Years from now, the 2010 calendar year could be seen as a turning point — when state and local governments, faced with flat budgets and dwindling resources, moved toward a new paradigm in which shared services, e-government and other efficiency efforts are the norm.

These trends are reflected in many of the year’s top news stories, our most-viewed pages of the year, listed in descending order. Take a moment to browse them, as they are a sampling of the year that was — and an indicator of what may lie ahead in 2011.

From all of us, thank you for reading Government Technology magazine and Govtech.com. A happy holiday season, and we’ll see you next year.

11. All Eyes Are on Los Angeles as City Deploys Cloud-Based E-mail

CTO Randi Levin discusses city’s adoption of Google Gmail and other hosted services.

10. Feds to Test Results-Only Work Environment

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will pilot a ‘results-only work environment,’ moving 400 agency employees into the flexible work program.

9. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Achieves Net Zero Energy Consumption

 

The newly opened Research Support Facility (RSF) in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., is designed to create as much energy as it consumes, making it one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings.

8. How to Make Municipal Wi-Fi Work

After years of trial and much error with citywide broadband plans, municipal governments find ways to deliver Internet access to the public.

7. Will Hawaii Get a Full-Time CIO?

Report findings highlight various ways the Hawaii government can upgrade outdated technology systems to improve efficiency.

6. Texas Warns IBM of Outsourcing Contract Failures

CIO Karen Robinson gives IBM 30 days to fix problems with $863 million data center deal.

5. Proposed Bill Would Give President Emergency Cyber-Superpowers

Proposed legislation would give the president the power to declare a national cyber-emergency when a huge network attack occurs.

4. California Digital License Plates May Hit Roadblock

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger threatens to veto ‘distracting’ driver bill, says lawmakers need to focus on passing a budget.

3. Official: California IT Consolidation’s Estimated Savings Near $3 Billion

As California progressed on enterprisewide consolidation, officials said the state would save billions.

2. Florida Adopts Forecasting Technology to Target High-Risk Youths

With predictive analytics software, Florida’s Juvenile Justice Department looks to stem recidivism by matching troubled kids with specific programs.

1. Is Google Earth Eyeing Your Pool?  

Some municipalities resorted to satellite images as means of identifying code infractions and the revenue via fines that they generate.

Matt Williams  |  Associate Editor