Despite the New York state comptroller’s rejection of a $7.5 billion IT staff augmentation consulting contract, the State CIO/Office for Technology stands by its cost methodology.
Bergen County, N.J., uses fingerprint scanners to accurately deliver social services to the homeless.
East Orange, N.J., Police Department uses surveillance cameras, sensor technology and predictive analytics to identify crimes before they happen.
Montana officials believe it’s the first U.S. state to install a ‘heat wheel’ in its data center, which uses climate control technology to keep server temperatures and costs down.
The Marshfield, Mass., Police Department has deployed more than a dozen video cameras in high-risk public buildings to secure town infrastructure.
As state and local governments debate the security and potential cost savings of private data storage, Greenwood County, S.C., migrated to a Google Apps solution.
By the end of 2010, Verizon plans to launch a massive long term evolution (LTE) network, reaching 110 million Americans in 38 major markets across the country.
State and local agencies seek ad space and sponsors to keep afloat financially.
By hosting technology on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, Democracy Live enhances online absentee ballot tools for Americans abroad.
By early 2011, motorists on two of America’s busiest roadways will have access to a high-tech tool that forecasts potential traffic jams up to 10 minutes in advance.
With bar codes on tax bills and an upgraded online tax search, the Madison County, Ky., Sheriff’s Department hopes to streamline services for taxpayers this season.
Office of Enterprise Technology signs agreement to make Minnesota the first U.S. state to house key business applications in a private cloud, officials say.
Social media use in the private sector mirrors government trends, according to survey analysts.
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office lets public view real-time footage from 10 surveillance cameras to help prevent crime.
Arlington County expects light-emitting diodes to save more than $1 million per year and benefit the environment.
Gopal Khanna will leave his post on Dec. 15, wrapping up five years of service, in which he helped save the state $200 million.
In the second round of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program award announcements, the feds dole out $482 million to help states expand broadband infrastructure and access to millions of homes, businesses and institutions.
Ultra-high speed broadband service costs $350 per month in Chattanooga, Tenn., so it’s targeted at businesses rather than households.
In the aftermath of hailstorms, local inspectors and other remote staff use mobile technology to access and file reports from the field.
Boone County's website makes it easier for departments to upload news, announcements and vital emergency information to the public.
With aerial imaging technology, code enforcement officials can verify complaints from residents about neighborhood violations.
Residents in Wisconsin must recycle discarded computers, cell phones and other devices to prevent pollution as part of statewide recycling program that eases financial strain on local governments.
Georgetown County, S.C., brings 25 of the popular Kindle wireless reading devices to local libraries as part of ongoing push to adopt new technologies and improve youth literacy.
Planning and GIS teams launch new mapping site to help residents and developers find data for nearly every local cemetery, billboard and cell tower.
As part of an evaluation test, a military-based device transmits invisible beam that creates temporary heating sensation, which lets jail officials intervene in brawls sooner.
California and Sprint will team up to deploy system that aims to save lives and protect property by delivering warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones in specified locations.
E-government transparency drops a point in the second quarter of 2010, according to the E-Government Transparency Index report from ForeSee Results.
With federal stimulus funding for seven broadband projects, state officials believe California is one step closer to plugging broadband gaps in remote and rural areas.
City officials seek to increase efficiency and interactivity with iPads for city council members and a new 411 texting service for citizens.
Facing backlash from privacy advocates, Riverhead, N.Y., has stopped using the free satellite imaging service to find pools that don't have proper permits.
The first black female CIO of New York state went from living in housing projects to launching statewide IT projects.
Innovative program sends tax collectors into the community with tech tools to reach taxpayers who prefer personal assistance.
Santa Rosa County, Fla. used a mobile app to track the flow of the BP oil spill, plans to use the tool for hurricanes and other emergency situations.
With new software, Milwaukee County officials expect to save money, reduce paper and provide citizens with more access to government affairs.
Cape Coral, Fla., expects to save $27,000 a year by subscribing to a national online company that tracks verified commercial property inventory.
With tools that can scan miles of rough terrain, identify bodies by heat signatures and pick up vibrations in the ground, border patrol agents can extend protection to cover large areas.
