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Ben Miller

Associate Editor of GT Data and Business

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.

January 5, 2021

Essential: The 2021 GovTech 100

In a year that asked more of government than ever before, the growing and dynamic market of companies working to serve the public sector were partners in innovation, and grew their businesses in the process.

December 23, 2020

NIC Offers Cash Payment Option for Governments Going Digital

The pandemic has forced state and local governments across the U.S. to close their offices and move services online. But there are still people who need to pay with cash — so the gov tech vendor is offering a solution.

December 16, 2020

State, Local Unemployment Steadies as Vaccine Rolls Out

With little assistance from the federal government, state and local jurisdictions have shed hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now those trends have plateaued as vaccines make their way out to their first recipients.

December 11, 2020

Central Ohio, Startup Plan Huge Transportation Data Project

Highways and bus routes. Weather and car crashes. Counties and cities. What happens when all that data comes together in one place? A look inside a major transportation initiative shaping up in Columbus, Ohio.

December 1, 2020

COVID-19: The Ultimate Stress Test for Major Government Systems

Crashing state unemployment websites. Overwhelmed call centers. Millions out of work. Cloud technologies stepped up to the plate as the public sector worked to get citizens what they needed during the pandemic.

November 25, 2020

Survey Shows CARES Act Helped Government With Pandemic Tech

There have been many success stories about government rapidly and effectively responding to the needs of the pandemic with technology. A new survey sheds some light on how the CARES Act helped make that happen.

November 13, 2020

Data: Shared Scooter and Bike Trips Rose Drastically in 2019

A report finds that micromobility grew quickly from 2018 to 2019, though it remains concentrated in relatively few cities. Local governments have also found ways to curb problems such as improper parking and inequity.

November 11, 2020

Local Government Employment Still 4% Below Pre-COVID Level

The number of people working in local government continues to rise at a slow pace, and remains well below last year's level. However, the incoming administration has promised to prioritize state and local government aid.

October 6, 2020

State and Local Government Make Slow Job Gains in September

If one excludes education, where employment fell, state and local government saw slow gains in jobs in the latest federal report. But the virus is still spreading, and economic recovery is not happening quickly.

September 21, 2020

More County Governments Are Using Chatbots — Here's How

Survey data shows that most U.S. counties are either already using chatbots or plan to soon. The COVID-19 pandemic is a big reason why, but their flexibility means they're also serving other purposes.

September 14, 2020

Data: Telework Rates Still High for Government, but Falling

Federal data show that government was able to quickly transition to telework at rates comparable to many other industries. They also shed light on trends over time, as well as differences at state and local levels.

September 9, 2020

State and Local Government Make Slow Jobs Gains in August

State and local governments are incrementally working back toward the employment levels they saw before the pandemic, but one organization points out that many job losses have been permanent.

August 28, 2020

New Tyler Product Meant to Speed Property Value Analysis

By bringing together property data from various systems — and other jurisdictions — Tyler thinks it can quicken mass evaluations. Among other things, that could help show unfair burden placed on some neighborhoods.

August 26, 2020

Palantir Reveals Business Details Before Going Public

In a regulatory filing, the secretive firm revealed key financial and operational details — including a surprisingly small number of customers and a far greater focus on federal agencies than state and local government.

August 21, 2020

Tech Company: Existing Products Can Help Address Police Bias

Protesters and civil rights advocates have asked for a rethinking of policing. Some proposed changes include better tracking of "problem officers." Here's a look at one company that does just that.

August 18, 2020

IBM: Government Data Breaches Becoming Less Costly

There's a lot to be worried about in government cybersecurity, but according to IBM, the buildout of modern security infrastructure, more solid planning and thorough testing has started to pay off.

August 13, 2020

City Budgets Taking Historic Sales Tax Hit, NLC Data Shows

The pandemic has led to the steepest yearly decline in sales tax revenue in at least 24 years, according to a just-released report. And the National League of Cities expects recovery to be slow.

August 12, 2020

Monthly Updates: Government Employment During the Pandemic

A regularly updated look at how a historic pandemic has changed the public-sector workforce, month by month and sector by sector. Plus, is seasonally adjusted data missing something important?

August 10, 2020

Government Jobs Continue Growth Apace with Economy — Maybe

Even as cases of COVID-19 surged, public-sector employment — like the rest of the economy — continued a slow, steady recovery in July. But state and local governments foresee danger as they prep for next year's budgets.

August 7, 2020

Company: New Screen Hides 5G Cells Without Blocking Signal

Raycap says its new product will allow governments and telecommunications firms to put small cells necessary for 5G in places where existing infrastructure is installed without dominating the cityscape with gray boxes.

July 29, 2020

Government IT Awaits Impending Budget Storm Under New Strain

Tech departments are moving quickly to meet the unique, urgent needs of the moment. Meanwhile, their elected leaders are grappling with gigantic revenue losses. So what does it all mean for IT?

July 22, 2020

Data: Where Government Employment Has Increased and Shrunk

Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.

