Lauren Katims Nadeau


Lauren Katims previously served as a staff writer and contributing writer for Government Technology magazine.

August 16, 2013

Decision-Support Tool Aims to Enhance Information Sharing

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse is testing new middleware that would create a virtual network to make knowledge sharing and response more effective.

May 8, 2013

Social Network for Emergencies to Launch in San Francisco

The site aims to connect citizens willing to offer resources and services after a disaster occurs.

April 24, 2013

Sacramento, Calif.'s 311 App Helps Create Well-Managed City

The app links directory into some city departments' work management systems, ensuring that a constituent complaint or photo goes to the right place.

October 23, 2012

Tracing the History of Biometrics

The practice of distinguishing humans based on intrinsic physical or behavior traits goes back thousands of years.

February 9, 2012

Maricopa County, Ariz., Turns on ‘Spigit’ for Innovative Ideas

The county is one of the largest governments in the U.S. to try the idea generation platform.

February 1, 2012

Raleigh, N.C., Drives Openness From All Angles

Open data and open source software could make Raleigh open for more business.

January 18, 2012

Can Permitting Software Create Jobs?

West Valley City, Utah, hopes that making permitting faster will help attract higher-paying industries.

January 5, 2012

Cascade County, Mont., Saves With Phone ‘Family Plan’

County copes with cellphone costs by lumping departments’ minutes into one shared plan.

December 14, 2011

Maui Catches a Clean Energy Wave

Supporting local agriculture and biofuels isn’t only a green initiative on the islands. It could help avert a disaster.

November 30, 2011

The Norman, Okla., ‘Green Team’ Never Stops

Norman has been recognized for its green efforts for three straight years, and the same enthusiasm is being infused in new technology.

November 10, 2011

Quincy, Wash., Cashes in on Data Center Boom

Big companies are flocking to small town with abundant water, power and fiber.

October 26, 2011

Bad Economy Doesn’t Stop Progress in Pueblo, Colo.

Despite budget cuts, the southern Colorado community has several e-government initiatives in the works.

July 29, 2011

What Will the U.S. Postal Service Look Like in 10 Years?

To keep up with electronic messaging trends and save itself from insolvency, the U.S. Postal Service is digitizing itself.

April 4, 2011

Lawson Software Awaits Decision on Possible Acquisition, CEO Says

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.

March 4, 2011

FCC Targets Low Broadband Adoption by Native Americans

Broadband usage and availability among Native Americans continues to lag far behind the U.S. as a whole.

March 2, 2011

Public Buses Warn Pedestrians to Watch Where They Step

Audio warning systems are being installed in bus fleets operated by public transportation agencies.

March 1, 2011

Colorado Examines Hydropower in Irrigation Ditches

Researchers in Colorado are investigating the potential for the state’s irrigation canals to be used as a source of renewable hydropower.

February 28, 2011

New York City Opens Doors to New Centralized Data Center

Downtown Brooklyn data center will house data and applications for 40 New York City agencies as consolidation is slated for the next five years.

February 25, 2011

California Uses Biometrics to Help Target Illegal Immigrants

Any person arrested and fingerprinted in California will undergo an automatic immigration check through the Secure Communities program.

February 23, 2011

Governments Open Redistricting to the Public

Software will give citizens a shot at redefining the legislative lines throughout their states.

February 22, 2011

Boston and Comcast Strike Deal for Cheap Internet Services

Low-income residents to receive low-cost broadband Internet.

February 18, 2011

National Broadband Map’s Accuracy Questioned

Nevada telecom trade group says broadband data might not be completely accurate.

February 17, 2011

New York City Unveils Real-Time 311 Request Map

Officials believe a new real-time map will take service requests to the next level.

February 17, 2011

Phyllis Kahn

State Representative, Minnesota

February 16, 2011

National Public Safety Broadband Network Eyed — Again

Obama proposes $10.7 billion for next-generation wireless network for first responders.

February 14, 2011

Crowdsourcing on Tap for Oakland County, Mich.’s Budget Decisions

IT officials hope citizens will participate in online forum to develop budget solutions.

February 9, 2011

Police Test App That Instantly Reveals Criminal Records

IPhone app allows police, fire and first responders to scan nearby homes for registered sex offenders and other persons with criminal records.

February 8, 2011

States Not Ready for IPv6, Experts Say

More action is required by states to prepare for the IPv6 conversion.

February 4, 2011

Kansas City Police Use Forensic Mapping to Investigate Accidents

Software and surveying system helps reopen roadways faster and improves officer safety.

February 3, 2011

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Proposes Tech Agency Merger

Budget proposal for 2012 would merge the Government Information Technology Agency within the state’s Department of Administration.

January 31, 2011

IBM Gets Phase One of New York City Consolidation

One-year deal with IBM could give the company a leg up as city searches for long-term system integrator for data center consolidation.

January 27, 2011

Sun Sets on DHS’ Rainbow of Terror

Color-coded alerts will be replaced by system that gives information specific to the threat and location.

January 26, 2011

North Carolina Trying to Predict Early Health Hazards

Public-private partnership assembles IT dream team to expand biosurveillance across North Carolina.

January 25, 2011

State DOTs Collaborate and Save on Software Development

Since 1986, state departments of transportation have been saving money on shared software programs — kind of like Groupon.

January 24, 2011

Will Washington State Have Too Much Data Center?

Washington state spokesperson refutes consultant’s finding that much of new data center is unneeded.

January 21, 2011

Center Helps Law Enforcement Adjust to Social Media

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is helping police departments optimize how they use social media.