The new $1 monthly fee on Internet-based phone service will help Hinds County, Miss., pay for emergency services, such as new technology, call towers and dispatching upgrades.
California officials move forward with program to develop next-generation emergency response systems that integrate text, video and picture services.
By purchasing iPad tablet devices, the city expects to enhance efficiency and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in paper usage.
With more than 2,000 payments processed, Arkansas.gov's mobile applications have become one the state's most popular online features.
Massachusetts CIO Anne Margulies is stepping down to become CIO of Harvard. Deputy CIO John Letchford slated to take over as interim CIO.
Property owners can apply for a 50 percent match on qualifying projects that improve stormwater drainage.
With turbine and solar energy projects, city officials expect to reduce energy use by 25 percent and save $1 million a year.
With help from stimulus funds, Ann Arbor, Mich., acquires four garbage trucks outfitted with technology to boost efficiency and keep fuel costs low.
In an unusual example of shared services, Fort Collins, Colo., will pay the Poudre School District to maintain and upgrade e-mail used by more than 1,800 city employees.
As part of a multiphase $160 million ERP project, L.A. County's new Web-based payroll system enhances payroll processing and tracking, serves more than 105,000 county workers.
By mapping, identifying and linking criminal hot spots with predictive analytics software, Tennessee police department reduced crime by 31 percent in four years.
For law enforcement, a laser mapping tool comes in handy to pinpoint vital pieces of evidence and create maps for records and court cases.
Lakeland, Fla., provides basic medical services to city workers and saves $1 million by reducing insurance claims.
Following LACoSurveyor on Twitter tracks tract and parcel maps, which may be an early indicator of economic recovery.
New system lets traffic officers fill out citations electronically, write crash and incident reports and send data to city's clerks system with the touch of a button.
The search engine giant unveils website to promote development of experimental ultra high-speed broadband networks.
Eligible health-care providers that comply with 'meaningful use' standards can reap stimulus funding incentives.
Edmonton CIO Chris Moore prepares to launch a virtual replica of the city for collaboration and training, to encourage tourism and economic development.
Traffic violators face a judge through a live video feed in new pilot program designed to improve delivery of municipal services for citizens.
San Francisco and other cities seek ways to engage software developers and spark long-term innovation.
As the financial crisis hampers e-government programs, analysts push for new evaluation methods to address current needs.
IPhone app gives San Ramon Valley, Calif., residents a glimpse into the district's 911 dispatch center.
In a pilot program to preserve the environment and save money, Laurel, Md.'s public works department deploys handheld scanners and tags to make sure residents follow city's recycling mandate.
Issues include electronic health records and upgrading Medicaid eligibility systems.
Yavapai County becomes the first Arizona county to use e-poll books in a pilot project to increase voting convenience and reduce the number of rejected ballots.
Alabama awards a performance-based contract to review its Medicaid claims and help recover funds owed.
Using the fast, free assessment tool, Rhode Island's IT team receives instant first impressions from citizens on the design and usability of the state's website.
New technology is a sleeve that fits over an iPhone and captures electronic fingerprints, iris scans and photographs, but does it impact individual rights?
In partnership with state and local agencies and education institutions, the job-matching engine analyzes talent pools and growing fields to fill local work force holes.
In collaborative effort, local government and law enforcement agencies launch new website for citizens to track criminal activity around the clock.
Once Mayor Gavin Newsom signs the proposal, the law will require retailers to post the amount of radiation emitted from their phones starting in February 2011.
Through a high-tech scavenger hunt, Ida County, Idaho's Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement Department seeks to educate the public about specific weed infestations and weed control efforts.
To break free from arbitrary limits of Manatee County's current website, IT staff chose Magnolia CMS as an open source solution, plans to unveil new site this summer.
With virtual desktops from Citrix Systems, IT officials can deliver data, apps and processing to any device on demand and repurpose $250,000 in funds that would have gone to refreshing aging hardware.
The California State Board of Equalization unveils two apps that put BOE information a click away for residents using mobile devices.
Despite electronic initiatives for government payment and document processes, paper remains a costly, cumbersome problem for tax collecting agencies.
