Wayne Hanson

Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government

September 18, 2010

Charles County, Md., Wins Digital Counties Award Eight Years Running

"We don't buy a lot of software, we -- through Java, JSP and Javascripting -- we've written probably close to 200 Web-enabled applications."

August 18, 2010

Katrina, Gustav, BP: The Liabilities and Assets of Beachfront Living

"We track that time the same as we do the BP oil spill. They go into these different buckets and our grant department is able to run reports, and it helps them become much more efficient." 

May 14, 2010

Health Care Reform's Impact on Local Government IT

"There is a provision in the Affordable Care Act to have HHS develop health information technology enrollment standards and protocols."

November 11, 2009

Handshake Communicates Digital Information

The exchange of digital information flowing through human touch.

October 9, 2009

Bright Ideas: Color-Changing Roof Tiles and Solar-Panel Highways

Tiles use a common polymer that reacts to temperature.

September 16, 2009

Low-Emission Vehicles Bright Spot in Green Initiatives

As soon as battery technology makes a leap or two, expect some absolutely wild innovation in surface transportation.

August 28, 2009

Wireless Wrap

Mobile financial services, Minneapolis free wireless for non-profits.

August 28, 2009

Massachusetts IT Consolidation Under Way

"The current approach to managing IT is too complex, too difficult to maintain and impossible to keep secure."

August 27, 2009

Web Site Upgrades

$300 billion a year to state and local governments depends on census data.

August 25, 2009

Innovation News Wrap

Twitter surgery, Second Life University, electronic contact lenses.

August 25, 2009

New York City Moves Forward on Alternative Fueled Vehicles

PlaNYC's aim is to reduce municipal government carbon emissions 30 percent by 2017 and the city's carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.

August 21, 2009

What Makes an Appealing Community?

Some prefer rural life, others want to live in a large metropolitan area. Some prefer plenty of open space, others want to live at the seashore or in a cosy cabin in the mountains.

August 21, 2009

GT News Wrap

Courts and the Internet, Flap Over Health Plan Criticism, Broadband Policy, Election Reporting System

August 19, 2009

What's The Worst New Internet Law?

"The Internet is increasingly under attack as lawmakers seek to mandate technological behaviors, impose new taxes and otherwise restrict the free flow of information and commerce online."

August 14, 2009

San Jose Launches Wikiplanning

Residents can weigh in on matters of importance, take a survey, comment on the plan, and become a participant in the process.

August 13, 2009

China Eases Filtering Mandate

Filtering still required in Internet cafes, schools and other locations that provide public computer access.

August 11, 2009

Energy News Wrap

Smart grid, regenerative braking, New Jersey solar, real-time bus arrival schedules, smart appliances.

August 10, 2009

Tulare County Integrates Criminal Justice Data

"We had to make sure that all of our systems could push and pull XML data."

August 7, 2009

Blumenthal: Health Information Technology "The Right Thing to Do"

"I saved the patient the inconvenience and X-Ray exposure, and saved the health care system the money for that duplicate test."

August 4, 2009

Bill Would Penalize States That Don't Enact No-Texting-While-Driving Law

States that do not comply with the legislation risk losing 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding.

August 2, 2009

Feds Move to Ban P2P on Government Computers and Networks

"OMB recognizes there are appropriate uses of file sharing technologies, but as with all technology it must be appropriately managed."

July 31, 2009

D.C. Metro Train Crash Investigation: Findings Could Affect Rail Operations Nationwide

Investigation now focused on electrical circuits, sensors and 30-year-old electrical components.

July 29, 2009

Jabari Simama Appointed DeKalb County Deputy COO for Development

Civil Rights to Cyber Rights: Broadband and Digital Equality in the Age of Obama which will be published August 15 by Community Technology Publications in Atlanta.

July 29, 2009

Real ID Prompts Wyoming Sovereignty Resolution

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

July 21, 2009

Act Would Allow Concealed Weapons Permit Holders to Carry in Other Jurisdictions

"Respecting State's Rights and Concealed and Carry Reciprocity Act"

July 21, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling May Require Additional Funding for Expert Witnesses

Melendez-Diaz vs Massachusetts decision may require state funds, statutory changes.

July 20, 2009

California Budget Crisis Puts Court Reporting in Crosshairs

Electronic court reporting would save $100 million annually, according to the Governor's Office.

July 17, 2009

California "Pay as You Drive" Insurance Proposal Stirs Privacy Concerns

Auto insurance becomes a "metered utility."

July 17, 2009

IT Dashboard: 45 Federal IT Projects Halted

Will boost transparency and accountability, leading to possible personnel and contracting reforms.

