Proofpoint’s interactive training modules and assessments aim to help government agencies train employees on safe Internet practices, reducing the likelihood that malware attacks or other scams will be successful.
Answer: He just completed his first orbit around the sun.
Joseph Rabito has been named interim director and chief information officer for the Office of Information Technology Services. In a memo to staff, he outlined a push for efficiency and better investment of state resources.
Answer: For using the tone for the national wireless emergency alerts.
A technology outage Friday afternoon delayed travelers throughout the U.S. The agency said it was working to fix the "temporary" technological setback, but gave no details on what the cause might be.
Answer: Really mad.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday launched a $420 million statewide broadband expansion project and appointed 25 public- and private-sector individuals to the broadband advisory council.
Answer: Fifteen, plus the District of Columbia.
Answer: A surveillance tool.
FAST Enterprises was selected to deploy its vehicle services software to replace the Minnesota Vehicle Licensing and Registration System over the next year and a half. The contract will cost the state about $33.9 million.
Answer: At least 234.
The new installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools throughout six counties in Northwest Florida is aimed at providing mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
Answer: A Saildrone.
Answer: For balance and agility.
State government in West Virginia is responsible for reviewing many aspects of local government finance. Now the state is using OpenGov to improve the way those governments report their data.
Emily Littlejohn, the city's new IT director, has worked with the city since 2012, having performed in a number of capacities within the Parks and Recreation, Human Resources and Library departments.
Alexandru Otrezov, fresh from the ride-share company Uber, will be joining PayIt, which offers digital services and payment solutions for state and local government, as chief marketing officer.
Answer: Almost impossible.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the Arkansas Rural Connect program to help communities with at least 500 residents receive funding for broadband infrastructure to provide residents with high-speed Internet access.
Answer: No, but it looks like it is going to get there another way.
Mark43, which sells dispatch and records systems to law enforcement agencies, is offering free integration to customers who also use Forensic Logic's COPLINK X, a nationwide search engine for police.
The city of Boston's former CIO will lead the new foundation, which governs the transportation-focused Mobility Data Specification. The nation's three largest cities and Microsoft are among the foundation's members.
Answer: At the bar.
The decision, which takes effect as of Aug. 15, will mark the end of the veteran IT leader’s second career. Samson came out of retirement in May 2017 to accept the CIO position with the state.
Assuming the role of chief information security officer is filled before December, each of Denver’s three top officials for IT, cybersecurity and data will have been in their roles for less than 18 months.
Tim Roemer, a former nonpartisan detailee to the White House Situation Room and congressional liaison for the Central Intelligence Agency, has accepted a position as the state’s chief information security officer.
The company has settled a suit with 15 states and several other government entities that alleged it continued selling video surveillance management software after learning of serious security flaws.
Optibus, which makes cloud-based software to manage public transportation, has added functionality to allow users to work on multiple bus routes at the same time, hoping it will allow for more rider-focused scheduling.
The company announced Wednesday the addition of Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; and Indianapolis, Ind., to its growing list of next-generation Internet-capable cities. Five other cities already have the service.
Answer: Not yet, but Congress is exploring the possibility.
The company, one of several companies led by Elon Musk, is proposing huge tunnel projects in Chicago, Las Vegas and San Jose, Calif. It just got an injection of capital as it pursues those efforts.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Department of Transportation IT Director Annette Dunn to the role of state CIO. She replaces Robert von Wolffradt, who stepped down as state CIO in January.
The company, which makes workflow software for the public sector, has taken on an investment partner in order to expand its offerings in areas requiring information exchange such as Freedom of Information Act requests.
Answer: In the (double) blink of an eye.
After nearly 30 years of service to the county, Laurie Panella has accepted the job of chief information officer with Marquette University. She begins in the new role Aug. 19.
Answer: It can if it’s a Tesla.
Answer: It’s spring-loaded.
Gov. Brad Little unveiled new rulemaking steps this week, releasing a list that includes online posting of rulemaking public meetings, a new subscribe feature for administrative bulletins and more.
