Sarah Rich


In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. She wrote for for Government Technology magazine from 2010 through 2013.

November 6, 2013

California County Simplifies Portability for Housing Subsidies

Elimination of paper billing process cuts clerical staff time by 18 hours a week.

November 4, 2013

Arkansas Purchases Secondary Data Center for Backup, Recovery

The backup data center in Little Rock eliminates the need to outsource failover and recovery testing.

October 31, 2013

Idaho Restaurant Menus Go Braille Friendly

Idaho uses specialized software and printing technology to make Braille menus for restaurants across the state.

October 28, 2013

Boosting Innovation by Rethinking Government Procurement

North Carolina and Philadelphia explore new methods to procure technology and award government contracts.

October 25, 2013

Data Analytics Helps Fight Crime in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The new analytics tool developed by IBM allows the Police Department to pull public data from across city departments and outside sources to help stop crime before it happens.

October 24, 2013

Ferry Tracking App Sets Sail in Jacksonville, Fla.

The new mobile app JaxFerry tracks arrival and departure times for Jacksonville’s river ferry.

October 22, 2013

Chicago CTO John Tolva to Step Down

Tolva plans to depart from Chicago city government on Nov. 1 to pursue opportunities with the private sector.

October 21, 2013

Burlington, Vt., Partners With U.S. Ignite to Be Next Gig City

The city plans to grow its workforce and improve gigabit connectivity for institutions like public schools and universities.

October 18, 2013

Code for America Works to Build Innovation Ecosystem

The nonprofit’s fellowships may only last a year, but the goal is to build a sustainable community of civic innovators.

October 16, 2013

Accela Launches Centralized Open Data Portal

The open data platform supports cross-jurisdictional data free to government agencies and will benefit Code for America’s Brigade program.

October 15, 2013

Code for America Summit Informs on Creativity

The nonprofit’s fourth annual summit brought leaders in civic engagement together to discuss innovation and how it can be executed in public sector.

October 15, 2013

LAPD Tests Situational Awareness Tool

The LAPD is piloting sophisticated mapping technology for better situational awareness during large-scale events.

October 14, 2013

Twitter Ride-Along Connects Community to Bryan, Texas, Police

Tweets about the Bryan PD shed light on law enforcement protocols and a day in the life of an officer.

October 11, 2013

U.S. Airport Wi-Fi Networks: Who Soars? Who Fails to Take Flight?

Government Technology takes a look at airport Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. that pass and fail on providing free and fast Wi-Fi connectivity.

October 10, 2013

Dallas Transit Agencies Launch Mobile Ticketing App

Mobile tickets purchased on the GoPass app change colors to indicate the status of the ticket.

October 8, 2013

Mountain View, Calif., Police Pilot Officer Tracking Tech

The technology allows police officers to decide if they want to be tracked via their department-issued cellphones.

October 7, 2013

Tuscaloosa, Ala., Simplifies Workforce Management With New Attendance Tool

The city expects significant savings from a new workforce management system that allows city employees to log hours at their offices and remotely on city-issued mobile devices.

October 4, 2013

On-Site Disaster Recovery Keeps Mount Dora, Fla., Data Protected

Mount Dora’s new on-site appliance for disaster recovery has the potential to connect to a hybrid cloud from an off-site vendor.

October 3, 2013

Budget Constraints, Cyberattacks Biggest Threats to IT Organizations, Survey Says

A new survey released by Cisco showed that most IT decision-makers want to invest in cybersecurity within the next year despite shrinking budgets.

October 1, 2013

Could States Have Prevented ACA Glitches?

The Twitterverse, and much of the country, weighed in on the bumpy launch of health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, as many sites saw downtime from spikes in site traffic.

September 30, 2013

Wayne State University Upgrades Campus Alert System

The new SMS emergency alert notification system was integrated into a similar system built in-house by the university.

September 27, 2013

New Tools Calculate Eligibility for Health-Care Subsidies

Confused about whether you qualify for health-care and government tax credit subsidies? Two new online tools help users calculate their eligibility.

September 27, 2013

Expanded Video Surveillance for LA County Correctional Facilities

The expanded video infrastructure will assist with claims investigations connected to alleged staff misconduct.

September 25, 2013

White House Launches 3 Tools to Quicken Broadband Deployment

The White House launched three new tools to help accelerate broadband infrastructure deployment on federally owned property.

September 24, 2013

Code for America, MindMixer Team Up for Citizen Engagement Contest

Through Ideation Nation, a five-week nationwide contest, the public can submit ideas on how to improve citizen and government interaction.

September 23, 2013

Former U.S. CTO Says APIs Are Key to Unlocking Government Data

Aneesh Chopra, the first-ever federal CTO, says the evolution of application programming interfaces (APIs) will continue to open up government data in accessible, machine-readable formats.

September 20, 2013

Notarizations Go Digital in North Carolina

According to North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, e-notaries simplify the notarization process while upholding current state laws and standards.

September 19, 2013

Online Training for 911 Call Center Infuses a Multimedia Experience

The Snohomish County, Wash., 911 center adopted an online training tool that can integrate multiple forms of media into a course.

September 17, 2013

Battery Failure, Human Error Still Cause Most Data Center Outages

A new study reports that the majority of data center outages in the public and private sectors are caused by battery failure, but respondents said most outages could have been prevented.

September 12, 2013

Beyond Service Requests: NYC Takes Yelp Approach to New 311 App

NYC 311+ allows users to write reviews on the conditions of government services and rate them based on a five-star scale.

September 11, 2013

Will San Carlos, Calif., Expand Sensor Technology Use?

San Carlos, Calif., officials hope the wireless sensor technology used in their smart parking pilot project could be expanded to other municipal infrastructure.

September 10, 2013

Overprotective Spam Filters Bring Down Las Cruces, N.M., Website

An email notification that the city's domain registration was expiring never made it to the Inbox of city IT staff.

September 9, 2013

Navy Explores Potential of Social Media Crowdsourcing in Disaster Response

The U.S. Navy selected Modus Operandi to begin developing crowdsourcing situational awareness software that leverages data from social media.

September 6, 2013

Online Platform Securely Transports Incarcerated Youths' Data

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department follows numerous security compliance regulations when transporting data on the 1,200 youths it oversees.

September 5, 2013

User Feedback Drives Revamped, Task-Oriented Tax Site

The California Board of Equalization launched a redesigned website that emphasizes simpler processes for filing taxes and paying fees.

September 4, 2013

Assistive Technology for the Blind Goes Mobile and User-Friendly

Experts claim assistive technology for the blind has entered into the mainstream with the help of mobile devices like iPhones and portable Braille readers.

September 3, 2013

Pennsylvania Facial Recognition Systems Integrate to Widen Search for Criminals

The Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET) and the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) integrated their facial recognition systems, providing a more comprehensive resource for criminal investigations.

August 30, 2013

Online Accounts for Public Benefits Connect Most Eligible Utah Citizens

The Utah myCase portal, a self-service account management system for public assistance benefits, is now in use by nearly 90 percent of eligible citizens.

August 29, 2013

Fertilizer Inspections Go Digital for North Dakota Ag Department

The state's Department of Agriculture adopted a Web-based system to conduct inspections of anhydrous ammonia facilities and nurse tanks.

August 28, 2013

Madison Police Extract Forensic Evidence from Cellphones

The Madison, Wis., Police Department takes a CSI approach to extracting evidence from mobile devices.

August 27, 2013

Danville, Va., Migrates to Microwave Emergency Responder Network

The deployment of Danville’s microwave emergency responder network satisfied the FCC’s narrowbanding mandate.

August 26, 2013

Technology Centers to Open at 11 Miami-Dade County Parks

The county also plans to expand free Wi-Fi access to the 11 parks with technology centers and three additional parks adjacent to public libraries.

August 23, 2013

Portland, Ore., Recycles Computers Back to Local Schools

When city-owned computers are no longer usable, Portland, Ore., nonprofit Free Geek refurbishes the units for local schools and other community organizations.

August 23, 2013

CTO Greg Zickau on Idaho IT Initiatives

Idaho CTO discusses the state's core IT and expanding the Idaho Education Network.

August 21, 2013

What's the Future of Crowdsourcing, Civic Engagement in Government?

Former Manor, Texas, CIO Dustin Haisler says governments can better connect business processes for more efficient civic engagement.

August 20, 2013

3 Steps for Tackling Big Data

Government agencies are starting to embrace the power of big data, but Deloitte executive Bill Briggs says understanding and utilizing predictive analytics is key.

August 19, 2013

App Helps Victims Report Sexual Assault Anonymously in D.C.

ASK DC allows victims of sexual assault and dating violence to report incidents and find available community resources.

August 14, 2013

Pavement Analysis Tool to Keep Longmont, Colo., on Top of Road Maintenance

Longmont's Department of Public Works and Natural Resources will integrate city road data into asset management technology to predict future road maintenance needs.

August 13, 2013

Palm Scanners Quicken Meal Purchases in Georgia High Schools

The Muscogee County, Ga., School District uses palm scanning technology in its high school lunchrooms to simplify meal purchases.

August 12, 2013

Omaha and Douglas County, Neb., Team Up on Google Apps

The city and county’s IT collaboration team agreed to jointly deploy Google Apps for Government.

August 9, 2013

Q and A: New Tulsa, Okla., CIO T.L. Cox Steps in After Security Mix-Up

Tulsa, Okla.’s new CIO talks about his future plans for the city.

August 7, 2013

Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe Discusses Gigabit Future

During Gigtank Demo Day in Chattanooga, Tenn., Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe said increased Internet speeds will continue to create disruptions in sectors like energy, education and health care.

