Brian Heaton was a writer for Government Technology magazine from 2011 to mid-2015.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Fire Department and other responders now have access to 4G wireless speed in the field.
States are considering a high volume of new proposals about police use and retention of body-worn camera video.
As public-sector agencies continue to invest more heavily in the marketing benefits of social media, they may want to consider legally protecting their slogans.
Elected officials, nonprofit organizations and developers have united under one banner to change the way laws are drafted and accessed in the U.S.
Gatto, a Democrat representing communities in the Los Angeles area, has a number of technology-related bills moving through the California Legislature this year.
Texas has joined Arkansas as the only two states that require patients to meet in-person with doctors before assuming a telemedicine relationship.
Assembly Bill 170 strengthens notification standards on parents’ ability to opt out of the state keeping blood samples of their newborn children.
Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.
Legislation will enable disputes over public information requests to be handled by a state board, as opposed to the Maryland court system.
New York City Council Member Ben Kallos continues to sponsor legislation that solves local problems with high-tech answers.
AB 1356 authorizes law enforcement to use a new device to check drivers for use of pot, cocaine and other drugs.
Comcast has announced plans for a 2 gbps fiber network in Chattanooga, Tenn., and other select markets in the U.S. But experts are skeptical about its impact.
SB 593 enforces data reporting and tax collection requirements on online vacation rental businesses such as Airbnb.
A measure shutters two key renewable energy programs in Texas, which could stir up the regulatory environment in the state.
Providers, academics and privacy advocates discuss the way high-speed Internet has impacted privacy expectations for users, and the government’s ability to protect it.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.
Gov. Terry Branstad’s “Connect Every Acre” measure has passed the state’s House of Representatives and looks for ratification in Senate.
The city’s grid of LED streetlights are being fitted with remote monitoring controls that keep officials apprised of their condition.
Local cops in Pennsylvania will soon be able to electronically share and compare data on criminals -- but the data available may vary depending on the uploading agency.
Legislation is on the table that would expand use of programs that incentivize customers to use less power during high demand times.
Legislators have halted progress on two bills that would have enabled utilities to expand Internet connectivity outside current service areas in the state.
State legislation would require state and municipal police to get legal permission before using a drone for criminal surveillance.
The Suffolk County Planning Commission's model code for geothermal energy system use has found its first taker – and more Long Island towns will likely follow suit.
City staff are beta testing a mobile app to allow residents to file repair requests and complaints.
A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is critical of those using emotion and personal opinion to drive and affect technology policy.
Lawmakers from the state are considering a bill that would enable law enforcement agencies to retain data obtained from license plate readers for up to 30 days.
In a webinar, the FCC briefs state and local governments on its decisions to vacate state laws and preserve an open Internet.
The Little Hoover Commission's March 26 hearing focused on transparency, open data and ways to make California a leader in IT service delivery.
The New York City Council is considering legislation that would require vehicles towed because of temporary parking restrictions to be reported online and through 311.
Federal, state and local government officials discussed transparency projects and shared their thoughts on the future of open data at Data Summit 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.
New legislation from Assemblymember Phil Ting calls for hiring a state data czar and establishing a new Web portal for public information.
A new study from Kent State University found that the relationship between cellphone use and grade point average is “statistically significant and negative.”
Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner is optimistic that her telemedicine measure will pass after deleting controversial payment rules.
Open data legislation shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s where new laws can be expected in 2015.
The commission’s decision to vacate North Carolina and Tennessee state laws restricting municipal network expansion has supporters relieved and encouraged about the future.
Many organizations and individuals are upset with the FCC’s reliance on Title II of the Communications Act to regulate the Internet and think it may be overturned.
A new model code of conduct prohibits personal use of social media by state employees in South Carolina.
The Osceola County Commission has authorized up to $67.5 million in bonds to help fund a research center to develop smart sensors.
A new proposal recommended by the Maryland Council on Open Data would remove fees associated with access to state GIS information.
Land records and other documents associated with Putnam County can now be accessed via the Internet.
The Federal Communications Commission reclassified Internet connectivity as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act on Feb. 26, preserving an open Internet. The commission also vacated state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict expansion of local broadband networks.
State agency CIOs and private-sector companies were encouraged to speak openly and often with California legislators at the 2015 California Public Sector CIO Academy.
State senate leaders are pushing for legislation that requires companies to encrypt data if they want to do business with Connecticut agencies.
Two lawmakers have introduced a resolution that enables Congress members to vote and participate in committee hearings via the Internet.
The southwestern Illinois town is forming a committee to look at ways to expand broadband in the region.
Portland, Ore., is all-in on using technology that enables contractors to apply for building permits online. But the sheer complexity of the project and difficulties with the vendor are delaying its completion.
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development is investing $19.4 million to help expand connectivity in Minnesota.
The Texas Department of Information Resources has negotiated a contract with Amazon Web Services to provide further cloud technologies to state agencies.
Facebook was found to be most visited site by state employees in Oklahoma, triggering an investigation.
Tom Wheeler opts for strict regulation of Internet service providers to maintain an open Internet.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s legislation that would give cities and counties the right to build municipal broadband networks makes a broad statement for the future of connectivity, according to experts.
New program leverages both public and private resources to expand high-speed connectivity in the state.
House Bill 1391 would combine all technology operations into the Consolidated Technology Services Agency and under the purview of Washington State CIO Michael Cockrill.
State would become one of just a handful to issue identification to cross borders.
A partnership among three Texas agencies is enabling the state to save money on prisoner health-care costs through telemedicine visits.
Parkmobile will enable Sacramentans and visitors to California’s state capitol to pay for parking more efficiently using their smartphones.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., plans to reintroduce a bill that would make it easier to consumerize government-created technologies.
Experts weigh in on the impact President Barack Obama’s remarks on broadband may have in state legislatures and the marketplace.
While many law enforcement officials are dabbling with real-time video feeds during investigations, experts believe still images are more effective for decision-making.
A new report provides local governments with guidance on how to address legal obstacles to establishing or expanding community broadband networks.
Commuters in Frederick County, Md., can now buy bus fare on their smartphones, and present the ticket on-screen to a driver.
A bill introduced late last year could be a precursor of things to come, as lawmakers wade into more cybersecurity issues.
Mobile application enabling customers to reserve an appointment for vehicle and licensing activities using a mobile device has been a hit for both the state and residents.
Branstad will unveil plans to enhance broadband connectivity throughout Iowa, even though a similar proposal failed last year.
Former California Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s “Digital Democracy” platform will receive $1.2 million to launch in 2015.
A government advisory firm presents its top 10 imperatives and predictions to help local governments stay abreast of smart city business and technology requirements, the Internet of Things and resilience among them.
New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has introduced legislation to create a universal electronic hailing app that would level the playing field with fair competition so that companies, drivers and riders all win.