July 16, 2009

Wind Energy Report, New Project Awards Announced

Secretary Steven Chu announced that 28 new wind-energy projects have been selected to receive $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds.

July 15, 2009

Virginia Telework Day is Aug. 3

Businesses are encouraged to participate as a way to test business continuity plans for an emergency.

July 13, 2009

"Warning, You Are Approaching a Radar-Controlled Speed Camera"

Camera locations provide a warning when a motorist is approaching one of the camera-equipped intersections.

July 10, 2009

Missouri to Take DNA Samples From Those Arrested

"I believe ... we will save the lives of some young girls in Missouri this year."

July 9, 2009

Virginia Submits High-Speed Rail Pre-applications

"The availability of ARRA funds will help deliver more transportation choices and economic benefits to the public much more quickly than we would otherwise be able to achieve."

July 9, 2009

Recovery.gov to Redesign, Upgrade Transparency

"Recovery.gov 2.0 will use innovative and interactive technologies to help taxpayers see where their dollars are being spent."

July 9, 2009

The Hook: San Francisco Reboots Towing

The disposal of unclaimed vehicles -- estimated by some reports to be as many as one quarter of those towed -- is a big source of revenue.

July 8, 2009

Telemedicine Addressed by European Commission

Includes examples of telemedicine deployment and its effects on patients and society.

July 8, 2009

Japanese Employees Face "Smile-Measuring" Software

Scores based on eye movement, lip curvature and wrinkles.

July 8, 2009

ARRA Administrative Costs: NASACT Audio Conference

"Should enable states to obtain the resources necessary for enhancing their administrative capacity to meet the Recovery Act responsibilities."

July 8, 2009

$1.16 Billion Indiana Welfare Outsourcing Contract in Jeopardy

Twenty percent of food stamp cases are allegedly being mishandled, among other complaints.

July 7, 2009

U.S., South Korean Government Web Sites Attacked

FTC site crashed for a time.

July 7, 2009

Washington Counties to Launch Video Voter Guides

Voters will also be able to click on any of the candidates appearing on the ballot to watch, listen and read a statement directly from the participating candidates.

July 7, 2009

Michigan Juries Banned From Using Electronic Communications

Begins Sept. 1.

June 24, 2009

Emergency Notification System, Not Sirens, Alert Residents of Train Derailment, Fire

New siren signals might be confusing to residents.

June 23, 2009

Nevada Controller Proposes XBRL-Based State Business Portal

XBRL is an XML-based independent, royalty-free standard which stores data and its relationships in a manner that can be read and processed by computers and software.

June 21, 2009

Web Site Helps Coordinate National United We Serve Initiative

The United We Serve Web site will help volunteers find projects in their communities and exchange stories about projects that make a difference in their communities.

June 21, 2009

Bozeman, Mont., Rescinds Password Requirement for Job Applicants

Practice "appears to have exceeded that which is acceptable to our community."

June 18, 2009

Yogurt Talks, the Chips are Silent: Europe Outlines Actions to Promote "Internet of Things"

Also addressing IPv6, to allow enough IP addresses to handle the billions of objects expected to connect to the Internet.

June 16, 2009

China Relaxes Computer-Filter Edict

While manufacturers must still install the Green Dam software on computer hard drives or have it available on installation CDs, consumers are not required to use it.

June 16, 2009

Real ID Version 2 Introduced in Congress

"The PASS ID Act takes positive steps toward addressing state legislatures' implementation challenges with the REAL ID."

June 15, 2009

Digital Britain Launched Today

"Only a Digital Britain will enable us to demonstrate the vision and dynamism that we have to shape the future."

June 12, 2009

Voter ID Law Upheld, Computer Filters Required, Mayors Win Awards: GT's Weekly News Wrap

"The Supreme Court's decision today is a victory for ensuring fair elections."

June 11, 2009

John Conley to Head Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority

"John has helped Governor Ritter and I build a team and technological infrastructure that will prepare Colorado for the next generation."

June 11, 2009

Prepare for Second Wave of H1N1 Virus, Says World Health Organization

"The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic."

June 10, 2009

City of San Carlos, Calif., Wins Award For Climate Action Plan

City intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels and has developed a Climate Action Plan to make it happen.

June 5, 2009

Leonard M. Pomata Named Virginia's New Secretary of Technology

"Len Pomata brings a wealth of experience to this position and has a history of developing innovative ideas and seeing them through to successful conclusions."

June 4, 2009

High Speed Rail on Fast Track

The first round of grants are expected to be awarded by late summer.

June 2, 2009

$50 Million of in ARRA Funding For Geothermal Heat Pumps

GHP funding joins DOE funding opportunities for biomass and other green technologies.