August 6, 2013

Cash-Only Commuters Get Electronic Option for NY Bridges and Tunnels

The Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City is offering a new solution for cash-only customers to pay bridge and tunnel tolls.

August 5, 2013

Voice Recognition System Fields Questions for Stanislaus County Jail

The automated information services system with voice recognition capability reduced incoming calls to the Stanislaus County Jail by 80 percent.

August 2, 2013

Austin, Texas, Gets Green Light on High-Tech Bus Fleet

The 40-bus fleet will have traffic signal priority – technology that communicates with traffic signals to give the buses an extended green light.

August 2, 2013

Program Trains Elite Group on Structural Collapse Response

The US&R Rescue Specialist Certificate program through Texas A&M provides responders with advanced training on urban search and rescue.

July 31, 2013

Microsoft and Philadelphia Pair Up through CityNext Program

The partnership is expected to help Philadelphia carry out strategic goals relative to technology.

July 30, 2013

Have All States Banned Texting While Driving?

Nine states still lack comprehensive laws banning texting while behind the wheel.

July 26, 2013

NY Adds 100 Transportation Data Sets to Open.NY.gov

The expansion of transportation data could help developers create new apps for traveling more efficiently in the state.

July 25, 2013

Can the California State Fair Teach Tech and Social Media Skills?

A new help desk attraction helps fairgoers learn about QR codes, Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.

July 24, 2013

Software Simplifies Search in Oklahoma Legal Database

Full-text search software helps Oklahoma State Courts Network retrieve text from legal documents faster.

July 23, 2013

Race to the Top for Gigabit Networks?

Fiber to the Home Council Americas asks the FCC for matching grant program to help communities develop gigabit networks.

July 15, 2013

Medical Center Integrates Patient Care with Entertainment

Using interactive touchscreens, patients at a Miami VA medical center can not only receive care from staff, but also watch movies, television and educational videos.

July 10, 2013

Map Mashes Hurricane Information with Energy Infrastructure Data

A new map from the U.S. Energy Information Administration displays information that predicts the path of hurricanes along with GIS data on energy infrastructure, allowing those in the energy industry to keep an extra close watch on natural disasters as they unfold.

July 8, 2013

EPA Avoids Compliance Penalties with Mobile Security Management

The EPA can wipe data from a hard drive if a laptop goes missing and reallocate software licenses to avoid compliance penalties.

July 2, 2013

Massachusetts Municipalities Share IT Infrastructure in the Cloud

Melrose, Mass., serves as host for shared IT infrastructure in a multi-tenant cloud environment.

June 27, 2013

Do Yelp Reviews Help or Hurt Government?

Yelp reviews about government agencies, much like restaurants and shops, show a range of positive and negative opinions

June 26, 2013

Facial Reconstruction Tech Helps Identify Skeletal Remains

After human bones and skulls of unidentified individuals undergo CT scans, forensic artists use imaging software to re-create what a person may have looked like.

June 21, 2013

App Tracks Locations of Memphis, Tenn., Inspectors

Through GPS and a mobile app, the city can track workers in the field for increased visibility and safety.

June 19, 2013

Should Government Put Stock in LinkedIn Endorsements?

The networking tool may not carry much weight, according to government and industry experts.

June 18, 2013

Has the World Sent its Last Telegram?

While the U.S. abandoned the practice several years ago, the last telegram ever will be sent in India on July 14.

June 17, 2013

Product Review: HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook

HP's new EliteBook accommodates older and newer infrastructure, but usability with the Windows 8 OS falls short.

June 14, 2013

San Francisco Embraces Sharing Economy for Emergency Preparedness

A new partnership will help San Francisco utilize shared resources in the event of an emergency.

June 12, 2013

Sensors Help LA Create Demand-Based Parking Pricing

Los Angeles' smart parking system adjusts pricing for parking spaces using an algorithm based on supply and demand.

June 4, 2013

Kyle Janek Receives Bob Bullock Public Service Award

Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission receives the award, named for Bullock, a former Texas politician.

May 31, 2013

Texting Service Answers ‘Where’s My Bus?’ in Albuquerque, N.M.

The new service reduces both incoming 311 calls questioning the public bus schedule and costs.

May 31, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Crime Scene Investigation

Training gives first responders an edge when dealing hazardous materials.

May 30, 2013

Austin, Texas: Next in Line for an Innovation Officer

The city is currently developing an office of innovation, and plans to hire a chief innovation officer and an analyst.

May 29, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Fleet Management

A local police department in Minnesota is deploying technology that puts any unauthorized mobile device onboard the vehicle into a blocked mode when the vehicle is moving at 1 mph or higher.

May 24, 2013

Opting for On-Premise File Storage Over the Cloud

For increased security and control, Fresno, Calif., chose on-premise file storage over a cloud-based environment, and plans to roll the system out across the enterprise.

May 21, 2013

Mobile Tech Links Trauma Surgeons with SWAT Teams

The test program equips SWAT officers with computers and cameras so when out in the field, trauma surgeons can help them respond to critical injuries.

May 20, 2013

Interactive Polling via PowerPoint Makes Classrooms Responsive

Wake County, N.C., EMS classes allow students to answer questions electronically so responses display in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

May 16, 2013

San Francisco Embraces Social Media During Earthquake Drill

Facebook, Twitter and a preparedness website helps the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management reach citizens during an earthquake preparedness exercise.

May 15, 2013

North Carolina Unveils New Innovation Center

The new Innovation Center will help improve and modernize the state’s IT systems.

May 13, 2013

Analysts Assess Federal Open Data Policy

On the whole, analysts favor the new guidelines outlined in the president’s new open data policy -- and how the policy was announced.

May 9, 2013

Gilbert, Ariz., Automates Workflow, Meets Council Directive

Using an easy-to-learn workflow system, the town eliminates paper and increases productivity.

May 8, 2013

Ohio City Deploys 2-in-1 Email and Social Media Archiving

Tipp City, Ohio, deploys an add-on feature to its existing email archiving platform in order to capture social media posts.

May 6, 2013

No Data Scientists? No Problem

Palo Alto, Calif., CIO Jonathan Reichental says making data available to the community is possible even when professionals and resources are limited.

May 6, 2013

Reporting Software Improves 311 Performance

The city of Pittsburgh overlays Tableau Software with its 311 operations to generate more accurate performance reports.

May 3, 2013

6 Things You May Not Know About Open Data

Palo Alto, Calif., CIO Jonathan Reichental says that despite the recent open data trend, governments have always been responsible for liberating data.

May 2, 2013

Asset Management Meets Social Media

The Des Moines, Iowa, Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority connects employees on a platform that combines social media with asset management tracking.

May 1, 2013

Kansas City’s Gigabit Internet Experiment Starts To Take Shape

Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., are poised to make the most of their status as Google's first Gigabit city.

April 24, 2013

Real-Time Bike Counter Coming to San Francisco

The bike counter will soon be installed on one of the city’s busiest streets for bike traffic.

April 19, 2013

CA DMV Solicits Public Feedback on Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) held a public workshop in Sacramento to find out what factors should be considered when developing autonomous vehicle regulations.

April 16, 2013

Santa Clara, Calif., Combines Public Wi-Fi with Smart Metering

The new advanced smart metering program sends meter data across a secure Wi-Fi channel while also providing free Wi-Fi access to the public.

April 15, 2013

BYOD Recommendations and Dilemmas

A new e-book by Michigan Chief Security Officer Dan Lohrmann addresses issues and solutions surrounding bring your own device (BYOD) in any enterprise environment.

April 11, 2013

Does Midland County have the Tech-iest Library in Texas?

The revamped Centennial Library provides digital signage touchscreens as interactive card catalogs, 60 virtualized computers, Wi-Fi and other new tech features.

April 9, 2013

It's Official: Google Fiber Coming to Austin, Texas

After rumors surfaced of gigabit speed to come to Austin, Texas, Google announces that the fiber project is official.

April 5, 2013

How to Improve Government-to-Citizen Communication

GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns says cross-promotion, leveraging multiple channels and going (more) mobile can improve alert notifications to constituents.

April 3, 2013

311 App Arrives in Los Angeles

MyLA311 provides mashup of the city's social media updates, locates local attractions and maintains a traditional 311 reporting component.

March 29, 2013

California's New GeoPortal Touts 'Socially-Derived Maps'

This summer, the California Technology Agency will unveil the "myMap” tab, which lets citizens build personalized GIS maps through a mashup of data.

March 28, 2013

Largest U.S. Municipal Utility Deploys Advanced Smart Grid Network

San Antonio, Texas-based municipal utility CPS Energy will operate on an open IPv6-based networking platform to improve smart grid solutions.

March 27, 2013

Kansas City's New Chief Innovation Officer Seeks to Connect Government and Community

Ashley Z. Hand looks to engage citizens with the Challenge Cabinet and connecting schools to resources.

March 25, 2013

Cops Worldwide Participate in Global Tweet-a-Thon

Law enforcement connects and shares thoughts about what wearing a police badge really means.

March 21, 2013

Free Tax Filing Online Helps Low-Income Citizens

Myfreetaxes.com lets low- and moderate-income citizens file state and federal taxes for free, avoiding fees for professional tax preparation.

March 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Automates HR Processes, Cuts Costs

A streamlined online process allows new hires in Pennsylvania state agencies to complete orientation more quickly and efficiently.

March 15, 2013

Illinois DHS Digitizes Forms, Leverages Mainframe Technology

The DHS plans to digitize all benefit eligibility form types and phase out paper file storage.

March 13, 2013

Florida Shines in 2013 Transparency Awards

Government transparency nonprofit Sunshine Review awards the most transparent government websites.