Answer: Bill Nye thinks so.
The Chicago-based SaaS company has pulled in more than $6 million in investment since launching its first product in July 2016, trying to get a head start in an industry that's expecting heavy growth in the coming years.
Answer: Yes, thanks to a haptic vest.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Nathan Smith, who helped craft the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, will lead the efforts to expand Internet access to communities with more than 500 residents by 2022.
The newly created position in Pennsylvania will report directly to the chief information officer, with the state’s online job opening for the gig set to close for new applicants on Aug. 2.
Answer: About $4 per person.
Answer: By showering them with artificial snow.
After the addition of two advisers and a new president in March, the company’s fourth high-level appointment in 2019 gives it an experienced boards of directors, with several co-founders and partners of major businesses.
The buyout of WatchGuard brings Motorola Solutions into some of the largest police departments in the country, simultaneously creating a potential path for facial recognition to those departments.
The Louisiana telecommunications giant says its new subscription service works as a bridge between old technologies and cloud functionality for governments that can’t yet afford a full-scale overhaul.
Answer: Yes, if they’re both Peloton Technology trucks.
The Carnegie Mellon University-linked company, which raised a $3.9 million seed round at the end of last year, has pulled in more capital — and customers — as it continues on a rapid growth trajectory.
Answer: A flamethrower attached to a drone.
Answer: Alan Turing.
After the departure of CIO Jerry Driessen, the Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners chooses new CIO Glen Gilbertson, who has more than 23 years of experience working within the county.
Answer: Into the Apollo 11 spaceship’s cockpit.
Answer: To test it for spaceflight.
In the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey, the top 58 counties nationwide stand out for their commitment to using tech to improve quality of life, shore up cybersecurity, support municipal resources and more.
A slew of bills will go before the St. Louis County Council tonight for final approval. The pieces of legislation allocate funding for a new website, mobile app upgrade and system backups in the cloud.
Answer: Solar cells.
State officials in Utah hope to roll out a teleworking program for 2,555 eligible employees during the next 18 months to reduce vehicle emissions, save taxpayer dollars and increase staff productivity.
Answer: By faking it.
Answer: In the restaurant that you ordered it from.
The National Governors Association will assist workgroups in identifying and protecting critical infrastructure at all levels of participants' governments during workshops, which will be held between July and December.
Answer: Just ask Google Maps.
Answer: The red notification dot.
Answer: Under the screen.
A report on face-recognition technology from the company’s independent advisory board raises serious concerns about face matching, and recommends treating face recognition with caution.
Answer: K-12 students.
The company, which makes tools to help governments find and fix dangerous stretches of roadway, will become an official supporter of the network. In return, the network will promote the company in its activities.
Answer: A lot of things.
Answer: Yes, if it's running iOS 13.
As the public sector amasses more data than it knows what to do with, a California-based company takes aim at fragmentation and storage. The company is now offering one tool through Amazon's government-focused cloud.
Blueforce Development is actually the second company to try the concept out in recent years, but its app plugin would allow users to integrate with facial and object recognition software for the video they stream.
Answer: Robot blood.
The cloud-based endpoint management solution awaits final approval from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, having met its stringent security standards for cloud software.
Beset with problems attributed to various contractors, Maryland’s health insurance exchange website launched a saga of investigation and litigation that cost the state tens of millions for the better part of a decade.
Answer: A cab.
Answer: 5 billion years.
Chief Information Officer Jim Purcell will cease to be the acting secretary of the Office of Information Technology on July 1 after two years in the position. Marty Redden will take over as acting secretary.
Answer: San Diego.
The integration of 3-D location technology with computer-aided dispatch promises to give police, firefighters and other emergency responders the ability to track their teams indoors with floor-level accuracy.
Meixell, who served for more than five years of tech and innovation work for the city, will be joining the region’s county government as enterprise data architect.
Answer: Only at night.
Answer: A tool that lets you change what someone says just by typing it.