June 2, 2009

H1N1 Flu Forgotten, but Not Gone

Seasonal flu results in about 36,000 deaths nationwide and approximately 1,000 die in Virginia from influenza and pneumonia.

May 28, 2009

FCC Releases Report on Broadband for Rural America

"We have built out canals, bridges, electricity, telephone service, roads and highways. Now, with much history to learn from and with an array of technological resources at our disposal, we can and will do it again."

May 27, 2009

Renewable Energy a Pillar of New Prosperity, Says Obama

Announces solar and geothermal energy development programs.

May 27, 2009

States Can Use Portion of Recovery Funds for Administrative Costs, Says OMB

It is "critical that state governments quickly and effectively build the necessary administrative capacities to meet their reporting and other responsibilities under the Act."

May 27, 2009

ID You Can Eat

An alternative to RFID?

May 25, 2009

Terror Plot Busted, Virtual Receptionist, DNA Laws: GT's Weekly News Wrap

Sixteen states now allow the forced collection of DNA from those accused of crimes.

May 20, 2009

County Program Management Provides "Actionable Data"

"It's not just looking back and reporting, it's about looking forward and projecting, seeing how you are doing and making adjustments."

May 17, 2009

Intelligent Community of 2009, Kazakh Web Strike: International News Wrap

Andrew Spano, Westchester County, New York, county executive honored.

May 14, 2009

Albert Hawkins to Retire From Texas Health and Human Services Agency

Oversees the state's five health and human services agencies, which have combined budgets of $25 billion a year and more than 50,000 employees.

May 13, 2009

France Passes Internet Piracy Law

Gives illegal downloaders three warnings and then pulls the Internet plug for up to a year.

May 13, 2009

EU Adopts RFID Privacy Recommendations

Refrigerators report when food reaches its expiration date, automobiles communicate to avoid accidents or traffic jams. Baggage routes itself within airports, and everyday objects connect, report, and interact.

May 12, 2009

No GPS Tracking Without a Warrant, Rules Court

A county court allowed, as evidence, GPS readings which showed the defendant drove slowly across the parking lot of a store on the evening it was burglarized.

May 11, 2009

Truants Wear Ankle Bracelets, Smart Appliances: GT News Wrap

Health cost comparisons, thermal imagers for airport, online tracking of public records requests.

May 11, 2009

EU Wants Changes in Internet Governance

All those affected by ICANN decisions should have recourse to an international tribunal.

May 6, 2009

Stimulus News: Broadband, iPhone Grant Finder, Libraries

Free iPhone application to search for Arkansas ARRA-funded projects.

May 5, 2009

Minnesota Representative Counters Move to Block Gambling Web Sites

"Demanding that a private-sector Internet service provider block access to Web sites is not a proper function of our state government."

May 4, 2009

Feds Sign More Agreements With Social Networking Sites

Other federal agencies can now choose to sign the same agreement if it meets their needs because it resolves the legal concerns for federal agencies.

May 3, 2009

Minnesota Sends List of Blacklisted Gambling Sites to ISPs, Telcos

Invoking a law written before the Internet became widely accessible that pertains to common carriers -- such as the use of a telephone to call a bookie and place a bet.

May 1, 2009

911, Hybrid Police Cars, Health IT: GT's Weekly News Wrap

A backhoe, stolen from a construction site, was tracked to the bow of a ship headed for South America.

May 1, 2009

Google Expands Flu Tracking to Mexico

Overall flu incidence is lower than in many past years.

May 1, 2009

XBRL Ends Spreadsheet Hell

"The goals were timely and accurate data, stronger internal controls, reduced costs, a standardized system of seamless data exchange, business processes and data elements. XBRL met all of those goals."

April 30, 2009

Senator Thomas Carper: NASCIO's Technology Champion

Federal agencies often "inefficient, closed to the American citizen and vulnerable to cyber-attacks."

April 30, 2009

Facebook Exec Chris Kelly Explores Run for California Attorney General

Served as a policy advisor for the Clinton administration's White House Domestic Policy Council and Department of Education.

April 29, 2009

Minnesota Orders Telcos and ISPs to Block State Residents From Gambling Sites

The blocking could expand to "thousands of sites," says official.

April 29, 2009

Corinne Charette Appointed Canadian Federal CIO

Joins the Chief Information Officer Branch of Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat.

April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Update: One Death in Texas, 45 Cases Confirmed in Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

45 confirmed cases at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, one death in Texas.

April 24, 2009

Craigslist and Law Enforcement, New Secure ID, Health IT and More: GT Weekly News Wrap

Citizen satisfaction with local communities lags well behind satisfaction in the private sector and federal government.