March 12, 2013

New App Helps Jacksonville, Fla., Boost Economic Development

The "JaxHapps" app lets users view information for sports, cultural and music events.

March 5, 2013

Excellence.gov Winners Exemplify Innovation in Government IT

The five winning programs use IT in an innovative way to enhance government operations, provide a more open and transparent government, and deliver impactful citizen services.

March 4, 2013

IBM and Miami-Dade County Partner for Smarter Cities Initiative

Through the partnership, the Florida county plans to roll out predictive analytics, improve transportation and utilize intelligent policing.

February 27, 2013

Bob Woolley -- 2013 GT Top 25 Winner

Chief Technical Architect, Utah

February 25, 2013

Global Tweet-a-Thon to Connect Police Agencies

A 24-hour Tweet-a-Thon next month invites police agencies to share tweets to help create awareness about their work.

February 25, 2013

Holistic Approach to Tablet Adoption Is Key for Federal Government

Dell executives say migrating to tablet devices means more than considering the devices themselves.

February 20, 2013

Four Questions with Kansas City, Mo.'s Chief Innovation Officer

With less than a month on the job, Ashley Z. Hand is gearing up for what lies ahead.

February 15, 2013

President Obama Hangs Out with Citizens, Discusses STEM

The fireside hangout sparked conversations about science, technology, engineering and math, as well as software patents.

February 14, 2013

More Mobile Devices Will Impact Government IT Operations

With mobile users expected to increase by an additional 1 billion and mobile devices to hit 10 billion by 2017, governments will surely be impacted.

February 14, 2013

San Francisco Unveils One-Stop Business License and Permit Shop

License 123 pulls San Francisco business licensing and permitting information onto a single website.

February 6, 2013

Philly PD to Share Crime Data Across Departments

Location-based crime data that tracks crime patterns will be shared across Philadelphia law enforcement and fire departments using Esri software.

February 5, 2013

Abuse Hotline Revamp Reduces Response Times

Florida Department of Children and Families’ abuse hotline tech overhaul improves response times from child protective service investigators handling reported cases.

January 30, 2013

Preparing for the Future: Intel Futurist Says Cloud Is Key

Intel futurist Brian David Johnson says cloud computing and big data represent the future of technology in government.

January 29, 2013

Power Management Software Helps Spokane, Wash., Go Green

The city saves almost $15,000 annually on utility costs from simply reducing PC energy consumption.

January 25, 2013

Highlights of The Intersection Event at Google HQ

Thought leaders gathered in Mountain View, Calif., to discuss innovative methods for creating social change.

January 24, 2013

5 Takeaways on Using Social and Professional Networks

LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman discusses the importance of networking for professionals in all sectors.

January 23, 2013

6 Things Governments Can Learn from SF Giants Pitcher Barry Zito

Zito’s professional experience and lessons learned on the field can be applied to the public sector.

January 22, 2013

3 Social Action Projects to Watch in 2013

At The Intersection event on Jan. 19, Gratitude Awards finalists showcased social action projects focusing on education and math.

January 21, 2013

FBI Website Targets Bank Robbers

Bankrobbers.fbi.gov displays the perpetrator's photos and descriptive information, and the crime location.

January 17, 2013

San Francisco Posts Restaurant Health Inspection Data on Yelp

The new partnership also calls for the standardization of health score data nationwide.

January 16, 2013

Chicago Mayor Appoints First Ever Diversity Tech Council

Members of the council will give recommendations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how to integrate minorities into the city’s technology economy.

January 15, 2013

How Will Boston Modernize City Fire Alarms?

Boston releases a request for information to upgrade nearly 2,200 fire alarm boxes in the city with more modern technology.

January 10, 2013

Sacramento, Calif., Library Checks Out Pinterest

Libraries, zoos and other public-sector agencies use Pinterest to engage with the public.

January 10, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges: Benefits, Challenges, Lessons

During the Jan. 10 #GTonHIX TweetChat, experts discuss the benefits of and potential efficiencies in creating state-run health insurance exchanges.

January 8, 2013

Chicago's Cloud Email Migration Helps City Focus on Innovation

Chicago decides it’s time to get out of the “email business” to free up resources and focus on the city's data initiative.

January 4, 2013

HHS Integrates Federal Data for HIV/AIDS Services Locator Tool

By entering a ZIP code in the web tool, a Google map is generated to show the locations of services like HIV testing sites, health centers and substance abuse clinics.

January 3, 2013

New Mexico DOT Launches Virtual Road Planning

Later this year, the New Mexico Department of Transportation will utilize 3-D modeling software for road and highway design projects across the state.

January 3, 2013

Interactive Website Explores History of Universe

ChronoZoom chronicles nearly 14 billion years of history in an easily digestible format.

December 19, 2012

Monrovia, Calif., Goes High- and Low-Tech to Crowdsource

Website encourages online engagement for residents to submit feedback to the city.

December 18, 2012

Software Helps Municipality Redistrict City Council Boundaries

Van Buren, Ark., uses GIS software and database technology that takes factors like population equality and compact shape into consideration for optimal boundary layouts.

December 14, 2012

Should the U.S. Develop a National Cyberdoctrine?

The increase in cybersecurity attacks and threats sparks conversation among IT experts who are calling for a national cyberdoctrine.

December 13, 2012

Seattle Announces Broadband Partnership

Seattle, the University of Washington and broadband provider Gigabit Squared partner to bring “ultra-fast” broadband to city neighborhoods.

December 13, 2012

2012 Year in Review: Chief Innovation Officers

A look at the innovation trend that grew and took shape during 2012.

December 12, 2012

Road Kill Data Tracks Animal Migration Patterns via Open Source App

Virginia opossum road kill data has indicated what habitats the animals are associated with and if temperature plays a role in their activity.

December 7, 2012

Industry Perspective: Is There a Data Scientist Shortage?

Deloitte executive discusses why currently there is limited availability for data scientists in the private and public sectors.

December 3, 2012

New Wisconsin CIO Details Plan for State

To continue on the governor’s efforts to enhance the state, Cagigal wants to carry out eight action items to ensure that the state follows best IT practices.

November 28, 2012

CA DMV Launches ‘Answer Man’ Web Video Series

In new Web video series, DMV Answer Man responds to California residents’ burning questions on driver information.

November 26, 2012

Database Houses Emergency Contacts for PA Residents

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation launches Yellow Dot program and database to store emergency contact and medical information for state residents.

November 19, 2012

CA Contractor License Board Cracks Down on Illegal Advertising

Combing sites like Craigslist helps the state identify illegal online advertising of unlicensed contractors.

November 16, 2012

Colorado First to Provide Mobile-Optimized Voter Registration Site

Colorado may be the first state in the nation to launch a mobile-optimized format for its voter registration website, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

November 14, 2012

2012 Digital Cities Survey Winners Announced

Four cities take top rankings in the 12th annual Digital Cities Survey.

November 8, 2012

National SMS System Successful During Superstorm Sandy

Though the Commercial Mobile Alert System fared well during superstorm Sandy, public awareness about the system must still be addressed.

November 7, 2012

NYC Mayor’s Challenge Selects 20 Finalists

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Challenge tasked cities across the nation with creating inventive and innovative ideas that, once implemented, will benefit their community.

November 6, 2012

Tattoo Recognition Database Could Help Combat Crime and Terrorism

Michigan State University develops biometric tattoo recognition technology to match tattoo images with ones in an existing database.

November 5, 2012

Product Review: HP EliteBook 2560p

Lightweight yet sturdy notebook PC resists dust, bumps and spills.

October 31, 2012

Raleigh Connected Initiative Seeks to Promote Workforce Training (VIDEO)

Raleigh, N.C., prepares for the future with broadband push and digital inclusion efforts.

October 31, 2012

Raleigh Helps Citizens Stay Connected

Raleigh, N.C., expands fiber network and uses program to train residents for the IT workforce.

October 30, 2012

Interpreters Virtually Visit Florida Courtrooms

Two-way video-conferencing technology connects remote interpreters to hearings at Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit Court.

October 26, 2012

NYC's Data Week Wraps Up

New York City's first-ever Data Week included more than 100 panels and events related to data and big data, and their impact on the city.

October 25, 2012

Citizinvestor: The New Frontier of Government Funding?

New crowdfunding platform asks citizens to donate to local government projects.

October 24, 2012

New York City and Texas Honored for Cybersecurity Leadership

The Center for Digital Government’s Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards recognize the efforts of government and education agencies to keep confidential data secure despite evolving threats.

October 22, 2012

Top 21 Intelligent Communities Nominated for 2013

Three U.S. cities are named as the Intelligent Community Forum’s top 21 intelligent communities for 2013.

October 19, 2012

9 Utah State Agencies Save $46 Million Over 5 Years

New survey measures cost savings for Utah.gov online services.

October 17, 2012

Chicago Crowdsources Gun Violence Solutions Via Twitter

To address rising homicide rates in Chicago, the city turns to Twitter for answers.

October 17, 2012

Registry Connects Functional Needs Residents to Safety During Emergencies

Centralized registry allows St. Louis residents with functional needs to be contacted by authorities during emergencies that may require evacuation.

October 12, 2012

New Orleans Launches Blighted Property Web App (VIDEO)

Code for America fellows help develop BlightStatus, an app that improves transparency for the city’s blighted properties process.

October 11, 2012

Code for America Accelerator Program Takes Shape

Accelerator program incubates civic startups to develop products for local governments.

October 10, 2012

Preventing Wrong-Way Driving Gets a Tech Assist

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office plans to implement technology that warns wrong-way drivers.

October 7, 2012

Maryland to Deploy Statewide Health Benefit Exchange in 2013

The state’s benefit exchange will meet the Affordable Care Act’s impending deadline for citizens to purchase health insurance.