The National Governors Association has selected the states to undergo cyberattack policy and response training geared toward helping them better prepare for the 2020 presidential elections.
Answer: No, but it is getting helicopters.
Seven more startups have joined URBAN-X’s accelerator program, which now offers $150,000 and 20 weeks of hands-on help from a global network of experts. Four of them are gov tech companies, tackling a variety of niches.
Answer: With robotic furniture.
Answer: Probably something like Sparky Buttons, or maybe Tom Glitter.
Answer: EV charging.
The state is looking for a ‘visionary leader’ to represent and spearhead IT matters, following in the footsteps of David DeVries and serving under the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and DTMB Director Tricia Foster.
Answer: On the whole, they seem to support it.
Answer: Too cute.
Gov. Pete Ricketts hosted a ceremonial bill signing for the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act.
Answer: New York City.
Answer: With Domino's AI-powered DOM Pizza Checker.
Answer: The Mona Lisa.
Answer: Through its Wi-Fi connection.
The task force is charged with mapping the state's existing services and pinpointing gaps in broadband infrastructure to aid in the eventual development of a comprehensive statewide plan.
Answer: Your palm.
Wilford Saunders Jr. has been tapped as Alben’s acting replacement. Saunders is a veteran of government IT work with many years of experience in the Washington State Department of Commerce.
The incubator has worked with several gov tech companies in the past, but this is the first time it's formally and explicitly called for startups in the space. It doesn't, however, want to "replace government."
Answer: Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
Chief Information Officer Michael Lane left his post May 17 after almost six years of working in Clark County IT as both the CIO and deputy CIO.
Answer: Six, plus Europol and Eurojust.
The social networking platform that also works with local governments and public safety agencies has pulled in a lot of money for a company its age. It's using it to jump into two new European countries.
Answer: Ask for a quiet ride when you book.
The deal, done with Avenu under ownership by a private equity firm, will bring together a company focused on document scanning and a company that stores files and other data and provides government software.
Answer: It’s not because it doesn’t like them.
The state wants 100 percent of households to have access to high-speed Internet, and toward that end it will put $155 million toward rural broadband expansion projects during the next five years.
Answer: Not entirely, but it can come up with the recipe.
By partnering with Kisio and its own City Possible network, Mastercard aims to create a ‘mobility-as-a-service’ platform in which passengers can search, book and pay for multiple transportation options through one app.
Answer: An AI voice assistant.
Answer: No, which is why they could be a good way to help people express negative emotions.
Today, ArchiveSocial announced a $53 million investment from Level Equity. We sat down with ArchiveSocial’s founder and CEO, Anil Chawla, to get his perspective on growing a successful company in the gov tech market.
Answer: 30 pounds.
The acquisition expands NIC’s dozens of tailored licensing services to include the burgeoning cannabis industry, which contends with differing regulations at the federal, state and local level.
The leading civic tech organization, known for its disruptive approach to using technology in government, will welcome a wide range of guests, including speakers from the private sector, public sector and nonprofits.
Answer: Microsoft certainly seems to think so.
The nationwide public safety broadband network reports more than 600,000 device connections, more than 7,250 user agencies, and performance numbers that are 25 percent faster than commercial networks.
Answer: A live human kidney.
Answer: Not in the U.S., but she will be soon.
Answer: With data collected from cellphone signals.
As CTO, Andy Molls inherits the supervision of a $25 million ERP project, as well as a key role in an IT department under scrutiny by state prosecutors for conflicts of interest, mishandled money and other allegations.
Answer: No, but some scientists are going to pretend that it is.
The former software engineer and technology strategist will bring experience from more than half a dozen companies to a leadership role in NIC, which provides digital-service tools for some 6,000 government agencies.
Answer: Election misinformation.
Answer: All the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
These cities, along with others yet to be announced, join Chicago and Minneapolis, which are the first in the world where customers have access to the company’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service.
The grant management platform has been integrated for agencies in Illinois and Puerto Rico, with the promise of relieving some of the government’s burden of compliance oversight and finding new funding opportunities.