April 22, 2009

French Defeat Internet Piracy Bill: Library and Archive News Wrap

"More people are using libraries nowadays than before, yet several libraries are in danger of seeing cuts in hours, services or staff."

April 21, 2009

Transparency Sites Update: Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia

Bridge safety, stimulus funds and financial information.

April 20, 2009

Congress Jumps Into Cyber Security: Commentary

"Most of the problems we have are due to buggy code, and there's no single cause or solution to that."

April 15, 2009

New Technologies Violate EU Privacy Rules, Says Commissioner

"Europeans must have the right to control how their personal information is used."

April 15, 2009

GIS Helps State Understand "Unintended Things," Says California's Geographic Information Officer

"What GIS allows us to do is provide a collaborative environment to understand unintended things that we didn't first get when we looked at the map."

April 13, 2009

NIST Accepting Public Comments on Federal Voting Machine Test Guidelines

"A single transparent set of tests that will help give voters and governments confidence that the systems operate in a reliable fashion."

April 10, 2009

Texas Declares Sovereignty, E-Gov, Conferences: GT News Wrap

All compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.

April 10, 2009

Silicon Valley Fiber-Optic Cables Cut, 9-1-1 Among Casualties

$250,000 reward offered.

April 9, 2009

CIO Avi Duvdevani to Depart New York City Housing Authority

Will be responsible for the delivery of the "CUNYfirst" ERP project and will serve as senior adviser to the university CIO.

April 9, 2009

Franken-Coleman Recount Dispute Highlights Ballot-Count Shortcomings

Inconsistencies in how absentee ballots were dealt with may become the subject of a legal challenge to the outcome.

April 8, 2009

Commentary: Jurisdictions Seek to Profit from Bad Habits

Government seems to think it can profit from the poison while throwing coins at some supposed antidote.

April 7, 2009

Colorado Initiates Transparency Program

Executive order requires the Office of Information and Technology and the Office of the State Controller to establish a continuous improvement process.

April 6, 2009

Health IT Rollout Continues With Free Connect Software, More

HHS, Veteran's Affairs, Microsoft and Google, and the public's reaction to databasing and sharing of personal health information.

April 5, 2009

How Happy is Your State?

Economic contentment is to be found in "small cities, towns and corn fields" rather than in major urban areas.

April 2, 2009

Outsourcing, Stimulus, IT Spending, Vista, Gartner: GT News Wrap

The budget rider, sponsored by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, would require any state agency that wants Vista to get approval from the State Budget Board.

April 2, 2009

Virginia Tax Department Uses YouTube Superhero to Promote Online Tax Filing

Phil Mousepower encourages taxpayers to file online or with direct deposit, saving time and trouble.

April 1, 2009

Top 50 Government Innovations for 2009 Announced by JFK School

Fifty innovations selected from 600 applicants.

March 31, 2009

Grants and Stimulus Funding Update: Justice Programs and Competitive Grants

More than 40 open solicitations for justice grants.

March 31, 2009

DHS to Employ Strategic Sourcing, Other IT-Related Efficiency Measures, Says Napolitano

"By using strategic sourcing -- in other words, buying these licenses as one department -- we expect to save over $47 million per year and $283 million over the next six years."

March 30, 2009

Rhode Island Posts Transparency Portals, Tweets

Financial transparency sites for the Office of Governor and Department of Transportation.

March 27, 2009

Utah IT Legislation Rundown

Creates the Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee to coordinate and resolve statewide communication issues.

March 27, 2009

Napolitano Launches DHS Efficiency Program

"Over time, this will make DHS a leaner, smarter agency better equipped to protect our nation."

March 23, 2009

Washington Appeals Court Upholds State's Prohibition of Internet Gambling

"It is appropriate for this Legislature to reaffirm the policy prohibiting gambling that exploits such new technologies."

March 20, 2009

Ohio Holds Public Redistricting Competition

"We must strive in 2009 to ensure that future votes are cast after a redistricting process that is based on the best methods to ensure fair and equitable representation."

March 18, 2009

John McDonald Appointed Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Technology

Current advisor to the governor on the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission.

March 16, 2009

Texas, New Jersey Web Sites Most Transparent in Sunshine Week Survey

Texas provides all 20 public records online, New Jersey was second with 18.

March 16, 2009

Firearms Industry Opposes Connecticut Microstamping Legislation

UC Davis conducted a study on microstamping which concluded, in part, that while engraving would only cost from $2-$8 per firing pin, the codes engraved on the face of the firing pin "could easily be removed with household tools."

March 16, 2009

Bill Would Allow Internet Access to Nevada Inmates

Bill also expands monitoring of inmate communications.

