Authors

Andy Opsahl


Andy Opsahl is a former writer and features editor for Government Technology magazine.

August 12, 2011

CIOs Cope with Personal iPads and Smartphones on Secure Networks

As these user-friendly devices become intertwined with the average person’s daily habits, public CIOs are responding with formal policies.

August 1, 2011

What I Learned Reporting on State and Local Government IT (Opinion)

Features Editor Andy Opsahl is leaving Government Technology after nearly six years, but not before sharing some last words about lessons learned on the IT beat.

July 28, 2011

White House, Open Data Developers Trade Ideas (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Open data programmers go to Washington, D.C., to promote their efforts and brainstorm potential collaborations with the White House.

July 12, 2011

2011 Digital Counties Survey Winners Announced

The 2011 Digital Counties Survey winners include Palm Beach County, Fla.; Washoe County, Nev.; Pueblo County, Colo. and Nevada County, Calif.

July 1, 2011

New York City Taxis Measure Effectivesness of Street Changes

To measure a traffic remedy’s effectiveness, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) attached GPS units to 13,000 taxicabs that drove in the area of Broadway being studied.

July 1, 2011

Parking Tech Helping Big Cities Ease Congestion

Video: San Francisco app routes drivers directly to available parking as a strategy for reducing traffic congestion.

June 17, 2011

Report: Best Practices Guide for Local Governments

Local leaders share ideas in public safety, IT governance and 5 other categories.

June 15, 2011

White House Honors Unsung Open Data App Developers

National CTO Aneesh Chopra invites open government data programmers for recognition at ‘Champions of Change’ event.

June 14, 2011

Best of Texas 2011 Winners Announced

Best of Texas Awards winners receive honors for IT innovation at the Government Technology Conference Southwest in Austin, Texas.

May 9, 2011

2011 Best of California Winners Announced

Best of California winners collect their awards at Government Technology Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

May 2, 2011

Apps Contest Winners Need Better Government Data to Sustain Innovative Services

Apps for Democracy and other contests generated by government open data programs need continued support.

March 15, 2011

Open Source Software Helps an Oregon Transportation Department for GIS, Website Development

Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon uses open source to create OpenTripPlanner for citizens.

February 24, 2011

FCC Endorses 4G Wireless Standard

Long term evolution considered suitable for 4G standard, should improve public safety communications.

February 17, 2011

Steve Emanuel

CIO, Montgomery County, Md.

February 10, 2011

Dozens of Cities Show Interest in Code for America

March 1 is the deadline for cities to apply to Code for America’s 2012 cycle that will place Web programmers in cities.

January 18, 2011

Government Execs Discuss Strategies for Updating Social Media Accounts

Government officials discuss the challenges of keeping social media accounts refreshed and their ongoing strategies for maintaining them.

January 12, 2011

Texas Deploying Health Information Exchange

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission deploying its health information exchange.

December 24, 2010

TV Search Engine Monitors Mentions of Local Government Agencies

Governments monitor TV coverage of their agencies from their desktops using a TV search engine called the SnapStream Server.

November 24, 2010

Business Intelligence Dashboards Simplify Regulation Compliance for Social Service Agency

Mary Shamouel, CIO of the Santa Clara County, Calif., Social Services Agency, discusses streamlined evaluation process.

November 2, 2010

Cash-Strapped Agencies Seek Lower IT Maintenance Fees

Some revenue-starved municipalities are targeting ongoing maintenance fees paid to IT vendors as an area for cutting costs.

October 6, 2010

Seattle CTO Bill Schrier Discusses Long Term Evolution Wireless

Police to get higher priority for mobile communications traffic.

October 6, 2010

Corpus Christi, Texas, Saves $100,000 by Reducing the Number of Cell Phones Issued to Employees

Many employees now use their personal phones at work and are reimbursed for city-related calls.

September 29, 2010

Disaster Response Gets Boost From Viz Lab Geo-Animations

Eric Frost and his staff at the San Diego State 'Viz Lab' animate and geo-code imagery that has transformed the way agencies respond to emergencies.

September 23, 2010

County Experiments With Monitoring Social Media in Emergencies

Catawba County, N.C., emergency operations center to monitor social networks as part of tracking emergencies.

September 21, 2010

Viz Lab Transforms How Responders Navigate Disasters

The Immersive Visualization Center produces 3-D maps that dramatically expand responders’ knowledge in a disaster’s aftermath.