July 20, 2020

Israeli Company Uses Sewage to Find COVID-19 Hot Spots

While the world waits for vaccines, Kando hopes that by collecting and analyzing sewage samples, it can help government isolate problem areas to more effectively and precisely contain COVID-19.

July 15, 2020

New Data: Police Spending Has Been Rising for Years

Amid calls to reduce police funding, a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that in 2017, police spending per capita recovered to its pre-recession peak after years of steady increases.

July 7, 2020

Government Employment Stable After Two Months of Losses

Public-sector jobs — especially in local government — disappeared rapidly in April and May amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But in June, the most recent data shows that employment was relatively flat.

July 6, 2020

How NIC Deployed More than 100 COVID-Related Solutions

As the lights turned off, the frantic calls started coming in — and NIC, the digital services company, started working to help government solve some of its most urgent problems in the middle of a pandemic.

June 8, 2020

Government Employment Continues to Shrink as Total Jobs Rise

While most sectors saw month-over-month growth in employment, the government continued losing workers in the latest jobs report — a trend not unexpected given agencies' reliance on tax and fee revenue.

May 29, 2020

App Designed to Turn Lights Green for Cyclists Goes National

The app, called GiveMeGreen!, has been undergoing tests in California and Indiana with positive feedback. By telling traffic lights when a cyclist is coming, it aims to make rides smoother and keep hands off buttons.

May 28, 2020

Budget Cuts: Challenge or Opportunity for State IT?

Budget cuts are coming, but uncertainty surrounds them. So now experts are weighing in on how much money states might lose, what it will mean for technology work and what we can learn from the Great Recession.

May 8, 2020

Local Government Shed Jobs in April, and It Might Get Worse

New numbers from the federal government show that government — and local government in particular — has not been immune from the current economic havoc. And because of budget cycles, the job losses might increase.

May 1, 2020

New Data Hints at Parts of Economy Hit Worst by Unemployment

Unemployment will hit government in many ways. Federal data on unemployment insurance claims can show which industries have suffered most, but right now the reports can only provide a sneak preview of what's happening.

April 20, 2020

Tracking the Rapid Rise in Unemployment Insurance Claims

Every state in the country is currently going through a historic, gargantuan rise in unemployment insurance claims. Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor help to show when, where and how much.

April 16, 2020

Survey Shows Most Cities Expect Revenue Loss, Service Cuts

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on an economic deep freeze, and as a result, most cities in the U.S. are anticipating revenue shortfalls this year, according to new survey data — especially the larger cities.

April 14, 2020

Text-to-911 Saves Lives, but Data Suggests It Remains Rare

Data on the availability of text-to-911 is spotty, so it's difficult to get a consistent national picture. However, the numbers that are available show that some states are far more advanced than others.

April 13, 2020

IBM Offers COBOL Help for Government to Deal with Crisis

Right now, governments are navigating decades-old systems through an unprecedented crisis of demand. To help, IBM has started a three-pronged project to assist them in keeping COBOL-based systems up to speed.

April 10, 2020

Government Websites, Social Engagement See Dramatic Uptick

New data from technology companies Cloudflare and ZenCity help to illustrate when, how and to what extent interaction with government online has changed since COVID-19 led to widescale shutdowns across American society.

April 7, 2020

As Unemployment Claims Spike, New Jersey Seeks COBOL Coders

Like most government jurisdictions, New Jersey runs a lot of old technology. Like the rest of the country, it is dealing with a huge surge in claims for unemployment insurance. So the governor is asking for help.

April 3, 2020

Here's How Much Each State Should Receive from the CARES Act

The act, a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, will distribute $150 billion among states, localities, tribal governments and territories proportional to population. Here's how that distribution is likely to play out.

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: 9 CIOs Explain How They're Enabling Telework

We asked technology leaders at state and local governments across the country what they're using to enable public servants to work without coming into an office. Here's what nine of them said.

March 24, 2020

Rick Smith

CEO and Founder, Axon

March 20, 2020

Bill Aims to Strengthen .Gov Program, Expand Municipal Use

The federal government offers .gov as a means of adding credibility to governments online, but few local jurisdictions use it. A new bill would create grants to help more state and local agencies make the jump.

March 19, 2020

Map: State Coronavirus Websites and Number of Reported Cases

As institutions shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, every state has set up a website to inform residents. Here we link to those pages, as well as give daily updates on the number of reported cases in each state.

March 12, 2020

Ride Report, Dealer of Micromobility Data, Raises $10M

Less than a year after its last cash infusion from investors, Ride Report is once again pulling in money. And in the intervening months, the company's customer count appears to have grown quickly.

March 12, 2020

UrbanLeap Raises $4.2M, Launches Tool to Find Pilot Projects

The startup's new Discover tool is a way for public-sector employees to search for tests other governments have run on technology and policies, and to connect them with each other so as to share their knowledge.

February 19, 2020

Fewer Than One-Quarter of Counties Use Federal .Gov Program

Data from the U.S. General Services Administration shows that larger counties are far more likely to participate in the .gov program than smaller ones, and certain states have barely touched it.