March 12, 2009

California Bill Would Require Internet Map Blurring

"Would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals." -- California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (pictured)

March 11, 2009

Grants.Gov "Overstimulated"

Grants.gov subject to a "significant risk of failure."

March 9, 2009

New Jersey Delays Voting Machine Paper-Record Requirement

The requirement if enacted, would cost around $20 million to fit 10,000 voting machines with printers.

March 6, 2009

Telecommunications, Health IT and Transportation Targets for Vermont Stimulus Funds

Governor Douglas will be meeting with community leaders, business owners and residents as part of his "Road to Recovery" tour.

March 4, 2009

Andrew Spano of Westchester County, N.Y., Wins International Award

Honoring individuals, applications, organizations and innovations within intelligent communities that are transforming life in the broadband economy for the common good.

March 3, 2009

California Secretary of State Investigating "Deck Zero" Voting Machine Error

Bowen will consider what action -- including possible withdrawal of state approval -- to take on the Premier GEMS voting system.

March 3, 2009

California CIO Holds Vendor Forum

Takai met with vendors on the first anniversary of the Office of the CIO (OCIO) to go over the state's IT strategic plan, detail what projects are coming down the pipeline, and -- as she said -- enlist private-sector help in the process.

February 27, 2009

Transparency: Stimulus Web Site for Alabama

"With this Web site, we will keep the public informed about every dollar coming to Alabama, where it goes and how it is spent."

February 26, 2009

Eurojust Retracts VoIP Allegations

Alleged that Italian criminals were using Skype and other IP telephony systems to sidestep police wiretaps.

February 26, 2009

Glass Government: More Recovery, Spending, Transparency Web Sites Appear

"This Web site will help them learn about important programs and track our progress."

February 20, 2009

Texas Issues Next Generation 911 Master Plan

Landline voice, landline teletype/telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY/TDD), wireless/cellular voice, and VoIP 9-1-1 require substantial system modification.

February 17, 2009

Connecticut State Agencies to Cut Cell Phone Costs and Review IT Contracts

Also working to renegotiate or rebid $31.5 million in contracts for the Department of Information Technology.

February 13, 2009

Florida Bill Would Tax Internet Sales

Claims Florida is losing anywhere from two to four billion dollars a year because of uncollected sales taxes on Internet purchases.

February 12, 2009

Government Transparency Initiatives Rebooted

"The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure."

February 11, 2009

California State IT Vendor Forum to be Webcast

The forum, to be held at the Department of General Services headquarters, will focus on the recently released California IT Strategic Plan, IT Capital Plan and the Governor's IT Reorganization Plan.

February 4, 2009

90,000 Sex Offenders on its Site, Says MySpace

"Today's news from MySpace casts doubt on parts of a recent report by a Task Force charged with finding and developing technologies to make social networks safer."

February 3, 2009

Maine Technology Office Develops Standards for Blackberry Use

In the past, third-party software that has been downloaded and has destroyed some devices to the point where the device was not repairable and had to be replaced.

February 2, 2009

Texas HHS Grapples with Standardized Definitions and Data on Unreimbursed Health Care Costs

Different programs have differing definitions of allowable uncompensated care, and many of those are outside the control of state policymakers.

January 29, 2009

Nationwide Campaign Under Way to Evaluate Government Records Online

"Online access to public records is the next battleground for Freedom of Information advocates."

January 29, 2009

Hacked Austin Road Signs Warn of Zombies

Someone broke the locks, got through the password, reprogrammed the signs and then changed the passwords.

January 28, 2009

Report: DOD's and VA's Health Info Sharing Needs Improved Management

In spite of generally positive progress, 22 of 30 positions unfilled.

January 28, 2009

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Urges Microsoft to Give American Workers Priority in Layoffs

"The program is not intended to replace qualified American workers."

January 28, 2009

Google Denies Report of Lobbying to Allow Sale of Patient Medical Records

"Consumers own their electronic medical data and should have the right to easily access their information and control who gets to see it."

January 23, 2009

Granholm Says Michigan Unemployment Breaks Double Digits, Launches New Technology and Staffing

Includes Web-based automated systems, increased server and mainframe capacity, rehiring retired employees.

January 21, 2009

More on Obama's Technology Agenda

"Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age." -- President Barack Obama

January 12, 2009

Maine Budget Includes Consolidation of State IT

Biennial budget proposal from fiscal years 2010-11.

January 6, 2009

Delaware CIO Tom Jarrett to be Replaced by James H. Sills III

Effective Jan. 20.

January 5, 2009

Telemedicine Underutilized in Texas, Says Report

"HHSC continues to encourage the use of telemedicine to increase access to care in medically underserved areas of the state."