October 4, 2012

U.S. CTO Todd Park: 3 Ingredients for a Private-Sector Mentality in Government

At the 2012 Code for America Summit, Federal CTO Todd Park shared his ideas for bringing entrepreneurial energy into government.

October 2, 2012

Code for America Reveals 2013 Partner Cities and Counties

Nine local governments will participate in next year’s Code for America program.

September 26, 2012

Fire Department Tests QR Codes for Citizen Medical Data

The Marin County, Calif., Fire Department pilots quick response codes that provide secure medical information about residents.

September 25, 2012

3-D Modeling Turns Citizens into City Planners

A 3-D model of Louisville, Ky.’s downtown buildings allows citizens to share ideas for developing an improved city.

September 24, 2012

Cloud Helps At-Risk, Special Needs Students

Proponents say cloud-based applications help at-risk and special needs students adhere to testing timelines prescribed by public schools.

September 24, 2012

Maryland Interoperability Director Discusses Emergency Radio System

Ray Lehr talks about the rollout of the statewide first responders radio system.

September 20, 2012

Open Budget Application Improves Palo Alto, Calif.’s Accessibility

New interactive model may take financial transparency in a new direction.

September 18, 2012

Gov Website Evolution: Changes in 2013

The future of websites according to Best of the Web winners.

September 18, 2012

Phoenix Website Helps Visually Impaired Residents

The Phoenix Street Transportation and IT departments' new site for the blind and visually impaired works with assistive technology so the text can be read out loud.

September 17, 2012

Essential Features for Government Websites (VIDEO)

2012 Best of the Web winners share government website must-haves

September 12, 2012

Apple Launches iPhone 5

Customers can pre-order the iPhone 5 on Friday.

September 11, 2012

Chattanooga’s ‘Gig Tank’ Results in Real-Time Translator and Research Sharing Apps

Summer program generated innovative ideas for using gigabit Internet access.

September 10, 2012

Maryland’s Statewide Public Safety Radio Network Takes Shape

The Maryland First Responders Interoperable Radio System Team (Maryland FiRST) is designed to solve interoperability problems.

September 6, 2012

Destructive ‘Wind Tsunami’ No Match for Cloud Computing

Integration of cloud computing technology into five of Virginia’s 211 call centers helped residents get information they needed during a severe summer storm.

September 4, 2012

Personal Parking Meters Coming to Dover, N.H.

In time for the cold winter months, Dover, N.H., drivers will have the choice of carrying their own parking meters they can keep in the car.

August 29, 2012

‘Hacker Homes’ Might Sprout from K.C.’s Google Fiber

New program takes a Craigslist-style approach to matching programmers and entrepreneurs with host homes in Kansas City for a free temporary stay.

August 23, 2012

Cameras Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

Frederick County, Md., school buses will have cameras installed to catch drivers driving past when buses are at a stop.

August 21, 2012

Louisville, Ky., Uses Metrics to Cut Overtime and Boost Performance

The LouieStat program tracks government performance metrics to spot improvements.

August 20, 2012

FirstNet Board Filled by Public Safety Officials, Telecom Execs

Now that legislation for a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety use is a reality, a board of directors has been chosen to oversee the project.

August 16, 2012

Google Pushes ‘Places’ API for App Development

Google is offering up the application programming interface that powers its “Places” data as the basis for a new apps development challenge involving participants from around the world.

August 15, 2012

Ferry Leaves Seattle Geeks High and Dry

App developers left landlocked because the event’s boat was out of service.

August 15, 2012

Girls Trade Acting for Theater Tech Skills

Girls in Technology program takes young women off center stage and into behind-the-scenes theater production technology.

August 14, 2012

GIS and Cloud: A Match Made in Heaven?

A partnership between Amazon and geographic software company Esri helped Douglas County, Neb., put GIS services in Amazon’s cloud.

August 7, 2012

QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries

Chesterfield County, Va., libraries challenges teens to go on the iHunt.

August 6, 2012

Digital Safety: The New Frontier in High School Classes

Program teaches California teens about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying as well as how to report incidents.

August 1, 2012

Accessible AlertSanDiego Brings Emergency Notifications via Text, Voice and Video

San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services launches alternative emergency alerts for citizens who can’t understand traditional notifications.

July 27, 2012

Voting Tech Errors Could Be a Deal Breaker in Swing States, Report Says

New report shows how all 50 states fare in technology preparedness if electronic voting machines malfunction on Election Day — a factor that could impact voting results in swing states.

July 24, 2012

Sirens: A Dying Technology?

As technology evolves and standards for radio systems change, are siren alerts for tsunamis, tornadoes and other natural disasters a thing of the past?

July 23, 2012

Police Dogs Get Cooling Vests in Summer Heat

To help protect law enforcement K9s in from overexposure to heat, police departments are using technology to help keep them cool.

July 20, 2012

Palo Alto, Calif., to Launch Open Data Initiative

The city will launch its open data platform Aug. 1.

July 20, 2012

Massachusetts Criminal Records System Speeds Up

A new Web application for requesting in-state criminal offender records information should pay for itself.

July 18, 2012

Cars Talking to 911 Is Nearing Reality

Pilot projects are being planned to test technical standards that would allow vehicles to immediately “tell” 911 call centers when there is a crash.

July 16, 2012

What’s the Future of the Wireless Spectrum?

The FCC and industry executives discuss challenges associated with growing citizen demand.

July 12, 2012

Beat the Heat: How to Protect Your Device from High Temperatures

Industry perspective on keeping computers and mobile devices protected during the summer.

July 11, 2012

New York City Puts Wi-Fi Hot Spots at Payphones

Wi-Fi hot spots might make the old payphone relevant again.

July 10, 2012

S.C. DMV Offices Get Free TVs in Exchange for Display Ads

Contract with digital signage vendor provides South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offices with queue system and TVs.

July 6, 2012

iPads to Help Cut Electric Bills at CSU, Fullerton

Lighting retrofit in Cal State Fullerton’s gymnasium gives staff the ability to control lighting using a tablet PC.

July 6, 2012

70 Government Entities Commit to Paperless Legislative Workflows

Nearly 1.5 billion sheets of paper are used in local government legislative processes each year, according to an industry estimate.

July 2, 2012

4 Patriotic Apps to Celebrate Fourth of July

Government Technology reviews four mobile apps that are all about the red, white and blue.

June 27, 2012

Big Data Is a ‘New Natural Resource,’ IBM Says

IBM researchers explain the need for big data in the public sector, calling it the “new natural resource.”

June 26, 2012

What new dating fad involves dirty T-shirts?

What new dating fad involves dirty T-shirts?

June 21, 2012

NYC Housing Authority Puts Broadband on Wheels (PHOTOS)

The New York City Housing Authority takes an ice cream truck approach to providing computer and broadband access to citizens with its Digital Van program.

June 20, 2012

3 Ways Next-Gen Leaders Can Bring More Tech to Government

Younger workers may not feel they have a big voice when it comes time to ask for permission to use iPhones at work or to make a suggestion about a hot new technology.

June 12, 2012

Low-Tech Phone Service Connects Citizens to Congressional Info

Government transparency organization develops phone service for users to call and learn about U.S. lawmakers, and develops Google Alerts-style features.

June 11, 2012

LinkedIn: The Preferred Social Network of Government?

Notwithstanding last week’s news that millions of passwords were leaked, a recent GovTech survey indicates LinkedIn is the most widely used network in the government workplace.

June 6, 2012

Should Governments Invest in Video Technology?

Many government agencies already post video content to their official websites, but is specialized technology needed?

June 5, 2012

New Website a One-Stop Shop for Colorado Data

Colorado Information Marketplace links public data across the state’s agencies and gives users more options for accessing and viewing the data.

June 4, 2012

Nebraska Toasts Online Liquor License Renewals

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission modernized a tedious paper-based process.

May 31, 2012

Riverside, Calif., Program Helps Close City’s Digital Divide (VIDEO)

How this Southern California city’s efforts to close the digital divide and attract employers landed it among the world’s technology elite.

May 30, 2012

Does Your Agency Need Data Scientists?

As government agencies tackle the management of “Big Data,” industry executives suggest developing teams of specialists.

May 24, 2012

High-Tech Parking Isn’t Just for Big U.S. Cities Anymore

Solar-powered parking pay stations in the city of Lake Geneva, Wis., let drivers pay for parking by credit card and extend parking time via text message.

May 21, 2012

GSA Targets the Energy Hogs of Federal Buildings

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is contracting with IBM to provide a cloud-based repository for energy consumption data for 50 government buildings.

May 17, 2012

Web App Plays Matchmaker, Pairs Users with Presidential Candidates

iElect helps users decide which presidential candidate is most compatible with their political beliefs.

May 16, 2012

Digital Billboards to Alert Texas Counties in Emergencies

Four Texas counties plan to use digital billboards to notify residents during emergency situations.

May 14, 2012

Kansas Business Startups Get Help Online

Streamlined website has potential to act as a single sign-on for the state government, officials say.

May 11, 2012

Strategist: Cloud Adoption Doesn't Start from the Top

Cloud analyst and blogger Geva Perry addresses misconceptions about enterprise cloud adoption during the Citrix Synergy conference.

May 9, 2012

Citrix CEO: Work and Personal Life Continue Merging

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton addresses the newest trends in mobility and cloud computing during the company’s annual conference.

May 8, 2012

Google’s Autonomous Cars: What Nevada Learned

Now that Nevada has officially licensed the first self-driving vehicle for testing on state highways, the state knows what regulations it takes to get the vehicles on the road.

May 7, 2012

Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive: What Should Your Agency Use?