CIO Carlos Ramos clarifies the California Department of Technology's stance on cloud-based projects and sheds light on the department's plans to reduce project risk, among other things.
The Center for Data Innovation has released recommendations for policymakers to maximize the benefits of the Internet of Things.
The former senator and technology champion has big plans to use technology to engage voters and increase transparency.
Hawaii is prioritizing cloud-based technology for all new state government IT projects.
Legislators see the need for regulating the Internet of Things, but are wary of discouraging innovation in the world of connected devices.
The Utah Senate is on a mission to help connect citizens with their elected officials on social media.
The Florida Legislature re-authorized the state’s CIO position and technology agency over the summer, but news on the state’s plan to modernize and improve technology has been hard to come by.
Cleveland is partnering with a host of public- and private-sector organizations to build a downtown high-speed broadband hub.
The newly elected assemblyman wants to tackle issues such as sharable economies, data privacy and innovation during his time as a legislator.
Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo are some of the municipalities harnessing the power of GPS sensors and machine-to-machine communication to modernize snow removal practices.
Representatives from state and local government, along with private-sector leaders, rallied on Tuesday in support of a petition to the FCC to vacate state laws that prevent expansion of gigabit Internet connections.
Study reports lack of formal training to take advantage of social media as a tool for crime investigation, prevention and anticipation.
Former Ford executive Jeff Wellman has been guiding a retrofit of Michigan’s purchasing process. But just what ideas Wellman is adopting from his former employer remain a mystery.
While President Barack Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appear to be on the same page publicly regarding open Internet rules, separate statements may show confusion between the White House and the commission.
A high-tech approach in identifying property tax fraudsters is generating millions for Illinois’ Cook County, the most populous in the state.
A Tracy, Calif.-based company’s portable sterilizers are a hit with hospitals and governments dealing with and preparing for Ebola outbreaks.
Florida senator is the latest to grapple with what happens to online accounts after you die.
The Bremerton City Council met on Oct. 29 to discuss social media best practices and how to best communicate with citizens on various online platforms.
A host of private-sector companies are offering unlimited vacation time to employees, but public-sector CIOs aren't sure the practice is feasible for technologists in government.
Illinois is in the midst of modernizing its purchasing rules to help better communicate with vendors and encourage cloud adoption in state agencies.
Will online commentary dictate the future of legislative policy?
Increased state investment in fusion centers may suggest a change of opinion on the information-gathering groups.
The FCC’s impending open Internet rules could be based on a variety of sources. Government Technology explains the options and, more importantly, what they mean.
Government officials in Columbia, Mo., want to light and expand the city’s dark fiber infrastructure. But incumbent Internet service providers may raise unfair competition claims if the plan goes forward.
Assessment prescribes a modernization process to make legacy IT systems more nimble.
Experts are hopeful that a new framework released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will give agencies a method to evaluate the security of their computing environments against their peers.
The state chief information technology officer will assume private-sector role in the Kansas City area.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1211, which requires the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to develop a timeline for a statewide next-generation 911 emergency communications system.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to centralize its technology infrastructure into a single data center.
At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward.
Although the public comment period on how federal rule makers should view Internet traffic is closed, experts believe the FCC isn't close to making a decision.
Petitions from Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., ask the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state barriers to government-owned broadband networks and could lead to legal challenges.
Experts discuss how public-sector agencies can move the needle on innovation in the state.
Following a massive data breach in 2012, the state has taken steps to overhaul its decentralized IT governance model, giving the governor more control of technology policy.
Controversy over ride-sharing companies continues as Uber pilots its BYOD program in San Francisco, Boston and Charlotte.
Public-private workgroup develops model purchasing language for hosted services that may help more government agencies reach the cloud.
The two states have agreed to a multi-state cooperative that could serve as template for how public-sector IT procurement is done in the future.
Thomas H. Mattox, commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, netted the fourth-annual leadership prize for his work to modernize state government for citizens.
The Bloomington City Council has expanded the amount of public documents it posts online.
The two states have made progress on a shared MMIS over the past year, but full completion is likely years away.
Program to share threat information was opened to state and local government last year, but few seem to be aware of it.
David Plouffe will manage Uber’s global policy and political activities as the company continues to expand its ride-sharing service worldwide.
The National League of Cities has partnered with industry leaders to develop guidance for communities facing regulatory questions over ride-sharing platforms and similar companies.
While messages on social media platforms are considered public records, local governments aren’t receiving many requests for the information.
CIOs modify career paths to boost retention of technical staff.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed two bills to improve transparency efforts in Gotham.
Budget negotiations will dominate what little time Congress spends in session the rest of this year, pushing procurement reform to 2015 or later.
In July, New York released a draft proposal to govern virtual currencies -- and California isn’t far behind.
Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft need to admit that peer-to-peer rides are commercial transportation services and submit to existing regulatory demands.
Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., want the FCC to axe restrictions on expanding municipal broadband networks.
Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have given people more transportation options, but municipalities are struggling with whether smartphone-based ride-sharing should be regulated the same as taxicabs and limousines.
Companies such as Lyft and Uber are changing the way Americans hail a cab. But the smartphone-driven transportation services come with a risk many riders may not think about.
Sen. David Ige, D-Pearl City, says the state needs to revamp its IT job classifications in order to attract young technologists and improve project efficiency.
Legislation gives executors legal rights to manage online accounts as a part of a deceased person’s estate.
The California Polytechnic State University Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy is working on a video archival system that gives residents immediate insight into state legislative committee meetings.
The Target data breach in 2013 spurred Kentucky lawmakers to put notification policies in place so that citizens receive timely notice when credit card and other sensitive data is stolen.
Lawmakers are experimenting with allowing citizens to propose and edit legislation online, and it’s likely to continue.
While technology has reached a level where high-quality virtual consultations with physicians can take place, policy issues have slowed the expansion of telehealth practices in the U.S.
Currently Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn't permit local enforcement officers to use radar guns -- but the Legislature is considering proposals that could change that.
Cities and counties considering BYOD should ponder these lessons from early adopters.
A measure promoting domestic purchasing in the Garden State was modified to exempt most computing technology, but experts fear the legislation may still have a big impact on government IT budgets.
In an exclusive Q&A with Government Technology, Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, talks candidly about legislative efforts to use technology to improve open government and maintain high IT security standards.
Oyster Bay, N.Y. officials restrict what information employees and vendors can release without official consent, and legal experts say it's a good move.
New legislation would post an easily searchable, certified and updated copy of Gotham’s laws online, potentially reducing reliance on subscription-based research sites.
A new proposal by Council Member Benjamin Kallos would require city agencies consider open source software for projects, and establish a code-sharing portal for the city.
While cognizant of many national technology issues, such as drones and security, Nebraska Sen. Dan Watermeier believes the Cornhusker State needs to concentrate on the basics, like GIS data collection and information-sharing.
Assembly Bill 2188 cuts the red tape in getting small, roof-top, residential solar energy systems approved. But local governments are wary of the safety impacts an expedited approval process may have.
