ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State officials at Government Technology Conference East said government employment rules must adapt to the needs of a new generation of workers -- those 20-somethings collectively known as Millennials -- but agreed making the changes won't be easy.

At an executive leadership event focused on attracting Millennials to government, New York Civil Service Commissioner Nancy Groenwegen said Millennials usually want flexible hours and cutting-edge technology, which can be hard for highly structured state agencies.

Still, with one-third of the state work force poised to retire in 10 years, state agencies must react, according to Groenwegen.

Some changes already are under way. New York's Civil Service Commission created new recruiting tools and is working with universities to direct more graduates toward government, she said. The commission is also surveying agency managers on appropriate methods for implementing remote work. And agencies are modifying rules to allow greater use of social networking tools by state employees.

--By Steve Towns, Editor

Govtech.com Hot List

Here are the 10 most popular stories on Govtech.com from Oct. 11, 2008 to Nov. 11, 2008.

1. Enterprise Architecture Demystified

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2. Twitter Is a Continuity of Operations Tool, State Agency Discovers

Twitter could provide Washington state residents with information during emergency.

3. Site Reveals Salaries of New York State Employees

Conservative think tank launches Web site with comprehensive state financial data.

4. Texas Outsourcing Project Hits Snag

Gov. Rick Perry halts transfer of state records to IBM under an outsourcing contract.

5. Government Remains Skeptical About Cloud Computing

Security and privacy concerns slow adoption of cloud computing despite potential cost savings.

6. Gartner: Nine Most Contentious IT Issues for the Next Two Years

Meeting business expectations and modernizing infrastructure top the list.

7. McCain vs. YouTube: How Copyright Affects Government Online

Popular Web site removes McCain presidential campaign videos fearing copyright trouble.

8. Ryan Haight Act Will Require Tighter Restrictions on Internet Pharmacies

Proposal would verify the legitimacy of prescriptions and online pharmacy credentials.

9. The Top 10 Secrets of Earned Value Management

A principles-oriented methodology for planning and executing projects successfully.

10. Texas City Turns to Youthful IT Director

A Millennial overhauls Hutto's Web site, servers and phones.

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

James Walker, director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, wowed attendees at the 9th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Conference and Exposition, demonstrating Virtual Alabama.

Virtual Alabama lets emergency managers and law enforcement officials share images of the state.

More than 1,000 government agencies and 3,000 users now have access to computerized images of businesses, schools, private residences, surveillance systems, gas pumps and other resources that help first responders and officials.

For example, homeland security officials can assess damaged residences to give FEMA accurate and quick estimates with real-time images.

--By Jim McKay, Justice and Public Safety Editor

A Visit From Chicago's EOC on Wheels

Chicago -- The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) showcased its Unified Command Vehicle at OpCom 2008, a mobile technology event sponsored by CDWG. The vehicle is a mobile emergency operations center. Responders can, among other things, use the technology-laden vehicle to patch different radio communications systems to one another. The OEMC also features a monitor that displays incoming and outgoing flights, a technology Chicago used during Hurricane Katrina to monitor incoming refugees. GIS software offers responders building floor plans, and the vehicle taps into the central business district's 900-camera surveillance network.

Jim Argiropoulos, first deputy of the OEMC, gave guided tours of the vehicle. He said the vehicle includes a spatial database that allows emergency crews to perform real-time blast and plume modeling at the scene of an incident.

--Andy Opsahl, Features Editor

 

Andy Opsahl  |  Features Editor
Jim McKay, Justice and Public Safety Editor  |  Justice and Public Safety Editor