Government Technology examines three cloud-based file storage offerings for their usability in government agencies.

May 7, 2012

Should Kindergarteners Use iPads in the Classroom?

As mobile devices become more popular, education leaders differ on when and if devices like iPads should be integrated into K-12 curricula.

May 2, 2012

Web App Lets Users Bookmark Favorite Court Cases

New Web application allows users to search and bookmark court cases from the Charleston County, S.C., Circuit Court.

May 1, 2012

Michigan Pushes Ahead With Innovation Fund Projects

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget is mulling several IT project proposals that are seeking seed money from the state’s new innovation fund.

April 27, 2012

New York Kicks Off Health IT Business Incubator Program

New York Digital Health Accelerator seeks to attract startups to develop new digital health software applications for hospitals and health-care providers.

April 27, 2012

San Francisco CTO Talks Cloud Computing Best Practices

Gina Tomlinson speaks about the benefits of cloud deployment.

April 24, 2012

Food Truck Inspections Being Tracked by L.A. County

Customer relationship management (CRM) software is helping the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with food truck inspections and more efficient prescription labeling for its pharmacies.

April 23, 2012

NASA’s Space Apps Competition Takes on Big Ideas

NASA’s two-day International Space Apps Challenge tries to solve some of the agency’s — and the world’s — biggest challenges.

April 20, 2012

Stolen Smartphone Database: Good for Consumers?

The emerging issue of stolen smartphones spurs a public-private effort to implement a database for reporting and blocking purloined devices.

April 17, 2012

NASA Budget Cuts Targeted by Universities

Universities and organizations plan a nationwide car wash and bake sale to create public awareness about budget cuts to NASA’s planetary exploration program.

April 16, 2012

Redundant 311 Reports Targeted by Apps

Service request app used by Plano, Texas, shows users the service requests already in progress.

April 16, 2012

What are a group of universities doing to raise money for NASA's budget for planetary exploration?

What are a group of universities doing to raise money for NASA's budget for planetary exploration?

April 12, 2012

Maryland Bans Employers from Asking for Facebook Passwords

To prevent employers from asking employees and job applicants to surrender their social media user names and passwords, Maryland passes a bill to make the practice illegal.

April 10, 2012

National Emergency Alert System Goes Live

FEMA’s new Commercial Mobile Alert System broadcasts emergency alert notifications to citizens’ cellphones based on location.

April 6, 2012

Search Warrants With E-Signatures Come to California

The Butte County, Calif., District Attorney’s Office announced that local judges now can sign off on search warrants with e-signatures.

April 5, 2012

LiquidSpace Used by California Cities to Rent Out Public Workspace

San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Palo Alto are trying out the popular online platform, allowing citizens to rent workspace in city-owned facilities.

April 4, 2012

Indiana School Bus Inspections Rev Up With New App

The Indiana State Police is testing a new Web app to assist with school bus inspections that are mandated by the state and federal government.

April 2, 2012

Robots Douse Fires, Serve Food in College Competition

Teams from around the world gather at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., to enter robots in performance competitions.

March 30, 2012

Kentucky Becomes an Energy Star Superstar

Kentucky’s many green initiatives garnered the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year award – a first for a state government, officials say.

March 29, 2012

Chicago’s Data Brain Trust Tells All

In this Q&A, Chicago Chief Data Officer Brett Goldstein and his staff go in-depth about intercity collaboration, advanced data mining, standardized definitions and data cataloging.

March 27, 2012

Spray-On Pothole Filler? Yes, It Exists

After a year of piloting pavement spray technology, the Ohio Department of Transportation this month implemented the technology throughout a seven-county district.

March 27, 2012

Photo of the Week - CERN's Large Hadron Collider Accelerates Particles

Tucked 100 meters underground between the border of France and Switzerland is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an instrument considered to be the largest particle accelerator in the world.

March 26, 2012

Senators Scrutinize Employers Asking for User Names, Passwords

Although rare among public-sector employers, the practice has been known to happen.

March 23, 2012

What Is the ‘Green Button’?

The federal government wants utility and electricity suppliers to provide households with one-click access to their energy consumption data.

March 7, 2012

Water District Takes Plunge into Pressure Analytics

The Sonoma County Water Agency in California and IBM work together to analyze water pressure data.

March 5, 2012

Palm Beach County, Fla., Temporarily Bans Casino-Like Internet Cafes

The county passes a temporary ban on Internet cafes hosting casino-like games, a practice which may or may not be circumventing Florida gaming laws.

March 1, 2012

Driverless Cars on California Roads Could be Regulated

State Sen. Alex Padilla introduces legislation that would regulate testing of autonomous vehicles on California’s roadways.

February 29, 2012

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February 28, 2012

5 Do’s and Don’ts for the New CIO

CIO Academy panelists share tips for the new chief information officer.

February 27, 2012

Nevada DMV Approves Regulations for Testing Driverless Vehicles

Companies will be able to apply to test autonomous vehicles starting March 1.

February 23, 2012

White House Releases ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ for Consumers

The Obama administration wants to work with Congress to pass new privacy legislation.

February 22, 2012

Federal Data Integrated into Oregon’s Website

Oregon’s government data website is the first of its kind, state officials say.

February 21, 2012

Western States to Modernize Shared Fingerprinting System

Multistate ID network will get advanced capabilities in upgraded system.

February 16, 2012

Cloud Commission Advises State and Local Governments to Evaluate, Collaborate

TechAmerica announces new recommendations for state and local government cloud computing deployments strategies at a Mountain View, Calif., press conference. State and local government IT officials share their successes and challenges of moving into the cloud.

February 15, 2012

White House Honors Broadband Stimulus Project Innovators

The White House recognizes 11 “Champions of Change” for their work on government projects funded by stimulus grants.

February 14, 2012

Frederick, Md., Launches Transparency Features, More to Come

The city’s tax dollar spending can now be viewed online through a new government transparency application.

February 13, 2012

Georgia Tech Offers Personal Profiles for 911 Calls

The university deploys technology that enables students, faculty and staff to develop personal profiles containing that police can access during emergency response.

February 9, 2012

4 Strange Vending Machines in the Public Sector

The weird and sometimes controversial items dispensed on public premises.

February 9, 2012

Raleigh, N.C., Program Makes Teens Tech Gurus

Digital literacy program teaches teens and young adults the skills necessary to use technology and teach others in their community about it.

February 7, 2012

DOE Grants Will Fund Innovative Ideas for Cutting Solar Costs

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund $12 million through its SunShot Incubator Program to foster startup entities to reduce solar technology installation costs.

February 6, 2012

Public Libraries Adding Language Learning Software

Software for learning to speak a foreign language helps patrons and staff at the Wayne County, N.C., Public Library.

February 2, 2012

New York City Readies for a Website Overhaul

NYC is seeking outside help through an RFP for NYC.gov’s redesign.

January 26, 2012

Montana Livestock Branding ‘Moo’-ves Online

Montana upgraded livestock brand re-recording process online after decades of gathering the records in paper form.

January 25, 2012

Cities Turn to Analytics for Targeting Habitual Criminals

The Rochester, Minn., Police Department plans to implement IBM analytics software to help fight crime.

January 24, 2012

Criticism Sparks Maryland’s New Finance Tracker

A bad score from a government watchdog prompted a Maryland department to launch an online finance tracking tool that makes data easier to find and read.

January 23, 2012

Louisville, Ky., Integrates Alerts into New Crime Map

Louisville, Ky., now offers integrated crime alerts to the public in a retooled online crime map.

January 19, 2012

Are ‘Cloud Hubs’ the Way of the Future?

Local governments may look to state governments for shared cloud-computing services, creating regional community "cloud hubs.”

January 18, 2012

Storm Puts Chicago’s New Snowplow Tracker to Test

City government got a record amount of Web traffic when real-time map debuted.

January 17, 2012

YouTube Agrees to New Terms of Service for State Agencies

YouTube modifies its terms of service agreement to better protect state government agencies.

January 16, 2012

Will Agencies Pay for Social Media Advice?

Some are testing the market for government-specific social media consulting.

January 12, 2012

N.J. Agencies Turn to Needleless Injectors for Flu Vaccinations

With flu season well under way, people no longer have to get their skin pricked.

January 11, 2012

New Hanover County, N.C., First in Nation to Deploy ‘Super Wi-Fi’ Network

For the first time nationwide, a “super Wi-Fi” network will operate in the white space spectrum.

January 11, 2012

Madison County, Texas, to Put Digital Eye to the Sky

Officials plan to install a weather tracking system to provide real-time updates to the county’s Emergency Operations Center and the public. Neighboring community North Zulch is already a step ahead.

January 10, 2012

L.A. Tests Beta Version of Website, Plans to Relaunch

The city of Los Angeles is planning to relaunch its official website and may perform a complete overhaul, the first since 1998, but first it’s testing a beta version of the site’s redesign.

January 6, 2012

Dam Cams Show Dam Construction Work

Two webcams document construction work that’s critical for San Diego’s water supply.

January 5, 2012

GovDelivery Expands with GovInteract Acquisition

The two vendors provide government-to-citizen communication solutions.

January 4, 2012

Tennessee Strives to be a Next-Gen 911 Leader

Tennessee is beginning to deploy a statewide next-generation 911 network after years of planning and saving.

January 3, 2012

Desert Regions Reap the Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar power facilities built in the deserts of Arizona and Southern California hope to add jobs and clean energy.

December 22, 2011

Seattle Working on New Wireless Public Safety Network

Seattle releases RFI for building a tri-county wireless public safety network through a public-private partnership.

December 22, 2011

Minnesota County Uses Redesigned Website to Involve Citizens

Stearns County encourages interaction and feedback from residents.