The Golden State may restrict state cooperation with federal agencies seeking data without a valid warrant.
The nation’s top judiciary body will decide how thorough local governments need to be when informing telecommunications providers that their cell tower permit applications have been denied.
Atkins shares his view on mobile device issues and other technology policy questions facing the state.
Private Facebook and other social media accounts are becoming increasingly off-limits to employers seeking information about current and prospective employees.
Federal and state legislation on the use of telehealth has been a hot topic for lawmakers over the past year.
New proposed rulemaking would increase transparency efforts about broadband practices and require FCC to review complaints from consumers.
Professor Timothy O’Neill will focus on the intersection of technology and a person’s Fourth Amendment rights during a year-long investigation.
Padilla, who leaves office later this year, takes a look back at the groundwork he laid for building an earthquake early warning system and the legislation that is paving the way for autonomous vehicles to hit the roads.
Rancho Cordova's move to tablet devices has been a rousing success in its first year of implementation.
Government Technology catches up with one of the Washington state’s technology-savviest lawmakers.
In response to the Cover Oregon health exchange fiasco, the Beaver State has placed tighter restrictions on outsourcing IT projects. But the effort could signal the start of a national trend.
These 13 state lawmakers are leaders when it comes to tackling technology policy and legislation.
A handful of bills have popped up in current state legislative sessions that would both restrict and expand certain aspects of broadband connectivity and infrastructure.
Florida could be the first state to outright ban biometric data collection in public schools, in what could set a national precedent.
New law continues Gov. Martin O’Malley’s focus on improving transparency in Maryland and establishes an open data policy for the state.
Thanks to a government agency reorganization last year, the head of the California Department of Technology must be reconfirmed by the state Senate.
Experts worry that a recent California appeals court ruling about the state’s Public Records Act could stunt the open government movement across the U.S.
Move gives technology lobbying group a fresh boost of federal legislative expertise.
Some state and local government tech czars believe Maine’s approach to banning text messaging to conduct state business is a mistake.
Legislation would improve access to DNA testing for convicted prisoners seeking exoneration.
A data privacy expert thinks California legislation that would give car owners more choice in how data collected by their vehicles is transmitted is defective.
One nonprofit thinks the U.S. General Services Administration’s handling of surplus real estate could serve as a model to release more wireless spectrum into the marketplace.
New legislation would allow three Connecticut towns to consolidate their 911 dispatch centers.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, has introduced legislation to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Golden State.
A number of local governments in the Gopher State favor new legislation that allows them to post legal notices to their websites, instead of taking out print newspaper ads.
Legislation that would re-authorize a technology agency and CIO position for the Sunshine State is moving quickly and could shortly be headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, has used Wikispaces to involve citizens in drafting probate law changes.
Washington state is considering a bill that will enable startups to take advantage of donations from in-state investors and get around complex federal securities regulations.
New legislation will require a task force to monitor technology projects in Oregon.
New legislation outlines uniform standards for negotiating cell tower lease agreements with local governments in the state.
California, Illinois, Minnesota and New York are at the forefront of proposed laws that would short-circuit stolen mobile devices.
Instead of trying to restrict who can build gigabit networks, telecom companies should focus on partnerships and new revenue possibilities.
The state is moving to an electronic system to help better create, update and share agency regulations.
Bill would create a self-funded loan account to support emissions reduction technology.
Experts discuss strategies for agency CIOs to interact more successfully with politicians on technology projects.
Rep. Jeffrey Brandes, Rep. Richard Corcoran, Rep. Marilyn Dondero Loop, Sen. Alex Padilla
The wireless industry is bristling over the Commission’s proposed rulemaking on indoor horizontal and vertical wireless 911 location results.
New legislation would raise the monthly emergency 911 services fee on cellphone bills from 70 cents to $1 in the Bluegrass State.
Lawmakers want to create an electronic system to monitor who is being prescribed potentially addictive drugs, but critics are concerned with privacy risks.
New legislation would re-authorize an information technology agency in the state and give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint a CIO.
The FCC wants all text message providers to support emergency texts to 911 by the end of the year. But call center managers have concerns.
House Bill 60 sets up roadblocks for interlocal agency that helps spread broadband connectivity.
Alabama Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, is sponsoring legislation that would ban the use of drones from bothering those engaged in legal hunting and fishing activities.
The big data marketplace is evolving rapidly. Here’s a look at some of the players.
Legislation was introduced — and then pulled — that would outlaw community broadband projects in the state. But it could return later this year.
A new bill would require South Carolina school districts to provide an anonymous online form to report instances of bullying.
Resolutions would expand webcasting and create a permanent archive of recordings.
A proposed law would codify the position of chief technology officer and establish a Digital Government Office that would review all major federal technology projects.
Gov. Scott Walker expected to sign bill that would prevent Wisconsin employers from asking for the log-in information and passwords for a prospective employee’s social media accounts.
Legislation would have authorized law enforcement use of license plate readers in the state.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte has proposed legislation to help rural states get a larger percentage of the Universal Service Fund.
Experts say federal appeals court decision affirms the FCC’s power to remove state barriers to community broadband networks.
The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee begins what will likely be a long string of hearings on potential changes to U.S. telecommunications law.
From the usefulness of code enforcement data to financial savings from plant-level water sensors, the ‘Raisin Capital of the World’ is looking to make a number of tech advancements in the coming years.
Bipartisan bill defines telehealth and provides principles to guide states considering telehealth policies.
Neshoba County, Miss., will open a state-of-the-art emergency operations center this spring, featuring a next-generation 911 system.
From phone-tracking devices to giving kids the ability to delete online posts, here are a few pieces of technology legislation you should keep an eye on next year.
Bill would make it easier for telecommunications providers to stop offering basic phone service.
Outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn thinks financing issues may doom Gigabit Squared’s attempt to bring cheaper high-speed Internet to the Jet City.
The Find Me 911 Coalition is pushing the FCC to craft stricter regulations to better pinpoint the location of emergency calls made from mobile devices.
Splunk4Good is turning data from Regulations.gov into a new real-time analytic interface to give the public and government officials a better understanding of who is commenting on rule proposals.
The authority in charge of the nationwide public safety network is seeking information on apps, cloud and identity management technology.
Experts question the logic of expecting major broadband providers to build a free citywide high-speed network.
Gavin Newsom thinks California should be in the cloud and further embracing a culture of transparency.
In-car video conferencing improves overdue ticket collection in San Antonio.
Are Comcast’s campaign funding tactics a sign of things to come in local races where community broadband is involved?
Utah will launch a public online database containing the emails of state lawmakers in January.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss the FDA’s plan to regulate mobile medical apps and whether legislative oversight is needed.
Deploy Pro will help incident commanders manage personnel and information during emergencies.
The popular tech tool is helping cops become more efficient, but privacy advocates are concerned about data collection.