Answer: With giant vacuum cleaners.
The new partnership makes Sacramento the fourth California county to partner with Code for America. Developers estimate that this will clear roughly 5,300 eligible convictions related to marijuana.
Answer: Cloudy with a chance of ransomware.
In lieu of fine-print user agreements or nothing at all, a prominent urban innovation startup offers a visual language to tell people, at a glance, when they’re being scanned or surveilled, by whom and for what purpose.
Over the next year, a small electric autonomous shuttle will be deployed to showcase the potential for rapidly evolving transportation technology across the state.
The new body comprises members from the public and private sectors, with participants coming from organizations that range from Equifax to Georgia State University to the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told local media that she hopes to start expunging minor cannabis convictions soon, noting that the nonprofit civic tech group Code for America might be able to help.
Answer: Because the agency would like help checking its work.
The money will go toward restoring certain roads and public rights-of-way affected by the private company's recent decision to discontinue efforts to establish the high-speed Internet service in the city.
Now that all 50 governors — including a robust crop of new faces — have made "State of the State" speeches, Government Technology takes the opportunity to break down how many touched on various technology topics.
Motorola Solutions is the latest on a growing list of companies to offer cloud-based software that collect data from IoT devices and send it to first responders and call centers with its CommandCentral Aware platform.
Answer: Who will live and who will die in the final season of Game of Thrones.
A newly signed law gives the Information Technology Department the authority to define cybersecurity for all public entities within the state.
Answer: Wing, a sister company of Google.
Answer: A Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.
The role, which will be filled by Joshua Edmonds, is aimed at helping the city address digital equity issues, specifically when it comes to expanding access to the Internet for residents of Detroit.
Answer: So that Texas Tech fans wouldn’t damage the scooters or endanger themselves.
Though details are vague, the state has replaced the name of former CISO Stanton Gatewood on its website with that of David Allen, who comes from the Georgia Army National Guard's IT leadership.
The program, launched through a partnership between ELGL and UrbanLeap, is specifically focusing on cities, counties and towns with fewer than 30,000 residents. Other similar projects have often focused on big cities.
Answer: By enabling remote surgeries.
Cask Government Services will focus on program management and other operational support for federal agencies, while Cask NX will offer end-to-end consulting on digital transformation.
The joining of two telematics firms will add thousands of government vehicles to Geotab’s customer base and BSM products to its ecosystem. In return, BSM customers get access to Geotab’s tools, marketplace and expertise.
The publicly traded i3 Verticals mostly works in payment processing and serves both the private and public sectors. NET Data, meanwhile, offers a variety of services to several government verticals.
Answer: Very easy.
Answer: The U.S. Department of Justice, that’s who.
The Alphabet-backed company has created a new app that it hopes will make it easier for people to study how other people use common spaces like parks to better inform decisions about those spaces.
Civic engagement company CitySourced is joining forces with Rock Solid, which does similar work but also has a diverse software portfolio that spans energy companies, the medical field and back-office government tech.
Downers Grove Sanitary District Administrative Supervisor Clay Campbell and San Antonio Water System VP and CIO Sree Pulapaka are among those recognized in the 2019 class of Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.
Answer: Race car drivers.
The company has a history of helping wildfire-stricken communities in California set up recovery websites quickly. Now it's launching a website theme so it can do so for more local governments.
The company, which makes technology to help defendants avoid unnecessary jail time, is going live in Ventura County, Calif., while preparing to launch in three others in a push toward the state's highly populated south.
San Francisco-based Remix is a gov tech company that has designed and continues to manage online platforms for the transit agencies within more than 350 municipal governments across the globe.
Answer: 88 feet.
Answer: Now the platform will tell you.
A law signed by Gov. Jim Justice last week creates a new cybersecurity office within the Office of Technology to assess the vulnerabilities of state agencies and unify security policies.
Answer: A flower vase that doubles as a fire extinguisher.
