September 1, 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 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 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?

August 28, 2014

Austin Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Traffic Congestion

The state capital plans to re-time traffic lights on the fly based on data from drivers' smartphone locations.

August 28, 2014

California Legislature Approves Drone Regulation

A measure that regulates law enforcement use of drones was passed by California lawmakers and now awaits the decision of Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 28, 2014

Miami University Introduces Health IT Curriculum

The program aims to prepare students for jobs in the field, which are expected to increase by 20 percent through 2018.

August 28, 2014

Consortium Forms to Push for Faster Internet Access in California Tri-County Area

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast formed in early July, finding ways to motivate broadband providers to lay more fiber optics across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

August 28, 2014

Wilson, N.C. Asks FCC to Override State's Telecom Law

The city’s unusual legal claim was made possible only in the past few months, after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the federal agency will consider pre-empting local laws that stifle broadband competition.

August 28, 2014

Los Angeles Unified Can't Account for $2 Million in Computers, Audit Says

The audit found campuses that had a surplus of devices and schools with no effective system to track who had a computer or who was responsible for it.

August 28, 2014

Advanced Recycling, Energy Recovery on Tap for Indianapolis

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the municipal government believe they have found a sustainable waste management solution that's a winner all-around – environmentally, socially and economically.