CA Technologies settles claim that it improperly billed public agencies for software maintenance contracts.
Four top TechAmerica lobbyists will now spearhead ITI’s public-sector efforts.
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts is partnering with a nonprofit organization to put homeless veterans to work in an intermodal transportation center.
How to build mobile applications that users can’t live without.
Louisville’s announcement makes it the fifth U.S. city to formalize its open data policy this year.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is piloting a kiosk that enables employees to virtually meet with doctors without leaving the office.
Mississippi residents want gigabit fiber, and wireless provider C Spire will soon deploy it in communities with sufficient interest.
Outline.com will provide Massachusetts lawmakers and citizens with a closer look at how policies may impact communities.
Experts discuss the legal pitfalls of public-sector agencies allowing employees to use personal computing devices for work.
The public utility has jumped on the machine data bandwagon to maximize internal productivity.
From planning activities to grant funding, the wheels are moving to provide emergency responders with a high-speed, nationwide public safety network in the near future.
Palm Beach County, Fla., is installing an emergency vehicle priority system that adjusts traffic signal times to help improve traffic flow for fire and rescue teams.
New Jersey fights online threats with a dedicated cybersecurity unit.
Chesterfield County, Va.’s new Storm Water Information Tracker (SWIFT) has streamlined permitting tasks and field work.
Sharing a Medicaid Management Information System could lead to millions in savings for the states and federal government.
Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology has launched a new Cyber Accelerator to help kick-start cybersecurity products and businesses in the region.
Mobile video technology has made keeping tabs on tuberculosis patients a bit easier for health workers in San Diego County, Calif.
AT&T consultant urges agencies to think less about devices and more about policies to govern their use on government networks.
Allows mobile phones to share data and messages with one another over a local area when there’s no active cellular network available.
Cellular-free mobile phone service and Wi-Fi boosters are part of the next generation of technologies that could make communication during disasters easier.
A new software-based dispatch center has made emergency communications easier in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.
CIOs are using brokers to find the best cloud prices and help integrate multiple systems from different vendors.
A North Carolina-based group was awarded an additional $3 million in federal funding to expand its health epidemic forecasting technology.
A switch to Drupal’s OpenPublic and cloud hosting has made website administration more efficient and cheaper for state agencies in Georgia.
CIOs are rethinking the hiring process as they seek leaders to replace an aging IT workforce.
Santa Clarita, Calif.’s use of automated trash and recycling bins has helped the city become more environmentally friendly.
Even big cities like L.A. don't have the capacity to collect energy data in a timely fashion. But a federal program helps the city’s building owners measure consumption.
Large volumes of data sets derived from sophisticated sensors and social media feeds are increasingly being used by government agencies.
Using a $600,000 grant, the Oyez Project will digitize legal materials of State Supreme and Federal Appellate Courts.
California's considering a bill to create a statewide system to alert people when earthquakes are coming. Scientists say the East Coast has just as much to gain from it as the Golden State.
CERTify mobile app enables CERT coordinators to organize and manage the day-to-day activities and data of volunteer emergency response personnel.
An automated system in the State Auditor’s office cuts the time it takes to issue unclaimed property checks to Arkansas citizens.
Chicago’s northerly neighbor is embracing a greener way of doing government business.
Technology identifies potential commercial vehicle safety risks, allowing officers to stop the right trucks for a closer look.
GPS helps the Florida Keys keep the mosquito population in check.
Waste collectors find ways to optimize collection routes and reduce emissions.
Cities and counties turn to social media and mobile apps to spread restaurant inspection information.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration put its email and records management services in the cloud.
Oklahoma cities set mobile technology and social media standards for government agencies.
Government officials now have access to vast amounts of data to help develop state energy policy, assess energy sustainability.
The Colorado Department of Corrections has partnered with the Denver Health Medical Center to conduct inmate medical consultations using video conferencing.
McKinney will serve as principal technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Hawaii is retrofitting its entire emergency siren network, moving to satellite and cellular control technology.
Moving to flash-based data storage has led to an increase in computing speed and energy savings.
New exchange brings together site owners and broadband providers.
Washington State offices have a new “easy button” when it comes to writing and editing documents.
New Jersey is expanding a local program that helps agencies track homeless services more accurately and in less time, increasing their chances of getting the federal funding they need.
South Dakota will lead a national pilot project later this year that will study states moving to a complete electronic vehicle-titling process.
‘One Bin for All’ program will use a state-of-the-art facility and technology to sort and reuse discarded materials.
The national public safety broadband network should let federal, state and local emergency response personnel share data, do their jobs more efficiently and save more lives in the process.
Jonathan Trull is leading Colorado state government into a new era of cybersecurity.
A new public-private partnership is similar to existing clean energy programs, but this one doesn't require any financial investment from cities.
Agency aims to go live with the first part of its new cloud-based criminal justice information system in June.
Online tools have made interacting with the public more convenient, but the legal pitfalls associated with social media have also been exposed.
In New York, the Monroe County Crime Lab’s Forensic Biology section has streamlined its workflow and increased efficiency by using the Lean Six Sigma management philosophy.
Casting a vote by email may seem easy, but the process was no walk in the park when New Jersey allowed it in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Seven regional wireless networks could soon serve as models for a nationwide public safety broadband communications system.
Pierce County, Wash.’s use of a mobile device management solution helped IT staff better handle security and configuration of iPads.
Successful county IT leaders talk about why they made the jump to the same role with city governments.
A new mobile application from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management should enable citizens to better prepare for the unexpected.
A group of Minnesota legislators is considering a bill to regulate state law enforcement use of devices that grab smartphone information.
Additional authentication gives Colorado confidence that its cloud-based email deployment meets federal data security requirements.
Program earns the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Dairy Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture national honors.
In his role as associate administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s Office of Public Safety Communications, Fletcher will continue to interact with the state and local connections he's made over the years.
The Hawkeye State is ditching its 1970s-era human services eligibility system in favor of a more modern system that prepares them for ACA requirements.
New bus service amenities are a hit with riders in Concord, N.C.
Two new online repositories will contain a wealth of information for social workers, law enforcement personnel and volunteers working against trafficking crimes.
A new FCC order restructures and expands the Commission’s Rural Health Care program but cuts the subsidy to help pay for high-speed Internet access.
California's Redwood City Police Department is connecting better with residents through the use of live video and text chats.
Technology workers in two Virginia agencies are using an old-school organizational method to improve workflow and efficiency.
The way big data has shaped the way we work and live in 2012.
Birds-eye technology kept emergency personnel out of harm’s way while delivering photos of accident scene.
A new Web-based application made incident reporting more efficient and cut down the time it took to compile an assessment report in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
New concept uses reflective technology and low-level lighting to better illuminate pedestrian crosswalks and traffic flow at roundabouts.
Magnetic field technology transfers enough electricity to power a transit bus for up to 30 minutes.