GovLoop will award five free registration passes to those who create the best short video responses to this question: 'Why are you the next generation of government?'
Marion County, Fla., becomes latest to accept emergency calls via text message from people who need help but can't speak.
Transit networks in New York and New Jersey link up to launch a smart card pilot program for riders of subways and buses. Will this be the end of the MetroCard?
Upgraded work force management system could save the city $830,000 a year by boosting efficiency and eliminating paper-based processes.
Los Angeles County's Quality and Productivity Commission recommends sensor and infrared technology, tracking systems and surveillance satellites as potential tools to detect forest and brush fires.
As cloud computing interest grows, poll results reveal that most voters believe technology can boost efficiency at state and local levels.
For no money down, the Alabama Medicaid Agency will work with Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, to review claims and identify funds owed to the state.
Emergency notification technology keeps residents informed about various disasters in certain areas, expedites public safety responses.
Should a state spend $1.15 million on a Web-based portal designed to connect students, support college and career transitions?
First-of-its-kind online service allows rental car companies to monitor each vehicle in their fleet, pay off citations more quickly and steer clear of costly penalties.
Santa Clara County, Calif., signs off on historic and innovative measure that allows residents to register to vote by writing e-signatures on iPads, iPhones or other mobile devices.
Schools in Ohio, New York and Massachusetts increase focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
Interactive mapping tool gives residents and businesses 24-hour access to property data such as floodplains, public lands, trails, zoning and more.
Georgia program pairs unemployed IT professionals with computing teachers to boost number and diversity of computer science students.
Udemy aims to democratize online education by allowing users to post videos, presentations, blogs and host live virtual classroom sessions.
Miami-Dade County pilots voice recognition tools to verify delivery of Medicaid services and curb in-home health-care fraud.
Automated parking garages use computer-controlled motorized lifts to park cars, save space, emissions and money.
Four years in the making, the Quake-Catcher Network uses inexpensive motion sensors installed in volunteers' computers to collect earthquake data in real time.
To lure Google's ultra-high speed broadband trial to Topeka, Kan., Mayor Bill Bunten renamed capital city after the search giant for the month of March.
As the nation's first state to offer Google Apps for Education in K-12 schools, Oregon officials hope to boost communication and collaboration through cloud networking.
Virtual queue system lets customers use mobile phone numbers to hold their positions in line, receive text message alerts when it's their turn.
Wilmington, N.C., becomes a test bed for using TV 'white spaces' to provide connectivity for smart city initiative.
The Durham, N.C., 911 Center adopts software that shows 3-D, aerial images of buildings, highways and other structures, gives first responders better picture of the incident scene.
In parts of Florida, traditional town meeting concept gets a virtual makeover, helps local governments save money and expand outreach.
To better manage emergency call stats, U.S., state and local governments look to deploy Web-based 911 management system.
The Lee County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office enhances realism with new simulation training program.
New land management software in Catawba County, N.C., integrates centralized network, GIS platforms to streamline planning and permitting process.
After receiving a glut of meter-related complaints, transportation officials in Washington, D.C., are testing new payment programs to help reduce parking meter problems.
An internal social networking site, officials say, would make it easier for employees and diplomatic officials abroad to communicate, collaborate and identify experts in specific fields.
A new proposal aims to scan license plates to identify and penalize people who owe the city personal property taxes.
Fort Wayne 311 call center will pre-qualify applicants for federal home improvement grants and loans totaling $700,000.
Competition offers $5,000 in scholarship awards for NYU-Poly graduate students best Web-based application proposals.
After years of transitions, city officials believe new IT chief will bring diversified public- and private-sector experience to critical post.
With mandated adoption deadlines looming, governments have no choice but to seek health IT support in areas such as electronic health records (EHRs) and medical coding standards.
State and local water utilities and water companies consider smart technology to detect leaks and help customers monitor water use. But at what cost?
This fall, Florida's capital city will launch a comprehensive smart grid designed to help the utilities staff and customers better manage energy usage and save money.
