tool to expedite information sharing, to cut down on FOIA response time.

November 6, 2018

Sidewalk Labs-Backed Coord Releases App for Mapping Street Curbs

As much activity happens on the sides of streets every day, it's not easy to log the features of a curb. So a company backed by Sidewalk Labs — a subsidiary of Google's parent company, Alphabet — is looking to crowdsource the information with a new mobile app.

October 31, 2018

Chicago Startup Gets $1.1M Contract to Develop Alert System for Emergency Responders

A text or a ping preceding lights and sirens could save lives.

October 26, 2018

Australian Developer Bringing Disaster Response App to the States

RADAR helps users document damage and qualify for government assistance.

October 22, 2018

Mark43 Partners with Police Foundation for Near Miss Reporting

The cloud-based data platform aims to make record-keeping on close-call incidents easier for law enforcement.

October 18, 2018

ClearGov Jumps Into Government Budgeting Software, Bringing AI with It

ClearGov Budgets hopes to wean small governments off spreadsheets.

October 15, 2018

Tired of Kids Getting Fined, Startup Crowdfunds an App to Permit the Lemonade Stand

The PermitMe app would aim to make it easier for lemonade stands to get legal.