Winthrop, Minn.'s fight to light up a municipally-owned broadband network is the latest skirmish in a national war for access to high-speed Internet.
Police officers in Harrison County, Miss., use mobile tools to make routine traffic stops safer and more efficient.
While the typical procurement process has been around for decades, three states are breaking the mold when it comes to how vendors can respond to requests for proposals.
The success of portable speed cameras in Prince George’s County, Md., is driving further public safety technology expansion.
In the future, behavioral data and clues from virtual interactions may help cops stop bad guys before they've even drawn up a plan -- like the 2002 blockbuster Minority Report.
A location-specific, self-help website is giving Macoupin County residents convenient access to correct legal forms and information.
SignalGuru crowdsources traffic signal data so drivers know how fast to drive to avoid hitting red lights.
Reporting tool will help state agencies improve Web page accessibility for people with disabilities.
The former CIO and NASCIO president was one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.
New interactive self-service delivery website allows Virginia residents to apply for public benefits online.
Eight months into his tenure as North Carolina’s CIO Jonathan Womer has the state’s IT program focused on improved efficiency and customer service.
New technology may give local police more ownership quicker processing of DNA evidence collected from arrested individuals.
City sees significant reduction in property theft thanks in part to predictive crime modeling.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new, more user-friendly Web portal that’s user-centric rather than organized by the DOT’s many operating administrations.
Residents can now subscribe to a mobile app that notifies them of emergencies in their local areas.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes SB 1160, saying the bill’s requirements in order to cut mobile connectivity could divert attention away from resolving conflicts.
Map application works on mobile devices without a network connection, helping responders in areas of Frederick County, Va., without cellular service.
Norfolk, Va., is using a Web-based system to modernize data collection of storm-related incidents and damages.
Field technicians are using real-time data and mobile technology to increase the number of mosquito and gypsy moth sites they visit in Prince William County, Va.
A new Web application is automating mug shop lineups for detectives in Chesterfield County, Va.
Faced with aging legacy vehicle and licensing registration systems, “out of the box” technology is not seen as a viable answer by some state Departments of Motor Vehicles.
Experts discuss the viability of telehealth in light of a growing shortage of primary care physicians and increased demand for medical care.
Environmentally friendly upgrades are improving the city’s sustainability and conservation efforts.
Economic development corporations weigh in on New York City’s plans to outsource management of its costliest technology projects.
People using the Massachusetts health insurance exchange are having their residency status confirmed by real-time identity management technology.
One of the nation’s busiest airports is getting new high-definition video cameras, ground radar and secure wireless networking.
Local government experts share advice and their experiences in building social media programs.
Web-based technology is helping Boulder County, Colo., identify when and where lightning is hitting for more accurate emergency response.
Could open source code spearhead the next wave of government cloud adoption?
The U.S. Census Bureau’s first mobile app gives users a heads-up on the latest economic indicators and trends.
Those businesses buying and selling gold and other precious metals can now register their permanent and temporary locations via the Web.
The Old Dominion has unveiled a state and local government business procurement app for mobile devices.
Experts at the National Geothermal Summit discuss the challenges to geothermal exploration.
Energy producers and experts discuss geothermal and other renewable power sources at the National Geothermal Summit in Sacramento, Calif.
Experts from two California cities discuss the do’s and don’ts of mobile app construction.
A new Web application developed by Code for America is helping residents of Austin, Texas, better protect their homes from wildfires.
By moving to an electronic reservation system, residents and park officials are reducing costs and generating more revenue.
Ex-Microsoft manager discusses his transition to state CIO.
Beer lovers now have an online guide to craft breweries in Virginia.
Various public and private entities in Charlotte have partnered together to get a better handle on water use in the city.
An application has been used by 100,000 Texas drivers in the past year to pay reinstatement fees and track their driving eligibility status.
Public technology professionals discuss the skills needed when moving from IT to government operations positions within government.
Technology incorporates multiple data sources and predictive modeling to help keep residents safe from floods in Austin, Texas.
The IT department of Bryan, Texas, has volunteered its time and expertise to help better prepare a local child abduction response team for action.
New interface allows public easier access to political commercials being run on TV stations.
Annual awards program recognized 25 government IT people and projects in the Lone Star State.
Health-care industry executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reigns as states continue to build online marketplaces for insurance.
Spokane, Wash., is reaping the rewards of a power-saving strategy deployed across city-owned technology assets.
Property exemption fraud solution is making fraud detection an automated affair for Miami-Dade County, Fla.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation adopts smart card technology for its bus fleet.
Police departments across the nation are stepping up enforcement efforts on July 4 by using social media and video cameras.
New Mexico’s Doña Ana County was able to condense its 120 polling places into 39 voting sites thanks to a new voter registration computing system.
Government agencies thinking about leaving BlackBerry for another smartphone should keep these helpful tips in mind.
Pilot programs in Indiana and Ohio will measure the effects of expanding access to prescription drug monitoring.
Online database highlights the location and status of life-saving equipment throughout the Silver State.
Crime scene investigators in Richmond County, Ga., are using a new biometric database and equipment to scan and store palm print scans.
Columbia County, Ga., is getting much more than traffic accident data out of 3-D technology.
Former Microsoft software engineer Bharat Shyam is modernizing Washington state’s technology investments and priorities.
Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Marine Corps CIOs discuss their management approaches.
The National Science Foundation spearheads plan to create 60 apps for high-speed networks.
IPads have made a digital courtroom a reality for the Wichita Falls Municipal Court.
Contest offers awards for the invention of sensor devices that measure air pollution and a person’s physiological response to air quality.
The Lone Star State’s mobile-specific website is generating a larger online user base for government services.
Bar code-generating software allows police to record and enter items while on the move.
A panel discusses how governments need to prepare for a whole new way of processing and using the large volumes of unstructured data available to them.
Deloitte Consulting’s Bill Briggs gives an overview of his technology observations so far this year and how they will shape the public sector heading into 2013.
Lincoln County Jail in Oregon has installed a new Web-based system that allows staff to control inmates’ TV programs.
An electronic purchasing system may seem like an ideal way for states to save money, but beware of the roadblocks.
Next-generation traffic data is providing travelers with detailed real-time roadway conditions, hazard messages and expected travel times.
Doximity enables physicians to discuss patient issues and medical topics with one another over a secure platform.
Experts offer tips to help state and local governments move to the new address protocol.
Web-based tool combines 53 data points to provide a snapshot of how immigration, foreign-owned businesses and other factors are reshaping the state’s 100 counties.
L.A. County Department of Public Social Services rings up $6.8 million in cost avoidance through the use of a detailed data mining and networking system.
A new Web-based assessment provides decision-makers insight into the community engagement level of local government websites.
Silicon Valley residents offer their expertise and time to help redefine the city’s Web presence.
Local officials are looking forward to economic benefits from a fully operational city, minus inhabitants, outside of Hobbs, N.M., for testing innovative technologies.