February 14, 2020

Tyler Technologies' Journey to $1 Billion in Revenue

With its most recent financial filings, Tyler Technologies has officially hit a major milestone: For the first time, it has topped $1 billion in annual revenue. Here's a look at the company's past 20 years.

February 6, 2020

Data Suggests Many Counties Lag on Website Encryption

A study from cybersecurity firm McAfee of county websites in 13 states found that smaller jurisdictions were generally less likely to encrypt their websites — a standard security measure — than larger ones.

February 5, 2020

McAfee Finds County Websites in 13 States Lack Basic Security

The cybersecurity firm found that many counties in a group of electoral battleground states haven't taken measures — encrypting their websites and moving to .gov domains — that protect their credibility.

January 14, 2020

Springbrook Acquires Small Government-Focused BIAS Software

Springbrook was itself just sold by Accela to the private equity firm Accel-KKR. Now, a matter of days later, it is acquiring a firm that works in the same space but with different customers.

January 10, 2020

One Concern Acquires Startup Datmo for AI Expertise

The "acqui-hire" will bring Datmo's founders in to lead One Concern's solutions and data sciences teams. One Concern uses AI to help governments simulate disasters so they can better prepare for them.

January 7, 2020

Expectation versus Reality of Five Years in Gov Tech

We asked five leaders in the gov tech market what they expected to happen in the past five years that did — or did not — come to pass. Their answers offer insight into what ground was gained and where there’s room to grow.

December 5, 2019

New York City Names Police IT Leader Jessica Tisch New CIO

Tisch has led IT efforts for NYPD for six years, and has overseen the rollout of smartphones, tablets and body cameras for the largest police department in the country. Now she will steer citywide technology.

November 6, 2019

Strava Redesigns Data Product for the Government Layperson

Strava Metro, which offers data on cyclists and joggers to the government for decision-making, used to be geared more toward technical users. A dramatic facelift has turned the product more toward the average employee.

October 29, 2019

Indiana CIO Neely to Depart State Government Next Month

After 15 years working for the state government of Indiana, Dewand Neely is leaving for a role with a nonprofit. He leaves behind a legacy of technological progress, along with some big fans.

October 17, 2019

Oracle Uses AI to Improve Complex Case Management Software

The technology giant has made changes to a platform made for the public sector that will, among other things, recommend actions for caseworkers to take and suggest possible benefits programs for citizens.

October 9, 2019

CityBase, Varuna Partner to Create Better Water Quality Data

By moving from a few expensive, sophisticated water quality sensors to a lot of cheaper, less sophisticated ones and using AI on the resulting data, this young startup thinks it can change things for utilities.

October 4, 2019

4 Ways Gov Tech Startups Can Make Themselves More Secure

Security is government IT's No. 1 priority, but startups like to "move fast and break things." At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, three security professionals gave advice on how tech companies can reduce risk.

October 3, 2019

Can Standardized Financial Data Help Government Save Money?

Florida has passed a bill that could require local governments to submit financial data in a machine-readable format. California and the federal government are also considering bills. Here's how it could help cities.

October 1, 2019

Startup Uses Open Source to Help Cities Crunch Mobility Data

Lacuna, a young startup based in California, wants to help local government set up the infrastructure necessary to gather and analyze data from scooter-share, bike-share, ride-hailing and more.

September 30, 2019

Who Is the State CISO? Data On Government's Cyberguardians

Cybersecurity is government IT's number one priority, and its importance is only growing. So who are the people charged with protecting government's information? We gathered data on 158 state CISO terms to find out.

September 27, 2019

Colorado CTO McCurdy Leaves for Private Sector After 5 Years

The state has changed rapidly during David McCurdy's time there, with a general push toward modernization and the cloud. As he leaves, the state is embracing experimentation with emerging technology.

September 23, 2019

Hackers Are Hitting Government More, but That’s Nothing New

Data from cybersecurity researchers shows that ransomware attacks against government are spiking right now. But that's part of a larger trend — for years now, government has faced more and more hacking attempts.

August 30, 2019

BIOS Attacks and Four Other Security Trends from VMworld 2019

Cyberattacks on state and local governments in the U.S. have been making the news lately, but what's coming down the road? Here are five security trends from the annual conference in San Francisco this week.

August 29, 2019

Second Data Center Gives City a World of Possibilities

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has a new data center that was originally meant to provide redundancy. But now, it's become a path toward the cloud, remote workforce, improved backups and more for the city.

August 28, 2019

Virtualization Lets Scotland Rapidly Modernize a Vital App

At the VMworld 2019 conference, a representative of the Scottish government plotted out how his agency virtualized an application and lifted workloads into the cloud in order to get quick results.

August 12, 2019

Map: State Working Groups Studying Blockchain Technology

Several states have established bodies to study blockchain technology in the past several years. They range from departmental groups with report deadlines to policy groups meant to bring forward bill ideas.

August 9, 2019

What Body Cams Do: Policy, Discretion and Deeper Problems

In our series examining the impacts of body cameras, we conclude by looking at how different policies can influence outcomes, and why some problems are just too deep to be solved by technology alone.

