Stimulus Plan Details Are Needed, Local Government CIOs Say Economic stimulus plan will boost technology deployments in city and county governments -- but CIOs must know the rules. Funding Rules Force Wasteful Government IT Spending, State CIOs Say Technology leaders seek changes in spending rules for federal grant funds to encourage data sharing and enterprise standards. Electronic Government Consolidated Internet and Phone Service Saves Thousands for New Jersey Town Wayne Township, N.J., saved more than $52,000 annually by consolidating its phone and Internet services. Address Verification Software Helps Oregon PERS Oregon reduces duplication in retirement database with address verification software. Transportation Intelligent Transportation Projects Get Stimulus Funding Federal stimulus will fund updated traffic-monitoring software for St. Cloud, Minn. Point of View Nation Can't Afford Short-Sighted ARRA Spending (Opinion) Fixation on 'shovel-ready' stimulus projects jeopardizes technology initiatives with long-term benefits. On the Scene Microsoft Hosts Government CIOs, Cal/EPA Pushes Green Development CEO Steve Ballmer says Microsoft can help with stimulus, Cal/EPA headquarters is greenest high-rise in the West. CIO Profile Claire Bailey, Arkansas CTO, Discusses State's Interoperability Arkansas CTO Claire Bailey gets public safety agencies and jurisdictions on the same wavelength. Opinion & Analysis Federal CIO Appointment Marks New Era for Government IT Executives (Opinion) Vivek Kundra's appointment to CIO post raises stature of Government IT at a critical juncture. Local Government New Lenox, Ill., Communicates Via Zumboxes to Save Money New Lenox, Ill. will send government communications via 'Zumbox' accounts, hoping to cut paper, printing and postage costs.