September 1, 2010

California, Boston and Chesterfield County Lead 2010 Best of the Web Winners

The Center for Digital Government's 2010 Best of the Web winners announced for state, county and city websites.

August 31, 2010

Economy Forces County IT Departments to Embrace Practicality

Trends among winners of the 2010 Center for Digital Government's Digital Counties Survey applicants show emphasis on practicality.

August 12, 2010

Seattle Cuts Red Tape by Putting Public Safety Antennas Atop Public Housing

Seattle bypasses the bureaucracy of placing antennas in neighborhoods by striking deal with city's housing authority.

August 5, 2010

New Medicaid System in Idaho Delaying Payments

Glitches in Idaho's new Medicaid system are delaying payments to providers, while the vendor and state plan fixes.

July 31, 2010

Federal Stimulus Grants for a Sacramento, Calif., Utility and Others Spur Smart Grid Activity

Smart meters, electric vehicle charging stations and home energy management systems among technologies funded.

July 15, 2010

IT Budget Cuts Prompt Worry Over Unintended Consequences

Seattle CIO Bill Schrier must rank IT projects for the mayor to decide what to trim.

July 13, 2010

2010 Digital Counties Survey Award Winners Announced

Virginia and Maryland counties top the Center for Digital Government's 2010 Digital Counties Survey.

July 2, 2010

Seattle Offers Crime Map with Links to Police Reports

Seattle deploys online crime map that provides citizens with links to redacted police reports.    

June 30, 2010

Vending Machines Distribute Industrial Supplies in Sacramento, Calif. (Video)

Agencies in Sacramento, Calif., supply industrial equipment through vending machines, making inventory management more precise.

June 20, 2010

Washington State Virtual Vault Adds New Data and Documents

Document and e-mail repository offers centralized searches and can narrow them by time frame or document type.

June 9, 2010

Florida Employee Makes Toolkit for Guidance on Web 2.0

Florida IT employee creates online toolkit on Web 2.0, hoping to reduce calls from state and local agencies that are inquiring about how to work with social media.

June 8, 2010

Texas.gov Launches as State's New Web Portal

Texas.gov goes beyond the typical enhancements of state portals to offer agencies back-end services.

June 2, 2010

Houston Transit Authority Deploys Network Monitoring Tool

Houston Transit Authority zeros in on network problems faster with new tool that tracks activity.

May 28, 2010

Regional Projects Could be Models for National Public-Safety Information Sharing

Colorado's COPLINK, Virginia's information exchange and the Automated Regional Justice Information System could be worth building upon.

May 24, 2010

Cash-Starved Governments Look to Cut IT Maintenance Fees

Steve Emanuel, CIO of Montgomery County, Md., warns that vendors must adjust their technology maintenance fees to new fiscal realities.

May 13, 2010

IBM and Indiana Suing Each Other Over Canceled Outsourcing Deal

IBM and Indiana sue each other over funds connected to the state's canceled outsourcing deal for maintenance and construction of social services eligibility system.

May 12, 2010

2010 Best of California Winners Announced

Winners of the Best of California awards program announced at Government Technology Conference West; Virginia gives STAR awards.

May 10, 2010

Leon County, Fla., Hosts Database for Tracking Pawnshop Transactions

Leon County, Fla., hosts database used by 18 counties to track stolen property bought and sold in pawnshops.

May 9, 2010

Cloud Computing Services Shared by Seven Colorado Counties

A Colorado county provides cloud computing services to six other counties, reducing costs and delivering tailor-made functionality to partners.

May 4, 2010

FCC Reviewing New York County Broadband Initiative as Potential Model

The FCC is reviewing a broadband initiative in Ontario County, N.Y., as a potential model for the National Broadband Plan.

April 27, 2010

Building Access Cards Open Laptops in Honolulu

Government employees access their laptops with the same keycards used for opening doors in Honolulu.

April 22, 2010

Open Source Document Management a Money Saver for Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas, deploys open source document management system with maintenance support instead of an off-the-shelf product.

April 20, 2010

California Utility Deploys Smart Grid with Stimulus Funds

Glendale Water and Power is set to deploy smart grid meters and other technologies with stimulus grants.

April 19, 2010

California's Richard Gillihan Discusses State's Consolidation

Chief of IT operations and consulting for the California Department of Finance talks about advising CIO Teri Takai on state IT consolidation.

