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By rethinking the hiring process and potential skills gap from all angles, the county is working to secure a future for everyone.
Controversial changes to Philadelphia’s technology offices raise questions about what it means to be a CIO, and what kind of organizational structure best enables innovation.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeks to create new opportunities for government through increased cooperation with the private sector.
The institute's grand opening was held June 3, and is the model for what tomorrow’s emergency operations centers will look like.
Though entrance to the cloud is becoming easier, certain IT functions may remain on premise permanently.
The city's first CDO will bring his machine learning experience to bear on the city's most capricious and recalcitrant struggles.
The May issue of The State Education Standard contains articles on a variety of data-related topics, like how using digital tools in the classroom can improve teacher efficacy, and how data figures into educational inequality, transparency, privacy and funding.
A new city pilot website will evolve weekly, with help from its users.
A new report shows that the federal government is slow to adapt to cyberthreats, even in the face of severe consequences.
FirstNet, the wireless network dedicated to first responders, hopes to nail down a 25-year, $100 billion contract before the next election.
Los Angeles leaders say they hope to encourage other cities to do as they have and join the infrastructure connecting California's education and research worlds.
A new podcast produced by the Department of Better Technology takes a look at what it takes to succeed in the world of government technology.
According to a study conducted by open data company Socrata, investment in and support for open data remain steady. In fact, the company's CEO called today's market the strongest he's ever seen.
A new open source tool being built for Philadelphia could solve many of government's procurement worries.
More governments look to private partnership as new responsibilities mount.
San Francisco's new lab brings partners from academia, state and federal government, and the private sector to tackle such challenges as performance-based procurement and transportation.
A new portal makes the city's technology goals public and invites citizens to comment on NYC's progress.
A bill making its way through Congress may finally remedy legislation drafted three decades ago -- that couldn't predict a future of digital mobile devices and cloud-stored data.
The perennial concern with cloud adoption is security, according to the survey, but 70 percent of respondents also said they believe security will become less of a concern by the end of the year.
The new council also will encourage economic development in the cybersecurity sector.
An executive order will breathe new life into the commonwealth's civic tech push.
San Jose will be one of Facebook Connectivity Lab’s first examples of how the Terragraph network might be used to cheaply scale high-bandwidth wireless connectivity for a high volume of users.
The city's transportation authority has built an open source trip planning app that can be used by transit riders and cyclists.
Chief Innovation Officer Charles Brennan replaced Adel Ebeid, and is bringing with him some structural changes of his own.
After an overhaul of the state's tax system stalled four years ago, public- and private-sector officials turned to agile development to turn it around.
Innovation offices in major cities like Los Angeles and New York are interesting and inspirational, but don’t necessarily serve as useful models for cities with a fraction of the population or resources.
A new partnership between two vendors in the grants management and cost allocation space brings a website filled with free resources.
Since announcing a new organizational structure and approach to Illinois state IT earlier this year, several department heads are noting big changes in technology.
The mayor of Newark, N.J., is asking for help for what he claims is a infrastructure challenge stretching beyond his city's borders.
Promises of incredible computing power delivered via quantum cloud computing tantalize today’s technologist, and just might nourish and sculpt the govtech landscape within two presidential terms.
Some members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors may be hiding their communications in violation of three transparency laws.
The country's more than 140,000 small-sized water districts have lacked the resources to use sophisticated analytics programs that can improve water efficiency. Now the situation is changing.
During the past several years, Sanchez is credited with leading an agency that created a chief data officer role, building a county open data portal and replacing many of the county’s legacy applications, to name a few.
The diversity in recent municipal broadband projects history indicate a trend of innovation. No longer content to wait for private industry, cities large and small are building the kinds of networks and partnerships that serve the persistent demand for connectivity.
The president's initiative to put America on the technology-training fast track gained new partnerships at the city and state levels.
Another 10 states, yet unannounced, are scheduled to join the pilot, which will re-examine the policy and programs that mold how states keep populations healthy and safe.
Government thinks open data is an add-on that boosts transparency, but it’s more than that.
For all the fear of robots taking over, all it takes for humans to follow a robot's authority is a hint of danger.
A new report profiles the exploding big data industry in Massachusetts, one of the nation's leading examples of the world's most powerful innovations.
The government loses billions each year to tax refund fraud, but this summer, Georgia and North Carolina will pilot a new technology that aims to change that.
An organization’s goals and a keen understanding of the industry come first.
Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell explained at a federal hearing why the company is ethically and constitutionally compelled not to comply with the FBI's request to create a tool that would allow access to the San Bernardino shooter’s encrypted iPhone.
Mayor Ed Murray’s executive order requires new standards of governance and policy around open data across all city departments.
Judges selected individuals who led effective teams, most faithfully served their organizations and constituencies, exhibited innovative thinking, and promoted information sharing and collaboration across California government.
The first phase of Seattle's new website launches with mobile content and service delivery in mind.
Government may once again find itself the peripheral beneficiary of the Knight Prototype Fund, as the latest round of funding focuses chiefly on media and data consumption.
Alaska's tech leader reflects on his accomplishments and offers some advice for other CIOs.
Ransomware starts the same as any other malware attack, but it's much less effective against organizations that back up their data.
The FAA rushed out its regulations without consulting the public, the group claims.
Montgomery officials are touting the new project as a landmark in the city's history and a blessing for local economic development and cybersecurity research.
In this one-year pilot program, city residents can use a smartphone-connected network of 10 passenger vans that will give them access to more work opportunities.
California's newest tech office was designed to promote open source software, civic engagement and data-driven decision-making.
Before a joint budget hearing, New York CIO Maggie Miller explained why her agency has been forced to hire hundreds of expensive contractors instead of investing in a permanent workforce.
The city recently partnered with transportation app Waze and expanded its Wi-Fi coverage — which imparts to people the idea that they’re a piece of a modern and connected society.
State and local CIOs from around the nation give their two cents about whether the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos will take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 7
An executive order signed by the governor will create a new council responsible for establishing a comprehensive open data plan within six months.
A new program launched by The Nature Conservancy and DroneDeploy will crowdsource El Niño research in California.
A regional Startup in Residence program with West Sacramento, Oakland and San Leandro expands on San Francisco's 2014 effort and builds toward an international program.
The state's hodgepodge of overlapping IT desks will consolidate under the control of CIO Hardik Bhatt.
"Deepstream" seeks to iron the creases on one of the Internet's fastest growing trends.
In fact, many in government and the private sector are already using the next rung in humanity’s digital progression.
Richard Culatta says that in government, collaboration is the key to getting things done.
The program is a chance to connect people and groups that don't typically talk so they can share ideas and resources, encourage innovation, and build new partnerships.
In his final address, Obama asked how to make technology work for us, not against us – especially when solving urgent challenges.
Creative partnerships and modest annual investments allow opportunities for continued growth for the city’s broadband network.
Hawaii is squeezing everything it can out of KOLEA, its Medicaid integrated eligibility system.
If the Legislature votes to make the funding available before the end of May, an additional 20,000 to 30,000 homes and businesses are expected to gain connectivity.
White, the state's IT leader of nearly four years, will be replaced by Joanne Hale, a professor of management information systems at the University of Alabama.
Bob Bennett is a 24-year Army veteran who is ready to apply skills honed in the Middle East and Africa in his new role as Kansas City's chief innovation officer.
The Internet's getting faster, but there are still rural areas to connect and new addressing schemes to adopt, according to Akamai Technologies' latest report.
Verizon's latest report shows that nearly every organization public and private is vulnerable to the exposure of protected health information, despite access to controls designed to prevent such breaches.
City officials have partnered with newly established communications company Ting to do broadband differently.
In the second quarter of 2015, a few states created digital registries to track medical and recreational marijuana distribution centers, Facebook unveiled verified pages for government and transportation officials in Missouri unveil plans to launch America’s first smart highway.
From the launch of Google’s Government Innovation Lab and the January preview of Microsoft’s Windows 10 to use of predictive analytics in Chicago and Indiana, the first quarter of 2015 was chock full of newsworthy happenings in the world of government IT.
Over the next three years, Seattle will consolidate its disparate IT departments into a new agency, called Seattle IT, and city officials expect big things from the change.
