Agencies: Alabama Department of Education; Department of Housing and Community Development, Calif.; Department of Technology and Information, and Office of Information Services, Del.; Department of Insurance, Fla.; Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawaii; Attorney General's Office, Idaho; Department of Education, Ind.; Ball State University; Department of Public Aid, Ill.; Iowa Public Employees Retirement System; Governmental Ethics Commission, Kan.; St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, La.; Arundel Fire-Rescue, Maine; Department of Education, Md.; Department of Information Technology, Mich.; Department of Transportation, Minn.; St. Paul, Minn.; Secretary of State, Mont.; Columbus Public Schools Board of Education, Neb.; Somersworth, N.H.; New Jersey Office of Information Technology; Office of Science and Technology, Economic Development Department, N.M.; Department of Health, N.Y.; Information Technology Department, N.D.; Department of Education, Ohio; Department of Securities, Okla.; Berks County, Pa.; Attorney General, S.C.; Department of Health, S.D.; Fort Bend County Clerk, Texas; Utah Technology Alliance; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Va.; Governor's Council on Literacy, W.V.; Shorewood, Glendale, Brown Deer, Racine, Waukesha police departments, Wis.; U.S. Department of Energy; Federal Highway Administration
Vendors: Verizon; Central Vermont Public Service; Berks Women in Crisis; Verizon Foundation; Mission West Virginia; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Cole Foundation; Hart InterCivic; Texas Association of Counties; TTLC Internet & IT Solutions; PowerSchool; Connecticut Innovations;
The Alabama Department of Education received a $1.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide technology training to more than half of Alabama's principals and superintendents. Participants will receive either a laptop or a personal digital assistant for successfully completing the training.
The state's lieutenant governor moderated a privacy summit in September. The summit focused on the conflicts between the public's right to access information, the government's need for information about citizens and businesses and an individual's expectations that personal information will be kept private.
The state unveiled a new Web portal during the summer. Arizona @ Your Service is part of Gov. Jane Dee Hull's e-government initiative, which includes having state agencies incorporate the Web into their strategies for interaction with the public.
Low-income residents needing legal advice will be able to visit kiosks in small Arkansas towns to fax, call and e-mail attorneys for help. A federal grant will establish the virtual law offices, provide a toll-free number for advice and update a Web site. The toll-free number should be operating within eight months; the kiosks should be ready in about a year. - USA Today
The Department of Housing and Community Development expanded its e-government services. The new services offer title-search and escrow-opening capabilities. The Web site will also enable customers to perform title searches on mobile homes, manufactured homes or commercial coaches.
Kindergartners, first and second graders were expected to be able to enroll in the state's first online school for young students and first virtual charter school this fall. The Colorado Virtual Academy will be open to any child in the state in kindergarten through second grade, including home-schooled children who qualify. - Rocky Mountain News
Connecticut's BioBus, a fully equipped, mobile biotechnology laboratory, was set to begin visiting Connecticut's schools and communities in September 2001. This five-year, $3 million project will provide educators with current information and teaching techniques and encourage career exploration through hands-on scientific learning experiences.
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner named Thomas Jarrett CIO for the state's Department of Technology and Information (DTI) and Office of Information Services (OIS) in August. Jarrett will oversee all of the state's information technology needs, as well as the transition from OIS to the new