April 12, 2010

Arizona Unifies Courts on One Document System

The Arizona Supreme Court unifies lower courts on one digital filing system, hosting some documents centrally and others locally.    

April 7, 2010

Marion County, Ind., Deploys Birth Certificate Kiosk

Marion County Department of Health reduces appointment requests with on-site kiosk for searching birth and death certificates.

April 5, 2010

Preserving CIOs' Legacies Under New State Governor Administrations

State CIOs who could be replaced after the next election cycle share their strategies for keeping projects intact under a new administration.

March 23, 2010

Sacramento City Council Receives Agendas on Kindles and Netbooks

Sacramento, Calif., City Council switches from paper agendas to digital versions on Kindles and netbooks.    

March 18, 2010

Web Chat Helps Virginia Reduce Phone Calls About Tax Questions

Virginia deploys a Web chat device for $1,000 that quadruples the number of customers that service representatives can handle simultaneously.

March 16, 2010

Cape Cod Wins Broadband Stimulus Grant

Massachusetts region to use broadband stimulus grant to unify Cape Cod towns on IT platforms.

March 3, 2010

San Francisco and Partnering Cities Launch 311 Open Source

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, San Francisico CIO Chris Vein help launch unified open source standard to connect 311 systems to social networks.

March 1, 2010

Seattle Announces Open Data Web Site

Seattle deploys Web site offering city data sets to programmers for creating applications that can be used by the public.

March 1, 2010

Toni Cramer, CIO, Bellevue, Wash.

Toni Cramer, CIO, Bellevue, Wash.

February 23, 2010

California CIO Academy Awards Announced

Winners of Public CIO's California CIO Academy Awards announced in Sacramento, Calif.

February 22, 2010

Denver Teaches City and County Agencies the True Cost of Technology Ownership

Standardizing the IT purchasing process helps agencies get the most for their money.

February 19, 2010

Most of Broadband Stimulus Funds Went to Vendors in First Grant Round

Local governments were fairly successful with broadband adoption and public computing grant applications.

February 18, 2010

Best of Texas Winners Announced

Winners of the Center for Digital Government's Best of Texas awards announced.

February 16, 2010

Twitter and Government Transparency

CIOs question whether government social networking posts on external sites should be archived, and if so, how it can be done.

February 16, 2010

Second Broadband Stimulus Funding Window Opens

Second funding opportunity for submitting broadband stimulus applications begins.

February 11, 2010

Inside the Broadband Stimulus Workshops

Broadband stimulus applicants get insight into how to best craft their applications from federal workshops.

February 10, 2010

Municipalities to Compete for Google Broadband Networks

Cities and counties will vie for Google's experimental broadband networks it plans to deploy in selected localities.

February 10, 2010

100 Broadband Stimulus Applications Still in Play for California

California still has 100 broadband stimulus applications being considered for the first funding window.

February 8, 2010

Miami-Dade County Deploys Online Foreclosure Auction

Miami-Dade County, Fla., conducts foreclosure auctions online instead of at the courthouse, saving money and staff.

February 4, 2010

Colorado IT Officials Launch Open Data Planning Site

Local Colorado IT officials form a group Web site for strategizing a possible statewide open data site in Colorado.

January 29, 2010

Alaska Company Wins $25.3 Million Broadband Stimulus Grant

Southwestern Alaska company to get wireless broadband services in remote, underserved area.

January 29, 2010

1,400 Rejection Letters Sent to Broadband Stimulus Applicants

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration sent letters with encouragement to reapply for second funding round.

January 28, 2010

Rural Areas Win More Than $309 Million in Broadband Stimulus Grants

Rural Utilities Service awards more than $309 million in broadband stimulus grants to rural areas.

January 27, 2010

Broadband Stimulus Grants Being Announced on Rolling Basis

Expect more broadband stimulus awards from the first funding window to be announced on a rolling basis.

January 20, 2010

Backing Up Twitter and Facebook Posts Challenges Governments

Four tools for archiving social media posts for possible public records requests.

January 19, 2010

New Broadband Stimulus Requirements Include Urban Cities

New list of broadband stimulus eligibility requirements enable urban cities to compete by not mandating 'unserved' or 'underserved' coverage status.