The U.S. State Department recently launched a Web visualization forum to foster open dialog on foreign affairs. Does such a platform have potential benefits for state and local governments
Google acknowledges creative efforts of U.S. cities hungry for ultra high-speed network, plans to announce target trial site(s) by year's end.
New Missouri project gives road crews instant access to weather conditions, creates safer roads and better task management.
The eco-friendly city releases data sets from the city, county and region for innovators to create apps for cash prizes.
With federal funding support, city officials in Klamath Falls, Ore., explore new technology that converts low-temp underground water into electricity.
As the Fayette County attorney's office goes paperless, computer network gives lawyers instant access to specific files.
Despite some political objections, state officials say high-tech machines that register identity data could help the state crack down on fraud and save tens of millions of dollars.
Designed to combat crime and terrorism, the latest biometrics devices signal the future of law enforcement.
Chicago's first Web site overhaul in nine years improves transparency, provides access to social media tools and runs on an open source operating system.
The Office of Management and Budget seeks to address inconsistency concerns with data reporting plan, guidance to agencies and revamped Web site.
A state capital changes its name and a mayor jumps into an icy lake in two of several gimmicks deployed by cities to attract Google's fiber networks.
As part of a campaign to end childhood obesity, the $40,000 contest calls for innovators to incorporate U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data into games and tools.
U.S. General Services Administration cancels cloud infrastructure RFQ, plans to issue new one that seeks more offerings from vendors at a higher level of security.
With new a screening vessel, a helicopter with a radiation-detecting module and a WMD-sniffing dog, port authorities bolster line of defense against terrorists.
California's CIO office unveils standard for state agencies to develop secure telework and remote access.
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With federal funding support, the county plans to enhance public safety efforts with centralized communications upgrades.
Mobile application gives iPhone users California DMV wait times and educational tools.
Stalled by the economic recession, California designates research clusters of companies, nonprofits and universities to stimulate innovation through collaboration and create jobs.
County waste division officials plan to cash in on environmental efficiency by selling carbon credits to companies.
With online check register, Cook County, Ill., residents can examine where tax dollars go in a government repeatedly tarnished by corruption.
Application design challenge produces valuable software tools worth millions, helps citizens interact with and use government data to their advantage.
New statewide network for IT staff augmentation services would maximize the state's buying power, reduce technology service redundancy.
King County, Wash., council member pushes initiative that would require county agencies to publish data sets (crime stats, transit info, etc.) online by June 1.
With collaboration tool, governments can create interactive mockup applications, receive feedback early on to prevent cost overruns.
Community hospitals in Ohio collaborate to create paperless care process that revolves around the patient.
U.S. telecommunications and public safety agencies join to test and develop new 4G wireless solutions that would upgrade emergency response communications.
Folsom, Calif., library uses gaming to keep patrons' interests.
With nearly $20 billion from the Recovery Act earmarked for electronic health record incentives, state and local governments lend support, enforce accountability.
Inconsistent grant management practices in state governments could hurt chances for states to win optimal amount of federal funding.
Federal Web sites earn high marks for transparency, navigation and functionality, trail private-sector industries such as search engines, portals and e-retail.
In 2011, five U.S. cities will get the chance to receive a customized Web 2.0 solution to improve transparency and efficiency.
Quasi-government agency plans public-private partnership to give Web-based e-mail and office productivity applications to state and local governments.
In massive IT transition, states have less than four years to upgrade disease diagnosis code sets.
As federal and state officials prioritize defense strategies against cyber-attacks, Maryland aims to be nation's cyber-security 'epicenter.'
Unique policy allows state departments to access free software, potentially save millions of dollars.
After years of trial and much error with citywide broadband plans, municipal governments find ways to deliver Internet access to the public.
Landmark public-private partnership could be a catalyst for national health records system.
Developed from a public-private partnership, Georgia's Web-based statewide information system improves data sharing and produces real-time case records.
Federal funding will help state enhance cyber-security projects, boost emergency management operations.
Chief information security officers and technology leaders celebrate President Obama's selection of government and industry veteran Howard Schmidt.
With a new computer-aided dispatch system, Missouri's Polk County Emergency 911 Center gains access to critical information and boosts efficiency of emergency responders.