After some years of uncertainty, Florida has a CIO and a CISO, and it may soon have the funding needed to rebuild the state's IT.
On Nov. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor also announced a $100 million grant competition to support innovative approaches to getting training to those who need it most.
Event organizers called the challenge an unqualified success, and are now planning how to best manage the tools created during the event and the developers who made them.
This year’s top digital cities have developed a mature infrastructure that lets city leaders experiment with technology projects that are molded in the image of the average citizen's lifestyle.
Oracle's new high school, scheduled for completion in 2017, teaches its students reading, writing, arithmetic — and how to be effective people.
Winners were selected for their achievements during the past two to three years as they pertain to the advancement of cybersecurity.
The Techno Dragons program at Davison Elementary-Middle School turns students in campus tech support -- and could be the reason they grow up to be software developers or cybersecurity experts.
The 2015 North American International Cyber Summit brought security and government bigwigs together for a meeting of ideas on how to tackle cybersecurity in a world rife with threats.
A new report guides communities toward the types of questions they should be asking when coffers are low but implementing broadband is a must.
Utah's newest CIO says his office will focus on a few key areas: mobile app development, accessibility, data security and a 25 percent increase in efficiency.
Open Procure is looking to speed government adoption of breaking technologies and ease startup entry into the government sector.
The state's newest IT leader is looking for chances to collaborate as she keeps Nevada's several large, multi-year modernization projects moving.
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation has issued a report that shows how state e-government can now fulfill its original promise — cutting government costs through higher productivity.
Unemployment is dropping, but high-skill workers remain in short supply — so researchers at the University of California at Davis are going to find out why.
It’s 2015 and too many Americans still lack broadband Internet service. What’s the problem and who should fix it?
Here's a quick look at the states that restrict municipal broadband -- along with their average connection speed and percentage of citizens that live in a home with high-speed access.
Our 10 government, industry and nonprofit representatives answer to what extent universal access to broadband will be accomplished in 10 years.
Our 10 government, industry and nonprofit representatives answer in what ways they think barriers to broadband access can be overcome.
Our 10 government, industry and nonprofit representatives answer what they see as the biggest barrier that is impeding access to broadband.
Our 10 government, industry and nonprofit representatives answer who they think should be responsible for ensuring that every American has access to broadband Internet.
Proponents of the bill say it is a great first step at fixing the disparity among low-income students
During his 13 months as the city's first chief data officer, Nemani opened more than 400 data sets, bringing Los Angeles' national open data ranking to No. 1.
A recent report released by the president's Broadband Opportunity Council made recommendations that would reduce the nation's digital divide.
Several deadline extensions beyond 2010, Michigan's Business Application Modernization project remains unfinished.
Rural American communities are geographically distant, but a new project from the Intelligent Community Forum will try to bring them together.
Long-time Seattle technology leader Bill Schrier will pick up where Greg Russell left off.
VanOrden says he has to leave the next big project to someone else.
Working with Pixar lets Khan Academy give students a behind-the-scenes look at how animated movies are made and how filmmakers use math to solve creative challenges in their daily work.
If a $50 billion tech-fueled transportation company can help adjust my attitude, then it's possible that Uber's infiltration into America's cities is making the nation a friendlier place everywhere.
Universities in Idaho, Maryland and Florida, along with a nonprofit, have created innovative education programs and solved problems many colleges struggle with.
It will be years yet before FirstNet is found in public safety jurisdictions nationwide, but JerseyNet is one of the first looks at what form the first responder network will take.
The Hawkeye State is on its way to becoming the first to give citizens the option of using a digital driver's license.
The Northern California city launched a new tool that brings community meetings to the citizen.
Winning sites in the 2015 Best of the Web competition tend to use simple, high-image, low-text designs; prioritize accessibility and mobility; and start with a design philosophy that puts the user first.
Today any government can suddenly find itself the center of worldwide attention after a divisive event, drawing the unwelcome attention of hackers with a political agenda. Here’s how to prepare.
After 18 years in Las Vegas, Marcella looks forward to spending some time in the community.
For a second year, fresh sets of eyes and cutting-edge data analytics skills are the tools grad students will bring Virginia through the state's data internship program.
President Barack Obama has been known as a master of social media since his first inauguration in 2009, and as technology evolves, the administration shows no trouble in keeping pace.
By drawing on an extensive and far-flung network of experts, Wikistrat promises its clients to rapidly build a trove of data its competition can't match.
Facebook and Twitter have become civic engagement mainstays, but one of the most tech-minded online communities goes largely ignored. Now that's beginning to change.
The 13th annual awards celebrated excellence in apps, management, collaboration, infrastructure and social media.
And CIO Simona Rollinson says it's long overdue.
These awards will help provide yet another resource to help cities and counties navigate the murky waters they find themselves in when it comes to broadband.
In an effort to bottle the tornado of fraudulent claims made each year, seven state assistance programs run by the Georgia Department of Community Health and the state's Department of Human Services will begin using a Fraud Detection-as-a-Service solution next year.
Chris Osgood from the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics will serve as Boston's first chief of streets.
With no managers and an increased focus on work, Washington Technology Solutions pilot members see if Holacracy might transform government.
In 10 years, Google Fiber may be as prevalent as AT&T, Comcast and Charter in a handful of big cities — but the biggest metropolitan centers remain conspicuously absent from the company’s Fiber roster.
The police department's new District 3 headquarters building is equipped with 40 geothermal wells, solar panels that can generate 330 kilowatts of energy, and 29 energy zones that allow for unused systems to be turned off.
State CIOs, working alongside state procurement officials, can change the current accessibility landscape to better benefit the citizens they serve with the help of a new brief from NASCIO.
Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new policy governing the proper method of opening departmental data in the city.
The Florida Department of Transportation has funded research on autonomous waterborne vehicles that could make bridge inspections faster, safer and more efficient.
Richmond's high-crime, low-income Iron Triangle is getting free Internet access from the city, and if new grants come in, access will expand.
The Internet as we know it is imperfect — that’s why the GENI ultra-high-speed test bed is helping researchers develop technologies that will allow people to do things that are usually impossible on today’s network.
As the prison-industrial complex booms with the incarceration of low-risk, nonviolent offenders, those incarcerated go ignored. Can tracking software help?
The Obama administration's digital divide crusade is expanding and is expected to initially reach more than 275,000 households through increased broadband access, technical training and digital devices.
The partnership between the National Fusion Center Association and cybersecurity firm FireEye means that fusion centers nationwide will gain threat landscape visibility on a global scale, as well as in their individual states or regions.
SeeClickFix markets itself as a platform to assist cities in solving their problems, but at least one government official says its practices can be counterproductive.
Scientists say moving processing power to the edge of networks solves tough problems. Practitioners say it’s too early to tell.
The city of Chicago created a new tax on cloud-based services, but experts are dubious.
If government merchants don't meet an upcoming deadline for transitioning to the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) specifications, they may be liable for fraudulent charges.
In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 54 counties as adaptive IT leaders, collaborators and arbiters of the public trust.
The reporting platform is expected to double in size and expand the type and quality of services offered.
The city is investing millions in a clean energy plant that is expected to generate big savings.
With only $500 committed, LePage called the legislation nothing more than a "feel-good" bill.
Proponents of municipal broadband say Maine's Legislature has its heart in the right place, but $500 won't buy the citizenry much connectivity.
In the 14th annual award competition, data is powering analytics for education, discovery dashboards for the courts and returning property to constituents.
Since 2000, the clean energy generated in the U.S. has outpaced expectations, and a new report shows that its future depends on cooperation among the states, the feds and private innovation.
The state's latest website upgrade is part technology, part internal culture transformation.
Over the next five years, the city will attempt to bring high-speed wired and wireless Internet to every business and home in the city.
Is it a blimp? Is it a traffic monitoring device? Or is it an aerostat? It's all of the above, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is using it to prove that innovation may just pay off.
Thanks to the FCC, everyone’s talking about it. But building your own network is harder than it looks.
Every county in the nation has faced disaster at one point in history, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has created an interactive map to ensure no one forgets that.
The Missouri Department of Transportation's need for funding could be the perfect opportunity for a young upstart looking to launch their first technology project.
The numbers don't bode well for proponents of municipal broadband in Seattle, but the city has other plans.
