Answer: Because it's smart.
Ruth Day, a certified public accountant with a private-sector background, has been tapped to step in for Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle, who was appointed by then-Gov. Matt Bevin in December 2017.
Answer: No, but scientists can now use their cellphones to make calls to the frogs' ponds.
The startup's expansion follows similar moves from open data companies serving state and local government in recent years. ClearGov, however, brings a unique approach and business model to the industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its first round of rural broadband funding awards as part of its ReConnect Pilot Program. Alabama got a huge slice of that pie to fund four major efforts.
Answer: More than 1 million.
Drew Dilly is the newest member of CIO Gordon Knopp's IT leadership team, serving as the state's first chief data officer. Dilly will evaluate legacy systems to find opportunities for resource sharing and consolidation.
Our annual review of the country’s cities leading the way in tech, the Digital Cities Survey tallies best practices underway in cybersecurity, citizen engagement and analytics. Here are this year’s top-level numbers.
Deputy State CIO Heath Beach will step down Dec. 6 to pursue technology consulting in the private sector, after guiding the newly formed Division of State Technologies and how the agency will serve the state.
Answer: It can climb ladders.
Whether their title includes information, data, security or otherwise, Government Technology followed changes to the job titles of IT leaders at the state, county and local levels throughout 2019.
After serving as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for technology and innovation since May 2019, Jeremy M. Goldberg will be taking over as the state's acting CIO from Joseph Rabito.
Answer: It’s still not entirely clear.
The Heflin, Ala., City Council voted unanimously to buy new computers for the police department during a recent meeting, with the current computers soon to be obsolete once Microsoft discontinues support for Windows 7.
Delta Air Lines, the second-largest carrier at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, is implementing facial recognition that will be used with international travelers at its gates by the end of this year.
The final handful of companies to close out Verizon and Responder Corp.'s startup accelerator’s first year will work on artificial intelligence-driven tools for surveillance and geo-intelligence.
One of seven grant-funded Portsmouth Police Department drones, now available regionally for public safety, can take infrared photos from 200 feet in the air showing the locations of people inside a building below.
The state Department of Public Safety and RTI International have received a grant to test out the Pokket app and measure its effects on people re-entering society from five incarceration institutions.
Answer: We’re still not sure.
Answer: Office supplies.
Gov. Kay Ivey has tapped Marty Redden as the state’s secretary of the Office of Information Technology, effective immediately. He took on the acting CIO role in July, after the departure of Jim Purcell.
Answer: Vehicle charging.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed Andrell Bower as the city's new chief data officer, a position that has remained vacant since July. Bower is charged with evaluating new tech to streamline government processes.
Verizon Wireless is the second cellular carrier to offer publicly available 5G mobile service in Houston, though its Ultra Wideband product initially is limited to a handful of locations around the city.
Answer: By taking a helmet selfie.
The new position, which will operate out of Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, will lead the development of guidelines and best practices surrounding the use of algorithm-based tools by city agencies.
Portland delayed taking action Monday on a proposal to prohibit city employees from using facial recognition technology. Proponents of the ban say the technology often misidentifies women, people of color and children.
Answer: Life-size AirPod stickers.
New technologies, including electronic warrants and remote first court appearances during holidays and weekends, have eliminated a sizable chunk of paperwork for the judges in St. Johns County, Fla.
Two New Jersey companies, Spatial Data Logic and GovSites, are merging into one, following a recent trend of consolidation among businesses that build websites for state and local governments.
Answer: By publicly shaming them for being slow.
California regulators have issued a $10,000 fine to GoGoGrandparent, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a toll-free number that people nationwide can use to request Uber and Lyft rides.
A municipal Internet service run by the city could increase bandwidth tenfold and drop prices to consumers by about 30 percent, according to the CEO of a company seeking to bring the service to Quincy, Mass.
Answer: $183 per person, on average.
The winners of this year’s Digital Cities Survey from the Center for Digital Government are those making smart investments in technologies from infrastructure and citizen engagement to data storage and cybersecurity.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a $20 million award for Lake Nona to develop a driverless bus system, one of many Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants nationwide.
Ping Identity, ID DataWeb and ProofID worked with the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to create a back end for the myColorado app, which aims to modernize state IDs and improve residents' security.
Answer: All but impossible.
A newly completed drone testing corridor between Syracuse International Airport and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., is seeing additional state investment in a facility that will allow for indoor testing.
The sixth acquisition in two years by the private equity-backed Granicus will add the ability to monitor short-term rental properties to govService, a citizen engagement platform launched last month.
Answer: It appears so.
The network, which has been in the formation stages for some time now, aims to connect data leadership within various state governments, helping to facilitate cooperation such as sharing best practices.
A 30-day Twitter mapping challenge is inspiring data professionals worldwide to showcase publicly available data sets. Syracuse CDO Sam Edelstein participated by using his city's open data portal during his off-duty hours.
Answer: Yes! AI can.
