April 27, 2015 FirstNet Approves Framework, Will Release Draft RFP Documents The First Responder Network Authority seeks comment on its upcoming RFP and enabling legislation. April 27, 2015 Will California Mandate Local Government Data Inventories? State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data. April 27, 2015 How can you look smart in meetings? Answer: with these 10 tricks April 24, 2015 DOD's New Cyberstrategy to 'Shed More Light' on Operations Key pillars of the strategy include defending DOD networks from malicious actors, protecting the United States from destructive cyberattacks and going on the offense when necessary. April 24, 2015 Ohio's Background-Check System 'Running on Borrowed Time' Thousands of criminal-conviction and fingerprint records have hung in limbo for months at a time, while records of convictions don’t arrive promptly — or at all. April 24, 2015 New Hampshire Opens its Doors to Tech Startups Part of a public-private program, the state's new Startup Concierge Service opens communication for entrepreneurs in need of funding, incubators or legal assistance. April 24, 2015 Editorial: Could Amazon Dash Turn on You? As we welcome Amazon and other tech-savvy firms into our lives, critics worry about the future of our data. April 24, 2015 Iowa Broadband Legislation Rolls Ahead Gov. Terry Branstad’s “Connect Every Acre” measure has passed the state’s House of Representatives and looks for ratification in Senate. April 24, 2015 Hawaii Abandons $13.9 Million Financial Accounting System Transportation System The "FAST" project was supposed to automate the division's project and financial reporting requirements, improve cash flow by filing for federal highway funding on a weekly basis, and reduce the likelihood of data errors. April 24, 2015 Why Disruptive Innovation is Harder Than it Looks Boundary-pushing innovators find ways around the hundred obstacles that arise in the face of truly revolutionary ideas. April 24, 2015 Michigan's SMART Bus Tracker Goes Mobile The regional bus service has launched an app that makes bus tracker, service alerts, trip planner and other features available on smartphones. April 24, 2015 How Much Does a Data Breach Cost? Check out this infographic to better understand the scale of cybersecurity threats in 2015. April 24, 2015 Tesla Sets Sights on Battery-Based Energy Storage Business The company already has begun pilot projects that leverage technology it has developed for electric car batteries for stationary energy storage. April 24, 2015 Despite Controls, Texas Contracts Plagued with Scandal Lawmakers now are considering giving more training to workers and creating a central contracts database. April 24, 2015 Online Open House Guides Washington County, Ore.'s Transportation Planning The open house is the first step in an 18-month-long process, during which county elected officials, planners and citizens will plot how transportation planning decisions should be made. April 24, 2015 University to Launch West Virginia's First Satellite The small satellite, which is still in the first stage of development, will collect data on weather, radiation and other space conditions for use by university researchers. April 24, 2015 Miami Summit Showcases Civic Tech Startups Entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the 2015 Smartcity Startups Summit to showcase civic apps, prototypes and pioneering technology. April 24, 2015 Police Should Increase Use of Digital Communication Tools A new survey found that citizens across the board want more ways to report crime and to help support crime reduction efforts in their neighborhoods by leveraging new technologies. April 24, 2015 The speakers of which language use heart emojis four times more than everyone else? Answer: French April 24, 2015 At RSA Conference 2015: Government Announcements Top Highlights Attendance records were probably broken, and there were numerous very good sessions. Still, surprisingly, government announcements may have been the highlight of the week.