Opening data is a way to increase public trust, but there’s a lot of work left to be done on behalf of law enforcement.
Technology can make governments more efficient, but pushed outward, it can change society too, says incoming Long Beach, Calif., tech chief Bryan Sastokas.
New partnerships with the nation's leading cancer institutions will give more clinicians access to the natural-language cognitive computing machine known as Watson.
Broadband is a crucial asset for most businesses, and states like Utah are advertising through new tools just what kind of pipes they have on offer.
The city's $2.5 million tech upgrade is expected to significantly improve customer service while improving the efficiency of government operations.
Drones can do all kinds of things, but a new brief from NASCIO explains that it's going to take some introspection and planning.
Denis Goulet, the state's new tech commissioner, comes to the Granite State from the private sector and has an IT philosophy that focuses on people and process.
To meet new air quality regulations, Riverside, Calif., will soon convert waste biogas into renewable power in a way that's virtually absent of pollutants that cause smog and acid rain.
Accela services now cover 60 percent of the U.S. population.
Technology, government policy and public opinion are converging toward vehicles that don't need anyone behind the wheel.
A preview to the K-12 edition of the NMC Horizon Report shows new opportunities and challenges for American educators.
After three years in New York state government, Kishor Bagul says he's ready for a new grand challenge.
After days-long service interruptions and slow connection speeds with no solution in sight, administrators in Kemp took matters into their own hands.
Katie Stebbins says government's role in the civic tech, startup and technology arena is to build relationships and let the world know that these things are important.
Randolph and Fitchburg, Mass., will have a platform for networked streetlighting -- and the option to self-fund additional smart city applications in the future.
Through the magic of digital technology and a new federal program, even low-income kids can read any book in the world.
Government agencies are supporting their IT and capital investment planning with a tool called Decision Lens.
Thoreau said our lives are frittered away by detail, and someone in Texas was listening.
According to federal law, people don't completely own much of their copyrighted property -- from DVDs and smartphones to tractors. But one lawmaker is working to change that.
IoT innovations are doing everything from finding parking spaces to locating lost hikers.
Most of Arkansas' 276 school districts will be connected to the state's upgraded fiber network over the next 12 months.
The former D.C. chief technology officer said he enjoyed his time in government and accomplished a lot, but now it’s someone else’s turn.
The two states developed new systems through partnerships with NIC for tracking medical marijuana patients in their states, replacing old paper-based systems.
A vocal minority of government and civic activists say open data is the future, but the public is largely unconcerned.
'Balancing Act' illustrates how balancing a budget is a game of compromises, letting users tweak the numbers to see how their budget is affected.
Winners of the 2014-2015 Digital Community Colleges Survey are the most forward-thinking and technology-driven in the United States.
When the department realized how much paperwork the Affordable Care Act would bring, it got digitally organized.
After 41 years of public-sector service, Armstrong is going to take some time off.
David Gustafson didn't see the whites of his enemies' eyes, but he did help Nevada fight a war in cyberspace.
Crime data is among the most wanted data sets, but many cities don't bother. How does your city rank?
These top 7 broadband-focused podcasts from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance cover public ownership versus private and the threats that monopolies pose, to name a few.
In the first in a series of data-driven projects, New Orleans looks at ways to make its operations smarter and keep its citizens safer.
Open education resources have been around for more than a decade, and schools are finally starting to run with it.
The 30 most innovative school districts in America are giving American students a chance to thrive.
San Diego ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to road quality, so they're doing something about it.
Here's how to deal with some of the biggest (and most difficult) issues that may come your way.
Chicago's relaunched non-beta website includes a streamlined design and features that weren’t originally available upon beta launch.
All 50 states were ranked in an annual survey for financial transparency by consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, with surprises in both the winner and loser categories.
Mobile platforms and digital technology are quickly replacing paper, but emergency managers still need to stay sharp.
A civic transportation hackathon will foster transportation innovation in one of the nation's fastest-growing cities.
Entrepreneurship in residence (EIR) programs are popular in the tech world, and another has popped up in government.
The information is out there somewhere. Now, can we find it and use it?
Americans are getting fatter, working more and moving less, but technologies like treadmill and bike desks haven't taken off. Will they ever?
More than 200 applied for the position, but an Amazon executive will fill the role as the Seattle Police Department's new head of technology.
Goodsnitch provides organizations a free, cloud-based platform to monitor performance, recognize good employees and keep a positive attitude.
After seven years with the state, the acclaimed public-sector CIO moves on.
West Virginia's third portal refresh in seven years bears all the marks of today's generation of websites.
Nearly 10,000 computers will be either refurbished for use in disadvantaged neighborhoods or recycled as part of broader job training program.
$143.5 million in financing for California-based Accela will help firm expand its cloud platform.
A new online workshop from the GovLab Academy targets government procurement officials looking for a boost.
The annual awards ceremony recognized achievements of the greatest public IT leaders in one of the largest and most influential economies in the nation.
A new generation of payment technologies could help transform the federal government's image while simultaneously protecting sensitive consumer data.
Lubbock County, Texas, is one of many counties in the state that allows citizens to report for jury duty without heading down to the courthouse.
The White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection highlighted the state of increasing cyber threats and news of cooperation that spans sectors in the form of an information-sharing order.
A new alert system will pit the efforts of the police, the private sector, the city and the public against one of Los Angeles' bloody problems.
A new rash of public records requests in Washington state have the public and members of the open data movement divided on just how open government should be.
WorkMail, the latest addition to Amazon Web Services' suite of cloud tools, is not marketed to public-sector clients -- but it may have everything government needs.
A $215 million investment is expected to expand personalized medicine and accelerate biomedical discoveries.
The past two years have been transformative for cyber-operations in Texas, Engle said.
The Knight Foundation has awarded $3 million to 22 libraries for projects and tools that will improve access to information, preserve history and leverage open government data.
The Seattle Smart Gun Symposium revealed an ambitious community of technologists seeking to take on the feverish front known as the American gun owner, and unveiled more questions than answers.
CTO Mark Myers will work hard to fuel his department as the technology engine that drives economic development and education in the state.
The state, local governments and colleges are partnering to identify exactly where the gaps exist.
A new research paper documents a number of limitations and barriers to the potential road safety of self-driving vehicles.
The Oakland, Calif., Police Department has released its license plate reader data, which reveals a lot -- but it's tough to understand what it all means.
This Wednesday brought some government website hiccups.
Microsoft's newest operating system is being designed for a new technological landscape, and will be offered as a free upgrade during the first year after launch.
The president primarily touted middle-class economics and called for parties to cooperate in this year's addressing, making mere mentions of technology plans and proposals.
Davis is looking to replace fields of wheat with homes and work spaces for a new generation of technologists.
Doctors aren’t necessarily clamoring for patients’ Fitbit data, but wearable technology may just be poised to transform medicine.
In San Francisco's new business portal, launched in November, the citizen is made central to the business formation process -- not the government.
NYC is joining a small group of municipalities offering city identification cards to its residents.
The state is testing a new authentication system developed by NIST and LexisNexis that simplifies how people apply for benefits and other government services while saving taxpayer dollars. But privacy and civil rights advocates have concerns.
With a $1.8 million open data grant, the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County plan to harness data that informs business processes and decision-making on a daily basis.
The Seattle Police Department is leading the nation in police transparency -- with a little help from the public.
The Iowa Department of Transportation expects to have a working prototype within six months.
Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will work with municipalities to show how DriveDecisions can combine open data, visualize it and improve decision-making.
Bailey said she looks forward to helping all levels of government maximize their assets through her new position in the private sector.
The city's acting CIO loses his "acting" title, and looks forward to developing more public Wi-Fi and changing the organization's service culture.
An award-winning prototype from a team at the Virginia Department of Transportation shows how emerging tools are bringing data closer to the people who need it.
The growing Internet of Things brings new opportunities and challenges.
As citizens nationwide protest following the no-indict ruling in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting, police in Washington state wonder if their public records laws will prevent the adoption of body camera technology that could keep such a confusing scenario from happening again.
An early look at social media's rising star reveals user interface design so good, it might convince me not to hate everyone.
A pro-bono design collaborative in Philadelphia is using GIS analysis to improve the success rate of its projects that are aimed at bettering the lives of children in the area.
