Lauren Katims previously served as a staff writer and contributing writer for Government Technology magazine.
The California Earthquake Clearinghouse is testing new middleware that would create a virtual network to make knowledge sharing and response more effective.
The site aims to connect citizens willing to offer resources and services after a disaster occurs.
The app links directory into some city departments' work management systems, ensuring that a constituent complaint or photo goes to the right place.
The practice of distinguishing humans based on intrinsic physical or behavior traits goes back thousands of years.
The county is one of the largest governments in the U.S. to try the idea generation platform.
Open data and open source software could make Raleigh open for more business.
West Valley City, Utah, hopes that making permitting faster will help attract higher-paying industries.
County copes with cellphone costs by lumping departments’ minutes into one shared plan.
Supporting local agriculture and biofuels isn’t only a green initiative on the islands. It could help avert a disaster.
Norman has been recognized for its green efforts for three straight years, and the same enthusiasm is being infused in new technology.
Big companies are flocking to small town with abundant water, power and fiber.
Despite budget cuts, the southern Colorado community has several e-government initiatives in the works.
To keep up with electronic messaging trends and save itself from insolvency, the U.S. Postal Service is digitizing itself.
The ERP firm that partners with state and local governments could know fate in a matter of weeks; impact on public-sector customers is unknown, Lawson CEO Harry Debes said.
Broadband usage and availability among Native Americans continues to lag far behind the U.S. as a whole.
Audio warning systems are being installed in bus fleets operated by public transportation agencies.
Researchers in Colorado are investigating the potential for the state’s irrigation canals to be used as a source of renewable hydropower.
Downtown Brooklyn data center will house data and applications for 40 New York City agencies as consolidation is slated for the next five years.
Any person arrested and fingerprinted in California will undergo an automatic immigration check through the Secure Communities program.
Software will give citizens a shot at redefining the legislative lines throughout their states.
Low-income residents to receive low-cost broadband Internet.
Officials believe a new real-time map will take service requests to the next level.
Obama proposes $10.7 billion for next-generation wireless network for first responders.
IT officials hope citizens will participate in online forum to develop budget solutions.
IPhone app allows police, fire and first responders to scan nearby homes for registered sex offenders and other persons with criminal records.
More action is required by states to prepare for the IPv6 conversion.
Software and surveying system helps reopen roadways faster and improves officer safety.
Budget proposal for 2012 would merge the Government Information Technology Agency within the state’s Department of Administration.
One-year deal with IBM could give the company a leg up as city searches for long-term system integrator for data center consolidation.
Color-coded alerts will be replaced by system that gives information specific to the threat and location.
Public-private partnership assembles IT dream team to expand biosurveillance across North Carolina.
Since 1986, state departments of transportation have been saving money on shared software programs — kind of like Groupon.
Washington state spokesperson refutes consultant’s finding that much of new data center is unneeded.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is helping police departments optimize how they use social media.
Connecticut Department of Transportation takes position in favor of red light cameras, but state Legislature first must give approval.
Facebook users will now be able to receive Amber Alerts — the public notification issued when a child is missing — directly through the social-network site.
One Tennessee county put iPads instead of rugged laptops in police cars; another county gave them to detectives.
By June 1, some 48,000 cell phones used by public employees that are paid for by the state government must be turned in, Gov. Jerry Brown orders.
FCC wants to use dark fiber to help schools and libraries in the federal E-Rate program get faster broadband.
Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes IT restructuring to save the state millions of dollars.
Under Patrick Moore’s leadership, Georgia embarked on one of the nation’s biggest IT outsourcing projects done by state government.
States are testing new technologies that jam cell phone signals, detect the phones, and also manage incoming and outgoing calls.
Live video streaming, online documents and agendas in the works by Boston city government.
Holographic phone calls, air-breathing batteries among predictions from researchers.
With new Microsoft agreement, the 64 campuses in the State University of New York system will have their choice of Microsoft Live@edu or Google Apps for Education for e-mail and applications.
‘Scary’ audit findings highlight the need for more cyber-security funding in all state governments, official says.
Oakland County, Mich., launches new Web portal version designed specifically for smartphone touchscreen navigation. Is Internet TV next?
Retrofitted traffic lights will cut emissions and save money and maintenance, Phoenix officials say.
Students at a rural Arkansas school district ride a wired bus that can play educational TV programs and is capable of student-teacher video conferencing.
State-issued ID and an alcohol breath test required to shop from wine vending machines in Pennsylvania grocery stores.
The Rose City isn’t aiming to be the next Silicon Valley. A public-private partnership hopes software development can drive economic recovery.
Farmers now have another responsibility after harvesting the day’s crops. They report about it on Twitter.
Unisys contract with Minneapolis will bring upgraded cyber-security solution and save $2.2 million.
The military’s secure YouTube clone is the latest addition to the armed forces’ suite of social media tools.
California tries to prove its point digitally about the significance of incorporating technology into everyday life.
A bridge-building method developed by the University of Maine uses lightweight carbon tubes to make arches as strong as steel.
Real-time wind speed data measured up high could help independent system operators manage the U.S. power grid more efficiently.
All 628 of North Carolina’s public high schools will offer Microsoft certification as elective courses to students by 2011-2012.
Detectives have closed hundreds of cases with information from the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigative System.
Austin, Texas, CIO Stephen Elkins is looking forward to IBM’s recommendations.
Asheville, N.C., Police Department gets modular house built by college students.
YouTown application platform currently being tested by 18 U.S. cities and towns.
Arkansas data suggests that citizens like smartphone apps that deliver specific services, such as hunting licenses and college applications.
Municipalities in Michigan and New York state will participate in a pilot of IBM’s new Municipal Shared Services Cloud.
Statewide rollout of CJLEADS, which will pull together information about offenders into a single system, to occur in 2011.
Twenty-three buildings will be powered by solar as soon as 2011 as part of a lead-by-example efficiency program.
Almost half the CIOs reported that they plan to outsource IT operations, including cloud computing.