January 15, 2010

Federal Agencies Split for Second Funding Window of Broadband Stimulus

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will focus on funding middle-mile broadband projects, while the U.S. Rural Utilities Service will award last-mile projects.

January 8, 2010

Is the Federal Government's Defined Speed for Broadband Too Slow?

Advocates of higher minimum broadband speeds say the National Broadband Plan may not be fast enough for citizens.

January 7, 2010

FCC Seeks One-Month Extension for National Broadband Plan

FCC chairman requests an extra month to establish National Broadband Plan to read through mountain of public comments.

January 6, 2010

New York Telecom Wins Broadband Stimulus Grant

New York telecommunications provider wins $39.7 million in broadband stimulus money to extend fiber to more than 70 communities, upstate.

January 6, 2010

Houston's My City Consolidates GIS Data from City Agencies

Enterprise GIS makes more accurate maps available to citizens and city departments.

January 4, 2010

California DMV Poised to Launch Collaboration with Counties

California county CIOs collaborate with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles to reform a bureaucratic process.

December 31, 2009

Boston Public Library and Partners Win Broadband Stimulus

The Boston Public Library, partnered with two other city agencies, won $1.9 million in broadband stimulus money for added public computers.

December 21, 2009

Site Reveals Salaries of Kentucky's Louisville City and Jefferson County Employees

Web tool on Louisville, Ky., portal lets citizens search employee salaries and other municipal spending details.

December 17, 2009

First Broadband Stimulus Awards Announced

Vice President Joseph Biden announces $183 million in broadband stimulus awards.

December 16, 2009

County CIO Reforms a Redundant Paper-Based California DMV Process

Kevin Dickey, CIO and chief information security officer of Contra Costa County, Calif., reforms a redundant Department of Motor Vehicles paper application process for all the state's counties.

December 16, 2009

Year in Review: Local Governments Offset Budget Cutbacks with Crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing

Michigan county's budget blog and Washington, D.C.'s Apps for Democracy use citizen ideas to counter budget woes.

December 15, 2009

Michigan Announces Unique Cyber-Security Partnership With Feds

Michigan deploys the federal government's network-monitoring system EINSTEIN 1, indicating a potential new direction for state IT security.

December 14, 2009

Seattle CIO One of Four Directors Kept by Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor-elect Mike McGinn to retain some of Greg Nickels' staff, including CIO Bill Schrier.

December 9, 2009

Results-Only Work Environment Focuses on Quality Results, not Hours Worked (Opinion)

Worker productivity could improve when based on actual results instead of time worked.

December 6, 2009

Oakland County, Mich., Saves Money with Employee Cost-Reduction Blog

CIO Phil Bertolini discusses Michigan county's budget savings.

December 3, 2009

2009 Best of California Award Winners Announced

California state and local officials took home technology accolades at the Center for Digital Government's Best of California awards ceremony.

November 23, 2009

Utah CTO David Fletcher on the State's Use of Geo-IP Technology

Geo-IP displays link content that's customized to a citizen's physical location.

November 20, 2009

Federal Transparency Trend Could Spread to States

Aggressive new federal emphasis on transparency could lead to an imitation of that in states, says former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

November 16, 2009

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Avoids Traffic Snarls With Camera System

Traffic management video system in Arlington, Texas, keeps traffic smooth near sprawling Cowboys Stadium.

November 10, 2009

Feds Consolidate Last Two Broadband Stimulus Funding Windows into One

The NTIA and RUS consolidate the remaining two broadband stimulus funding windows to one and seek procedural feedback.

October 28, 2009

Broadband Grant Applications Overwhelming Feds, Says GAO Report

The NTIA and RUS lack the time and staff to thoroughly evaluate broadband stimulus grants, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

October 26, 2009

Utah.gov Uses Geo IP to Customize User Experience

Geo IP lets Utah citizens receive links that geographically apply to them when viewing Utah.gov.

October 25, 2009

Short-Staffed Local Governments Struggle with Stimulus Grants

Government layoffs leave cities and counties without resources to capture ARRA funds.

October 22, 2009

Houston Exploring Consolidation and Outsourcing Options

Houston's IT consulting firm indicates likely interest in consolidation and outsourcing from the city.

October 20, 2009

New 911 Standard Sparks Interest From Local Governments

New 911 technology standard designed to save 911 call processing time appeals to more local public safety agencies.

