September 2, 2014

Facing Climate Change, Cities Embrace Resiliency

Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.

September 2, 2014

Boston City Hall in Dire Need of Major Digital Upgrade, Mayor Says

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said some tech investments are contained in the current budget, and next year’s will contain a larger commitment based on departmental assessments by new Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge.

September 2, 2014

Dallas Lagging in Efforts to Allow Text Messages for 911 Emergencies

Last month, the FCC ordered all cell carriers to accommodate text-to-911 systems by the end of the year, but cities in Texas and across the country have been slow to invest in the upgrades needed.

September 2, 2014

After 15 years, which piece of software is being discontinued?

Answer: MSN Messenger

September 2, 2014

West Virginia to Start Charging People to View Public Documents Online

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Office will start charging the public to obtain documents that were previously available free and online.

August 31, 2014

Robots are Coming: Even to the Cloud

Just as mobile technology and cloud computing became a normal part of our lives, along comes the next set of disruptive innovations that will radically change the way we work and play. Get ready for robots to appear in virtually every area of life. But just as with the Internet, there will also be a dark side.

August 29, 2014

New York City Tackles Rising Lawsuit Costs with Data and Maps

ClaimStat is a data-driven risk management tool that can spot patterns in lawsuit claims and help find ways to reduce the costs of settlements and judgments.

August 29, 2014

Hard-Won Experience: Lessons from America’s Biggest Disasters and Emergencies

Public officials who’ve been at the center of response and recovery efforts reminisce on what went wrong and right, what works and what doesn’t, and how their experiences might be useful for others.

August 29, 2014

Government vs. Private-Sector Procurement: An Unfair Comparison

In part one of this three-part series, we look at why we can't always point to the private sector as the model for best practices in government.

August 29, 2014

New App Allows BART Riders to Discreetly Report Crime

The app will encourage riders to report suspicious activity, with the slogan “If you see something, say something.”

August 29, 2014

Are Governments Neglecting Planes and Trains?

Even though airports and public transportation systems are in need of upgrades, all anyone ever talks about is roads and bridges.

August 29, 2014

California Legislature Approves New Insurance Requirements for Ride-Sharing Companies

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla called the legislation “a testament to good public policy” that ensures consumers and drivers will be protected “while also allowing this innovative business model to thrive.”

August 29, 2014

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties

The Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile network that will deliver access to textbooks, classroom resources and instructional material through its own 10-gigabit connection.

August 29, 2014

California Judicial Council Approves New IT Governance and Strategic Plan

Development of a new technology plan was ordered in August 2012, five months after the Judicial Council terminated the statewide Court Case Management System, which was plagued by long delays and cost overruns.

August 29, 2014

Google Drones: Tech Giant Plans Robot Fleet

"Project Wing", announced Thursday, escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon, which is also experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry items bought by customers off its online store.

August 29, 2014

Chattanooga's High-Speed Broadband Brings High-Stakes Battle Over Fiber-Optic Expansion

The debate pits mayors against legislators, counties against states and Republicans against Republicans, as Tennessee's ruling party faces a split within its own ranks and among constituents who say access to broadband should transcend petty politics.

August 29, 2014

Pennsylvania Eyes Purchasing Email Archiving System

Word of a potential new system came as an aide to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi announced plans to review Pennsylvania’s statute and hodgepodge of regulations governing records retention to see what changes may be needed.

August 29, 2014

Which smartphone comes with tweezers and a toothpick?

Answer: the Victorinox Swiss Army phone

August 29, 2014

With Innovation Waivers, States Can Go Their Own Way on Obamacare

In 2017, states can drop major portions of the health law if they plan to maintain the same level of coverage at the same cost to the federal government.

August 28, 2014

Underwater: Data Centers Nationwide Must Prepare for Flooding

Climate researchers predict sea-level rise will eventually submerge 316 coastal cities in the U.S. How are government data center managers planning for the future?