Answer: Six women — Kathleen McNulty, Frances Bilas, Betty Jean Jennings, Ruth Lichterman, Elizabeth Snyder and Marlyn Wescoff.
The size of the investment — one of the largest gov tech fundings in recent years — represents a major development for the startup, which raised $4.5 million in 2016 and got a contract with the state of Kansas in 2017.
Answer: Locking themselves out of their accounts.
Answer: It’s going to start trying at the McDonald’s drive-thru.
Answer: City commissioners’ emails.
Kratsios, who has been serving as deputy chief technology officer since 2017, has been nominated to fill a role that has been vacant for the past two years. He would be the fourth person to hold the position since its creation in 2009.
GovTech’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2019 represent an impressive group of IT leaders working inside government offices and on the ground, using technology to push the public-sector forward.
The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology will soon name its first "Blockchain and Distributed Ledger (BDL) Solution Architect," the state's chief technology officer announced.
Answer: The first all-female spacewalk.
Answer: Children who are blind or visually impaired.
The four-year contract with CNSI revolves around the creation of a new system to enroll medical providers in Texas' Medicaid program. The enrollment system has caused frustration among physicians in the past.
A new restraining tool is being marketed to law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad as non-lethal and potentially painless. The company is now led by former TASER International co-founder Thomas Smith.
Answer: Yes, if Dog Mode is engaged.
Answer: To ships offshore.
They include four U.S. cities: San Jose, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Wichita, Kan., and Erie, Pa. The network is meant to bring together cities from around the globe to collaborate on solving common problems.
Brian Dillard was appointed as San Antonio’s chief innovation officer earlier this month, which puts him in charge of a host of initiatives such as local smart city efforts, innovation zones and the CivTechSA program.
South Carolina-based Avtec is Motorola Solutions' eighth acquisition since February 2016, and brings in a company whose customers include public safety agencies, utilities, railroads, airlines and more.
Answer: Yes, but then you’ll need a new one.
The city has selected Hanna Pickering as its next director of IT and Lena Geraghty as its first director of innovation and performance management. They will both start work for the local government there on March 25.
The company's chief revenue officer will become the president, while Risk Management Solutions CEO Karen White and Premise CEO Maury Blackman, who formerly led Accela, will come on as advisers.
Answer: Chicago and Minneapolis.
The feature lets users set up Web pages where they can publish budgets, blueprints, photos, timelines and more to keep citizens informed without calling in. They can also subscribe to receive updates as they come in.
Answer: The fastest man alive.
Seven executive positions around CEO Simon Angove have been filled, including decades of cumulative experience in government software, cloud adoption and market strategies for major tech companies.
Answer: A social media challenge that gets people to pick up trash.
Answer: Just two pages.
Five companies have three months to work with Verizon’s new Washington, D.C., lab and its 5G network to produce next-generation solutions for first responders, with help on marketing and use-case testing.
Answer: Put it through a scanner and let an AI do all the work.
Answer: Yes, if a robot does it.
Guerrier has spent more than two decades managing IT in the private sector, most recently working for Express Scripts, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical benefit management companies.
The tool automatically generates quotes based on population data. So naturally, Government Technology used it to see how much a new city website would cost for the hometowns of major characters in the TV show M*A*S*H.
Often promoted for residents who do not hold drivers’ licenses, like homeless residents, young people and immigrants, ID cards are increasingly being issued in cities to access services like food assistance.
Answer: By melting them.
The leader on the funding round, Energy Impact Partners, specifically pointed to new mobility options like shared, electric scooters as a reason for backing Remix. The company serves more than 300 cities.
Answer: In Queensland, Australia.
The "Aware" release lets IT workers monitor and manage the network connections of mobile devices used by employees that are outside the firewall — for government, that often means people such as inspectors in the field.
Answer: An electric skateboard that goes even faster than 37 mph.
Raymond, who has served as Connecticut's CIO dating back to June 2011, confirmed this week that he will continue in his role moving forward with the new gubernatorial administration.
Answer: Hand signals.