October 1, 2009

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces Several IT Projects

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his Connected City Initiative that involves several IT projects, mostly related to online services.

September 23, 2009

Oklahoma County Deploys GIS Flood Map

Tulsa County citizens check for flood plains using new Web tool.

September 17, 2009

Virginia County to Premier In-House Reassessment Tool

Gloucester County brings its property reassessment process in-house after dumping vendor.

September 14, 2009

Study: States and Locals Put Lower Priority on Energy Efficiency in IT Purchasing

State and local governments gave energy efficiency a lower priority in 2009 IT purchasing decisions to avoid the upfront costs, according to a CDW-G study.    

September 13, 2009

SaaS Aids IT Project Management in Washington

Tacoma, Wash., uses software as a service to rank the priority of IT projects.

September 9, 2009

Should Broadband Stimulus Requirements Be Loosened?

Broadband stimulus observers argue over whether application requirements should be loosened to please large telecommunications providers.

September 1, 2009

2009 Best of the Web Winners Announced

State and local government sites win accolades at Best of the Web awards ceremony in Hollywood, Calif.

August 23, 2009

Information Security Professionals Struggle with Rise of Facebook and Other Web 2.0 Tools

Workers' use of social networking Web sites may put IT security at risk.

August 20, 2009

Harris County CIO Steve Jennings Retiring

Steve Jennings' last day is Aug. 31 as CIO for the county that includes Houston.

August 20, 2009

Edmonton Archives Department Offers 25,000 Photos Online

Edmonton, Alberta, offers 25,000 historical photos from its archives online.

August 19, 2009

No Consensus as Deadline Comes for Broadband Stimulus Applications

Observers of the broadband stimulus process aren't sure what types of projects will seek government funds.

August 18, 2009

Maryland Municipalities Seek Stimulus for Joint Broadband Network

Several Maryland counties seek $100 million stimulus grant for joint broadband network.

August 13, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Deadline Extended: Submission Glitches

The deadline for broadband stimulus applications was extended to Aug. 20 for submissions initiated by the original deadline of Aug. 14, due to submission glitches.

August 6, 2009

Satellite Technology Provides Disaster Communications When Cell Towers Fail

Satellite communication includes unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite images.

August 5, 2009

Digital Counties Survey Winner Deploys Tax Calculator

Montgomery County, Md., real estate agents use online property tax calculator that offers more accurate figures for potential homebuyers.

July 29, 2009

IT System Helps L.A. Police Get Judicial Decree Lifted

IT system that helps curb improper officer behavior helped the LAPD get a consent decree lifted by the Department of Justice.

July 26, 2009

Cape Cod Broadband Network May Be Model Stimulus Project

OpenCape demonstrates a business model that local governments seeking broadband stimulus money may want to study.

July 22, 2009

Eligibility for Broadband Stimulus Should be Modified, Public Safety Association Says

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials will request changes to eligibility requirements for broadband stimulus funds that prevent public safety agencies from submitting stand-alone applications.

July 20, 2009

Short Broadband Stimulus Deadline Worries CIOs

A short deadline for broadband stimulus grants puts the clamps on CIOs.

July 19, 2009

How to Create Effective Government Blogs

Seattle Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier and others talk about their blogging experiences.

July 15, 2009

New York Cities Share Wireless Distributed Antenna System

Yonkers and Mount Vernon, N.Y. partner with a vendor to deploy wireless phone and broadband service using a distributed antenna system.

July 8, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Excludes Urban Areas, Says City CIO

Recently released broadband stimulus eligibility requirements exclude urban areas by requiring "un-served" or "underserved" coverage status, San Jose, Calif., CIO Steve Ferguson says.

July 1, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Fund Requirements Released by Feds

The federal government released its application standards for state and local governments to receive broadband stimulus money.

July 1, 2009

New York City Emulating D.C.'s Apps for Democracy Contest

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces a series of IT initiatives for improved transparency.

June 24, 2009

Project Dashboard Lets New York City Residents Track Stimulus

New York City online stimulus tracker enables citizens to follow the movement of stimulus money and progress of funded projects.

June 24, 2009

Redesigned Web Portals Launched by California and Michigan

California and Michigan revamp their state portals to include social networking links.

June 18, 2009

Tacoma, Wash., Uses SaaS to Settle IT Priority Disputes

Software as a service calculates the number of proposed projects a government's IT staff can do in a given month, forcing agencies to accept limitations in Tacoma, Wash.

