April 25, 2014

Which famous text has been proposed in recent legislation to become the official Louisiana state book?

Answer: the Bible

April 24, 2014

Industry Perspective: The Trickle-Down Impact of Changing Data Requirements

What do federal transparency efforts mean for states, counties and municipalities that rely on federal grant funding?

April 24, 2014

Oregon HIX to Join Federal Exchange?

Though the decision has been made for Oregon to join the federal health insurance exchange, the Cover Oregon board is scheduled to hold a vote for the public's sake on April 25.

April 24, 2014

Colorado and Wyoming Join Google for GovDev Challenge

Google's first hackathon in Denver aims to get developers to think about public-sector problems.

April 24, 2014

California Axes Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation

Proposal would have mandated anti-theft software be installed on smartphones sold in the state.

April 24, 2014

Google Amends Terms for Scanning User Data

The new terms of service specify that the company analyzes private data, including emails sent and received using its popular Gmail service, for a variety of purposes.

April 24, 2014

Safety Ambassadors Pilot Bullying App in Seven California Schools

The goal of this free technology, according to education officials, is to simplify the existing reporting system.

April 24, 2014

FCC's Wheeler: Critics of His Net Neutrality Plan 'Flat-Out Wrong'

Facing intense criticism from public interest groups, FCC Chairman plans to allow Internet service providers to charge companies for faster delivery of their content.

April 24, 2014

Security Forces Prepare for World Cup in a Restive Brazil

The possibility of massive street protests — a contingency that was scarcely part of initial World Cup security planning — is now front and center.

April 24, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramp Up Efforts in Rio Grande Valley

The agency's blimp contains video and radar equipment for detecting human smugglers, illegal crossers, and drug and human traffickers.

April 24, 2014

New Hampshire is Final State to Deploy Centralized Immunization Registry

The Bureau of Infectious Disease Control will now enter into an agreement with Scientific Technologies Corp., to get a system up and running in the next 12 months.

April 24, 2014

UPMC Data Breach Shows Ease of Tax Return Thefts

FBI agents in Pittsburgh on Wednesday said Nigerian-born suspects used stolen identities and fake returns to steal $10 million from the IRS.

April 24, 2014

Columbus, Ohio, Sues to Halt App-Based Car Service Lyft

The suit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court asks a judge to halt Lyft’s operations, and the city is seeking a temporary restraining order.

April 24, 2014

Emergency Unit Makes Water From Air

Aqua Sciences has developed an emergency water station unit that produces high-quality water for human consumption.

April 24, 2014

Tech Tax Exemption Will Cost Idaho, Economist Says

The bill was meant to amend and clarify — but not significantly add to — a 2013 bill that exempted goods, services and applications downloaded to devices from the state’s 6 percent sales tax.

April 24, 2014

'Parasites' Promote Court Records Online, Then Offer to Remove Them -- for a Fee

One UW-Madison student's Internet search had unearthed a net of digital extortion.

April 24, 2014

Meet the Tech-Savviest Legislators in the U.S. (Interactive Map)

These 13 state lawmakers are leaders when it comes to tackling technology policy and legislation.

April 24, 2014

Former CIA Analyst Discusses How to Target Terrorists

Nada Bakos was part of a team that identified and analyzed intelligence that eventually led to the demise of Osama bin Laden.

April 24, 2014

A new storybook for girls teaches what subject?

Answer: computer programming

April 23, 2014

California's MyCalVet Portal Connects Veterans to Benefits, Streamlines Claims

The department's interactive tool took two years and $500,000 to develop, and aims to be a user-friendly guide to bypass complexities and application hurdles for state veterans.