August 2, 2019

What Body Cams Do: Resolving Complaints Against Officers

In our ongoing examination of the impacts body cameras have on policing, we turn next to one of the clearest areas they make a difference — providing evidence when citizens complain about officers' conduct.

July 26, 2019

What Body Cams Do: Behavior, Accountability and Trust

Five years after the killing of Michael Brown, has the widespread adoption of body-worn cameras by U.S. police departments changed the factors that led to his death, and the subsequent protests?

July 12, 2019

New INRIX Tool Could Help Scooters Park, and a Lot More

The goal of the software is to help government digitize rules in a standardized format so that apps, navigation systems, researchers and anyone who's interested can find things like parking restrictions and speed limits.

July 1, 2019

Locking Down Data: The Rise of the Chief Privacy Officer

As government collects more citizen data and cyberattacks increase in frequency, states are hiring chief privacy officers to keep all that data secure. Here’s a data-driven look at who’s doing the job and where.

June 28, 2019

Just How Common Are Body Cameras in Police Departments?

There's not much in the way of hard numbers, but a solid guess based on surveys would be that a little more than half of all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. use body-worn cameras in some capacity.

June 24, 2019

States, Cities and Counties That Don't Have a Permanent CIO

Six states, as well as three of the largest cities and counties in the U.S., are either lacking a chief information officer or have the position filled only in an interim capacity at the moment.

June 3, 2019

The Club of 50: Data on State Chief Information Officers

Who are the people leading technology in state government? What career paths do they come from? How long do they stay in position? We gathered data for 206 state CIO terms going back to 1994 to find out.

May 3, 2019

Minn. Governor Wants to Abandon MNLARS, Buy Software Instead

It's the first week at work for the state's new CIO, and the governor wants him to freeze work on the troubled vehicle licensing and registration system in order to buy a software package as a replacement.

May 3, 2019

Meet the Companies That Could Bring Government to Space

The cost of accessing space has dropped rapidly, making it more feasible for state and local government to work with companies that launch, maintain and provide a range of services through satellites.

April 23, 2019

Connecticut Names State's First Chief Performance Officer

David Wilkinson will be charged with setting up an interagency data sharing and performance management system so that the state can operate more efficiently, serve residents better and save money.

April 23, 2019

Brett Goldstein Leaves Ekistic Ventures for Federal Post

Goldstein, who co-founded the urban tech investment firm in 2016 — and started the first predictive policing company to put its code online — is going to serve as director of the Defense Digital Service.

April 12, 2019

Massachusetts CIO Leaves for the Company that Makes Roombas

Dennis McDermitt led IT for the commonwealth for four years but has moved on to the private sector. Spokespeople for Massachusetts and McDermitt's new company, however, offered scant details.

April 11, 2019

Startup Debuts Tractor for Gluing Fiber to the Ground

It's called the FiberTRAXtor, and it looks like some kind of riding lawnmower. The machine uses a protective substance to glue fiber to the ground at 500 feet per hour, hoping to cut install time and costs.

April 4, 2019

Granicus Moves Into Digital Services With U.K. Acquisition

Granicus bought the London-based company Firmstep, which has nearly two decades of experience setting up online services for local governments in the U.K. Now Granicus aims to bring Firmstep's platform stateside.

March 26, 2019

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor, South Bend, Ind.

March 22, 2019

Federal Grants, Vendors to Break — at Long Last — from DUNS

Dun & Bradstreet has provided the proprietary identification system to the federal government for decades. Now, the General Services Administration has picked a new contractor to move to a government-owned system.

March 4, 2019

Microsoft Speeds Show Broadband Use Is Far Lower than Access

Much of the government conversation surrounding high-speed Internet revolves around who has access to it. But new data from Microsoft shows that access and actual use of broadband are two very different things.

February 22, 2019

Finding the Magic Line Below Which Cities Can Buy Stuff Easily

A city's purchasing threshold can determine whether buying something involves calling up a few people for quotes or spending a year trudging through a rigid contracting process. So where's the line?

February 12, 2019

Linux Foundation Revives Mapzen, an Alternative to Giants

The company shut down last year, but its user base remained. Now, the Linux Foundation is taking on the project so it can continue to provide an open source alternative to platforms that lock users in.

February 6, 2019

Florida Governor Proposes Yet Another Technology Shakeup

The state of Florida's IT structure has been fluid for a long time, and the new governor is planning once again to shake things up. But this time, a technology advocate in the state says, it feels different.

February 1, 2019

Tyler's Latest Buyout Moves It Toward Federal, Platform Work

Tyler Technologies, no stranger to mergers and acquisitions, has purchased MicroPact for $185 million. The company works a lot with the federal government, and its state and local efforts lean toward larger customers.

January 29, 2019

New Oklahoma Governor Adds Digital Transformation Secretary

The secretary will not have direct oversight of the state IT department, but he is going to be working with the secretary who does, as well as CIO Bo Reese. Here's what he wants to accomplish.

January 28, 2019

Data Pinpoints the Moment When Police Body Cameras Took Off

The protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 started a national discussion about police body cameras. But data shows that it took some time — and money — for law enforcement to really become a big market for the technology.