June 14, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Should Require Maps First, Say Congressmen

Applicants for broadband stimulus should have to complete broadband maps before receiving stimulus funding, two Congressmen say.

June 11, 2009

New York Seeks New Approach to Ad-Based Free Wi-Fi

The New York Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications seeks vendor suggestions for a new ad-based free Wi-Fi strategy.

June 2, 2009

Washington, D.C., Reloads Apps for Democracy

The District of Columbia reintroduces Apps for Democracy with three new features.

May 29, 2009

GIS Maps Prevent Vehicle Collisions with Elk and Deer

Arizona Department of Transportation uses GIS data to place crossings and underpasses.

May 21, 2009

New York City Wireless Network Goes Live Citywide

New York City Wireless Network goes live, providing emergency responders high-speed connectivity across the city.

May 20, 2009

Text Messaging Complicates Public Records Laws

Worcester, Mass., City Council forbids texting among councilors during public meetings, prompted by a citizen complaint.

May 11, 2009

New Lenox, Ill., Communicates Via Zumboxes to Save Money

New Lenox, Ill. will send government communications via 'Zumbox' accounts, hoping to cut paper, printing and postage costs.

May 7, 2009

Utah, San Jose, Deploy Crime Analytics Tool

Utah deploys a new crime analytics tool that's being tested in more than 25 law enforcement agencies.

April 30, 2009

New York State Cuts Costs by Consolidating McAfee Contract

New York state sees a 75 percent savings by consolidating numerous McAfee contracts into one.

April 29, 2009

GIS Maps Track Foreclosures in California and Kansas

Local governments turn foreclosed homes into low-income housing.

April 27, 2009

Municipal Broadband Efforts Succeed Despite Wi-Fi Meltdown

Broadband Internet connectivity helps cities diversify economies and boost efficiency.

April 23, 2009

New York Loads City GIS Application with New Features

New York City adds several mapping features to its citizen GIS application.

April 17, 2009

Intelligent Transportation Projects Get Stimulus Funding

Federal stimulus will fund updated traffic-monitoring software for St. Cloud, Minn.

April 15, 2009

Sidebar: Broadband Stimulus Best Awarded by States, Regulators Say

Broadband stimulus should be awarded by states instead of federal agencies, says the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

April 15, 2009

Gartner Tells Agencies to Expect More Vendors

Gartner tells governments that are receiving stimulus money to prepare for more competition.

April 3, 2009

Stimulus May Fund Medicaid Data Warehouses

States seeking stimulus money for electronic health record systems may want to deploy them in conjunction with data warehouses like Michigan's.

March 23, 2009

Stimulus Bill Funds Intelligent Transportation Systems

Federal stimulus will fund updated traffic-monitoring software for St. Cloud, Minn.

March 18, 2009

Stimulus Broadband Money Has Three Funding Windows

Stimulus broadband money will be distributed during three funding windows for local governments.

March 9, 2009

Stimulus May Fund More with Government Procurement Tool

Stimulus package funds could stretch further for local governments with an online reverse auction tool used by Norton, Ohio.

March 3, 2009

David Macdonald: Alameda County Information Technology Director Tracks Ballots with RFID

David Macdonald: Alameda County Information Technology Director Tracks Ballots with RFID

February 27, 2009

Schwarzenegger's Chief of Staff Wins IT Award

California Gov. Schwarzenegger's chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, won the IT Champion honor at the CIO Academy Awards in Sacramento, Calif.

February 26, 2009

California Information Technology Employees Tour Vision Service Plan's Green Data Center

Green initiatives: California IT employees toured the green data center at insurance company Vision Service Plan.

February 26, 2009

Stimulus Broadband Feedback from Locals Solicited by Federal Government

Local governments seeking broadband stimulus grants will have an opportunity to give input on grant requirements from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

February 25, 2009

Septic Tanks Targeted by GIS Maps in Topeka, Kansas

Topeka, Kan., is using GIS maps to identify homeowners who aren't hooked into the sewer system, which generates revenue.

February 23, 2009

Remote Access Keeps Texas County Working Despite Hurricane

Harris County government telework supports continuity of operations.

February 20, 2009

Stimulus Broadband Requirements Being Written for Locals

Stimulus broadband dollars and eligibility requirements for local organizations will come from two different federal agencies.