Upgraded databases and enhanced communication features are giving consumers better access to Department of Commerce information in the Beehive State.
MeriTalk survey of federal tech professionals reveals potential cloud savings and obstacles to future deployment.
Online since 2005, the program has served approximately 20,000 users per year.
The university’s team scores top honors out of 10 regional competitors in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas.
Palo Alto, Calif., is conducting question-and-answer sessions through Twitter to expand how residents engage with government officials.
Harris County is transforming an abandoned bakery plant into a futuristic DNA analysis center.
Calhoun County sheriff has big plans for facial recognition technology in his jurisdiction and potentially throughout Alabama.
New Hampshire leads a multistate effort to address state technology challenges.
The public library district in Kentucky’s largest county brings Internet access and other services to outlying residents.
“Circle of 6” program makes messaging friends for help a discreet two-tap process.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is sharing its integrated field reporting, records management, electronic ticketing and court management system with local law enforcement agencies.
Governments can take advantage of a vendor collaboration that will provide cybersecurity solutions and training at lower costs.
Legislation would make it illegal to use electronic or digital devices to communicate using “colorful” language if the speech is deemed annoying or offensive.
The project is slated for completion in 2013 and would generate jobs and clean energy for the Old Dominion State.
The Rialto Police Department in California uses a sophisticated software program that gives officers a heads up on crime trends in the city.
Remote transmission of electrocardiograms from ambulances gives patients a fighting chance to live.
City uses electromagnetic technology to scan for pipe damage while keeping water service up and running.
St. Paul will be the first city in Minnesota to share email services with the state under its new Microsoft Office 365 cloud platform.
Recent leadership additions continue in California’s IT services branch.
Key legislators received significantly larger donations from telecom groups than their colleagues as controversial community broadband legislation was being debated.
Oregon’s Washington County Emergency Medical Services Office and three local schools join forces to put emergency training on wheels.
Minnesota’s Office of Enterprise Technology upgrades almost 40,000 state workers to Microsoft Office 365, will bring cities into shared system.
San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in California has updated its parking payment system to solar-powered automated kiosks.
Arizona State University partners with General Dynamics to focus on border control and homeland security solutions.
Eight U.S. cities are among the 33 recipients, with issues on the table such as integrating transportation methods and lowering rates of respiratory illness.
Washington and West Virginia get better grades, and California is falling behind, according to new U.S. PIRG scorecard.
A paperless records system is giving the Washington, D.C., Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department more accurate inspection statistics.
Swipe card attendance system keeps day-care center and state financial books balanced in the Sooner State.
Relying on information provided by a fraud detection program, Indiana’s Delaware County is billing property owners for unpaid taxes.
Transportation management software gives Mississippi's Coast Transit Authority an edge in re-plotting routes to accommodate riders that moved inland after Hurricane Katrina.
New York City’s IT department’s use of Microsoft’s Azure successfully handled huge spikes in Web traffic during Super Bowl victory parade ticket sweepstakes.
A new Web-based video-conferencing system is helping to better connect inmates with probation officers and attorneys at Niagara County Jail in New York.
Experts share best practices on creating and maintaining a healthy customer-vendor relationship.
Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The Colorado, Michigan and Texas IT czars give their thoughts on state IT projects and future challenges facing public technology professionals.
Legislation would direct the state’s Public Utilities Commission and Office of Information Technology to identify areas of Colorado without access to high-speed Internet.
These IT professionals cite their ongoing and past military obligations as a key to their success.
Cities in two Ohio counties look to school district shared services arrangement as a model for potential collaboration.
Proposal stems from Bay Area Rapid Transit turning off its mobile network during protests last year.
Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland is the latest aviation facility in the U.S. moving to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration’s new satellite air traffic control system.
The Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Anderson, S.C., has upgraded to ultraviolet disinfection, helping to better the water and increase employee safety at the facility.
Street Bump automatically transmits the presence of rough roads to city workers, helping improve the timeliness of road repairs.
Legislation would provide $7 billion for an interoperable nationwide wireless broadband network to connect emergency personnel. But is it enough money?
Iowa’s Dubuque County Jail is replacing its inmate video-conferencing system with a Web-based interface that will improve communications for inmates and county officials.
Long red lights may be a thing of the past if adaptive traffic control projects such as Ada County, Idaho’s become more common.
Programmers can now create mobile apps using state GPS and mapping information.
The administration’s proposed budget tightens the proverbial belt around technology expenditures, as Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel further encourages agencies to do more with less.
With help from Code for America, The Big Easy will develop a website that helps residents report on blighted areas of the city.
Online tool calculates money saved and emissions avoided from less travel due to having video conferences.
Interest in unmanned aircraft systems may be rising, but the Federal Aviation Administration has delayed its proposed regulations for their use.
Wichita’s Office of Central Inspection has moved to a Web-based project-tracking and management system that should make applying for permits easier.
Users compete and earn rewards for their participation on local government websites.
Experts weigh-in on the impact former Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra’s departure will have on government open data issues and discuss the future.
Administrator says no other state’s transportation department has blended management and technology in the way Virginia hopes to.
If initial test run in the Bronx pans out, the program could be expanded to other Gotham boroughs.
Huntsville City Schools is launching a pilot program that keeps tabs on student bus use.
New bill would place far-reaching restrictions on the ability of local governments to create their own high-speed networks.
Controversial ruling may increase police workload and lead to safety risks.
Smartphone users can keep up-to-date with core math and language standards in California schools.
A five-county judicial circuit has deployed a Skype-like system to allow judges to remotely preside over hearings.
A new transaction processing system being implemented at all 74 Virginia DMV offices should improve worker efficiency and the customer experience.
LexisNexis has launched a new website focused on educating government officials on how people are defrauding federal, state and local agencies.
Text messaging 911 situation info to cellphones is increasing the efficiency of firefighters and rescue personnel.
Commission is eyeing infrastructure expansion in underserved areas and further access to 4G mobile speed in 2012.
Changes to the county’s home page are focused on timely communication and improving citizen engagement.
Apps submitted for fed challenge took a broad range of health data and made it meaningful.
Long delay was due to budgetary problems and continuous personnel changes.
Video-conferencing technology is allowing county staff and contractors to get construction permits issued more efficiently.
‘Solar paint’ applied to conductive surface produces electricity, although further research is needed before it becomes a commercially viable product.
First pilot project scheduled for a campus transit bus in 2012.
At least a few states are expressing interest in cloud platforms ahead of the 2012 elections.
A new application from Wayne County, Mich., shows which roads have been cleared, improving safety and giving drivers the ability to plot alternative routes.
Texas’ food stamp, Medicaid, employment training and other systems up and running statewide after an eight-year stall.
New two-megawatt solar farm will generate power for about 260 homes in the city starting next year.
Municipalities in western Pennsylvania are establishing a regional emergency services network centered on next-generation 911 equipment upgrades.