January 5, 2009

IT Consolidation Cited in Leaner Federal Judiciary

"The entire Judicial Branch accounts for only 0.2 percent of the nation's budget. For us, these are real savings."

December 29, 2008

Political and Legal Battle Over Missouri Governor's E-Mail is Over

Originally scheduled to go to trial Jan. 5.

December 21, 2008

New York State Financial Disclosure Site Adds Public Authority Employee Salary Information

Controversy generated around the issues of access to public information versus privacy of state employees.

December 11, 2008

AeA-ITAA Merger to Strengthen IT Industry Voice in Washington and State Capitals

Two thousand member companies form Technology Association of America.

December 10, 2008

European E-Government Research Projects Highlighted

If the Danish invoicing system was rolled out across the EU, projected annual savings would total EUR50 billion.

December 3, 2008

GovTwit Launched

Stay in touch with state and local government agencies and people.

December 2, 2008

Washington State CIO Gary Robinson to Retire Dec.31

Was NASCIO vice president.

December 1, 2008

Obama Names Napolitano as Homeland Security Secretary

Hillary Clinton for secretary of state.

November 25, 2008

Teri Takai Confirmed as California CIO

Rules Committee vote.

November 25, 2008

Clark County, Nevada CIO Laura Fucci Receives CIO of Year Award

"I spent the first year building bridges and burning down walls."

November 14, 2008

National League of Cities Honors Eight Cities for Municipal Excellence

"Can position for growth and improve quality of life through fiber-optics."

November 10, 2008

Georgia Issues Intent to Award on Two Large IT Contracts

Award to IBM for infrastructure services, and to AT&T for managed network services.

October 31, 2008

E-Vote: Digital Divide a Key Barrier to Improving Voter Registration, Says Report

Digital divide a key barrier to improving voter participation.

October 20, 2008

Supreme Court Rules in Ohio Voter Registration Database Dispute

" ... Imperative that voters not be disenfranchised because of federal government red tape, misstated technical information or glitches in databases beyond the control of voters."

October 8, 2008

E-Vote: How Well Would You Do On a Test of Basic Civics? Check Yourself Online

"I am particularly excited about all of the resources that we have for teachers."

September 24, 2008

EU Parliament votes for Single European Telecom Market

"This will level the playing field for telecoms operators in Europe, enhance legal certainty, and broaden consumer choice."

September 22, 2008

Higashidani to Leave California Department of Technology Services

Leaving after 28 years in IT.

September 19, 2008

Texas Association of Counties Provides Video Highlights of Award-Winning Projects

Nacogdoches County's Judicial System Paper Ready Project cut the time for paperwork to go from the judge to the jail from 36 days to three days, and saved $250,000 in overflow inmate housing.

September 17, 2008

Public, Education and Government Channel Access More Difficult on AT&T U-Verse System, Says California PUC

PEG viewers could not view community college courses in closed caption or hear public meetings in another language through secondary audio.

September 16, 2008

E-Verify Required for Vendors Doing Business With Rhode Island

"Designing a procurement system that insures that vendors doing business with the state directly verify the employment of individuals who are legally entitled to work within Rhode Island."

September 11, 2008

Online Forum: New York City's 311 System

Service requests can be tracked online.

September 9, 2008

Atlanta Sues Internet Travel Companies for Back Taxes

Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity are among the companies that have failed to remit the disputed hotel/motel room taxes.

August 19, 2008

South Carolina Builds Enterprise Social Services Information Dashboard

"We have massive data sitting in government computers that represent pieces of the puzzle. If you put it together we can better understand our children, and our parents and us as humans."

August 15, 2008

McCain Releases Technology Policy Statement

Taxes, intellectual property and Internet connectivity addressed.

August 8, 2008

California Launches Best Practices Wiki

Contributors must create an account from a ca.gov or ca.us e-mail address.

July 25, 2008

Blunt Credits IT Changes for Part of Missouri Budget Surplus

One of only 13 states projecting stable or optimistic revenue outlooks for 2009.

July 17, 2008

"Learn Computers or Goodbye," Says Russia's New President to Government Employees

A more advanced kind of electronic government will be developed in the Karelia region soon.

July 14, 2008

Portland, Ore. Restarts Wireless Service

"The free municipal Wi-Fi business model just doesn't work."

July 10, 2008

Carly the Avatar Greets Visitors to San Carlos City Hall

General fund budget cuts met with virtual receptionist.

July 2, 2008

California Establishes Five-Year IT Capital Planning Process

State agencies will be required to prepare and submit a Five-Year IT Capital Plan by Oct. 1.