February 18, 2009

Topeka, Kansas, Uses GIS Tools to Catch Illegal Sewer Hookups

Topeka, Kansas, generates $120,000 in unpaid sewer hookup fees using GIS to discover illegal sewer system usage.

February 10, 2009

Orange County, Calif., May Be Successful Model for Interoperable Communications Systems

California county has connected all of its first responders in 31 counties for years.

February 9, 2009

Flash Kids Design Instructional Web Site at School

A Chicago music teacher uses unorthodox methods that produce advanced students.

February 2, 2009

Richmond, Virginia, Department of IT's Bill Hobgood Discusses Nationwide Alarm Standards

Richmond lets local 911 centers get automatic alerts from alarm companies.

January 30, 2009

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

Colorado CIO Mike Locatis urges new funding approach.

January 28, 2009

Bristol, Va., Only American City on Top Seven List of Intelligent Communities

Municipal-broadband network in Bristol, Va., makes it the only U.S. city named in Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2009 list.

January 27, 2009

911 Alarm Transmission Standard Approved

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials standard will let 911 centers receive alarm companies' alerts automatically.

January 22, 2009

FDNY to Use Analytics That Combine Several Agency Databases

New York City Fire Department gives firefighters and fire inspectors real-time access to analytics and predictive models.

January 18, 2009

Bond Tracking Tool Helps Citizens Follow Funding

GIS-based Web tool lets citizens view funding and project status in California.

January 15, 2009

Unemployment Insurance Applicants Overwhelm States' Phones

Automated phone systems in California, New York, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina can't handle unemployment insurance applicants.

January 13, 2009

Yuma County, Ariz., Web Site to be Operated by Public Information Officer

Yuma County, Ariz., CIO Neal Puff decides public information officer is better suited than CIO to control look and feel of county Web site.

January 8, 2009

EarthLink's Payout to Houston Funds Digital Divide Initiative

EarthLink paid Houston a $5 million penalty for reversing plans to build a free municipal Wi-Fi network throughout the city.

January 7, 2009

911 Security Alert Standard Coming?

Local 911 centers might soon have a national template for automatically receiving alarm company alerts.

January 4, 2009

Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt Describes City's Green IT Strategy

Data center consolidation and cooling changes cut energy consumption and save money.

December 28, 2008

Improving Social Services, Privacy and Project Management Top 2008 Watch List

Innovative attempts to cut program costs and improve services draw attention from observers.

December 23, 2008

CMS Gives Boston More Portal Traffic

City employees increase Web traffic by posting content themselves.

December 21, 2008

City and County CIOs Accept Best of the Web Awards

Salt Lake County, Utah; Arapahoe County, Colorado, get honors.

December 14, 2008

Digital Pen Converts Paper Marks to Digital Data

First responders and field staff use digital pen to transfer written notes to GIS maps.

December 12, 2008

Comptroller: New York Automated Medicaid System Wastes Millions

New York State Department of Health's automated Medicaid eligibility system loses millions of dollars from mismanagement and undetected fraudulent claims.

December 10, 2008

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

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

December 8, 2008

Local Connecticut Web Sites Shut Down

Connecticut towns fear punishment for noncompliance with transparency laws.

November 30, 2008

Technology Management Changes Save Indiana Millions

Indiana technology management changes include consolidating servers, networks, e-mail systems to reduce state budget deficit.

November 26, 2008

GIS Tracks West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes in Valdosta, Ga.

Mosquito surveillance alerts Valdosta of insects carrying West Nile Virus and directs employees where to spray insecticides.

November 24, 2008

Video Games Help Houston Public Library Attract Visitors

Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation game consoles encourage patrons to engage with one another.

November 3, 2008

State and Local CIOs Accept Best of the Web Awards

Hollywood ceremony honors excellence in state and local Web portals.

October 31, 2008

IBM Controversy Won't Discredit Outsourcing, Says Texas Legislator

State Rep. Carl Isett's office defends the Texas Department of Information Resources' data center contract with IBM, saying it was written effectively to hold IBM accountable

October 24, 2008

GIS Eases Scheduling of Sports Practices for Parks Department

GIS maps help Cary, N.C., parks department create sports teams and schedule practices.

October 21, 2008

South Korea Uses Web Technology to Boost Public Transit Use

An IT pilot in Seoul, South Korea signals a new role for government and green IT.

