Kansas Picks Startup to Lead Digital Citizen Service Initiative

Plus, a Silicon Valley tech conference embraces gov tech, a purchasing co-op signs a cloud access security broker and more ...

by / May 2, 2017

TOP NEWS

Kansas Turns to Startup to Provide Digital Services to Citizens The long-standing provider of digital citizen services from Kansas is NIC. But with a new partnership, the state is going with a competitor — the startup PayIt to provide some upgrades.

Silicon Valley Tech Conference Embraces Gov Tech TiECon, a big tech entrepreneurship conference in Santa Clara, Calif., has decided to include gov tech in this year's discussions. And to get the ball rolling, it's offering the track for free.

CIS CyberMarket Cooperative Finds First Cloud Access Security Broker The government purchasing collaboration has chosen Skyhigh as its first-ever cloud access security broker, opening the door for more agencies to use its services.

Colorado County Looks for Drone Vendors El Paso County, Colo., is on the search for vendors to offer a variety of drone services, putting it in league with other government entities in the state.

CAL FIRE Debuts Notification, Information and Education App from Apptology The California agency charged with fighting wildfires has launched a new app from Apptology aimed at educating the public. Part of the app includes allowing users to create custom alerts for both designated locations and the current location of their mobile device.

Unisys Wins $9.3M Contract to Modernize Michigan Gaming Board The company will be tasked with replacing legacy systems at the Gaming Control Board, moving data from 19 separate systems to the cloud. The work will involve centralizing all of those systems, too. In the past, Unisys has worked with the state on driver licensing and child welfare information systems.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

How Often Does Government Take the Agile Approach? State IT officials are starting to work agile into their operations, but most of them still don't use those methods most of the time, according to a new survey.

WATCHLIST

GovTech companies on our radar this week:

Propel: A startup focused on tech for the social safety net, currently working on software for food stamps. Propel just finished a $4 million seed round.

EverFi: An education technology company that delivers courses focused teaching life skills to students. EverFi just raised $190 million.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

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Ben Miller is the business beat staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.