Theo Douglas

Staff Writer


Theo Douglas is a staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes covering municipal, county and state governments, business and breaking news. He has a Bachelor's degree in Newspaper Journalism and a Master's in History, both from California State University, Long Beach.

March 22, 2017

New Discovery in Backscattering Could Hold Promise for Smart Cities, Report Finds

Backscattering, a passive broadcasting method, has an increasingly clear future as public agencies move aggressively to deliver services more cheaply and serve residents more effectively.

March 20, 2017

Brooklyn's 'Neighborhood Innovation Lab' Targets Quality of Life, Tech Jobs

The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn will debut several smart city projects later this year as part of the city's first Neighborhood Innovation Lab, which also aims at stimulating tech jobs.

March 17, 2017

Through Data, Customers Tell Riverside If They're 'Happy or Not'

In response to a strategic planning workshop that identified customer service as a top priority, Riverside officials are installing kiosks and Web tools to easily measure satisfaction with city performance.

March 15, 2017

Kansas Moves Cattle Brand Registration to the Cloud

Cattle brands aren't mandatory in Kansas, but that isn't stopping the state from deploying a new tech-savvy way to register the time-tested livestock markings.

March 13, 2017

'4 Cs' — Commitment, Collaboration, Consistency, Community — Crucial for Smart Cities

A new report may help municipalities become 'smart cities,' but legacy infrastructure may hold them back.

March 9, 2017

New Hyper-Converged Platform, Cloud Architecture Streamline Louisiana IT, Health Care

A new platform and cloud architecture scheduled to go live later this year is already saving Louisiana money and is expected to yield an improved IT experience for employees and residents.

March 6, 2017

New Colorado Website Re-Visualizes Ways to Interact with GIS Data

The state's new GIS data website offers an easier and more attractive entry point to geographical information, and a mix of visualization tools and service information.

March 6, 2017

The Job of Data: The Chiefs in Charge of Data in the C Suite

Here’s a look at all the ambassadors for the new culture of evidence-based decision-making.

March 3, 2017

State, Local Officials Question Open Data Directives Under Trump

As online information has disappeared from view, state and local officials wonder how the Trump administration will handle open data.

March 2, 2017

New Data Center Cooling Concept Could Save Governments in Annual Energy Costs

The Conductive Cooling model uses up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less energy than traditional data centers.

March 1, 2017

Government Agencies Reportedly Unfazed By Amazon S3 Outage

Four states have signed Criminal Justice Information Services agreements with Amazon Web Services, but Tuesday's "high error rates" at Simple Storage Service appear to have left public agencies that use AWS Cloud unscathed.

February 23, 2017

Virginia Expands Cybersecurity Training for Veterans in Bid to Fill Vacant Positions Statewide

Two new VetSuccess Immersion Academies from the SANS Institute will augment the Cyber Vets Virginia initiative announced in November.

February 22, 2017

Data Storage Upgrade Handles Volcanoes, Fault Lines, Deduplication

In Port Angeles, Wash., a data storage upgrade dealt with the changing needs of law enforcement, potential natural disasters and a lawsuit.

February 22, 2017

Baltimore CIO Jerome Mullen Resigns, Third IT Leader to Leave the City in 5 Years

Baltimore's CIO of three years has resigned, a source at City Hall confirmed, but for reasons that remain unclear.

February 17, 2017

Contemplating Change for Coding Competitions, Hackathons

State and municipal agencies take different approaches to hackathons, coding competitions and app challenges, which have altered — and are an important fixture in — the tech world.

February 10, 2017

After Two Years, New York State CIO Will Step Down, State Says

Two years after being appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state's Chief Information Officer Maggie Miller will step down.

February 10, 2017

Idaho's Wireless Weigh Station Could Generate $2.1 Million in Estimated Savings

Continuing the rollout of Weigh-in-Motion/Automatic Vehicle Identification technology should save cargo carriers money and improve highway safety, Idaho officials said.

February 8, 2017

State and Local Govs Need to Improve Data Sharing, Big Data Use

Like the feds, state and local agencies have improved how they share and use big data, but a new report shows areas that still need improvement.

February 7, 2017

Philly Uses Tech to Tackle Litter

This spring, Philadelphia will pilot a new litter index aligned with the city's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, and digitize the results.

February 6, 2017

Solutions to Workforce Talent Gap Already Exist

A monopolistic education system and traditional service model may prevent cities from bridging their workforce talent gap, but solutions to this problem already exist, according to a technologist panel.

February 2, 2017

New Partnership to Bolster Local Leaders' Skill Sets, Enhance Networking

A new partnership with the Public Technology Institute, the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities will mean a more structured and sustained network of policymakers and C-suite decision-makers.

