Colorado CIO Mike Locatis Urges New Funding Approach

Colorado CIO Mike Locatis is urging the Obama administration to rethink how the federal government distributes money to state and local governments. Locatis and others want President-elect Barack Obama to replace the current program-specific distribution of these funds with a coherent, enterprise funding strategy.

Locatis said he met with Obama's senior policy advisers in July during the Democratic National Convention in Denver and came away impressed with their understanding of the issue.

Wrist Phone Debuts at CES

One gadget getting attention at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was first conceived by Chester Gould 78 years ago in the pages of the Chicago Tribune -- the wrist radio. Electronics giant LG gave a modern tweak to the concept by ditching the radio and adding a phone.

 

Bad Economy Straining Unemployment Systems

States' computer and phone systems are facing heavy loads as more workers seek unemployment benefits. As the U.S. economy stalls, this problem will likely worsen in 2009 as millions more Americans are expected to be laid off.

 

911 Alert Standard Coming?

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) will soon announce the fate of a proposed national security standard for automatically routing alarm company alerts to 911 centers.