Police in Riley County, Kan., target tailgaters with laser gun that measures time and distance between two cars.
New accounting software will link city departments and allow residents to make online transactions.
Interstate 95 will now feature seven locations of overhead travel times to destinations for motorists.
New application cuts the fat on the registry process for livestock marks, brands and tattoos in Collin County, Texas.
An update to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would exempt additional IT employees and job functions from overtime compensation.
City’s utility department is seeking to test the latest energy-efficient technologies.
Website overhaul includes a ‘Who is My Supervisor’ tool.
Domain registrar Go Daddy credited with spike in IPv6 adoption.
FCC chairman is seeking to refer the proposed $39 billion merger to an administrative law judge for review. Deal would result in massive job losses, senior FCC official says.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers develop mobile scanning process that identifies savings from correcting heat loss in buildings.
Food app shows Sacramento County, Calif., residents the health inspection reports of establishments that are close by.
The airports are replacing their identification card reader systems and prepping security infrastructure for an eventual upgrade to biometric-based identification.
Recycled streets are paving the way to savings in the capital of Silicon Valley.
Zakaria was among 79 applicants from around the country hoping to land the job.
Faced with modernizing a vital project management system, the Indiana Department of Transportation leaned heavily on existing staff.
Norcross, Ga., gains energy management tools and faster response to outages.
Inglewood, Calif.’s CIO shares his experiences in taking a homegrown computer-aided dispatch system off an aging IBM mainframe.
Law enforcement will use video surveillance equipment attached to a small plane.
An electronic database of protective and restraining orders gives judges and law enforcement another tool to keep Californians safer.
Recycling station uses technology to engage citizens and help the environment.
Jonathan Reichental, CIO for O’Reilly Media, makes the move to public sector.
The 11th annual survey spotlights the municipalities that best show how information and communication technology are used to enhance public service.
Information sharing challenges have some states wondering if the health benefit exchange deadline is realistic.
New report critiques current government mobile apps and outlines best practices.
Study finds some red-light camera system contracts limit government’s ability to enforce traffic regulations.
New software helps Orlando police speed up crash report availability.
Bill is an attempt to reconcile a controversial element of the the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act.
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., asked the Federal Trade Commission for a report on the security impacts of facial recognition technology.
Tech upgrades yield an estimated $200,000 saved annually.
New legislation would require wireless carriers to clearly state speed and reliability of mobile phone networks.
New York City now has six subway stations with cell service. More are on the way.
Identifications, license plates, even airplane N-numbers can all be checked almost instantly.
911 operators more easily identify calling patterns with assistance from automated data collection.
Long a ‘dark pool of political corruption,’ county is banking on transparency to regain the public’s trust.
Mobile apps for traffic, public transportation and parking look to be a big contributor to cost savings and environmental gains.
Ordinance is requiring retailers to post warnings about the potential health risks of cell phone use.
A new law that authorizes the use of “managed access technology” to block wireless transmissions in California prisons is now on the books in California.
By 2015, 962 data centers will be closed, up from the original goal of 800.
Michigan surprisingly adds high-tech jobs despite its downtrodden economy, according to a state-by-state analysis.
Once known as “The Land of Opportunity,” Arkansas is revisiting its old nickname in embracing mobile-to-mobile video conferencing and bringing scheduling services in-house.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police are beta testing clip-on video cameras that officials hope will increase transparency, accountability and ultimately protect officers from false complaints.
From mobile robots to laser scanners, technology is making police officers safer and more effective.
Twenty-four municipalities, state agencies and schools were honored at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium.
The e-government services provider now is managing the websites of 25 states.
Carlsbad, Calif.’s IT manager expects HR system’s move to the cloud to be finished later this year. Along the way, lessons were learned.
By using wireless keypads connected to a presentation program, people who attend meetings of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning anonymously provide demographic information, vote on issues and provide feedback.
Cloud initiatives have become more desirable to federal IT professionals, but new federal CIO Steven VanRoekel may have to ground the work in reality.
A new public records repository is increasing transparency in California’s capital city and making public information requests easier for city staff.
A new report offers guidance on best practices and sustainability for states that are building Web-based systems where individuals and businesses can compare and purchase insurance plans.
State agencies plan to work together to bring down regulatory hurdles and identify funding for a far-reaching broadband initiative.
Jacksonville moved its Financial Accounting Management Information System to the cloud in August.
IT Academy Program being implemented at all Virginia public high schools and regional career technical centers.
Low IPv6 adoption by government websites no cause for alarm, says ARIN President John Curran
Nearly a quarter of federal websites can't be accessed by Web users.
The new rule would expand the ability of patients to view their health information and lab results.
A new Web portal is making emergency communication between residents and state officials easier and timelier in New Mexico.
Ramos unveiled the new organizational structure on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the California State Technology Executive Seminar.
Philly joins Detroit and Macon, Ga., as 2012 Code for America selections, with more cities to follow.
City business units compete using data analytics.
Aiming to crack down on illegal cell phone use by inmates, a bill is moving forward in the California Legislature that would authorize the use of “managed access technology” to block wireless transmissions in California prisons.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles puts traffic accident reports online, plans detailed incident data beginning in 2012.
Arkansas, Seattle and Stearns County, Minn., take first prize in the 2011 Best of the Web Awards.
Designed by the county’s IT department, the Internet-based Register of Deed e-Recording System has increased efficiency at the county’s Register of Deeds office.
Recent cloud computing outages highlight the need for proper backup protocols.
The TechAmerica Foundation builds upon federal CLOUD2 Commission and is seeking commissioners who will provide recommendations on a variety of cloud issues.
But Salt Lake City official admits the app is so easy to use, it might result in a backlog of 311 requests for existing staff.
The number of inmates in California state prisons may soon be dropping, but tech upgrades to keep up with the changes are on the rise at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Missouri State Teachers Association is concerned about portion of new law that will restrict nonpublic usage of social media between students and teachers.
Donated 3-D scanners will give law enforcement the ability to collect millions of data points at a crime scene or car crash.
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is facing big expectations as he carries the torch for his predecessor Vivek Kundra.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will be upgrading existing video surveillance cameras for 358 buses, including adding the ability to have real-time monitoring.
The city deployed a third-party software add-on for Google Apps for Government that allows IT administrators to see exactly what users are sharing in the cloud.
Tresh’s main responsibilities will be setting up information security, privacy and data protection policy for the state.
Agency awards Accelera Solutions $25 million contract for virtualization work.
A survey of 100 apps found that many are storing a high percentage of unencrypted personal data, making mobile devices a more attractive target for identity thieves and hackers.
Billions of data points will be used to compute estimated travel times displayed on new electronic message boards for a busy Virginia freeway.
Recent camera installations bring citywide total to 538, and Baltimore official says communities want more.
Former FCC managing director and Microsoft executive to replace departing Vivek Kundra.