December 21, 2011

Bear Necessities

Idaho Department of Fish and Game relaunches website to include bear identification program with training and exams.

December 20, 2011

Bellevue, Wash., Streamlines Permitting Process With Revision Software

After requests for electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits are submitted online, the city can use markup software to make changes.

December 16, 2011

IPhone App Allows Reporting of Invasive Species in Florida

The University of Georgia’s iPhone app lets users photograph and report sightings of invasive plants and animals seen in the Everglades.

December 15, 2011

Massachusetts Puts User-Friendly Checkbook Online

In response to new transparency legislation passed in Massachusetts, the state launched what it’s calling a user-friendly transparency site with information on government spending.

December 14, 2011

D.C. Fiber Network Waiting for ISPs to Join

Washington, D.C., may finish building fiber network ahead of schedule, but the district is still waiting for Internet service providers to join the network.

December 12, 2011

SF Hackathon Produces Legislative Alert App Prototype

Developers at San Francisco hackathon produce what may be a first-of-its-kind prototype of a legislative alert app that sends notifications via text message.

December 9, 2011

E-Library Books Ready for Checkout on Kindles Through North Carolina Libraries

The North Carolina Digital Library consortium released e-books for online checkout available through Kindles.

December 8, 2011

Health-Care Registry Consolidates Medical Documents into Centralized Repository

Virginia launches a statewide Advance Health Care Directory Registry to allow residents to upload medical documents into a secure online repository.

December 6, 2011

GovLoop to Give Back to Public Employees With Lunch, Online Scavenger Hunt

Government social networking group hosts free lunch event in Washington, D.C., to thank public-sector employees.

December 5, 2011

App Helps Drivers Stranded in Winter Storms Contact Help

North Dakota State University Extension Service launches Winter Survival Kit app to help drivers stranded in their vehicle during storms.

November 30, 2011

Webcams Connect TB Patients to Public Clinic for Treatment Compliance

With one of the highest infection rates of tuberculosis in the country, King County, Wash., is enlisting technology to ensure that patients take their medication.

November 29, 2011

Wi-Fi Platform Sends Lifesaving Data Between Ambulances, Hospitals

Rowan County, N.C., ambulances wirelessly transmit patient information to hospitals while en route.

November 22, 2011

Mayor on Foursquare? A Real Mayor Could Unseat You

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn launches Foursquare account ahead of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

November 21, 2011

Barriers to Telework Remain, Survey Finds

Majority of federal employees surveyed say telework progress is too slow in coming.

November 18, 2011

Car Thieves Are No Match for GPS-Equipped Fleets

The Turlock, Calif., Irrigation District and law enforcement have located stolen vehicles from the district’s fleet with the assistance of fleet management technology.

November 17, 2011

Rap Video Brings Cowbell to State’s IT Security

What do Snoop Dogg, Drake and the West Virginia chief information security officer have in common?

November 16, 2011

Florida Permitting System Comes Out of Shell Thanks to Tortoise

Florida developed a permitting system to help protect gopher tortoises — and ended up stopping siloed applications.

November 14, 2011

iPads in Oregon Election a Success, Official Says

Oregon officials learn lessons after citizens with disabilities use Apple’s tablet to vote in two special elections.

November 10, 2011

Driving Test Prep Yields to App Craze

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and other states are finding that teens want an app rather than a paper booklet to help them pass their driver’s test.

November 8, 2011

Voting Technology Grants Awarded to State and Local Governments

Federal Voting Assistance Program awards $7 million to recipients that will implement technology enabling military and overseas residents to vote on time.

November 7, 2011

Virginia Universities Sharing Telepresence Infrastructure

Course sharing and reduced costs are touted among the projected benefits for the four participating universities.

November 4, 2011

Propane-Powered Vehicles Tested at National Park in Alaska

The Denali National Park and Preserve served as a test area for a propane-powered truck.

November 3, 2011

Calif. Transparency Website Shuttered

Gov. Brown orders transparency website shut down due to a lack of up-to-date information.

November 2, 2011

Washington Website Displays City Project Information

The city of Mukilteo, Wash., launches new website to help city staff and citizens view

November 1, 2011

Park and Pay by Smartphone Planned for Seattle in 2012

The city of Seattle is working on a mobile app that drivers can use when paying for metered parking.

October 31, 2011

Transparency Demands Cost Governments Money

Tight budgets push transparency to the back burner as demand for financial and legislative data grows.

October 28, 2011

North Carolina to Use Analytics on State Pensions

The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer is implementing software to protect the state’s $70.5 billion portfolio.

October 26, 2011

NJ Transit Commuters Use Smartphones to Make Purchases

New Jersey Transit partnered with Google to provide a ticket payment option through a mobile app to avoid paying with cash or cards.

October 25, 2011

Social Security Administration Bests Amazon, Google in Customer Satisfaction Survey

Business analytics firm Foresee Results releases third quarter citizen satisfaction report on federal government websites.

October 24, 2011

Light Monitoring System Keeps Glendale, Ariz., Out of the Dark

Monitoring system detected that 10 percent of Glendale’s street lights weren’t working properly or weren’t operating to industry standards.

October 21, 2011

Starter Kit Helps IT Professionals Create Networking Groups

The New York State Forum Inc. releases a starter kit for developing "communities of practice" in the public sector.

October 19, 2011

IBM Takes Social Networking Tools to Private Cloud

The company’s new service, SmartCloud Social Collaboration for Government, introduces social networking tools for public sector in a private cloud.

October 18, 2011

Cook County, Ill., Tries E-Ticketing for Traffic Violations

E-ticketing system pilot will reduce paper costs and process traffic tickets faster, officials say.

October 17, 2011

‘Robot Rodeo’ Prepares Oklahoma Law Enforcement for Bomb Incidents

Law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma use event to troubleshoot and improve robots used by bomb squads.

October 14, 2011

Hackers to Descend on Reno This Weekend

The "Biggest Little City" to host 24-hour hackathon.

October 13, 2011

Iowa Gov. Posts List of Open Records Requests

All open records requests made to the Iowa Governor’s Office are now posted on the office’s official website.

October 12, 2011

Industry Q and A: Protecting Against Stolen Credit Card Numbers

Last week’s bust of a worldwide credit card fraud ring reminds government that it too must be vigilant to protect payment information.

October 10, 2011

Tracking Tech Drives Dayton, Ohio’s Recycling Incentive Program

RFID tags track city recycling bins and give residents chances for prizes.

October 7, 2011

San Diego County, Calif., to Streamline Food Stamp Applications

A federal grant will help overhaul application processing for county recipients of the CalFresh Program.

October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs Leaves Legacy in Government (Photo Slide Show)

For many in government, the innovation Jobs inspired has changed how work gets done.

October 4, 2011

1 Million Users Register for Indiana Digital Updates

IN.gov draws more than 1 million registered users to receive digital updates on critical information from 82 of the state’s agencies.

October 3, 2011

IT Projects Improve Air Quality, Receive Grant Funding

Nevada County, Calif., leverages air quality grant funding for three pollution-reducing IT projects.

September 30, 2011

Can Smartphones Help Stop Illegal Fishing in California?

The California Department of Fish and Game takes a mobile website listing marine protected areas to the high seas.

September 30, 2011

Video Visitation Bus Connects Jail Inmates to Families

To help inmates communicate with loved ones, the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriffs Offices high-tech bus allows the public to video conference with the incarcerated without visiting the county jail.

September 30, 2011

Nissan is working to develop what brainy technology in a vehicle?

Nissan is working to develop what brainy technology in a vehicle?

September 29, 2011

Smart Parking Tech Might be Paying Off in U.S. Cities

An IBM survey of 20 cities worldwide found that international cities far outpace New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago on “parking pain.”

September 27, 2011

Oklahomans Flock to State’s Medicaid Benefits Portal

Oklahomans have quickly discovered the state’s new SoonerCare enrollment system.

September 26, 2011

Wi-Fi Testers Helping Local Police Fight Child Porn

The Martinez, Calif., Police Department investigates suspects tied to child pornography with the assistance of a Wi-Fi testing tool.

September 21, 2011

For IndyCar Race Baltimore Put Situational Awareness in Top Gear

To prepare for the Baltimore Grand Prix, the city integrated multiple agencies’ camera feeds onto a single platform.

September 15, 2011

Michigan Merges Physical and Cyber-Security Offices

State CTO Dan Lohrmann will lead new organization as Michigan’s Chief Security Officer.

September 14, 2011

‘Best Idea for Government’ Nets Federal Worker $50,000

Federal Highway Administration employee proposed a nationwide, centralized database for inventorying unused assets in government agencies so that they would be shared.

September 13, 2011

Counties Move Auctions Online to Increase Revenue

Counties that are able to use an online auction can save money and also generate more revenue, industry executive says.

September 12, 2011

Fleet Management System Keeps Indiana Utility Out of the Dark

Anderson, Ind., reduces fuel costs and improves efficiency with a new fleet management system that assists with the utility division’s 50-vehicle fleet.

September 9, 2011

New Orleans Website Reveals Post-Katrina Damage Assessments

New website part of New Orleans’ Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu’s push to create more government transparency.

September 7, 2011

Will Government Agencies Adopt Google Plus?

Google’s new social media network might present a few hurdles for government agencies — at least for now.

September 6, 2011

Desktop-to-Mobile Video Chat Being Tested by Georgia Department of Public Health

After six years of using video conferencing technology, the Georgia Department of Public Health wants to test desktop-to-mobile device video service.

August 26, 2011

California Department of Water Resources Consolidates, Virtualizes 95 Percent

DWR’s next step is to migrate other departments within the state’s Natural Resources Agency to a shared services platform.

