Sex Offenders' GPS Devices Not a Silver Bullet, States Say California, Arizona, Connecticut and other states discover that problems with GPS monitoring of sex offenders beg a more thoughtful approach. ERP Systems Turn 10 Years Old for Local Governments ERP systems in Sacramento County, Calif., and Phoenix still going strong after a decade. Workforce Flash Kids Design Instructional Web Site at School A Chicago music teacher uses unorthodox methods that produce advanced students. Big Picture Green Initiatives: Z Machine -- World's Largest X-Ray Generator Scientists hope to develop clean nuclear fusion technology. Public Safety Georgia Public-Safety Radio Network Years in the Making Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and others will have an interoperable network up and running as soon as December 2009. Point of View Opinion: Obama Administration Should Invest in IT Infrastructure Federal help possible as states struggle to fix budgets. On the Scene California May Create Chief Geographic Officer Position, Says State CIO Teri Takai Colorado CIO Mike Locatis urges new funding approach. Wireless Cheap 'QR' Codes Are a Budget-Friendly Project for Manor, Texas Quick response codes can be affordable identifiers for city tours and construction projects. Green Technology GIS Maps, Computerized Sprinklers Help Munis During Drought Historic droughts in California, Georgia and elsewhere prompt cities to turn to IT -- like GIS maps -- for conservation help. Profile Richmond, Virginia, Department of IT's Bill Hobgood Discusses Nationwide Alarm Standards Richmond lets local 911 centers get automatic alerts from alarm companies. Health Google Flu Trends Gives Early Warning of Influenza Outbreaks Tracking Google searches gives public health officials a new tool to combat flu outbreaks. Local Government Server Consolidation Boosts Utilization Rates for Atlanta's Fulton County Fulton County's server sprawl solved with blade technology and virtualization.