December 1995

State, Feds Share Benefit Data

Data on a client's participation in other programs can determine benefit levels at both the state and federal level. To smooth data exchange between the federal government and the state, Tennessee and the Social Security Administration struck an agreement to tap into each other's databases.

Gang Data Helps Close Cases

A Texas police department developed an information system that helps put gangsters behind bars.

Raising Arizona's Integration

The Arizona DOT's driver licensing, vehicle registration and revenue collection departments each had its own computer system, none of which talked to the others. The DOT reeingineered 20-year-old business processes and got a single integrated database.


State Legislature Home Pages

Which states have home pages, and which offer online bill-tracking?

Justice & Technology

Video Justice

Overcrowded jails and clogged court systems

Point of View

Point of View

Point of View

Geo Info

Speeding Oil Spill Response

In October 1994, floodwaters ripped oil pipelines loose, spreading flaming oil down the San Jacinto river.


Forms Clean Up Their Image

Improved scanners and recognition software increase the accuracy and speed of forms processing.

Product Watch

Multimedia on a Wire

Multimedia on a Wire




Electronic Democracy

Nanaimo's Online City Hall

Nanaimo, British Columbia, built what may be the most advanced Web site in Canada.


Don't Dial http:// For Murder

Police departments across the country are beginning to use the World Wide Web to interact with the public.


Earl Baker

Former Pennsylvania State Senator Earl Baker chaired the state's Labor and Industry Committee, advocating information technology for economic development. An exclusive Government Technology interview.

Technology & Governance

Child Support Automation Behind Schedule

Fifteen years after Congress voted to fund 90 percent of state costs to automate child support enforcement, only a few states are near completion.