New law in Missouri forbids teachers from communicating privately with a student using a non-work social media account or website, and online discussions must be public and transparent.
Pasadena, Calif.’s IT brain trust decided virtualized desktops made sense after studying computer usage data from city employees.
Are expensive standalone systems passé? Federal IT officials favor more flexible and agile delivery models such as cloud computing and open source.
Clark County, Nev., and the cities of North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City are designing a one-stop system for business licenses.
Anoka County, Minn., installed software for elections management a few weeks ago and expects to save money and improve back-end efficiency.
With a new handheld system that connects to an “iPhone on steroids,” law enforcement officers can get quick identification through iris, face or fingerprint scans.
E-mail transition to Google Apps for Government expected in Pittsburgh by November.
Burleson, Texas, one of several cities piloting new app from CivicPlus.
LexisNexis app helping Seattle police become better informed while on patrol.
Standardization and health information among the key challenges awaiting Vivek Kundra’s successor, state CIOs say.
New statewide case management system connects all South Carolina circuit and magistrate courts.
The San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Protection District has created a foundation to help distribute its “CPR needed” notification app to rescue and fire departments across the U.S.
Governor's Office of Information Technology officials hope audit of the Colorado Financial Reporting System will make funding for a modernized system a higher legislative priority.
Real-time video chat with Jacksonville government personnel and improved emergency response among the planned projects in Cisco Smart+Connected Communities partnership.
"Making Mobile Gov" will be a how-to guide will provide a best practices model for presenting data on smartphones and tablets.
The new Virginia.gov was redesigned with tablets and smartphones in mind.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Technology Innovation is migrating the university business school’s SAP enterprise resource planning software system to the cloud.
As states deploy electronic medical records and health information exchange networks, health IT coordinators juggle multiple responsibilities.
California Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, introduced the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act earlier this week, which requires wireless carriers to provide detailed information regarding guaranteed minimum data speed, network reliability, coverage areas and pricing.
Proposed law would regulate government access to geolocational information.
Governments could be forced to litigate in order to curtail cyber-squatters, chief counsel of the Software & Information Industry Association said.
Despite industry objections, the Wisconsin state Assembly approved a budget amendment that allows the public broadband network, called WiscNet, to remain online until at least 2013.
While Roanoke County’s latest website has been active since mid-March, it was a small training seminar conducted about the site a few weeks ago that spurred the idea for a larger educational component.
Millions of dollars unleashed for programs to help spur app creation in the health-care field.
A worldwide contest judged by a panel of luminaries is looking for the most innovative, problem-solving and cost-saving proposal that’s centered on technology.
IBM debuts its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities technology, which connects siloed programs in local government departments, captures real-time data and sends the information to decision-makers.
Aircraft can now send and exchange text-based messages across a secure network in the event radio communications are down, or if there is trouble contacting the ground.
Gov. Jerry Brown pledges more devices will be slashed in cost cutting during the next 30 days.
Fort Worth/Tarrant County Joint Emergency Operations Center mixes existing technologies into a radio-over-IP package that helps establish user IDs and reduces noise.
Sensors that detect heat, smoke and chemicals light the safest evacuation route out of a building.
North Carolina law will prevent local governments from dipping into the consumer broadband provider business, several opponents say.
The Public Technology Institute recognizes the Web 2.0 applications and social media tools of seven cities, five states, four counties and one city/county.
A partnership between IBM and Dubuque, Iowa, is affirming a widely held assumption: Real-time water data actually helps consumers reduce their consumption.
Survey from network and key encryption provider also finds a third of 500 IT security specialists were confident their knowledge and access to encryption keys and certificates could bring a company to a halt with little effort.
Carolyn Lawson is a well known IT official in California state government.
Governments are challenged by the increasingly blurry line between private and business use of social networks.
Microsoft Excel-based tool created by the Center for Technology in Government evaluates open government initiatives and determines their public value.
Three hundred rural sites will be on a secure, high-speed medical grade network by the end of 2011, as part of the California Telehealth Network’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
The technology overhaul will enable troopers, administrators and citizens to have immense amounts of data at their fingertips.
Google helps develop WeTap, an application that will soon allow your smartphone to lead you to water.
Federal agencies are being mindful of security concerns when migrating systems to the cloud, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said.
Technology allows law enforcement officials — without carrying handheld devices or bulky hardware — to pinpoint an individual’s position within 150 feet using data from cell towers.
But VMware / MeriTalk survey finds most federal government CIOs and IT managers aren’t using the OMB’s Cloud First policy.
AT&T’s small-but-powerful Remote Mobility Zone provides mobile voice and data capability in the absence of traditional wireless coverage.
Philly WatchDog allows citizens to document activities that they believe are wasteful or abusive of taxpayer dollars.
Centralized IT services and cloud computing will save Alexandria more than $1 million over the next six years.
State and local first responders receive FCC approval to use robot that covertly transmitted live video during military operations.
FCC Apps for Communities Challenge includes an app that can deliver seasonal and contract job postings by text message.
The Los Angeles Fire Department believes high-tech inspections will help homeowners comply with regulations on brush clearance.
City IT officials believe 2009’s e-discovery act prompted more complex public records requests that are now overwhelming some IT departments tasked with producing the archived records.
CIOs hope White House memo leads to better funding allocation guidelines for state and local technology.
Google shoots down Microsoft’s assertion that Google Apps for Government isn’t FISMA certified.
Chicago mayor-elect discusses technology initiatives to engage citizens.
Government IT professionals should be concerned about the intrusion, particularly smaller municipalities that may not have the latest virus and malware protections.
Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City are using a vehicle-sharing company called Zipcar to lower costs and get more environmentally friendly.
Proposed state legislation goes against the National Broadband Plan’s intent, said FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn.
The bill, called the “Level Playing Field/Local Gov’t Competition” act, would require communities to alter the way networks are financed and deployed.
District of Columbia officials break ground on the DC Community Access Network, designed to bring high-speed Internet to Washington, D.C’s underserved areas.
In partial operation for more than a year, the network started as a small pilot program between Houston and network provider Alvarion.
Gov. Bev Perdue’s executive order proposes a series of department mergers as part of statewide efficiency plan.
Legislation mulled that would limit law enforcement’s ability to use cell phone data for tracking purposes.
Mobile data terminals help police verify identities and share information.
These sites offer information on topics like health information exchanges and electronic health records.
But experts are split as to what degree it may affect municipalities’ bottom line.
Miami-Dade County, Fla., and the County Clerk’s office collaborated on a searchable, integrated platform for video of commission meetings, agendas and minutes.
New tool pulls data from Oracle reports and puts the numbers in the city’s financial reporting template.
Security issues often arise after government computers’ end of life.
States must adopt better programs for wiping hard drives clean, experts say.
Twenty-four cities worldwide to receive $400,000 each in technology and services to improve efficiency and service delivery.