August 24, 2011

In 1988, Dr. Stephen Trokel was the first doctor to perform what surgery with the assistance of this technology?

In 1988, Dr. Stephen Trokel was the first doctor to perform what surgery with the assistance of this technology?

August 23, 2011

Health Data Leakage in California a ‘Wake-Up Call,’ Industry Exec Says

Identity Finder Web search found documents exposing 300,000 Californians’ names and Social Security numbers.

August 22, 2011

TechAmerica’s 6 IT Policy Recommendations for State and Local Government

More public-private collaboration and competitive contracting are on the industry group’s wish list.

August 19, 2011

Predictive Policing Project Reduces Crime in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Santa Cruz, Calif., Police Department uses algorithm to determine crime hot spots to assist with predictive policing.

August 18, 2011

Motion Sensors Power Down Government PCs

To reduce energy consumption and costs, Riverside County, Calif., installs surge suppressors with infrared motion sensors to power down computer workstations when they’re not in use.

August 17, 2011

Amazon Tries to Take the Lead Among Cloud Providers

Amazon Web Services cloud now complies with more federal government storage and security requirements, company announces.

August 17, 2011

Should Government Crowdsourcing Websites be Developed In-House?

Cities are finding that developing crowdsourcing initiatives in-house or outsourcing them to a third party yield different benefits.

August 16, 2011

At the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., this technology was first used in the Olympic Games. What was the technology?

At the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., this technology saw first used in the Olympic Games. What was the technology?

August 15, 2011

E-Government Goes to the Dogs with Online Pet Services

County government Web services extend to animal lovers with services like online pet licensing and lost pet registration.

August 11, 2011

Best App Ideas Named in New York City Contest

NYC BigApps contest announces 10 best ideas.

August 9, 2011

Software Helps Cities See the Future

IBM unveils new software designed to help decision-makers forecast the consequences of actions that affect citizens.

August 8, 2011

Security Experts Not Surprised by Hacking of 70 Law Enforcement Websites

The websites of rural law enforcement agencies across the country were hacked on Aug. 6 and 10 GB of sensitive data was posted online.

August 4, 2011

Microwave Radar Gun Helps Time Traffic Lights for Bicyclists

Cities in California are testing a device that detects when bicycles pass through a light-controlled intersection and gives them a few more seconds.

August 3, 2011

Smartphones Replacing Old-Fashioned Library Cards

Checking a book out on a smartphone rather than at a counter is becoming a more common occurrence.

August 3, 2011

Is Data Center Consolidation Creating More Complexity?

The federal government’s remaining data centers will house more applications and will need to provide more computing power.

August 2, 2011

Washington State Begins Move Into New Data Center and Office Complex

The $255 million data center and office complex has taken heat for being too spacious, but officials say they may be able to lease out the extra room.

August 2, 2011

Utah Police Taking Anonymous Crime Tips Online

More than 50 Utah law enforcement agencies announced they would begin utilizing a system that allows the public to submit anonymous crime tips via texting, through a smartphone app or online.

July 29, 2011

California Highway Patrol to Test E-Ticketing System

But CHP official concedes a statewide e-citation system will have to wait until the California Court Case Management System is ready to store the ticketing data.

July 26, 2011

Minnesota Pursues Consolidation of IT Services and Staff

Budget agreement will require all IT staff from Minnesota’s 70-plus agencies to move to the state’s Office of Enterprise Technology.

July 25, 2011

Why Cell Phone Tower Locations Need Rechecking

York County, Pa., plans to verify the locations of more than 200 cell phone towers to ensure that 911 calls placed from mobile devices are accurately tracked.

July 21, 2011

El Paso, Texas, Considers Automated Tolls at Mexico Bridge Crossings

Kiosks at the El Paso-to-Mexico bridges may present complexities, such as what forms of payment the kiosks will take and how they will be integrated into security checkpoints operated by U.S. Border and Customs Protection.

July 19, 2011

King County, Wash., Consolidates IT Services, Plans to Go to Cloud

Reorganization is anticipated to save $10 million over a five-year period.

July 13, 2011

‘Quiet Pavement’ Being Tested by More State DOTs

The Virginia Department of Transportation is the latest, assigning three project areas to test “quiet pavement” technology in an effort to reduce tire traffic noise on highways.

July 11, 2011

Low-Cost Community Wireless Network Planned in Northeast Maryland

Harford County CIO would like the network to provide low-cost wireless connectivity to residents and free Wi-Fi access for business use.

July 8, 2011

Houston Streamlines Security Alarm Notifications to its 911 Center

The Houston Emergency Center is piloting a new alarm notification system that eliminates calls between alarm monitoring companies and the center.

July 7, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 Early Adopter Shares Migration Tips

Arlington County, Va., CIO Jack Belcher discusses the challenges and benefits of the county’s ongoing migration to Microsoft Office 365.

July 5, 2011

Stanford Researchers Make Recyclable Laptop

Stanford University graduate students develop a recyclable laptop.

June 30, 2011

Deposit System Sends Money to Prison Inmate Accounts

The Lee County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office implemented a new kiosk system to allow members of the public to deposit money into prison inmate accounts.

June 28, 2011

Police Access City Cameras from Laptops and Smartphones

Sandy Springs, Ga., Police Department uses open architecture to integrate solutions from various vendors to improve public safety.

June 24, 2011

Chicago Tries to Build a Better Apps Contest

Apps for Metro Chicago is utilizing data across government levels and is offering developers technical assistance on the correct use of data sets.

June 23, 2011

Florida Changing How IT Security Incidents Are Reported

State agencies will use a ranked scale of severity in security reports that officials hope will improve risk assessment.

June 20, 2011

High-Tech Bracelets Locate Missing Ohio Seniors, Autistic Children

The Rocky River Police Department in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has linked data from bracelets to the county’s emergency communication system.

June 17, 2011

Virginia Counting on New Supercomputer to Boost Economy

Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization, plans to put a Cray supercomputer in Danville, Va., with help from state government.

June 16, 2011

IBM Turns 100, Looks Back at Government Service

From the U.S. Census to NASA, to small towns and big city governments, IBM’s work with the public sector has changed the world.

June 14, 2011

Google Takes NOAA as Battle for E-Mail Market Continues

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the largest federal agency to choose Google for hosted e-mail services.

June 10, 2011

Indiana University Gets Personal With Virtualized Cloud

Virtualization and cloud storage adopted at Indiana University with the implementation of a “personal cloud.”

June 9, 2011

El Paso, Texas, IT Director Defends Video Phones

Miguel Gamino says 50 video phones in City Hall are part of a much larger IT efficiency plan in El Paso.

June 7, 2011

Study: National Broadband Map Doesn’t Include All Carriers or Coverage

Private-sector study suggests that not all Internet service providers are included on the federal government’s National Broadband Map.

June 3, 2011

Lobbyists Help Oregon Legislature Stream Video to Mobile Devices

An association of lobbyists paid the cost of encoding real-time video of the Oregon Legislature so it’s viewable on smartphones and tablets.

June 1, 2011

Free School Lunch Menus to Serve Low-Cost Internet, Computers

Chicago and Comcast team up to start program that will offer subsidized Internet connectivity and computers to students from qualified families in an effort that will be extended nationwide.

May 27, 2011

Boston Area Trains to Save Fuel and Cut Pollution

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority beefs up its rail fleet with energy-efficient locomotives.

May 26, 2011

‘Cloud Era’ Is Upon Us, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton Says

Public agencies are still half a generation away from moving mission-critical apps into the cloud, officials said.

May 24, 2011

Cloud and Virtualization Definitions Still Confuse Most Govt. Officials

Sixty-five percent of public-sector respondents indicated that there is confusion in their organizations about what constitutes cloud computing and virtualization.

May 23, 2011

Connecticut CIO Mark Raymond Expected to Upgrade IT Systems

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Mark Raymond’s expertise will help the state update its systems and operate more efficiently.

May 20, 2011

Michigan Recovers from Two Major Computer Outages

Michigan has been having a rough go lately, suffering two major computer outages in separate, unrelated incidents.

May 19, 2011

Arkansas.gov Unveils First-in-the-Nation Features, Officials Say

Officials said the portal has two new features not found on any other portal: Text4help and an e-government services geolocation widget.

May 19, 2011

City Uses Website Redesign as Chance to Review Social Media Policy

Marysville, Wash., brushes up city employees on policy before relaunching Facebook and Twitter pages.

May 18, 2011

Verdict: California Superior Court Helped by Digital Pens

The California Superior Court plans to deploy 60 pens to 30 courtrooms to help clerks quickly process a large volume of misdemeanor cases.

May 18, 2011

San Francisco Picks Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise E-Mail

The contract, valued at $1.2 million annually, will migrate the city and county’s 23,000 municipal employees onto Exchange Online

May 17, 2011

Philadelphia Must Catch Up on Open Government, Councilman Says

Philadelphia has set aside $120 million for technology upgrades over the next six years that will align with the open government goals.

May 16, 2011

IBM Survey: Too Much Data in Public Sector Stymies Effective Analysis

An overwhelming amount of data was cited by public-sector executives as the main driver for increased complexity.

May 11, 2011

Government Hard Drives and Security Risks – an Industry Q & A

With so many devices featuring hard drives, security vulnerabilities abound.

May 10, 2011

California DMV Online Identity Service More Popular Than Expected

More than 1 million Californians have created online identities to use DMV services.

May 6, 2011

Can Cycling Route Data Improve Transportation Projects?

With the CycleTracks app, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments wants bicyclists’ routes that the counties intend to use for planning purposes.

May 5, 2011

Oklahoma Newborns Get Faster Insurance Coverage on Web-Based System

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Web-based enrollment system for newborn health insurance is saving the state money.