January 18, 2019

Bill Splintering Oklahoma IT Would Counter National Trends

The proposal, filed by the chair of the Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee, would rewind a long push to unify state IT operations. The bill's sponsor says it could save costs and fix services for certain agencies.

January 16, 2019

After 10 Years Serving Ohio, Randy Cole Joins Blockchain Startup

The former executive director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is joining a Cleveland blockchain company that wants to use the emerging technology to help government become more efficient.

January 11, 2019

UrbanLeap Launches in Larger Cities, Plans Expansion

The company, which offers a platform for government to systematically try out new technology and ideas, has launched in pilot-happy Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and San Mateo County, Calif. It's also working to double its team.

January 1, 2019

Police Body Cameras: Digging Through the Data

In the past two years, body-worn cameras have gone from a rare technology to a booming demand among U.S. law enforcement agencies. How did we get here, what does that market look like and where is it headed?

January 1, 2019

The 2019 GT 100: What It Takes to Win in Gov Tech

In our fourth annual look at the growing market serving public-sector technology needs, 2018 saw some big deals and big exits that reshaped the way companies are approaching the gov tech space.

December 10, 2018

Nearly Half of U.S. Cities Have Fewer Than 1,000 Residents

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the vast majority of cities in this country are small. In fact, most would be better described as "teeny tiny." Here's a look at the number of cities by population category.

November 30, 2018

Company's New API Gives Access to 260K Government Contacts

Carroll Publishing has been collecting and validating government contact information and organizational charts for more than four decades. Now, it's opening that information up to developers via API.

November 26, 2018

AI Cuts Crashes 17 Percent in Vegas — But There's a Catch

The experiment, which used AI to identify hot spots that police and transportation officials then responded to, was limited to one section of highway. And there are other mitigating factors — like hockey, for one.

November 16, 2018

Why Innovation May Be Easier at Small Public Safety Agencies

It might seem counterintuitive, but in the public safety space, tech startup entrepreneurs say that big agencies with big budgets might not be the most innovative. Many like the creativity and agility of small agencies.

November 9, 2018

All the States with New Governors — and Maybe, New CIOs

All in all, 20 states elected new governors on Tuesday, and eight changed parties. Governorship changes often — but not always — portend changes in IT leadership, so these will be states to watch.

October 29, 2018

Gwinnett County, Ga., Receives $50K Grant to Expand Use of Recidivism-Reducing Software

The company, Acivilate, has been working with Gwinnett County for a while.

October 26, 2018

Just After Merger, CentralSquare Closes Its Only California Office

Many workers at the office will still work remotely from California.

October 22, 2018

Verra Mobility Goes Public, the Second Gov Tech Company to Do So in Two Months

The company provides traffic enforcement cameras and works closely with tolling authorities.

October 19, 2018

Oracle Hires Napa Assistant City Manager to Help Develop New Land Use Platform

Peter Pirnejad had a lot of experience with Accela, which Oracle is now competing against.

October 16, 2018

Startup Crowdfunds App to Permit the Lemonade Stand

Plus, ShotSpotter Moves Into Predictive Policing with Acquisition, Startup Raises $865k to Turn Facebook Into a Constituent Feedback Tool and more...

October 15, 2018

Oracle Launches Community Development Solution, Competing with Tyler and Accela

The product, which Oracle plans to update on a quarterly basis, will begin with a focus on permits and inspections before moving on to zoning, land use, professional licensing and other areas.

October 12, 2018

To Weed Out Irrelevant Government Bids, Tech Company Turns to AI

The company, Periscope Holdings, also thinks it can use the technology to help government procurement officials find cooperative purchasing opportunities.

October 9, 2018

Data Sharing in Cities: What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Plus, Startup Raises $865k Seed Round to Make Facebook a Constituent Feedback Tool, New York City Uses Street Kiosks to Tell Open Data Stories and more...

October 8, 2018

Startup ePluribus Raises $865k to Turn Facebook into a Feedback Tool for Local, State and Federal Officials

A core piece of the company's work is verifying user's identities to help deliver feedback to the right people.

October 2, 2018

Accela Officially Announces Collaboration with Microsoft, Smarsh and Actiance Finalize Merger

Plus, Smarsh and Actiance finalize merger, FirstNet names new acting CEO and more...

September 25, 2018

CDT Awards $36M Contract for New LifeLine Program Management

Plus, Anti-Bias Toolkit Offers Government a Closer Look at Automated Decision-Making and more...

September 18, 2018

As California Ends Money Bail, A Tech Startup Aims to Help People Make Their Court Dates

Plus, 6 Gov Tech Companies Acquired by GTY Technology Holdings, Infiniti, an IT Company in California's Agile Vendor Pool, Has Been Acquired and more...

September 12, 2018

As California Ends Money Bail, Tech Startup Aims to Help People Make Their Court Dates

As the most populous state replaces its bail system with risk assessments to determine who is most likely to fail to appear for their court dates, Uptrust is expanding its tool that it says helps people stay in compliance.

