April 2, 2015 What’s so special about a new water pipe in Portland? Answer: It produces energy for more than 100 homes. April 1, 2015 How to Go from Risk to Success for California IT Projects (Opinion) The vendor community’s recommendations for improving California’s IT project implementation. April 1, 2015 When an Intelligent Community Helps Defend a Nation Intelligent Communities install “smart city” technologies to save money and improve public services, and build innovation ecosystems that generate new employment, new companies and new wealth. April 1, 2015 Broadband Bits Podcast Keeps Public-Sector Officials Inspired These top 7 broadband-focused podcasts from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance cover public ownership versus private and the threats that monopolies pose, to name a few. April 1, 2015 Minnesota Debates License Plate Reader Data Retention Lawmakers from the state are considering a bill that would enable law enforcement agencies to retain data obtained from license plate readers for up to 30 days. April 1, 2015 Virginia Gov.'s Amendments Set Off Privacy, Surveillance Concerns Gov. Terry McAuliffe hopes to find a reasonable compromise between Virginians' privacy rights and law enforcement's ability to investigate. April 1, 2015 University of Maine Researchers Develop Claw Sensor to Gauge Lobster Health University researchers believe they've found a better way to determine whether a lobster is fit for travel. April 1, 2015 New Mobile App from California Helps Job Applicants The mobile app will let job-seekers search for opportunities through keywords and in defined areas – from current location to statewide. April 1, 2015 LAPD Expects to Start Deploying Body Cameras this Summer Although the LAPD has not finalized its policy for the cameras, the department is moving forward with infrastructure work to prepare the divisions that will use them first. April 1, 2015 Contract Reform Bill Clears Texas Senate, Heads to the House The passage of the bill came a day after a scathing 92-page report highlighted weakness in state contracting, particularly with the Health and Human Services Commission. April 1, 2015 Want to Try on an Apple Watch? You'll Need an Appointment Forcing in-store customers to take part in fittings — almost as if the wearable were a wedding dress or bespoke suit — is a new sales technique for the tech giant. April 1, 2015 Oculus Rift Enthusiasm Aside, Virtual Reality Still Faces Challenges (Opinion) While tech companies look to improve the virtual experience, critics are still trying to determine whether virtual reality will ever become a widely used, mainstream technology. April 1, 2015 Travis County, Texas, Cuts Ties with Court Software Project After spending $3.3 million, county taxpayers have little to show for the project, which has been in jeopardy since the vendor went bankrupt last year with little warning. April 1, 2015 Elections Need a Tech Reboot U.S. elections have not kept pace with the opportunities afforded by technology. April 1, 2015 Closing the Digital Divide with Payphones An innovative solution will bring high-speed Wi-Fi to all New York City residents. April 1, 2015 GSA Innovates Services with Chief Customer Officer Phaedra Chrousos, the GSA's new chief customer officer, is rethinking the agency's multitude of services through a better customer experience. April 1, 2015 How did June 14, Flag Day, earn its deceptive name? Answer: a tired farmer March 31, 2015 New Orleans Douses Flames With Data In the first in a series of data-driven projects, New Orleans looks at ways to make its operations smarter and keep its citizens safer. March 31, 2015 Photo of the Week: Oceans Damaged by Climate Change Take Thousands of Years to Recover Recovery from climate change and the deoxygenation of seawater -- which can alter ocean ecology very quickly -- was previously thought to be on a 100-year scale. But scientist Sarah Moffitt proved that wrong. March 31, 2015 18F Launches RFP Ghostwriting and Review Service A new service offered by digital services agency 18F could give federal procurement a facelift.