The company already offered route optimization, but now it's getting into the actual building and redesigning of routes as well. The idea is to help transit agencies be more flexible in their daily operations.
Answer: With a drug drop-off location search feature.
Answer: By "ICEing" charging stations.
Kevin Davis, whose 25-year career includes time working with the public sector at both Splunk and Oracle, will now join Databricks as a vice president as the company looks to bring data analytics and AI to government.
Answer: A sudden torrential downpour of rain.
Answer: No, but it might be getting a 'clarification' feature.
The Arcimoto Rapid Responder is just a little different from most emergency response vehicles. But with possible advantages in operating cost and size, it has three local government agencies on board to test it out.
Answer: Fake news.
Answer: It finally died.
Answer: Stray cats.
Gov. Tim Walz has formed a 19-member advisory task force to study the Minnesota IT Services department and advise on ongoing and future initiatives within the state.
Chris DeRusha will oversee cybersecurity for the state of Michigan, having had prominent roles with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Obama administration and Ford Motor Co.
Answer: Take control of other peoples’ smart homes.
RapidDeploy, which recently moved its headquarters from South Africa to the U.S., also added a former Oracle executive to its board of directors. The company makes software in the competitive emergency dispatch space.
Answer: 100 percent recycled e-waste.
Folding MyCivic’s application into its existing software for government-citizen interaction, the gov tech giant continues to diversify the range of software tools working together under its banner.
Answer: Yes, so long as the machine can pet the dog.
Answer: With an interactive map.
State officials are mum as websites and turnover point to more changes in the Alaska Department of Administration. After the departure of the department's leader, new CIO Peter Zuyus has also left.
William Wade III was named as the Information Management Department's chief information security officer.
Reenie Askew takes over as CIO of Charlotte, N.C., in March from Jeff Stovall, who stepped down in September after more than a decade in the role. Askew has been serving as deputy CIO of Houston for five years.
Answer: By placing bets online.
Answer: With facial recognition technology.
Knapp has been with the company since its early days, and the company's CEO gave him credit for helping NIC expand in recent years with new products and platforms. The company has not yet named a successor.
City officials told local media they are exploring the capabilities and potential locations, hoping the new center will be more cost efficient than deploying a shared services concept.
The nation’s governors are laying out policy priorities for the coming year — some for the first time. Many are focused on technology-driven economic and workforce development as paths to prosperity.
Chris Hill worked in Illinois' Department of Innovation and Technology as a cybersecurity leader for nearly two years, but his state service was much longer than that. Now he's headed to the private sector.
The state has created an official 24/7 chatbot named Agent Kay that is capable of answering hundreds of questions from residents about WebFile, the state’s full-service online tax filing portal.
Answer: Not enough screws.
The appointment was made days after new Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she would retain as state CIO Lee Allen, who took over the position in July and is working to modernize and secure state IT.
Answer: Park our cars at the airport.
Pew Charitable Trusts, which has been engaged in the work dating back to last year, also published a new article elaborating on its new partnerships with the law schools at each institution.
Answer: 100 kilometers (about 62 miles).
The tool integrates with the state's central reporting system and gives inspectors a way to manage their cases on mobile devices. Most of California's 58 counties have environmental health departments.
Answer: Find out with Google’s new phishing quiz.
Answer: Not yet, but it could happen if the shutdown continues.
The company, Symbium, operates on the concept of "computational law" — that regulations and laws can be translated so that computers can work with them just like any other data. It got its start in planning and zoning.
Answer: Because they were bad at their jobs.
Answer: The Motorola Razr.
Answer: Give it giant googly eyes.
The company, Vigilant Solutions, has attracted some controversy for the way customers use its product. It has also pursued facial recognition technology, a concern for civil rights groups.
City Manager T.C. Broadnax tapped Laila Alequresh, a veteran of public-sector technology innovation work in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, to lead the city's freshly created Office of Innovation.
Answer: No, definitely not.
Larson, who was appointed CIO in 2017, previously served as the Florida Agency for State Technology’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer.