October 17, 2008

Broadband Toolkit Assists Virginia's Rural Communities

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency and state CIO Aneesh Chopra steer rural governments to the necessary resources for establishing broadband technologies such as WiMAX.

October 10, 2008

Online GIS Tool Helps Citizens Track Snowplows During Blizzards

Vanderburgh County, Ind., deployed GPS tracking devices in snowplows, giving citizens a better idea of how long to wait for snowplow service.

October 6, 2008

County Online Voter Registration System may be Model for Utah

Salt Lake County's online voter registration reduces manual data entry and rejected registration forms.

October 5, 2008

Austin Web Portal Ready for Redesign

Austin gauged citizen preferences before redesigning the city's portal.

October 1, 2008

Agencies Improve Accessibility of Web-based Information

Enlightened development strategies remove obstacles for individuals with disabilities.

October 1, 2008

Denver CIO Molly Rauzi Provides Technology for DNC

National convention drove emergency management and Web improvements.

October 1, 2008

GIS Users Converge in San Diego

CIOs and vendors rub elbows at Denver IT summit.

September 30, 2008

West Virginia Social Networking Portal Will Serve Needy Children

Online social networking forums are now the default source of community information for many Americans. A forthcoming social networking application on the West Virginia state Web portal could provide a template for cities and counties to imitate.

September 19, 2008

Blog Party in Oakland County, Mich.

bLOGINCafé at festival teaches citizens how to blog.

September 18, 2008

Text Messaging for Washington, D.C., Crime Watchers?

Police consider new method for Metrorail riders to report incidents.    

September 10, 2008

Hospitals Aren't Ready for Crisis Despite Massive Investment

Even with $4 billion in federal funding for emergency preparedness, mass casualties would overwhelm emergency rooms, experts say.

September 9, 2008

Counties Highlight IT Successes at NACo Conference

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

September 8, 2008

Web Conferencing Helps Applicants Navigate Federal Grant Process

Grants.gov workers use Web conferencing to explain complex funding system.

September 3, 2008

Sacramento CIO Steve Ferguson to Become CIO of San Jose

Ferguson cites San Jose's interest in technology as reason for the move.

August 25, 2008

Denver CIO Deploys Technology to Support DNC

Molly Rauzi helps coordinate communications and security systems for Democratic National Convention.

August 25, 2008

Web Conferencing Helps Grant-Seekers Find the Money

Federal grant portal offers new tool to help navigate the application process.

August 3, 2008

Massachusetts Portal Lets Citizens Shop for Health Insurance Plans

State's Health Insurance Connector Authority rolls out plan comparison Web site in just four months.

July 31, 2008

Feds Suggest Indiana FSSA Halt Welfare Automation Pilot

Benefits delays derail effort to modernize and outsource eligibility process.

July 29, 2008

David Brailer on Health IT; Emergency Managers Ponder Climate Change

David Brailer on Health IT; Emergency Managers Ponder Climate Change

July 27, 2008

Fort Worth and Other Munis Turn to Telework Amid Belt-Tightening

Changes in workplace expectations and energy prices make telework a viable option for state and local agencies.

July 20, 2008

Video Conferencing Improves Instruction for Tennessee Schools

Web-based video conferencing lets five schools share one algebra teacher.

July 8, 2008

Privacy: Agencies Struggle to Redact Personal Data from Online Public Documents

Rise of identity theft sparks drive to block Social Security numbers and other data.

July 8, 2008

The Conference on California's Future

The Conference on California's Future

June 20, 2008

Austin CIO Peter Collins Being Investigated

City places Peter Collins on administrative leave.

June 11, 2008

Virginia Outsourcing Improves Disaster Recovery, Officials Say

New back-up data center helps strengthen business continuity.

June 2, 2008

States Reduce Medicaid Costs with New Technology

Automated eligibility, electronic claims and analytics help control health spending.

May 6, 2008

Fleet Management, GIS and Telework Power Green Government Efforts

California seeks better fleet data, Montana county maps wind and Virginia promotes remote work to cut energy consumption.

April 8, 2008

Rugged GETAC M230 Takes Whatever Abuse You Can Dish Out

Rugged GETAC M230 Takes Whatever Abuse You Can Dish Out

February 5, 2007

Stephen Ryan, General Counsel, Free File Alliance

Stephen Ryan, General Counsel, Free File Alliance