Poor Economy, CIO Transitions, Improving Social Services: 2008 -- The Year in Review Technology legislation, cloud computing and other trends and predictions. Bad Economy, Green IT and Web 2.0 Shape 2008 IT Trends CIOs grapple with work force turnover, budget prioritization and collaborative applications. Teri Takai, Ken Theis, Brenda Orth and Elliot Schlanger Lead List of 2008 CIO Transitions California, Michigan, Maryland and Pennsylvania get new CIOs; South Carolina post remains vacant. Improving Social Services, Privacy and Project Management Top 2008 Watch List Innovative attempts to cut program costs and improve services draw attention from observers. Technology Legislation: 2008 Bills and Their Potential IT Impact Measures target security, privacy, broadband availability and other technology issues. Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Software as a Service Could Dominate 2009 Experts predict governments will focus on budget-friendly technology. signal-noise Government and Technology: Five Things We'll Remember About 2008 Alternative funding goes mainstream; public records go very public. Security Network Security: San Francisco Incident Raises Questions for CIOs Rogue administrator hijacks city network; experts tell how to maintain control of network resources. Geo Info Digital Pen Converts Paper Marks to Digital Data First responders and field staff use digital pen to transfer written notes to GIS maps. Big Picture Operation Christmas Drop Delivers Surprises to Micronesia U.S. airmen play Santa Claus for the people of Micronesia. Point of View What Does an Obama Administration Mean to Government IT? Shifting funding priorities and focus on green technology investments could be some of the changes. On the Scene Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels. Spectrum Second Life Employee-Recruiting Site Leads to Missouri IT Worker Hire GPS sensors help save elephants. Up Close The Five Most and Five Least Generous State Populations By studying tax returns, an organization determined which state is the most generous in terms of charitable contributions. CIO Profile Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt Describes City's Green IT Strategy Data center consolidation and cooling changes cut energy consumption and save money. Justice Technology Helps Arkansas Fight Meth Manufacturers Electronic logbook helps Arkansas authorities track purchases of ingredients to make methamphetamines.