January 31, 2017

Audit: Michigan DTMB Must Improve IT Disaster Recovery Operations, Policies

In a series of responses to the audit, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget indicated agreement with the findings and spelled out changes that are already underway.

January 30, 2017

With Missouri's Prescription Drug Monitoring Facing Privacy Roadblock, County Program Emerges

Patient privacy and the security of electronic data remain key issues in the ongoing debate over a statewide prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri, but if legislators don't pass a bill this session, county programs are poised to fill the void.

January 26, 2017

As Data Privacy Day Dawns, Survey Reveals Higher Confidence in Public Sector

Think Americans don't trust their government? A survey released ahead of Data Privacy Day shows they actually trust public agencies more than private entities — albeit by a narrow margin.

January 23, 2017

Las Vegas Eyes CES Hackathon Winners for Civic Tech Ideas

City officials have contacted two winning teams after their solutions to civic problems won the recent Smart Cities Hackathon at CES 2017.

January 20, 2017

In Rare Move, Former EPA CIO Will Fill Same Role in Santa Clara County

Ann Dunkin, Environmental Protection Agency CIO under President Obama, will be CIO of Santa Clara County, Calif., starting next month.

January 19, 2017

Los Angeles County Voting System Redesign Enters Solicitation Phase

What will ballots look like for future voters, and how will contractors create what’s being referred to as a new “voting experience”?

January 12, 2017

Construction Planned This Year for Denver Smart City Peña Station NEXT

Some intelligent devices have already been installed and construction should start later this year on 220 apartments at the Peña Station NEXT project in Denver.

January 9, 2017

Maryland CIO David Garcia Resigns

Nearly two years after his appointment by the governor, Garcia, who also serves as secretary of the Department of Information Technology, has said he will step down effective Jan. 31.

January 6, 2017

CES 2017: As with Big Data, Human Factor Plays a Part in IoT

CES 2017 panelists agreed that like their business counterparts, agencies must de-silo, collaborate to make the most of the Internet of Things.

January 5, 2017

CES 2017: Sensors, Innovators Key in Furthering Smart Cities

Two panels at CES 2017 critiqued the move toward smart cities, agreeing efforts must be individualized and that the U.S. is somewhat behind other nations — but catching up.

January 5, 2017

CES 2017: Officials Talk FirstNet, Public Safety Technology

FirstNet and public safety officials take a look at how broadband can power a public safety transformation.

January 4, 2017

CES 2017: Honing in on Smart Cities, Intelligent Highways and Airport Robots

Some of the same technologies used in Japan will be put to work in Colorado to make highways smarter and safer.

January 3, 2017

Civic Tech Takes on Snow: Seattle Hackathon Addresses Winter Weather

City officials and residents brainstormed ideas like using drones and creating an informational app for coping with snow.

December 19, 2016

Tennessee Prepares to Move Alcohol License, Permit Process Online Following Audit

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission is preparing to fully automate license, permit and evidence-cataloging processes, as a new state audit finds a paper culture persists within the agency.

December 14, 2016

Oklahoma's New Portal Seeks to Help Thousands on Medicaid Waiver Waiting List

The first phase of a new state portal that aims to improve online access to information about services and resources for those with disabilities in an easy-to-understand manner is expected to be up and running by the end of 2017.

December 9, 2016

Cincinnati Uses Visual Dashboards to Demystify Government

CincyInsights, a new Cincinnati Web portal with 15 dashboards, uses city data in different ways to make city services more interactive and easy to understand.

December 7, 2016

New Cyber Threat Intelligence Grid Aims to Connect Cook County, Ill., Municipalities

The new Cook County Cyber Threat Intelligence Grid lets municipalities pool information on virtual "bad actors."

December 6, 2016

Dashboard Helps Washington Track State Agencies' Open Data Progress

The dashboard was released on Oct. 31, which also was the deadline for state agencies to submit their open data plans.

December 2, 2016

Oregon Audit Finds IT Vulnerabilities Remain

An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State's office finds vulnerabilities in the systems of 13 state agencies, but an executive order from the Governor assigns more authority over security to the CIO's office.

December 1, 2016

Missouri, Arizona Team Up to Create Shareable Cloud-Based Portal Architecture

The short-term goal of this cloud-based portal architecture is helping municipal Missouri governments better understand environmental law and regulations, but officials hope to create architecture other states can use as well.

November 21, 2016

Disaster Recovery and the DMV: Testing is Key

Following a recent and widespread California Department of Motor Vehicles service outage, officials are explaining how they prepare for disaster recovery.

November 18, 2016

Talent Gap Is a Main Roadblock as Agencies Eye Emerging Tech

Advanced analytics and predictive modeling top the list of technologies government is watching, according to a new report.

November 15, 2016

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Take a Methodical Approach

Cloud data recovery and multiple cloud usage are becoming the new standard — but agencies should plan data migrations carefully.