Krista Canellakis had been with the city for nearly seven years, starting out as a Mayor’s Innovation Fellow back in 2013 and rising to the position of chief innovation officer in February of 2018.
Answer: To help you make the perfect cocktail at home.
The famous journalism and arts organization has committed itself to informing the public debate on Internet governance, with a hope that new research will lead to nationwide policy changes.
As public safety agencies work to contain and stop all of the fires that have struck California, various online and physical resources play a significant role in helping victims recover from and cope with their losses.
North Dakota's CISO, Sean Wiese, has been tapped to lead the new Cyber Operations Center initiative, vacating the position for Kevin Ford, a private-sector cybersecurity expert who will assume the role Nov. 20.
Answer: Blind spots created by the pillars surrounding the windshield.
Staffers in that office, which was created three years ago, will be transitioned to the Office of Information and Technology or the Office of Chief Administrative Officer at the end of the year.
Answer: With a photo of the fingerprint.
Courthouse Technologies is headquartered in Canada, but seems to have a bigger footprint in the U.S. It joins a Tyler Technologies suite of court software that already includes jury management.
Tech Data, which distributes technology on five continents and trades on Nasdaq, is in the process of purchasing the tech reseller DLT, which sells to the public sector and is nearly 30 years old.
Answer: A selfie that is displayed in space.
The company is going to bring automated license plate recognition to its in-car dash cameras. But first, its independent oversight board issued recommendations for the technology to address ethical concerns.
Answer: So it could carry all your stuff for you.
Answer: No, but Congress wants them to.
Answer: Because it thought America wouldn't want it.
Answer: Selena Gomez.
The elite cyberbattalion, announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday, will be in charge of national cyberwarfare and cybersecurity operations. It is the fifth such battalion of its kind.
Answer: Yes, if they’re wearing this new case.
Formerly a deputy CTO and treasury department employee, the state’s new COO Roger Gibson will take over for Parikh, who was hired in July 2018, under the direction of CTO and department head Christopher Rein.
Answer: Yes, but only on one with an OLED screen.
The company has been expanding in recent years. Its most recent move, which is based on the technology of a U.K. acquisition, puts it in a particularly competitive segment of the gov tech market.
Answer: Not anymore, but it did until just recently.
Answer: An electronic rosary designed for praying in the digital age.
CivicPlus, already well established in gov tech, has several other services, including meeting agenda management, 311 tools and website content systems, that can integrate into mobile apps for the public sector.
The company previously offered data about bike and pedestrian travel patterns as part of a larger package. Now users can access only that information, as well as collisions, demographics and "inferred trip purpose."
Gov. Jared Polis announced the formation of the Colorado Digital Service, a new team within the Office of Information Technology that will recruit outside IT to work alongside state staff to optimize services.
Answer: With free charging.
City Innovate published more than 50 challenges from state and local governments across the country. Tech companies will now have the opportunity to propose solutions for the governments to try out.
Answer: A new hashtag from the organizers of #MeToo.
Answer: It's an alternative fuel you get from shredding and heating plastic to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cityworks, which serves utilities and local governments, has been doing business independently since the late 1990s, but it is now joining the publicly traded multinational software company Trimble.
Answer: Your pet!
Answer: Technically yes, but you should not try it at home.
Answer: 70 percent.
CentralSquare and Genetec are integrating their public safety software together in the latest of a long string of gov tech company partnerships this year. This move is meant to improve awareness of emergency responders.
Answer: Eye diseases.
With major partners like Apple, Google and Microsoft already in its corner and more than $90 million in total fundraising, the New York-based startup is poised to continue expanding its footprint in the U.S. and abroad.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law an exemption from sales tax for data center investors who build a $250 million facility in the state. The legislation's effectiveness will be measured with an annual report.
Answer: To tell people to get offline.
The company, which is one of the largest website-builders for local government in the U.S., is partnering with the Canadian startup Civil Space to work more resident feedback into its platform.
The hacking group known as Phosphorus, active since 2013, has been involved in myriad attempted cyberattacks against American officials and organizations, including at least one campaign in the race for the U.S. presidency.
Answer: Dead phone batteries.
With millions in new investments and two new board members, the Israeli company’s cloud-based AI platform is preparing to expand across North America and further develop its traffic-safety platform.
The e-bidding platform and online marketplace says it now includes about 78,000 small and minority-owned businesses in the United States competing for $3.4 billion in annual contract value.
WaTech CIO Jim Weaver announced that South Carolina's deputy CISO Vinod Brahmapuram will be the IT agency's new state CISO. He comes with experience in cybersecurity as well as risk management and regulatory compliance.
Answer: It wasn’t Apple, even though it sure looks like it.
Answer: The ability to just make it come to you.
Agiloft and Periscope Holdings hope that procuring new contracts and managing them will be more simple and efficient for government and other customers with their software tools combined.
Answer: With the help of this new smartphone case.