September 11, 2018

One of the Largest Gov Tech Mergers Now Has a Name: CentralSquare

Plus, As Cities Push Back Against E-Scooters, One Company Launches "GovTech Platform", Startup ZenCity Raises $6M Series A, Round Includes Microsoft's Venture Arm and more...

September 7, 2018

As Cities Push Back Against E-Scooters, One Company Launches "GovTech Platform"

The e-scooter company Bird's offering is tailored toward some of the exact complaints of cities like San Francisco and San Jose.

September 6, 2018

Startup ZenCity Raises $6M from Investors, Including Microsoft's Venture Arm

The company analyzes 311 data and other citizen feedback sources to give local government a view into performance and sentiment.

September 4, 2018

Statecraft Becomes Openland, Not-Exactly-Slack for Real Estate Communications

Plus, Columbus, Ohio, Publishes RFP for Multi-Modal Trip Planning App, San Francisco Chooses E-Scooter Companies, Releases Scoring Rubric and more...

September 1, 2018

Data Sharing: What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Startups are producing lots of transit data that could help inform government policy — but not everyone agrees on what should be shared.

August 31, 2018

National League of Cities Releases Small Cell Guide for Local Government

The equipment is popping up in urban environments across the country, and the NLC is trying to educate local governments before 5G hits.

August 30, 2018

Statecraft Pivots, Builds Communications Tool for Developers and Local Government

The company has been busy — it also just raised more than $2 million.

August 28, 2018

Napa, Calif., Looking for Tech to Give a Better Experience to Tourists

Plus, Startup Digitizes 17 Cities' Zoning Codes, Lets Local Gov Use It for Free, Texas City to Try Driverless Shuttles to Test its Infrastructure and Gather data and more...

August 24, 2018

Through Startup in Residence, Napa Wants to Personalize the Tourism Experience

The city is already an international draw. Now it wants to focus on experience.

August 21, 2018

Startup Digitizes 17 Cities' Zoning Codes, Aiming to Answer Developers' and Governments' Questions

The company's clients tend not to be in the public sector, so cities get to use its product free.

August 21, 2018

After Acquiring Paladin Data Systems, Dude Solutions Rolls Out Licensing & Permitting Software

Plus, Next-Gen 911 Startup Raises $15M Series B, Columbus, Ohio, Requests Proposlas for Mobility-as-a-Service App and more...

August 17, 2018

After Acquiring Paladin Data Systems, Dude Solutions Rolls out SaaS Permitting and Licensing Software

The company has worked a lot on facilities and asset management in the past, but with Paladin's SmartGov system it's getting into a new space.

August 14, 2018

A Startup Documented a Sharp Drop in Calls for 911 "Frequent Fliers" — Just by Sharing Information

Plus, Responders Ventures, AWS Partner to Connect Emergency Responders to Tech, StreetLight Data Raises $10M Series C and more...

August 13, 2018

One Company Saw a Sharp Drop in Calls for 911 'Frequent Flyers' — by Sharing Information

RideAlong is all about giving information to emergency responders who are interacting with people who have mental health problems. The company is working with its first few customers, and it's already seeing results.

August 9, 2018

More Government Websites Encrypt as Google Chrome Warns Users Non-HTTPS Sites Are 'Not Secure'

The most popular Web browser has taken a stance against unencrypted websites. The move appears to be driving a shift toward encryption among state and local governments.

August 7, 2018

Conduent Sells Piece of Gov Tech Business to Avenu

Plus, NIC launches drug prescription monitoring system, as new wildfires rage, California governor reconsiders statewide emergency alerts system and more...

August 7, 2018

Responder Ventures, Amazon Web Services Create Program to Connect Emergency Responders to Tech

The program is called ResponderXLabs, and it's beginning with 13 companies that will focus on back-office work and software that saves time and money.

August 7, 2018

StreetLight Data Raises $10M, Plans for Data Visualization and International Growth

The company provides transportation data and analytics on demand.

July 31, 2018

Superion, TriTech and Aptean Merge into One Gov Tech Behemoth

Plus, PayIt makers former Illinois CTO its Chief Client Officer, ACLU tests Amazon Rekognition on lawmakers, software misidentifies many and more...

July 25, 2018

Superion, TriTech and Aptean Merge into Gov Tech Behemoth

The companies offer administrative, public safety and health-care solutions for thousands of state and local government agencies across North America.

July 24, 2018

Los Angeles Set to Install 1,500 Smart Traffic Signal Controllers

Plus, County Sheriff in Washington State Attributes Decline in Preventable Crashes to Telematics, Kentucky CIO Considers 5G to Connect Rural Residents and more.

July 20, 2018

Illinois Makes Its IT Department a Permanent Fixture

The Department of Innovation and Technology was created through executive order in 2016. Now it's officially codified in state law.

July 17, 2018

Google Maps Restricts Its API, Government Shrugs

Plus, Former Accela Leader Heads to Seamless Docs, CivicPlus Acquires CMS Company and more...

July 13, 2018

Google Maps Restricts Its API, Government Collectively Shrugs

The changes will make it more difficult for people to make custom maps using Google's software, but it doesn't appear likely to mean much to state and local government.

