Mapping IT Government

by / February 14, 2003
Colorado's Division of Correctional Industries now sells its used vehicles through, a partnership with eBay. The site doesn't tell potential buyers which agency has used the vehicles, but buyers can ask for the information, as well as mileage and existing damage. -- Rocky Mountain News

Georgia's Office of Education Accountability (OEA) Web site drew approximately 42,000 visits in the first seven hours after the agency put its new report cards online. The OEA report cards include information on the pre-K, K-12, higher education school systems and teacher certification systems. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) brought together hundreds of people to talk about challenges facing the Chicago region and a vision for the future. As part of its Common Ground project, the NIPC asked residents to respond to an Internet survey containing 50 proposed goals on its Web site. The Web site also provides charts that instantly track responses. -- The Chicago Tribune

The Maryland Department of General Services said it is the first state agency in the nation to receive the National Federation of the Blind's nonvisual accessibility Web certification. The award signifies that the agency's Web site meets technical specifications of accessibility and allows blind users to perform all functions on the site.

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said in January that Mississippi became the first state in the nation to put computers with Internet access in every one of its 32,354 public classrooms. After federal funding, private donations and programs that trained students to build computers, the state spent just $6 million on the project. -- The Sun Herald

New York
The New York City Mayor's Office of Operations launched "My Neighborhood Statistics" -- an online mapping application that allows citizens to view city government performance measures from the newly redesigned Mayor's Management Report (MMR). My Neighborhood Statistics highlights 14 indicators from the MMR, including: air, noise and asbestos complaints; street cleanliness; number of public assistance recipients; and crime statistics by police precinct.

South Carolina
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) opened the South Carolina Computer Crime Center in mid-December 2002. Agents and employees from SLED, the FBI and the Secret Service will share space in the center to investigate a range of computer crimes, including international computer fraud and terrorism. -- The State

West Virginia
Just hours after it went online, West Virginia governor's Employee Communication Network received more than 70 e-mails with suggestions for cutting state government costs. Gov. Bob Wise urged workers to use the Web site to forward cost-saving suggestions to his administration. -- The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Mark Warner proposed a massive restructuring of IT in state government in January, which would, in part, consolidate state IT functions within a single new agency: the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. The move would result in elimination of three existing Cabinet-level agencies and two government oversight boards.
Shane Peterson Associate Editor