A new paper shows that innovation isn't a solution, but another project that not everyone is ready to manage.
Twenty-eight-year-old Lauren Lockwood will lead the city's digital efforts.
In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there.
Microsoft's recent patch fixed a vulnerability that sat in the open for almost two decades.
Last week, service was disrupted for 18 voting information websites serving citizens around the nation this midterm election. But the nation may have bigger problems when it comes to voting technology.
Will heart attack victims one day see their savior fly in on four small propellers?
For Los Angeles, innovation won't live in just one office – it is being democratized across the city in an effort to improve operations.
The city will re-examine how it uses, retains and deletes data across all departments, while “engaging with privacy leaders in Seattle.”
Technology leaders in three cities imagine how they would harness Chicago’s innovative sensor pilot in their communities.
Next week's election may have one of the lowest voter turnouts ever. Can technology help boost voter participation? Here are three possible answers.
Your organization is on Facebook and Twitter — now what?
Winners of the 2014 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards have demonstrated they are serious about cybersecurity defense by putting into place systems, practices and policies that keep information safe for citizens.
To avoid a disruption when Corpus Christi, Texas, CIO Michael Armstrong retires, his successor is being trained before his departure -- and in 2015, Michigan plans to launch a leadership academy program to groom internal talent.
Seattle's acting CISO was hired in a permanent capacity, and says that when it comes to data security, the government's responsibilities increasingly align with those of the private sector.
Through Next Century Cities, leaders will gain opportunities to work with partner cities, share knowledge and assist in development of next-generation broadband networks.
As more governments focus on digital service adoption, the state's first chief digital officer is guiding the state toward more user-centric online design.
When it comes to high-speed broadband, meeting demand isn’t always in the incumbent's business model -- so Connecticut is taking matters into its own hands.
Apple's keynote brought new iterations of the iPad Air and iPad mini to market, but it may not be enough to drive continued growth in the market.
Robinson announced her departure in an internal email, in which she called her time at DIR “intense and challenging.”
Now seven years old, the state's Government Data Analytics Center is entering a new phase of life.
After a decade of serving local businesses, the city is releasing business operation of its gigabit network to a private company.
Following the departure of James Sills, Delaware found a replacement in James Collins.
Our annual Best of the Web contest ranks these 32 state and local websites as leaders in digital information and services.
Cyberattackers aren’t invincible, but you probably need to rethink security.
14 months in, Google's gift begat free public Wi-Fi.
After 10 years of inter-agency data sharing, state officials say they've finally cracked the code, saving millions and improving the health of the mentally ill.
Through gamification, Hawaii is taking user experience seriously.
The city hopes to leverage public knowledge and enthusiasm to identify and solve key local problems using data available from its open data portal.
Microsoft will drop support for Server 2003 in just under 10 months, potentially affecting 24 million servers.
The meeting will be followed by discussions in other states as FirstNet determines what a nationwide first responder communications network should look like.
Michael Mattmiller says Seattle is keeping its options open when it comes to high-speed Internet.
Atlanta CIO Samir Saini says that right now, the IT priority in the city is to make sure its infrastructure can support what it has today, and also can scale to support future solutions like citizen-facing applications.
At the 10th annual NY Tech Meetup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Minerva Tantoco will be the city's first chief technology officer.
Forty New York public-sector leaders, agencies and departments were honored for technology excellence at the 2014 New York Digital Government Summit held in Albany.
The healthcare portal used by more than 5 million Americans continues to have growing pains.
How can a website going offline for just a few minutes affect the world?
Enough activity on the I'm Stuck app -- the data from which is mapped -- likely will have an impact on national infrastructure.
The 2014 Digital States Survey grades states on how well they use technology to serve their citizens.
CEO Nick Bowden says the novelty of his product is wearing off and it's time to expand.
A recent revamp of federal health-care reporting software is poised for widespread adoption at the state level, officials say.
Rather than challenge individuals to look at data, MassIT's Government Innovation Competition challenges startups to look at the big picture.
For some, the battle in California is won, but a national debate is ahead.
Researchers keep warning about the need for an early warning system while the project remains under-funded.
A new service could bring the benefits of the sharing economy to public works departments around the nation.
The city's new chief data officer wants to use data as a platform for developing solutions that benefit citizens, business and government.
The new device can detect minute movements and could save lives in the next large-scale disaster.
Pushed through Code for America's 2012 Accelerator, Revelstone is offering municipalities a chance to monitor operations and build public trust with its Public Performance Dashboard.
Six states earn top rankings for their open data policies and portals -- and eight states are at the bottom.
Leaders in Chicago, Pasadena and Riverside talk about launching and maintaining open data initiatives.
From drone fleet engineers to autonomous vehicle managers, new, specialized roles will take the place of many traditional public-sector jobs.
The state fed the participants environmental data, and then watched smart and creative people "do their thing."
Following a donation from Google last year, San Francisco is planning to announce Wi-Fi service in public parks and facilities across the city next month.
By replacing its aging storage area network, the city was able to improve performance by 25 percent and save significantly on the cost for new storage capacity.
Tesla is gaining momentum as it plans a gigantic battery factory and a mid-range offering, but states remain uncertain about whether its direct sales model is good for consumers.
In a response to a Los Angeles RFI for citywide broadband, Dutch start up Angie Communications said it would also build and operate a nationwide 4G network and a Wi-Fi network that reaches 90 percent of the population. But some are skeptical of the ambitious plan.
One of the hottest trends in government has most state and local agencies caught off-guard, according to a new survey.
A fixture in Michigan state government for the past 17 years, Lohrmann has been a leading voice on cybersecurity in the public sector.
The First Responder Network Authority's first in-person consultation is with Maryland on July 29, and the authority anticipates releasing a draft RFP before March 2015.
Government transparency and engagement efforts often fall short, and the growing wave of mobility has some IT leaders rethinking how they deliver content online.
The scale of the $681 million cloud agreement with Unisys goes well beyond what most states attempt to do at once, and could be the wave of the future.
After serving as U.S. deputy chief technology officer, CfA's founder and executive director says in this Q&A that she's focused on creating a government that works for the people and by the people in the 21st century.
The primary limitation of today’s energy grid is that it was conceived and developed in an era that had not envisioned a future powered by the sun, the wind and data. ARPA-E projects aim to fix that.
Facial recognition is an emerging technology typically fraught with controversy, but most seem to agree that for animals, there's nothing but potential.
The state's Department of Children and Families has identified what the highest-risk children look like on paper, and is using their profiles to best determine how to ensure their health and safety.
Dogs that undergo training in an innovative program led by Connecticut State Police prove their value.
Hundreds participated in the 12th annual survey, and the top-ranked counties will be honored at a reception during the 2014 National Association of Counties annual conference starting July 11.
The city announced today the launch of a new open data portal as it rethinks what it means to be transparent.
The technology services department in Independence, Mo., developed an app for code inspection that increased productivity by 20 percent.
A new environmental project in Baltimore demonstrates the challenges faced by government, the private sector and the public when they collaborated to accomplish a common goal.
Blue State Digital founder Jascha Franklin-Hodge outlines his tech priorities for the city.
A new online tool from the Indiana State Police gives prospective property renters and buyers a chance to see if their new home was once part of the state's biggest problem.
If biometrics can improve security or accelerate travel times, most citizens will welcome it, a new survey says.
After two years of planning, donations and fanfare, the mobile shower service from Lava Mae is launching regular service as cities around the world watch.
Online dashboard tracks hundreds of accounts, thousands of tweets and shows millions of Facebook likes.
A new website is saving one Florida city time and money while achieving the oft-cited goal of government transparency.
As CfA opens enrollment for the 2015 fellowship class -- and approaches its fifth anniversary -- CfA Fellow Becky Boone gives an inside look at the organization's work in the Mile High City.
Marc Touitou will ply his trade as CIO in Geneva, the city announced via Twitter.
As customer satisfaction dips to an all-time low, new competitors force a breaking point in American broadband.
En Pointe Technologies has been awarded one of the largest state or local Microsoft 365 contracts ever written.
Governments could improve by pushing more information to constituents, entering into strategic partnerships with industry more easily and cooperating more broadly for the betterment of society, to name a few things.
Texas Workforce Commission Executive Director Larry Temple received the 17th annual Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship.
