Grappling With Issues

As 2010 begins, there are many tough issues on state legislatures' and public-sector CIOs' plates. While legislatures are dealing with policy issues, local, state and federal CIOs are battling external forces that will affect their IT organization. Below is a comparison of what legislatures and CIOs have identified as their toughest issues.

State Legislatures

  • Balancing state budgets and creating revenue
  • Managing health costs and coverage
  • Lowering unemployment rates
  • Affording higher education
  • Analyzing sentencing and corrections costs
  • Maintaining transportation and infrastructure
  • Balancing and managing state government
  • Developing clean energy alternatives
  • Examining sex offender registration
  • Expanding broadband access

Public CIOs

  • Security
  • Budgets
  • Changes in business model
  • Internal customers
  • Regulatory concerns
  • Technological factors
  • People skills
  • Globalization

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures and IBM's The New Voice of the CIO


CIOs Say ...

In a global survey of 2,500 public- and private-sector CIOs conducted by IBM, 83 percent identified business intelligence and analytics as a top priority. Also of increasing concern are data reliability and security, with 71 percent of CIOs planning to make additional investments in risk management and compliance.


Distracted Drivers

25% of all police-reported car crashes are caused by someone using a cell phone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

41% of cell phone users say they multitask by making phone calls while commuting or waiting, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.


Social Media TV

Can't keep up with Twitter and Flickr?, a Web-based TV service, scours the Web for content you want and combines it into your own live TV channel. The site could serve as a resource for governments to learn what constituents are thinking.

States of Efficiency

Many factors, including the recession, force governments to be energy efficient. Here's a list of 2009's top 10 most energy-efficient states, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy-efficiency policies, programs and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

  • California
  • Massachusetts 
  • Connecticut 
  • Oregon 
  • New York 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington 
  • Minnesota 
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine

Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


iPhone E-Reader

iPhone and iPod touch users who want to sample the Kindle e-book experience can satisfy their curiosity by downloading the free Kindle for iPhone app, which gives users access to nearly 400,000 books on the go.

Pro: Avoid purchasing a $250 Kindle.

Con: Must read on the relatively tiny iPhone screen.


Security Trends for 2010

Security professionals are constantly combating Trojans and malware -- working hard to ensure network security -- and 2010 will be no different. According to Kaspersky Lab, an Internet threat management solution developer, the top six security predictions of 2010 will are:

1. A rise in attacks originating from file sharing networks.

2. An increase in mass malware epidemics via peer-to-peer networks.

3. Continuous competition for traffic from cyber-criminals.

4. A decline in fake anti-virus programs.

5. An interest in attacking Google Wave.

6. An increase in attacks on iPhone and Android mobile platforms.


Karen Stewartson, Managing Editor Karen Stewartson  | 

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.