Allen, who took the reins as state chief information technology officer in July, will remain in the position after Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is sworn in. He will continue work to modernize and secure IT in Kansas.
Re-elected Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Jeff Franklin, former deputy CIO and information security officer for the Department of Natural Resources, as Wolffradt’s interim replacement.
Answer: By using a feeding bowl that can tell them apart.
Answer: With a blimp on a tether.
Gov. Jared Polis has announced several new cabinet appointees, including incoming CIO Theresa Szczurek, who has a long career in private-sector technology.
Answer: On a roll.
Ronald Buchanan, the chief information risk officer at the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services, will become the next chief information security officer for the state.
Answer: With Twitter videos.
Parker has served as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s deputy chief of staff dating back to 2015. Parker also has previous experience leading cybersecurity work from her time in the private sector.
Johanna Clyborne took the lead at Minnesota Information Technology Services in early 2018 following the departure of Tom Baden, and after roughly a year is stepping aside as a new administration sets up shop.
GRIDSMART, based in Knoxville, Tenn., uses cameras and computers to classify and count vehicles going through intersections. The company, now joining Cubic Transportation Systems, works in 1,200 cities across the globe.
Planet has yet to announce the details of its pending acquisition of the government-serving, open-source GIS software company Boundless Spatial, but will retain its St. Louis headquarters and select staff.
Answer: With a smart sensor for their fishing rods.
Answer: Only $1,000.
Kirk Lonbom, who served as Illinois CIO under outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner, delivered a report to the state Legislature on Dec. 28 outlining how his department has responded to legislative mandates and saved money.
Foster will serve as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, though it is unclear whether she will assume the duties of the CIO position as well.
Hart, who was essentially promoted from within, took over tech and innovation work for Georgia’s most populous county in December, following the August departure of former CIO Sallie Wright.
Answer: Never. Never, ever.
Incoming New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has tapped Vincent Martinez, currently with the state as managing director of cloud and communications, to serve as secretary of the Department of Information Technology.
Santiago Garces, who was hired by South Bend, Ind., after graduating from Notre Dame University in 2013, is resigning to become the next director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance.
Answer: Drone sightings.
Answer: Teaching kids to code in Google’s Santa Tracker.
Answer: Build glitter bombs to teach porch pirates a lesson.
The state has tapped Nicholas Andersen, a 12-year industry veteran who has helped with cybersecurity work in partnership with a number of U.S. military organizations. Andersen took over the role earlier this month.
Answer: Put a human in a robot costume.
Throughout the year, the Center for Digital Government surveys cities, counties and states driving public-sector technology forward. Here are some takeaways from those surveys and a look back at the year in gov tech.
Answer: A phone phreak who doesn’t like them.
Montana, Ohio, Virginia and Wyoming have enlisted Deloitte to try to future-proof their modular Medicaid enterprise systems with a flexible integration tool for states adapting to new federal guidelines.
Answer: Kanye West.
Optibus’ Series B financing, led by Insight Venture Partners, will allow the company to expand into new markets, hone its AI tools for planning mass transit schedules and develop a new product.
The Sunlight Foundation’s project is called Roadmap to Informed Communities, and it’s essentially a procedural framework aimed at helping cities create open data programs that incorporate constituent feedback.
Nacapuy, whose stint as the state’s top technology executive began back in 2015, told local media that he will be assisting with the transition to a new IT leader before ultimately returning to the private sector.
The Digital Cities Survey is an annual review of IT best practices of U.S. cities, a look at what’s going right in municipalities of all sizes as well as where growth can be made. Here’s the 2018 survey by the numbers.
Answer: 32 years.
Visionary Integration Professionals announced the windfall last month with the intention to expand its market share, which consists of more than 1,200 government and commercial clients.
Answer: Quitterbread Bars and Merry Hunga Poppers.
SceneDoc, a startup that manages evidence collection, will bolster Tyler's portfolio of public safety solutions that include computer-aided dispatch and records management.