The city of San Jose and Intel have announced a Smart America partnership that will help the city discover how new sensor data can improve the community.
Led by the U.S. Department of State, developers in five cities will work concurrently to find solutions to sustainability problems facing international fisheries.
For the Big Apple's new technology commissioner, it's not the technology that counts, but how you use it.
The Hennepin County, Minn., Environmental Health Department website streamlines processes and uses interactive GiS mapping feature to let swimmers know if their favorite beaches are open.
After nearly four years of data collection, research and analysis, the project is expected to provide local governments with valuable information about expanding digital infrastructure -- without interfering with the marketplace.
Privacy is almost universally valued by humanity, but technology is advancing so quickly that people haven’t had time to settle on a useful definition for the word -- let alone a solution that everyone can live with.
Agreement could boost deployment of charging stations and other EV infrastructure.
The Oregon Department of Transportation's Ashley Horvat promotes an emerging form of transportation to meet the state's economic goals.
Just in time for federal agencies' deadline to meet a new set of cloud security standards, Salesforce announced today that its cloud offerings are Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program-ready.
Wind moving through power lines can ultimately lead to damaged infrastructure and power outages, but placing accelerometers on the lines could help reduce the risk of mechanical failure.
States are tightening verification, the feds are funding pilots and privacy advocates are worried.
The tech giant's first government hackathon is over, and according to at least one CIO, the event was a great success.
IT governance and cybersecurity are two of the most critical issues in government, which is why Los Angeles is combining them in its new cyber command center.
The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center will be built like a movie set and feature mechanized pedestrians, construction areas and other obstacles to test new technologies that could save lives on the road.
A city-run fiber network saves Davenport hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and now officials are going to take a run at expanding that service to citizens.
In its first redesign in more than 10 years, the new Wisconsin.gov portal puts the user first.
As the City of Angels prepares to lose 60 percent of its IT staff within the next five years, management looks for new ways to fill the gap.
The CIO looks back at her stint with the Department of Defense and talks about the challenges facing the nationwide communications network for first responders.
The city's gallery of maps lets citizens plan a bike route with flat or steep terrain through the city, find a legislative district, and view trash and recycling days, among other things.
A Seattle resident recently tweeted the local police department to make a records request, just one event in a string of public devotion to the platform.
The term “driver’s license” is only useful if people are thinking of it as an optional authentication tool, not as a permit to do something -- and one official says it is absolutely not to create a government-run online identity scheme.
The first version of a proposal announced last year was released by Australian investment group Macquarie Capital, giving hope to UTOPIA supporters.
Can the Seismic Alert System of Mexico serve as an earthquake early warning system model for the whole world?
Managing and organizing data is the next phase of state and local government's hopeful metamorphosis.
The strategy is a keystone of the nation’s ambitious Vision 2030 program, which “aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens,” by 2030, by focusing on economic, social and political reforms.
After months of struggle and trying to make it work, the failing and costly IT project will be abandoned as the state takes cover under the wing of the federal exchange.
The White House is leading efforts for a new authentication system that would have users prove their identity with a single ID across the Web. And states are starting to pilot the system.
Google's first hackathon in Denver aims to get developers to think about public-sector problems.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services hired the Social Analytics Institute to find people who were talking about its Medicaid services online so the agency could benchmark its performance.
As a way to boost public engagement, the Sheriff's Department in Stearns County, Minn., launched a citizen engagement policy that has helped solve crimes.
Municipally run broadband networks don't have a great track record, but after 10 years, the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency isn't giving up.
A new survey takes a snapshot of America’s outlook on technology, from robot servants and eating lab-grown meat to time-travel and curing cancer.
The state's iCenter simplified the transition away from Windows XP and has proven a reliable testing ground for new technologies the state wants to deploy.
A middle-school student showed the feds how to save hundreds of millions. Local CIOs agree it's a good idea, and one has already made the change, but the biggest savings will come when less printing occurs at all levels of government.
After the cancellation of the city's fiber rollout and the departure of Chief Technology Officer Erin Devoto, the city has found a temporary replacement to head technology efforts.
Some government officials are finding Twitter a fast, cheap and easy method of advertising new job openings in their agencies.
Thanks to a government agency reorganization last year, the head of the California Department of Technology must be reconfirmed by the state Senate.
One Washington, D.C., neighborhood learned that launching a free public Wi-Fi network was not as easy as initially anticipated.
A job posting by the Office of Information and Technology Services points toward an exit for state CIO Brian Digman.
The city's JaxScore website shows the public how its doing -- and changes how employees work at the same time.
If machines can do something better than people can, it would be senseless to hold back progress for fear of lost jobs. Finding or inventing a new job, however, is harder than it once was.
To meet a state transparency law, the Lee County, Fla., Visitor & Convention Bureau had to find a way to archive their Pinterest account if they wanted to continue using it.
Building 21st-century cities means taking the long view.
Officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania are looking to technology to reduce contraband in prisons and keep inmates from illegally receiving unemployment checks.
The National Governors Association announced three states that will participate in a program to improve data sharing so prisoners can successfully re-enter society.
Self-driving cars sound like fantasy to many, but regulators are laying the groundwork for the technology to hit the roads next year.
Detroit is arguably in the worst shape of any major U.S. city, but CIO Beth Niblock says she's ready for a big challenge.
The new governance committee will find centralized solutions that can help the enterprise.
Security is important, but most new companies don't have or can't afford a dedicated security expert, and that's how HOCO CISO was born.
Pittsburgh's new mayor has an eye on sustainability and social equity, and he's hired on a sustainability consultant to meet those goals.
As the big data movement explodes, law enforcement in the Denver region reaps the benefits.
A professor and former police officer and others have created an app that alerts cops when they're too tired to continue working safely.
Within 30 days, Suma Nallapati says she will map out a strategy for her plans in the state.
The National Guard has a critical role to play in coordinating cyber-resources across federal, state and local governments.
After 17 years in the private sector, including contracting with agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense, Anthony Fung will for the first time see government from the inside looking out.
As people talk less and text more, voice usage is in decline and some organizations are looking to mobile VoIP as a replacement to cellphone voice service.
William Hazel, Virginia Health and Human Resources secretary; David Burhop, Virginia DMV CIO; and Sam Nixon, Virginia CIO
Colorado's voluntary chief innovation officer position is all about making the right associations.
A famed bridge that has appeared in numerous films is giving way to a futuristic new structure.
Robots can do lots of things, but they're still not great at solving problems. But new research from MIT could improve this in robots, especially for search and rescue.
Target's huge data breach brought into the limelight once again the neverending battle against thievery.
More government agencies are following the military's lead and using open source and open development practices to collaborate and save money.
Laura Meixell, the city's new analytics and strategy manager, will work to improve city neighborhoods, help redesign the city's 311 solution and more.
Obama visited Fresno on Friday, addressing the drought and detailing $183 million in federal aid for the state, but some are calling for long-term solutions.
The Target data breach taught the public sector a lesson about data security and demonstrated a need for change.
Drone test sites in North Dakota, Nevada and Alaska offer unique resources and expertise to help UAVs seamlessly integrate into the national airspace.
Hawaii has come a long way since Sonny Bhagowalia was appointed the state's first CIO in 2011, the governor said in a press conference.
No longer CIO of Oklahoma, incoming Oregon state CIO Alex Pettit takes on Oregon's unusual organizational structure.
Stuck between promises to the public and aging equipment, Riverside, Calif., must determine the best course of action for its free, citywide Wi-Fi network.
Experts share the do's and don'ts of social media to help governments better communicate with the public online.
Assessing unpaved roads and roadside features on foot could, in coming years, become a thing of the past.
The White House used social media to put a new twist on an old idea.
The Michigan Secretary of State's office is the latest agency to deploy an online queue system that is slashing customer wait times, and driving increased efficiencies.
The county's award-winning Compass app has been infused with a slew of new features targeting mobile users who want to stay safe in the snow.
The former Boston CIO says he hopes to bring his open and collaborative style to his new position as CIO of the state.
The city's failed gigabit project raised a lot of questions, and as a new mayor takes over, many wonder what will happen next.
Education programs at two Washington state prisons are helping inmates develop new skills that better prepare them for the modern workforce.