January 19, 2011

Red Light Camera Debate Stirs in Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Transportation takes position in favor of red light cameras, but state Legislature first must give approval.

January 13, 2011

Amber Alerts Now Available on Facebook

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.

January 12, 2011

IPads Helping Tenn. Police Fight Crimes on the Go

One Tennessee county put iPads instead of rugged laptops in police cars; another county gave them to detectives.

January 11, 2011

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Cuts Cell Phones for Many State Workers

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.

January 10, 2011

Most Schools and Libraries Dissatisfied with Broadband Service

FCC wants to use dark fiber to help schools and libraries in the federal E-Rate program get faster broadband.

January 7, 2011

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Wants to Create New IT Agency

Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes IT restructuring to save the state millions of dollars.

January 6, 2011

Georgia CIO Patrick Moore Steps Down

Under Patrick Moore’s leadership, Georgia embarked on one of the nation’s biggest IT outsourcing projects done by state government.

January 5, 2011

State Prisons Battling Contraband Cell Phones

States are testing new technologies that jam cell phone signals, detect the phones, and also manage incoming and outgoing calls.

January 3, 2011

Boston Plans Paperless Push

Live video streaming, online documents and agendas in the works by Boston city government.

December 23, 2010

IBM Announces Technology Predictions for 2015

Holographic phone calls, air-breathing batteries among predictions from researchers.

December 22, 2010

Microsoft and Google Skirmish for N.Y. Campuses

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.

December 21, 2010

More Funding Needed to Secure States’ Computers, Audit Shows

‘Scary’ audit findings highlight the need for more cyber-security funding in all state governments, official says.

December 17, 2010

Touch Navigation Is Tops in Oakland County, Mich.

Oakland County, Mich., launches new Web portal version designed specifically for smartphone touchscreen navigation. Is Internet TV next?

December 15, 2010

Phoenix to Convert All Traffic Lights to LEDs in 2011

Retrofitted traffic lights will cut emissions and save money and maintenance, Phoenix officials say.

December 14, 2010

High-Tech School Bus Teaches Students on the Road

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.

December 10, 2010

Pennsylvania Sells Wine from Vending Machines

State-issued ID and an alcohol breath test required to shop from wine vending machines in Pennsylvania grocery stores.

December 9, 2010

Portland, Ore., Invests in Homegrown Software Community

The Rose City isn’t aiming to be the next Silicon Valley. A public-private partnership hopes software development can drive economic recovery.

December 8, 2010

Texas to Build Experimental Green Community

A new community north of Dallas will measure and study energy-efficient technology over the next 50 to 75 years.

December 3, 2010

Farmers Milking Social Media to Promote Agriculture

Farmers now have another responsibility after harvesting the day’s crops. They report about it on Twitter.

December 1, 2010

Minneapolis Saves Money by Extending IT Outsourcing Contract

Unisys contract with Minneapolis will bring upgraded cyber-security solution and save $2.2 million.

November 23, 2010

Secure Video Added for U.S. Armed Forces

The military’s secure YouTube clone is the latest addition to the armed forces’ suite of social media tools.

November 22, 2010

Digital Literacy Stars in California YouTube Videos

California tries to prove its point digitally about the significance of incorporating technology into everyday life.

November 17, 2010

'Bridge in a Backpack' Could Help Crumbling U.S. Infrastructure

A bridge-building method developed by the University of Maine uses lightweight carbon tubes to make arches as strong as steel.

November 16, 2010

Wind Energy Forecasts Go Skyward for More Accuracy

Real-time wind speed data measured up high could help independent system operators manage the U.S. power grid more efficiently.

November 15, 2010

North Carolina Schools Adopt Technology Courses Statewide

All 628 of North Carolina’s public high schools will offer Microsoft certification as elective courses to students by 2011-2012.

November 11, 2010

Copper Thefts Solved With Help From Online Database

Detectives have closed hundreds of cases with information from the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigative System.

November 10, 2010

IBM to Offer Free Consulting to 100 Cities Worldwide

Austin, Texas, CIO Stephen Elkins is looking forward to IBM’s recommendations.

November 9, 2010

Community College Partners with City Police to Build Energy-Efficient Center for Officers

Asheville, N.C., Police Department gets modular house built by college students.

November 8, 2010

Citizen-to-Government Feedback at Heart of New Mobile App

YouTown application platform currently being tested by 18 U.S. cities and towns.

November 4, 2010

Niche Apps Growing More Popular for Service Delivery

Arkansas data suggests that citizens like smartphone apps that deliver specific services, such as hunting licenses and college applications.

November 1, 2010

IBM to Launch Cloud Computing Platform for Local Governments

Municipalities in Michigan and New York state will participate in a pilot of IBM’s new Municipal Shared Services Cloud.

October 29, 2010

North Carolina Integrating Data on Criminal Offenders Into Single System

Statewide rollout of CJLEADS, which will pull together information about offenders into a single system, to occur in 2011.

October 27, 2010

Massachusetts Government Buildings Going Solar

Twenty-three buildings will be powered by solar as soon as 2011 as part of a lead-by-example efficiency program.

October 26, 2010

Google Ultra-High Speed Broadband Closer to Reality

Test bed in Stanford University housing is a prelude to yet-to-be-named winning site of Google Fiber for Communities project.

October 21, 2010

CIOs Project Continued Local Government IT Budget Cuts

Almost half the CIOs reported that they plan to outsource IT operations, including cloud computing.

October 20, 2010

Pennsylvania’s CIO Brenda Orth to Resign

Orth says the time is right to make a change.