June 27, 2008

Georgia to Consolidate, Outsource IT Operations

GTA is creating a Service Management Organization to oversee technology providers and ensure the quality of services.

June 27, 2008

OECD Proposes Roadmap for the Internet Economy

Signatories agreed to make public-sector information available for free or at minimal charge.

June 11, 2008

EU Commissioner for Competition Speaks on Technology and Open Standards

"It is simplistic to assume that we can fix on a standard today, without payingattention to the risk of being locked-in tomorrow."

June 3, 2008

E-Mail Retention Issue Enters Race for Missouri Governor's Office

Blunt announced the creation of a permanent e-mail retention system requiring every e-mail to be saved forever.

May 27, 2008

New York State Publishes Study on Enhancing E-Record Access

"How the state can provide choice, interoperability and vendor neutrality in document creation while ensuring the resulting electronic records remain publicly accessible and under appropriate government control."

May 13, 2008

Governor Schwarzenegger to Keynote Conference on California's Future this Thursday

Keynotes by Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson, Google's Vint Cerf, State CIO Teri Takai; and Sun's Scott McNealy will provide multiple perspectives on the future of life in the Golden State.

May 8, 2008

Conference on California's Future in Sacramento Next Week

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

May 6, 2008

Digital Preservation Report Advocates PDF/A for Long-Term Archiving

Preserving the Data Explosion: Using PDF by Betsy A. Fanning.

April 17, 2008

California Tax Agency on YouTube

Funny stories by young people who work in a plug or two for Ready Return, the state's simplified online tax filing service.

April 8, 2008

New York City Congestion Pricing Plan Fails in Albany

"One thing that I've learned in government is that there's always a good reason to do nothing. But business -- and government, too -- both increasingly recognize that going green is the best -- indeed the only -- pro-growth strategy, not just for the long term, but in the short run as well."

March 25, 2008

E-Count: Electronic Field Data Collection Under Fire for 2010 Census

Revised requirements could result in significant cost increases estimated to range from $600 million to $2 billion.

March 21, 2008

Bills in New York, Connecticut Would Restrict, Monitor Use of Online Data by Advertisers

"Acquisitions of third-party advertising companies by large Internet companies have raised serious and important privacy issues with respect to who is monitoring an individual's online behavior for marketing and other purposes."

March 20, 2008

E-Mail Deletion Policy Under Scrutiny in Missouri Legal Dispute

Could your agency handle such an e-discovery request?

March 14, 2008

E-Vote: Vote Center Concept Proposed for Indiana

"Paper poll books inhibited flexibility in the voting process, and would be replaced by an electronic poll book; this book would be connected to the vote center with secure technology."

March 11, 2008

Kentucky Bill Would Ban Anonymous Internet Posting

"An interactive service provider shall establish, maintain and enforce a policy to require information content providers to be conspicuously identified with all information provided by, at a minimum, their registered legal name.

March 4, 2008

Colorado Wrestles With Open Government Legislation

The draft bill would exempt some lawmakers' e-mail, would add a week to agency response deadlines, and would exempt records that contain Social Security numbers and other confidential information, instead of requiring redaction of such information and then release.

February 8, 2008

Sacramento County, Calif., Seeks New CIO

Initial interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid to late March with a final candidate to be selected in April 2008.

January 31, 2008

New York City's Congestion Pricing Plan Killed

State Senate and Assembly failed to act before a federal traffic relief grant application period expired.

January 31, 2008

E-Vote: GAO Says Improvements in Voting Accessibility, but Gaps Remain

"As the population ages and the percentage of voters with disabilities expands, the expectation of accommodation and assistance to participate in this basic civic exercise will grow."

January 29, 2008

Resource on Shared Municipal Services

The New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, has a page containing resources on the subject of shared municipal services.

January 28, 2008

More Changes in Kentucky

Steve Dooley has been appointed interim commissioner.

January 23, 2008

New York City Says: "Just 311 It"

"Many New Yorkers call 311 after they realize they left something in the back of a cab ... and the last thing you want to do is start rifling through your phone book searching for the right agency to call. All you've got to do is call 311."

January 18, 2008

Bloomberg Outlines Multiple Technology Programs for New York City, From Education and Social Services to Public Safety

"We will establish a six-figure prize for anyone who can invent a device tailored to the NYPD that analyzes DNA right at the crime scene."

January 17, 2008

Policy: A Delicate Balance

When a politician weighs in on "one side" of an issue, he or she must then ignore or discredit the logic in the competing point of view.