Revamped central IT portal improves communication and cuts through confusion.
In February, a team of Spanish mobile phone makers and security experts will unveil a new phone to fight government intrusion.
As more industrial devices connect to computer networks, IT security professionals learn they have more things to watch out for.
Karen Jackson shares her plans for the commonwealth's next four years of technology, cybersecurity being at the forefront.
Power cords are holding back electric vehicles, according to a New York City-based startup.
Low-speed chemical messages could prove more effective than traditional technologies in many emergency response scenarios.
The journey to make use of big data is being undertaken by civilian organizations, law enforcement agencies and military alike.
Unbound by old leadership or restrictive outside relationships, San Francisco built a free-to-use public Wi-Fi network on Market Street -- and they did it their way.
A startup launched this year predicts with 93 percent accuracy what will happen with state legislation. Soon, the service will include federal and local predictions.
After two and a half years of Hammons' expectation-breaking success, the OIT is searching for her successor.
After eight years of using the FatWire CMS to manage its websites, Colorado is migrating to Drupal to more easily serve content to an increasingly mobile user base.
A new robot that detects cracks in tunnel walls could save governments money on inspection crews, and represents yet another invention in a series of robots released in recent years.
In late November, researchers found that countries bordering the Persian Gulf were under-reporting their fishing catches. The discovery wasn't the first made by using Google Earth.
Nasal Ranger quantifies odors in public spaces, and helps governments deal with scent-related complaints.
A new mobile app could give on- and off-duty law enforcement officers a 60-second head start on the next Columbine or Sandy Hook.
A recently suspended Twitter account parodying Richmond, Va., Mayor Dwight Jones raises questions about governance on social media platforms.
A man left a Seattle restaurant after the owner prohibited him from wearing a computer on his face, raising questions about the new technology.
Jonathan Reichental, CIO of Palo Alto, Calif., is one of the most popular tweeters in government IT. Here are the keys to his success.
Explosive population growth forced the city to scale up operations, but the subsequent recession forced officials to search for new ways to deliver services.
A new passive optical network should reduce the library's network power costs and operational costs by more than half.
As Bloomberg's 12-year reign caps off a period that began with people using flip phones and signing up for DSL, many wonder if New York City's new leader will take technology in a different direction.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is almost ready to pick its team, and with all the talent available, Hyperloop's future is looking bright.
Three to five of the announced finalists will work with government to help solve the city and county's problems.
London will soon be among the first cities to get its own top level domain, but the prevalent online reaction to the news is "why bother?"
Government procurement is changing. Government Technology highlights five different ways to move beyond traditional processes.
Frustrated with his inability to browse health insurance plans through his state's portal, one programmer gathered his team and built a website that does what HealthCare.gov should have done to begin with.
From next-generation 911 and FirstNet to apps and cybersecurity, organizers of the APCO Technology Forum want members to know that public safety tech is changing fast.
The program received applications from about 200 startups, which could make choosing companies for the three to five spots more difficult for organizers.
Windows XP has about five months of Microsoft support left, but millions of devices still run the outdated operating system.
Chicago's new speed cameras are now bringing in revenue, but city officials say that's not the point.
The prospect of medical devices getting hacked has the Center for Internet Security and others planning standards that will help secure them.
The Federal Aviation Administration announces that personal electronic devices will be permitted on commercial flights pending approval of individual policies submitted by airlines.
One company offers free services to the government in an attempt to fix the problems that persist for the federal health-care portal.
A bill that passed last month authorized California to look for funding to develop an earthquake early warning system, but the project isn't yet a sure thing.
Once the only game in town, BlackBerry appears to be headed out of the market entirely. Five government CIOs share which mobile devices have their attention today.
Groups work to reverse decades of cultural barriers that keep women and minorities out of technical careers.
Five government CIOs discuss the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the tech giant's try at a smart watch.
The 100,000-square-foot NSA data center being built in Bluffdale, Utah, is having trouble handling the power running through it -- enough to power a city of 20,000.
Mississippi residents want gigabit fiber, and wireless provider C Spire will soon deploy it in communities with sufficient interest.
A recent survey showed that about half of local and state IT managers were pursuing or interested in pursuing the cloud in their organizations.
Health insurance marketplaces got off to a rocky start this month, largely because of an aggressive timeline that rushed development for many states.
Some mobile apps will now be subject to FDA regulation.
Often plagued by multi-year delays and multi-million dollar budget overages, California IT projects are getting a makeover.
A candidate for alderman in Chicago's 44th ward is building an online portal that he says will hold politicians' feet to the fire.
Public-sector CIOs report being mostly unaffected by the shutdown thus far, but what if it continues?
Private facilities can share building data with public safety responders via a common dashboard, providing key situational awareness in an emergency.
Seven organizations in education, health care and government are being recognized for achievements in IT security.
Researchers at Rice University will use a three-year National Science Foundation grant to improve network efficiency and speed up science research.
Analyzing prior research, University of Tennessee researchers drew several conclusions about shortening yellow lights at intersections.
An information artist uses DNA analysis to create a 3-D portrait of what an individual looks like.
Ted Gaebler, current city manager of Rancho Cordova, Calif., looks back at his career and looks forward to some time off.
Following the lead of many countries around the world, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill authorizing an $80 million system that lets people know when an earthquake is about to hit.
Government agencies are crowdsourcing data entry to help manage the workload during peak tax processing seasons.
To the dismay of civil liberties activists, Oakland, Calif.'s Domain Awareness Center could unite many disparate security resources from around the city.
A replacement for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will soon be announced and the direction of the company could change. Four public-sector CIOs advise the tech giant on what to do next.
A combination of unused TV channel spectrum and traditional Wi-Fi could create opportunities for underserved areas.
A mainstay in the private sector, service delivery managers are relatively new to government, and in Colorado, they're proving to be valuable.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his partners are looking to connect everyone in the world to the Internet. Three public-sector CIOs respond to the announcement.
In an attempt to solve some of San Francisco's public-sector tech woes, and give entrepreneurs a chance to tap the public-sector market, the mayor announced a new EIR program.
In recent years, new organizations have popped up around the country with the common goal of showing women and minorities that computer science isn't just for people who look like Bill Gates.
A new Massachusetts tax on software and technology services will be reviewed by Gov. Deval Patrick and industry and legislative leaders to identify concerns and resolve ambiguity in the law.
First responders can now access critical data in the field as well as link back to central command, and Google Glass lets them do it hands-free.
Gaming mechanics are changing how people engage online and in real-life activities — can they remake government’s relationship with employees and citizens?
Roadside wildlife detection systems use radar and lasers to save wild animals and protect drivers who might cross their paths.
Now scheduled for a Christmas completion, Baltimore CTO Chris Tonjes shares how the city's technology situation is going from bad to great.
As Texas.gov works with the Department of Public Safety to offer new portal services, project leaders look to agile software development.
This month the Governor of Maryland announced a new state CIO, and a new cybersecurity role for outgoing CIO Elliot H. Schlanger.
A new iPad app developed by students at Princeton University is now being piloted by fire departments that hope to save precious seconds during calls.
Officials report that the first phase of California's $617 million financial system overhaul concluded successfully, boding well for future targets.
Government officials have come a long way with technology but when it comes to emergency communications, there's still a lot to learn.
Two years of background work by the Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder reveals an affordable, open-source alternative to California's proposed high-speed rail.
Saving time, money and making the city safer were all goals realized by a GIS-based fire hydrant maintenance system.
The San Jose City Council will consider an open data project that starts with permit-tracking software in order to bring transparency and accountability to an inefficient process.
A half-million dollar park project intended to commemorate the birthplace of Route 66 turns to crowdfunding to help reach its first goal.
The Illinois state legislature unanimously voted two open data bills through the House and Senate -- evidence that the state is poised to codify a widespread desire to open more data to the public.
In an effort to modernize and improve service to cemetery visitors in Marion, Ill., the city launched an online map of 35,000 grave plots.
The Sustainability Exchange is offering services to mayors around the country who want an edge on their environmental projects.
Marc Touitou talks about IT challenges and goals.
An early prototype of a semi-autonomous robot designed for firefighting applications won a $10,000 grand prize at the Student Infrared Imaging Competition.
The Center for Investigative Reporting quickly met its Kickstarter goal, and is now developing a platform that will make requesting data from the government easier and more efficient.