July 10, 2018

Can Gluing Fiber to the Ground Lower the Cost of Broadband?

Plus, Iowa aims for mobile driver's licenses this year, how government is using IoT as adaptive technology for people with disabilities and more...

July 6, 2018

By Gluing Fiber to the Ground, Startup Thinks It Can Slash Broadband Installation Costs for Local Government

The startup is running a series of pilot tests right now to try out a new way of setting up last-mile fiber connections.

July 3, 2018

Accela CEO Steps Down, Company Launches New Products

Plus, welcome to Droneville, USA, Tacoma, Wash., awards $5m contract to new red light camera operator and more...

July 1, 2018

Drones Take Flight for Local Government

Four regions of the country are poised to take advantage of relaxed rules from the FAA.

June 29, 2018

Accela CEO Ed Daihl Steps Down, Company Embraces Microsoft Azure for its Future

The CEO was only on board for a little more than a year, but a lot happened in that time. Now, as he leaves, the company is taking on a major cloud computing partnership.

June 26, 2018

Civic and Gov Tech See Positives in Microsoft Buying GitHub

Plus, BidPrime sues SmartProcure, SmartProcure calls it a misunderstanding, urban innovation fund officially closes $22.5M first fund and more.

June 26, 2018

Accela Launches Planning and Building Apps, Hoping to Streamline Development

The company said transparency — among other functionalities — can help reduce the amount of time it takes for a city to approve development.

June 21, 2018

BidPrime, SmartProcure Lawsuit Highlights the Competitive Nature of Government Bid Space

BidPrime has accused SmartProcure of scraping thousands of bid listings from its database. SmartProcure doesn't deny doing it, but contends it didn't keep the data and did nothing wrong — and that BidPrime is trying to "disrupt" SmartProcure's business.

June 19, 2018

Civic Tech, Gov Tech See Positives in Microsoft's Acquisition of GitHub

Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion. What will that mean for the platform, which has become a big part of the work of transforming how government works with technology?

June 19, 2018

How Will Government Grapple With the Fallout of Public Data Concerns?

Plus, getting to tech woke, Colorado moves benefits management system to Salesforce and more.

June 12, 2018

GovTech Fund Announces $25M Second Fund, New Advisory Council

Plus, NIC co-founder departs, high-profile CIOs step in, how Sacramento plans to use its digital license plates and more.

June 11, 2018

Govtech Fund Announces Second Fund, Reveals Where Boston and OpenGov Leaders Went

The firm has a pool of about $50 million total to draw from now.

June 5, 2018

Digital License Plate Pilot Brings New Opportunities to California’s Capital

The city of Sacramento is piloting digital license plates on a couple dozen of its electric cars, and the potential benefits of the dynamic new devices are many, including safety, diagnostics and public information.

June 5, 2018

How Will Tech Help Government Deal with a Changing World?

Plus, Microsoft acquires GitHub, Colorado to test Integrated Roadways' smart pavement and more.

June 1, 2018

Can Government Turn Up the Heat on Climate Change?

Cutting-edge tech could help governments manage the impact of a shifting environment.

May 29, 2018

San Francisco's Agile Approach to Designing Housing Portal Offers Lessons for Others

Plus, Homeless health care to on-street parking: 9 more startups from Bridge SF, Integrated Roadways announces contract with Colorado to install smart pavement and more.

May 25, 2018

Long Beach Finds Data Sharing Is Worth the Struggle

City Innovation head Tracy Colunga highlights what happens when multiple departments agree to share data that uncovers the high impact of repeat offenders.

May 24, 2018

From Homeless Health Care to On-Street Parking: 9 More Startups from Bridge SF

The Bridge SF conference embraced startups this year. Here's a sampling of them.

May 23, 2018

Four Things San Francisco Learned While Upending its Affordable Housing Application Process

The department tried an agile, user-centered approach to building its new housing portal. It liked the outcome.

May 22, 2018

A Look at the Eight Newest Startup in Residence Companies

Plus, Callyo names Steve Ressler its new president, Seminole County, Fla., to accept payments in Bitcoin — sort of, plus more.

May 22, 2018

Startup in Residence Aims to Expand to 100 Cities, Announces Newest Local Government Projects

The program's latest projects range from improving 311 efficiency to rounding up a city's list of buildings for hurricane damage assessment.

May 18, 2018

Seminole County, Fla., Becomes First to Try Taking Payment by Bitcoin — Sort of

The county expects the new system to be faster and cheaper than regular card payments.

May 15, 2018

Miguel Gamiño Becomes Mastercard's Point Person for Government Work

Plus, to fight opioid addiction with sewage, startup raises $2.5M, Tyler Technologies shakes up leadership, announces Socrata purchase price, plus more.

May 15, 2018

Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop, to Lead Police Tech Startup Callyo

The company has made a cellphone alternative to police body cameras.

May 8, 2018

Civic Engagement Startup ZenCity Wins Microsoft Money

Plus, MuniCode buys agenda and meeting management company, Boston Marathon serves as an early testbed for FirstNet and more.