Working under the auspices of Ontario Systems since being acquired in May, Justice Systems will unveil new case management and revenue recovery tools at a conference next week in Las Vegas.
Nearly eight months after former CIO Alex Pettit resigned and took a newly created position within the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, Terrence Woods has been tapped to fill the role for the foreseeable future.
Answer: By accidentally bear-spraying them.
The report, released Thursday, breaks down where state IT leaders will be focusing their attention in the coming year.
Answer: The White House.
Backed by $100,000 and a support program from the startup accelerator, Israel-based GreenQ joins the U.S. gov tech sector alongside Rubicon and others as a competitor in waste-management technology.
Miller previously served as the chief information officer for San Antonio. He takes over from William Finch, who held the position for approximately six years.
Answer: Ads when videos are paused.
Answer: By planting trees!
Hayes is a veteran of the tech sector, bringing to the role a wide array of experience, including executive positions in the private sector as well as a stint as deputy CIO for Atlanta’s public schools.
Transit, a Canadian startup, is bringing ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft into its app so that users can buy rides to and from public transit stations in the U.S. and around the world.
A look back at our most popular stories of the year, and a glimpse of what the next chapter holds.
All year, we track the major job moves of state, city and county technology leaders. Whether coming into a new position or moving on from an old one, these tech chiefs drove changes in cybersecurity, analytics and more.
Answer: To help people get better at interacting with the real thing.
OpenGov was originally going to be part of the deal that proposes to merge six companies into one publicly traded entity. But the company behind the merger cut OpenGov out, and now the matter is going to court.
Answer: Your cup!
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is publishing a toolkit for states that includes a step-by-step guide and code for finding people at risk of overdosing on opioid painkillers.
Answer: Gender-specific pronouns.
Joshua G. Spence has been named as the state's CTO, an appointment that takes effect immediately.
Answer: Bots that buy things online before humans can.
Answer: More than 58,000.
David Elges, who has served as the CIO of Washington, D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency for two years, will become Boston's new CIO. The position has sat vacant since January, when Jascha Franklin-Hodge left.
Answer: No, but she can give you advice from the experts.
Soofa was one of two winners for Miami-Dade County, Fla.'s challenge in Ford's City of Tomorrow program. Now it will set up its informational displays in different areas of the city for transportation purposes.
Answer: Writing television commercials.
Wisniewski has been in the city's CDO for more than four years. His departure comes as the city looks to restructure the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation.
The police tech startup’s website aims to skirt outdated infrastructure that doesn’t give public safety professionals accurate location data. The technology can use cellphone GPS to help locate the caller.
The outgoing chief has accepted the role of vice president of process and execution for Farm Credit Mid-America after leading tech efforts in the city dating back to August 2016.
Answer: The Internet of Ears.
In 2015, 61 percent of cities participating in a national survey project said they were considering the Internet of Things in their IT strategic plans. This year, that number reached above 90 percent.
Answer: Apparently, not in Japan.
Interim CIO Vikki Smith, who alluded to her imminent departure in a conversation with Government Technology last week, will be succeeded by Pennsylvania Chief Technology Officer James Weaver.
Answer: Alexa inside a retro telephone.
With new funding from Hyperplane Venture Capital and other urban-tech investors, the Pittsburgh-based company plans to diversify and cover more territory.
In partnership with Responder Corp., the telecommunications giant is launching 5G First Responder Lab, a maker space in Washington, D.C., for designing and building faster communications tech for emergency situations.
Answer: ‘Squoosh’ them!
The new City Possible network is made up of 16 cities across the globe, and is open to more. It's meant to help cities work together to identify common problems and the solutions to them.
Answer: They are literally falling apart.
The company has made several big mergers and acquisitions since receiving private equity money in 2016. This one brings in a company, SouthTech Systems, founded on building software for California county clerks.
Answer: SMS phishing.
A limited pilot program for overseas military personnel and U.S. citizens used blockchain technology for secure Internet voting. It was a first-of-its-kind project, but the state isn't looking to make it the default system.