This legislation is bigger than just a few changes – it represents the state’s overall commitment to changing how it offers services.
Using a stylus to pull objects out of screens into the air in front of them, users can rotate objects and perform various spatial tasks.
Having overseen an IT restructuring, the city's first 311 app and the birth of an IT innovation fund, Gary Cook reflects on his time in Sacramento and his plans for the future.
Military software is being shared with domestic law enforcement to refine the tool for the Department of Defense, while helping police gang units in the meantime.
The First Responder Network Authority recently announced 10 RFIs, launching a search for equipment that will bridge the nation's public safety network.
The Texas General Land Office's project to document the historical building involves several Texas universities.
The city of Sacramento confirms that CIO Gary Cook is no longer working for the city.
The ability to print liquid metal structures that hold their shapes could lead to new applications in electrical components.
The Idaho State Department of Education's pilot aims to ensure that technology isn't being used simply for technology’s sake.
CIO Vijay Sammeta says the city's investment in Microsoft cloud services isn't just another iteration of software, but an investment in a platform.
The federal government has wanted a nationwide network of unclassified cyberexercise facilities for years, and now the idea is making its way to state and local governments.
Some put the number of Social Security numbers published to a public website as high as 100,000.
Having served in many leadership positions around the city, the assistant city manager announced he will leave the city to take time off and return for encore management.
Shortly after releasing its first mobile app, Sacramento County is expanding, with plans to release several more mobile Web services this fall.
The California Office of Technology Services' privately-run cloud service will be another lower-cost method of delivering IT services to its customers.
Personal rapid transit derailed in the 1970s. Some are ready to give it another try.
As Chicago's new CIO and commissioner of the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology, Brenna Berman aims to keep the city "nimble and innovative."
Passing the reins to an employee who has been with the agency for 20 years, the Office of the New York State Comptroller looks to its new CIO to continue past efforts.
Industry analysts offer tips on making sense of the security standards that everyone hears about but few understand.
Wyoming plans to be the first state to fully adopt Internet Protocol version 6 by 2015, and is laying the foundation for educational and economic growth.
Sorting out silent auction winners could be confusing and frustrating, but a new system simplifies the process for silent auction organizers and attendees.
The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is developing an infrastructure backbone and suite of apps and devices that could refresh river transport technology across the country.
A bill to test treadmill desks in Oregon state agencies is expected to pass, and at least one other state has expressed interest in participating.
News of widespread online spying by the National Security Agency has some open data proponents concerned about their image.
San Francisco named Marc Touitou its new CIO on April 25, a private-sector IT professional with more than 30 years of experience.
The list of gigabit cities continues to grow, as officials hope investments in high-speed networks will translate to economic development success.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that 350 of its IT staff will become employees of NTT Data, the agency's new IT provider.
Amazon Web Services announced it was the first major cloud service provider to be FedRAMP compliant, but will this matter to state and local government?
On June 1, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Heather Hudson as the city’s first chief data officer.
Using Collaborate.org, governments can share data once so that everyone can use it -- and the Aloha State is starting the trend.
Lisa Feldner will step down on May 31 to work for North Dakota’s University System, where her experiences with IT consolidation and collaboration will come in handy.
After two years, Chicago Chief Data and Information Officer Brett Goldstein is leaving the city to accept a fellowship with the University of Chicago, where he will explore new opportunities for government and technology.
As Google pursues gigabit fiber deployments, the Internet giant looks for emerging tech hubs with public demand for high-speed connections and local leaders with vision.
With water rates expected to triple over the next five years, the city of Davis unveiled a new tool to assist water utility customers in their water conservation efforts.
A not-yet-developed mobile app would always run behind the scenes to notify potential employers of your presence.
Economic development officials hope that real-time job data along with free education for part-time UPS workers will help the local economy by providing qualified talent for local jobs.
Students at the Oklahoma State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering designed preliminary storm drones that could someday gather data that saves lives.
The city of Dubuque, Iowa, partnered with IBM Research to create Smarter Sustainable Dubuque, which has led to several green projects that save the city and its citizens money.
State officials hope to create a first-of-its-kind comprehensive framework to bolster cybersecurity efforts while maintaining strong relationships with local government and the private sector.
Could increased cooperation between government and Internet activists lead to a favorable ending for the Web?
Will agencies like the International Telecommunications Union play a role in future development of the World Wide Web?
With the first phase of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge complete in the city of Fresno, Calif., a team of researchers shared recommendations to transform the agricultural hub into a technology leader.
In part one of our three-part series on Internet governance, we look at whether the World Wide Web is truly open and free, and whether Web regulations are likely to stay as they are today.
A redesigned Texas.gov puts the most requested services first, while responsive design ensures users can access the website from any device.
The Department of Assessments launched a custom-built mobile app for the county's 140 property assessors that's making their job easier and saving an estimated $6.1 million over the next five years.
Following a federal grant to the city, old buses will be donated to a new startup offering mobile shower and toilet services to the homeless.
As part of a new design process, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency invited the public to participate in developing an amphibious attack vehicle.
For the Florida Department of Corrections, a budget-driven consolidation decision helped propel the agency towards a unified digital phone system.
Jim Fowler leaves his position as deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to become CIO of Kentucky.
The Internet of information is merging with the Internet of Things — and the world will never be the same.
Even just a 5 percent savings on cooling overhead could make cooling servers in mineral oil an attractive investment in the public sector.
The city of Staunton, Va., made a user-driven decision to abandon its BlackBerrys.
It just might be, but these other handy items are available for use right now.
From April 22 to 26, more than 25 cities worldwide are coordinating and sharing their knowledge of how data can improve their organizations.
The first mobile phone call was made in 1973 on a 2.5-pound "brick," but the future of mobile technology could allow for "telepathic" communications.
The Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report draws from more data than ever, revealing that most data breaches are opportunistic attacks to gain a quick buck.
L.A. County has entered into the design phase of a new user-driven voting system for the city's 4.7 million registered voters.
New applications and platforms can lead to better service for tourists and citizens, said San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath.
New York Gov. Cuomo has announced that the state will consolidate its approximately 50 scattered data centers at the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Why not add a visual element to press releases to grab the public's attention?
In Louisville, Ky., government leaders are looking to new ways for meeting organizational goals -- ways that many are overlooking.
Indiana's Economic Development Corporation secured $6.4 billion in economic development contracts in 2012, thanks in part to a new CRM system.
Replace fear with something positive, and allow yourself and your agency to become vulnerable.
If collaboration is so great, then why isn't everyone doing it?
Upon his exit, Weatherford shares where the role of government must go where cybersecurity is concerned.
U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel announced a change in approach to meeting the government's goal of saving $2.5 billion by 2015.
Police nationwide breathe new life into the nearly 85-year-old technology.
3-D printing isn't just about art projects -- the technology holds value for government, both found and undiscovered.
Carr is no stranger to the role of CIO, having previously served as CIO of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and of Arlington, Texas, before that.
An Italian researcher is developing a device that could someday give firefighters a 3-D scene of the fires they fight — and the people they're working to save.
In the city's second attempt at municipal Wi-Fi, officials applied lessons learned from past projects to create a faster, more reliable network.
Erin Devoto's appointment as the city's new CTO means she can move forward with updating aging data centers, leasing excess fiber bandwidth, and enhancing open data and mobile application efforts.
The new innovation officer position is the result of a public-private partnership between Davis, Calif., and technology leadership group techDAVIS.
Predictive policing is already in effect nationwide, but adding software that monitors social media to law enforcement's arsenal could potentially enhance officers’ ability to do their jobs.
Over time, transparency has evolved from just a buzzword to actually being important to the public.
A bill opposing online anonymity was quickly shot down by privacy advocates in Illinois, but some experts think non-anonymous behavior online will someday prevail.
While anti-drone legislation is cropping up across the country, some experts feel their public safety potential, including in fire and rescue situations, is being overlooked.
As CIO of Cook County, Ill., Murray also collaborates extensively with Chicago and is working to bring high-speed fiber to the county's court and jail facilities.
Google is working to change the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require that government investigators obtain a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and messages stored online.
Despite criticism of Los Angeles for being one of the last major cities to develop a mobile app, city officials feel the app's robust features make it a winner for citizens.