Answer: She will be able to soon.
Answer: By using it to catch drivers on their cellphones.
Answer: So that it can put shingles on your roof for you.
The company is slicing its data, which it gathers through GPS devices, in more ways. Now transportation officials can ask for the average number of vehicles on a stretch of road in an hour and in a day.
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University announced on Monday that Connecticut's former chief data officer, Tyler Kleykamp, has joined the innovation hub's Data + Digital team as a fellow.
Answer: No, but it might be a good idea.
Answer: This new website that’s specifically designed for it.
State CISO Ronald Buchanan stepped down to guide cybersecurity efforts for Oregon-based St. Charles Health System. IT Manager of Security Policy Scott Bream will fill the role until a new CISO arrives in October.
120WaterAudit provides water testing, as well as software for finding lead pipes and managing compliance programs. Launched in 2016, the company operates in 12 states and has now pulled in a Series A investment round.
Voyage has a fleet of self-driving taxis in The Villages, Fla., a fast-growing community of senior citizens. It plans on using new investment money to expand its fleet and introduce a third-generation vehicle.
The new software company will remain a partner of Sidewalk Labs, using de-identified mobility data to build predictive models for where and why people get around in cities in an effort to better inform land use.
The cloud hosting service now has the official nod of approval from the federal government, having passed through a program that uses high standards for cybersecurity. It joins several other cloud hosts in FedRAMP.
Answer: Better Wi-Fi.
Answer: Google Earth.
Answer: For inspections.
CivicPlus, which makes websites and other communications tools for government, is running the promotion specifically for the smallest water and sewer districts around. The giveaway includes 18 months of hosting.
Phil Bertolini, former deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, Mich., will come on board as co-executive director of the Center for Digital Government, the research and business intelligence arm of e.Republic.
Answer: A few minutes.
Shortly after partnering with a budget simulation company, Bang the Table is now integrating its resident engagement, feedback and analysis tools with the public communications platform offered by Granicus.
Answer: Google can tell you.
With a growing assortment of newly acquired public safety tools in its product lineup, Motorola Solutions is continuing its financial and managerial relationship with the global tech investor.
Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Perry as the interim information and telecommunications commissioner this week. She replaces outgoing Pat Snow, who held the same post under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Answer: Facebook seems to think so.
The new innovation competition from Ashoka and QBE North America will receive pitches next month from 10 startups aiming to improve well-being in cities. A winner and runner-up will each receive cash prizes.
Answer: $10 million.
Mark DeSantis, an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, co-founded the company in 2016 with the idea to use smartphone video to assess road repair needs. Now, he's stepping aside.
Within days of announcing a massive fundraising haul and months of getting new leadership, the enterprise software company’s third acquisition in four years adds another dimension to OpenGov’s growth.
A governor-appointed council reviewed opportunities for and obstacles to blockchain technology in Colorado for one year before releasing its findings outlining statutes, laws and regulations in need of modernization.
Answer: No, but maybe there should be.
The company once known mostly for the Taser has pushed further into video with its body cameras. Now it is bringing in an expert in virtual reality, and its CEO is talking about "empathy-based VR training."
With more than $140 million in total investment, a full leadership team now in place and enterprise software serving more than 2,000 government customers, the company is poised for major new developments.
Answer: They’ve been put away until after Hurricane Dorian passes.
A visual, data-driven look at nearly 60 counties across five population categories doing impactful work with technology to move government forward, including Internet of Things, cybersecurity, emerging tech and more.
Answer: Their batteries.
Phil Bertolini, the longtime deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County, announced his departure from local government service Friday after a 31-year career bolstering collaboration and innovation.
Answer: Because it can understand British accents better than current offerings.
Harrington will retain his title as president and take over from retiring co-founder Ron Fauquher as CEO, steering the company after the acquisition of Justice Systems and acquisition by New Mountain Capital.
Answer: Four years.
The software upgrade for 10,000 computers comes sooner than expected, with CIO Fred Brittain saying he doesn’t want to do without updates from Microsoft after it discontinues support for Windows 7 next year.
The county, which is home to Chicago, will partner with the national civic tech organization to clear tens of thousands of cannabis-related convictions that are eligible for erasure in the wake of a newly passed law.
Gov. Ralph Northam has expanded the state's Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation, a data-sharing platform, to include Roanoke Valley, where opioid-related deaths have quadrupled in recent years.
One year after signing a $218 million contract with Unisys for cloud services, and one month after a ransomware attack took public safety agencies offline, the state is investing again in security and cloud support.
Answer: Too quickly — a rate of one football field a minute.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has joined 29 other member states of the center, which allows elections officials to crosscheck voter registration and reach out to eligible but unregistered voters.
Answer: Your smartphone.
Answer: Artificial intelligence can tell us.
The company has been pushing toward the cloud for years, and the CTO it just hired — as well as the new CEO who joined Accela in December — both come from software-as-a-service backgrounds.
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.