January 17, 2008

Jaime Escalante: Excellence Means "Do it Right the First Time"

"Our kids are not motivated. They look for the easy way. They look for a job to buy a car and that's it. Nothing else. The opposite is true in places like South America. In those countries, education is a privilege. Education in this country, for most kids, is a punishment." -- Jaime Escalante

January 13, 2008

Former Michigan CIO Teri Takai Accepts California CIO Position

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says Takai will help rebuild essential state services.

January 11, 2008

Ill Wind Sparks Web-Based GIS Fire Management System

"It's part of a geography class. We give them a project area, they do the project and give us the data back."

January 10, 2008

Colorado Governor Names Legislators Who Will Sponsor IT Consolidation Bills

"To consolidate the state's splintered Information Technology systems under one roof in the Governor's Office of Information Technology."

January 9, 2008

E-Vote: Colorado Secretary of State Wants Federal Testing of Voting Equipment

"The EAC has now been able to bring resources to bear such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help develop a process that states can have confidence in."

January 9, 2008

Australia Piloting GPS-Based Control of Vehicle Speed

Australasian Intelligent Speed Adaptation Initiative.

January 8, 2008

Sweden Tops 2008 E-Government Readiness Report; U.S. Drops to Fourth

No countries from the African, Caribbean, Central American, Central Asian, South American, or Southern Asian regions scored among the top 35.

January 7, 2008

E-Vote: Assessing the Influence of Technology on the 2008 Presidential Elections

TechPresident, a Web site "covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the Web and ... how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign."

January 2, 2008

Travis County, Texas, Will Use Technology to Locate Missing Persons

A person who wanders away from a facility or home can require many hours of law enforcement work, and locating someone quickly is sometimes difficult.

December 26, 2007

Measure Would Penalize Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

In order to do the mileage tax, motorists would need to install GPS monitoring equipment in their vehicles to keep tabs on how many miles they travel.

December 25, 2007

Web 2.0 Enters Civic Life: GTEN Special Holiday Issue

Have you ever visited, or even heard of, these Web sites: Flickr, Digg, IMDB, del.icio.us, Fark, Slashdot, Something Awful, YTMND, I-Mockery or Fazed? If not, you're neglecting the epicenter of the Internet-as-a-community phenomenon.

December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays from Government Technology!

GT will resume publication on January 2. However, throughout this week, special holiday publications -- on transportation, security, products and Web 2.0 -- will appear on this site. We hope you enjoy them. See you next year!

December 20, 2007

Attorney General Mukasey Argues for Continuation of Protect America Act of 2007

"The United States has tremendous technological capabilities in such disciplines as computer science, telecommunications, and cryptology, but we've not been allowed to use that capability to full advantage."

January 12, 2004

Universal Service Fund Still Broken, Said Terry

40 states receive nothing

November 13, 2003

Health Hazards Alleged for Classroom Wireless

Suit seeks choice in exposure.

October 31, 2002

Digital State Part III

Many winners illustrate progress in taxation and revenue, GIS and transportation, and education categories.

October 8, 2002

Bridging the Data Disconnect: Information Sharing Essentials

"We must open lines of communicationand support like never before ..." -- Gov. Tom Ridge accepting his post as Director of the Office of Homeland Security

August 8, 2002

Digital State 2002

The Center for Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation survey the 50 states to reveal who's getting the most out of technology in e-commerce and business regulation, digital democracy and management and administration.

June 4, 2002

Digital State 2002

The Center for Digital Government and The Progress & Freedom Foundation survey the 50 states to reveal who's getting the most out of technology in law enforcement/courts and social services.

June 4, 2002

Integrating County Justice

Maricopa takes a methodical approach to local public safety.

May 29, 2002

FBI Reorganizes to Meet New Threats

"Federal Bureau of Prevention?"

May 3, 2002

Minnesota Releases CriMNet Progress Report

Integrated criminal and juvenile justice program

May 2, 2002

Integrated Justice Case Study

Maricopa County, Arizona

May 1, 2002

No Wrong Door

Georgia is building an enterprise portal that will allow citizens to access the services they need from anywhere.

April 16, 2002

Seattle to Pilot Federal-Local Homeland Security Project

Plume tracking goes high tech, and governments will share the information.

August 14, 2001

Electronic Government in the News

Electronic Government in the News

August 14, 2001

The Electronic Postmark

The Electronic Postmark

August 1, 2001

Charting a New Course for GIS

City and county executives discuss the potential for GIS in local government.

July 17, 2001

Practice Makes Perfect

San Carlos, Calif., has had a lot of time to make its Web site among the best.

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May 14, 2001

Global E-Government Report

Global E-Government Report

February 12, 2001

Default Democracy

Default Democracy

December 12, 2000

Toppling The Stovepipes

CIOs at all levels are seeking to liberate processes mired in the Industrial Age.

Platforms & Programs