May 4, 2011

Massachusetts Turns on Camera for Court Proceedings

The OpenCourt pilot incorporates digital video streams and live broadcasts into coverage of Quincy District Court in Massachusetts.

April 29, 2011

Battery-Powered Police

Scotts Valley, Calif., Police Department debuts its new electric motorcycle.

April 27, 2011

School Computers Can Be a Big Power Drain

Boulder Valley School District completed a one-year rollout plan to implement power management software in 10,000 PCs to improve sustainable efforts and cut costs.

April 25, 2011

Proposed Ice Rink Lands City in ‘Hot Water’

Minnesota town will capture geothermal energy to power curling facility.

April 21, 2011

Bexar County, Texas, Launches Community Dashboard in Response to Rising Population

The dashboard consolidates county information into an easy-to-use platform to keep citizens involved and proactive in their communities

April 20, 2011

Surveillance Cameras in Parks Assist Police, Concern Others

Flushing, Mich., Police Department uses IP surveillance cameras to monitor areas that have been frequent crime targets.

April 18, 2011

Cyber Challenge Today, Future Work Force Tomorrow

U.S. Cyber Challenge works to develop cyber-security skills to meet the country’s work force needs.

April 15, 2011

New York State Pursues Delinquent Taxes With Analytics Tool

In 2010, New York state’s Department of Taxation and Finance implemented an IBM analytics tool to help recover $83 million in delinquent taxes.

April 13, 2011

Suspicious Activity Reporting Is Now Mobile — in Kentucky

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security releases an iPhone app that mirrors the ‘Eyes and Ears on Kentucky’ website for reporting ‘suspicious activity.’

April 12, 2011

Public Libraries Developing Technology Benchmarking

A nationwide coalition anticipates the standards will cover wait times for public computers, broadband access speeds and other related issues.

April 8, 2011

High School Builds Robot for Florida Police Department

PDbot will assist police operations by delivering “throw phones” during hostage situations and providing live video feeds of incidents.

April 6, 2011

New York City CIO Carole Post Named State’s IT Official of the Year

Carole Post is recognized at the New York State CIO Academy for leadership on data center consolidation and other initiatives.

April 5, 2011

North Carolina Aerial Photography to Improve 911 Service in 100 Counties

North Carolina orthoimagery project will improve emergency services in 100 counties.

April 4, 2011

U.S. Map Shows More Community Owned Broadband Networks Than Expected

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance releases a comprehensive map that plots U.S. cities with publicly owned citywide wired networks.

March 29, 2011

Successful IT Outsourcing in Municipalities Goes Under the Radar

Local California governments save money and time with IT outsourcing.

March 25, 2011

New York State CIO Melodie Mayberry-Stewart Resigns

Mayberry-Stewart contributed to increased participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in technology procurements.

March 23, 2011

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Stars in TV Show to Push Transparency

Inside the Blaine House is a 30-minute TV show prominently featuring Maine’s new outspoken governor.

March 22, 2011

Kristin Russell Discusses New Role as Colorado CIO and Secretary of Technology

One goal is to understand technology's role in state's economic development and recovery plan.

March 21, 2011

Bar-Code Inventorying Pays Off for Dallas City Department

The Dallas Department of Intergovernmental Services, responsible for tracking millions of dollars in assets for various city departments, upgraded to bar-code technology to manage assets funded by homeland security grants.

March 17, 2011

E-Mail Alerts Send School Cafeteria Health Inspection Updates

Mecklenburg County, N.C., Health Department offers notifications of lunchroom, restaurant inspections.

March 15, 2011

iPhone App Enables Citizens to Assist With CPR Emergencies

An innovative example of crowdsourcing alerts iPhone app users when an emergency requires CPR within walking distance.

March 14, 2011

Hospital Designs a Development Platform for Medical Web Apps

Now that the SMART platform for medical apps is public, developers are encouraged to design apps that benefit the field.

March 11, 2011

Border Security Website Sparks Political Outrage

ProtectYourTexasBorder.com has put Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples — and the drug war — in the spotlight.

March 8, 2011

Local Radio Interoperability Solved With High-Tech Trailers

Communications-on-Wheels trailers to help first responders in the Sacramento, Calif., area unify radio communications.

March 7, 2011

911 Responders in Georgia Aided by Online Citizen Profiles

User-contributed profiles assist emergency responders, particularly when citizens call from cell phones.

March 3, 2011

Broadband Access Brings Citizen Engagement — and More Gripes

New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that broadband access in the home correlates with less satisfaction about surrounding institutions, including local government.

March 1, 2011

Small Towns Await Energy Efficiency Projects Fueled by Stimulus

Two years after the beginning of the economic stimulus package, some towns are on deck for energy efficiency projects.

February 25, 2011

Baltimore County to Carry Out 23 Technology Initiatives

Maryland county plans include increased transparency and improved information sharing.

February 23, 2011

NASCA Relaunches State Chief Administrator Website

National Association of State Chief Administrators to provide white papers, webinars.

February 18, 2011

Case Closed for 35-Year-Old Courts Management System

Pinellas County, Fla., to replace legacy court case management system with new software that includes single sign-on.

February 17, 2011

Richard Aldridge

CIO, Charles County, Md.

February 16, 2011

E-Records Burden Prompts Cities to Pursue E-Mail Archiving

Open records requests are forcing small cities to modernize their e-mail archiving software.

February 15, 2011

California Officials Recognized at CIO Academy Event

Many were recognized during an awards ceremony that capped the annual CIO Academy.

February 9, 2011

Denver CIO Molly Rauzi Departs for Private Sector

Rauzi’s appointment was to have ended in July.

February 8, 2011

Transit Authorities Jump Aboard $53 Billion Rail Plan

High-speed rail authorities in New York, California and the Midwest laud White House proposal to invest $53 billion during a six-year period.

January 28, 2011

Utah's Smoke-Free Apartments Get Online Treatment

Utah doesn’t enforce a tobacco policy in apartments, but a five-county health department is providing an online map of smoke-free residences.

January 26, 2011

Baltimore Builds Social Media Into Open Data Platform

Baltimore’s new open data website adds social media and interactivity to the mix.

January 18, 2011

Top 10 Predictions for U.S. Government for 2011

Web app competitions will broaden and more services will leverage open data are among the predictions from IDC Government Insights.

January 6, 2011

QR Codes Find Way Onto Building Permits

Local governments finding novel uses for QR-code technology.

January 5, 2011

Kiosk Assists with Traffic Ticket Payments, Court Information

Nebraskans may soon be able to conduct court-related activities in retail stores using a new Court Information Services Kiosk.

December 20, 2010

IPads at Community College Funded by Enterprise Virtualization

Desktop and application virtualization at Arizona’s Scottsdale Community College helps free up money for innovation grants.

December 16, 2010

Snow Removal Tools Gear Up in Cities

As the official start of winter nears, cities prepare for heavy snowfall by testing new technologies that assist with snow removal.

December 13, 2010

Election Turnover Brings Pink Slips to Agency Heads

Just 14 months into his tenure, a mayoral transition is forcing CTO Bryan Sivak to look for work.

December 9, 2010

Fewer IT Jobs in Cities Will Impact Government

‘Cybercities’ report details negative job growth for private-sector IT industry.

December 7, 2010

Alabama Cracks Down on Fishing Violations With Text-a-Tip Program

The public can anonymously send text messages to report saltwater fishing violations on Alabama’s coast.

December 3, 2010

Data and Mapping Website Expands With New Tools

PolicyMap aims to make its Web-based platform a comprehensive system for loading and sharing data.

December 1, 2010

Online Signup for Recycling Bins Saves City Millions

Fort Wayne, Ind., estimates it will save $2 million by giving recycling bins only to households that register for them online.

November 29, 2010

Catawba County, N.C., Doing More Social Media With Less Work

By automating the posting and monitoring of social media content, Catawba County has time to participate in new sites like Foursquare.

November 23, 2010

Charlotte, N.C., to Launch Virtual Help Desk Assistance

Virtual assistant to follow launch of 311 mobile application, according to Charlotte officials.

November 19, 2010

Low-Cost Video Streaming Tested in California

California tests a cheap video streaming and videoconferencing solution for internal communication, although no procurement is pending.

November 19, 2010

Private Cloud of Data Helps Utah Cities Find Inefficiencies

The Utah City Data project launched a new online database in an effort to streamline uploading to walled-off databases.

November 15, 2010

Texas Teams Up on New Veterans Portal

Several state agencies worked together on the Veterans Portal Advisory Committee to redesign portal that will help Texas veterans get information about benefits, education and employment.

November 10, 2010

New York City Parks and Recreation Department Continues Enterprise Asset Management System Rollout

Enterprise system tracks and reports problems in city parks.

November 8, 2010

Electronic Voting Machines Continue to Cause Problems for Election Day

Mid-term elections reveal need for more well defined backup procedures.

November 5, 2010

Online Tickets Help Fresno, Calif., Get Concert Money Quickly

Online ticket service application helps municipalities get ticket revenue from concerts and sporting events more quickly.

October 26, 2010

Clark County, Nev., Completes Rollout of Analytics for Family Services

Phased rollout of IBM analytics technology helps Clark County, Nev., Family Services improve regulatory compliance and generate new revenue, officials say.

October 22, 2010

IT Consolidation and Virtualization Are Top Priorities for State CIOs

Cloud computing and health-care IT are higher priorities as identified by state CIOs in 2011.

October 19, 2010

NYC Ready for BigApps 2.0 Contest

New York City kicks off second annual NYC BigApps 2.0 competition, doubles number of data sets available to citizen programmers.