In an online presentation, two experts on health-care security explained how upcoming changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act will affect health-care IT.
The new contract represents one of the largest state government cloud migrations ever.
While one part of the two-system project will be completed on schedule, only "minimal work" has been done so far to upgrade the state's vehicle registration system.
As Dell's founder and its investors leverage a buyout, some government agencies are left wondering what will become of their own investments in the company's products.
While the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that private industry can't keep employees from venting about work online, how should government agencies handle personal social media policies?
Newly appointed CIO Paul Baltzell outlines ambitious tech plans for Indiana, echoing incoming Gov. Mike Pence's intention to take the state from good to great.
During a press conference conducted via a Google Hangout, the city of Los Angeles announced two new pieces of technology to help the government catch up with other cities.
BlackBerry launched a new operating system and phone line intended to capture the consumer market, but will these new products impact government?
According to a recent report, Google Plus is now the second most popular social media platform, ahead of Twitter, but are governments using it to their advantage?
Chicago's Open311 adds an SMS service tracking feature its CTO says is the first of its kind.
Governments looking to improve communication with their constituents may want to consider these suggestions and best practices from a recent GovDelivery and EfficientGov webinar.
A technology upgrade at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks makes operations easier, more transparent and cheaper for the state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first phase of 2013's open government initiative, revealing a new website that will allow citizens to view the state's budget data and create new, useful tools.
Leveraging data from a 20-year-old system has saved states millions of dollars, and helped veterans access benefits they didn't know they could receive.
Though nascent, Facebook's Graph Search tool is already giving government IT leaders new ideas about how to better engage their communities.
Replacing the Buckeye Traffic website, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced a new site featuring real-time traffic information.
Baltimore's new chief technology officer is looking for ways to cut waste, update infrastructure and engage the community.
Spearheading the IT agenda of the most populous county in Arizona, Maricopa County CIO David Stevens has his sights set on major infrastructure upgrades, aggressive transparency and relationship-building.
Though its relatively small population could relegate it to a minor player in the world of government IT, the state of Montana is leading several innovative interstate IT projects, causing other states to take notice.
Following New York City's lead, Madison passes an open data ordinance and launches an open data platform to spur civic engagement and economic development.
Intended to serve as the foundation for Montgomery County's future open government efforts, the county has a new online portal for open data and services.
As researchers study future generations of wireless mobile technology, the International Telecommunications Union hones existing 4G technology.
In August, Greg Wass left his position as CIO of Cook County, Ill., to become senior advisor for Gov. Pat Quinn, where he is focused on intergovernmental collaboration and budgetary efficiency.
Following the city of Boston's Citizens Connect App, the city and Massachusetts announced a shared reporting app that will reach 36 cities and towns.
Named as Greg Wass' replacement, Murray meets weekly with Chicago CIO Brett Goldstein, and the two agencies have pledged to keep each other in mind for all technology investments going forward.
Officials from several countries, including the U.S., walked out during talks at the World Conference on International Telecommunications after several controversial passages were included in the treaty.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that Steve Reneker has been appointed as permanent general manager for the city's Information Technology Agency.
The state's Social Media Archive will eventually be expanded to include more than 130 of the state's social media websites.
Though unlikely, an Internet blackout in the U.S. like the recent abrupt outage in Syria could result in destruction fit for a Hollywood movie.
The next generation of application architectures in the cloud means IT can focus on the business rather than hardware resources, says Amazon CTO.
Next month, the world meets in Dubai to discuss the Internet’s future. On the docket: basic questions about sustaining this vital resource.
The Affordable Care Act is bringing the government up to speed with the marketplace, according to one expert.
Denver CIO Chuck Fredrick served his last day in Denver after nearly two years as CIO and interim CIO for the city.
Technology is now at a place where CIOs can be left to focus on innovating and enabling business units.
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council made recommendations that could help not only the federal government, but state and local governments as well.
California’s Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments is using data collected by a smartphone app to see how proposed bike route changes could affect greenhouse gas emissions.
Voting information reaches ubiquitous status with mobile applications, social media and online balloting for overseas voters.
The challenge will encourage local developers to find uses for data offered through the state's open data platform by offering at least $75,000 in prizes.
A 76 page report outlines new data about hacker attacks and data breaches against state and local governments, and offers recommendations on how to stop them.
A 35-foot Whaler outfitted with radiation detection equipment, sonar gear and infrared scanners allows officials to stop smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists.
The nonpartisan think tank Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report comparing Obama-Biden to Romney-Ryan, point-by-point.
3 Texas IT leaders discuss working in their small communities.
A new bill, a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office, and a court case in San Francisco could point to a changing landscape in the world of cellular regulation.
Recent op-eds have technology experts stirred up about who was the real inventor of the Internet. But Vint Cerf sets the record straight.
Google is expected to reveal details this week about its ultra-fast network, as speculation mounts about pricing, service offerings and official launch date.
Gov. Mitch Daniels said state will appeal decision that won’t allow Indiana to collect $437 million from IBM stemming from canceled welfare system modernization project.
The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program is a Web-based database that allows agencies to ensure that only those entitled to benefits receive them.
Chris Tonjes formerly worked in various tech-related positions for Washington, D.C.
Technology business incubation might be the hottest trend in government, and CIOs have an important role.
From regional hubs for health and human services delivery to multi-county linking of data centers, Hennepin County has a bold and collaborative vision for the future.
County CIO Jon Gjestvang credits a cooperative spirit that is pushing the local government ahead on mobility, document management and other emerging issues.
Located in the heart of Texas, San Antonio’s county government is rolling out technology to build for the future, while celebrating its rich history.
More and more, government is becoming a gamer.
Howard Schmidt helped define the role of White House cybersecurity coordinator.
A three-hour drive northeast of Apple’s headquarters, the once sleepy suburb of Roseville is becoming high tech too as “One City.”
Top finisher in the Digital Communities Survey credits long-range vision for its success.
Are iPads and iPhones ideal for government settings?
States seek to develop new apps that integrate into agencies' existing infrastructure.
Project in Lincoln, Neb., aims to use wind- and solar-powered traffic lights to feed the power grid and provide a backup system in case of power failure.
During repairs, Bay City is adding webcasting infrastructure and Cat 6 cables for faster network connections.
Uniform security features will thwart police impersonators, officials say.
Canada and the U.S. have ambitious targets for technology consolidation — and very different approaches.
Super Wi-Fi is born out of the FCC’s release of TV white space, and may bring connectivity to rural areas.
American Civil Liberties Union continues to object to city’s crime camera program.
Can LightSquared's ambitious new 4G wireless network play nice with vital location services?
Ottawa County, Mich., citizens can order and instantly print out certified documents from the county clerk through a Web interface.
Colorado Interoperability Training Program will teach a set of standards that will give public safety professionals a better understanding of radio equipment and a shared language for emergencies and everyday use.
Jesse Rothstein, associate professor of public policy and economics at the University of California at Berkeley, explained the salary statistics and difference between the private and public sectors.
Taking less salary to be a public-sector CIO isn’t just about serving the public.
The New Mexico Human Services Department has exceeded 90 percent virtualization while improving security.
As Ford’s Crown Victoria drives into the sunset, a new generation of police vehicles will vie for market dominance.
Smaller engines can be made to act like bigger engines as seen with direct fuel injection or turbo chargers. Or larger engines can act like smaller engines as seen with cylinder deactivation.
Asheville, N.C., saves big money by switching to a $20,000 solution for its city-owned wireless network used by public safety.
City CIOs are showing what GIS can really do, where data management is headed and how to get there.
Air Force Research Laboratory’s Condor Supercomputer pays off as researchers publish results in several fields, including astrophysics.
Ford says new Police Interceptor will be more fuel efficient, safer and come with more horsepower under the hood.
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research program is trying to build a smart grid of renewable energy capable of reliably powering traffic signals.
Despite research suggesting that red light cameras save lives, there are movements across the country to ban the cameras.
The future of open source could point toward sustained community-based efforts over prize-based contests.
NYC Business Express among a growing number of government portals aiming to streamline the process of business creation.
Destruction from Hurricane Ike and providing IT infrastructure for a booming suburban population has led one Texas city to overhaul its digital backbone.