May 8, 2018

Miguel Gamiño Joins Mastercard to Lead City Partnerships

He will focus on finding the urban problems the financial company can address.

May 1, 2018

ZenCity, an AI Civic Engagement Startup, Earns $1M from Microsoft and Other Investors

The company beat out about 200 other startups to win the prize.

May 1, 2018

Sidewalk Labs Debuts a New Transportation Data Tool

Plus, Texas hires Deloitte to manage digital services, AI assistant project, Salt Lake City, New York City take on wireless tech research and more.

April 27, 2018

Sidewalk Labs' New Tool Uses Smartphone Data to Model Changes in Transportation

With some educated guessing, one can pull a lot of information out of a cellphone's location data.

April 24, 2018

Tyler Technologies Acquires Data Pioneer Socrata

Plus, VaultRMS also acquired, RapidSOS raises $16M plus more...

April 23, 2018

VaultRMS Acquired, Makes Its Software Free

The company offers tools for firefighters to track their exposure to harmful substances.

April 18, 2018

Tyler Technologies Acquires Socrata

At their core, Tyler Technologies and Socrata are two government data companies.

April 17, 2018

What Does a Blockchain Property Deed Look Like?

Plus, Bridge SF conference to serve as demo day for STiR companies, PayIt debuts new Kansas platform, and more.

April 10, 2018

How Rural America Might Get Creative to Achieve High-Speed Internet

Plus, Atlanta seeking smart city infrastructure, more ideas from the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, and more.

April 3, 2018

Blockchain Voting Has its First Testbed State: West Virginia

Plus, a startup is helping cities run pilot tests before buying, Superion buys the main tech for dealing with false 911 calls, and more.

March 28, 2018

West Virginia Becomes First State to Test Mobile Voting by Blockchain in a Federal Election

The state is performing a pilot test for military service members who can't vote in person.

March 28, 2018

Superion Acquires the Market's Main 911 False Alarm Technology

The company is buying Public Safety Corp., the firm that makes CryWolf.

March 28, 2018

Mark Campbell

CIO, Atlanta Housing Authority

March 27, 2018

Mark43 Raises $38M Series C Round

Plus, the anatomy of a Gov Tech pitch (podcast), even more Bloomberg Mayors Challenge projects, and more.

March 26, 2018

How Many Government Apps Are in App Stores? (Editorial)

Hard to say, really.

March 26, 2018

UrbanLeap Wants to Shake Up City Tech Testing – and Some Big Names Are Helping

The startup has been quietly building itself for nearly a year, but now it's got its first customers.

March 20, 2018

SeamlessDocs Raises $7.5M Series B Round

Plus, New York City's CTO heads to the private sector, want data on opioid use? It's beneath your feet, and more.

March 14, 2018

New York City CTO Miguel Gamiño Departs for Private Sector

He hasn't yet said where he's going, and the city has not named a successor.

March 14, 2018

Exclusive: SeamlessDocs Raises $7.5M in Funding, Pushes into State Government

The company has expanded beyond its core services and is looking to grow.

March 13, 2018

Lots of Government Websites Don't Encrypt. Does it Matter?

Plus, Accela launches out-of-the-box products for regulating marijuana and short-term rentals, Google launches service to help 911 centers locate callers' phones, and more.

March 9, 2018

As Google's Deadline for Web Encryption Looms, Many State and Local Websites Don't Meet the Standard

The most popular Web browser wants every page on the Internet encrypted. Government is still behind.

March 5, 2018

'Sweat Equity': New Investor InState Partners Helps Overlooked Gov Tech Startups Find Early Customers

It's venture capital meets government affairs, with a focus on middle America.

February 27, 2018

PayIt Adds Former State CTO to Board of Directors

Plus, Georgia smart cities challenge will give local governments cash to play with, FirstNet off to a good start, and more.

February 27, 2018

Seneca Systems Raises $3.5M, Emphasizing Quick Deployment for Constituent Services Platform

The company takes a fast-deployment, low-risk approach when it works with new customers.

February 22, 2018

PayIt Adds Former Illinois CTO to Board of Directors

Mike Wons will be the newest voice advising the company.

February 20, 2018

Granicus Buys Vision Internet

Plus, Louisville's drones-plus-ShotSpotter plan is first of its kind, CSC reorganizes, embraces the cloud and APIs, and more.

February 16, 2018

Louisville Plans to Become First U.S. City to Use Drones to Respond to Gunshots

The city has applied for federal permission to launch self-guided drones to collect video at the scene of gunshot reports coming from its ShotSpotter system.

February 15, 2018

'Cryptojackers' Hit Government Websites: A New Flavor of Hacking, Courtesy of Third-Party Code

Using a vendor's software, hackers were able to hijack the computing power of people visiting government websites this weekend.

February 15, 2018

Looking for End-to-End Integration, Granicus Acquires Government Website Builder Vision Internet

Both companies are regulars on the GovTech 100 list.

February 14, 2018

CSDC Preps for Move to the Cloud, Hires New Leaders and Embraces the API

The company offers enterprise software, most notably in permitting and licensing functions.

February 13, 2018

Data-Crowdsourcing Startup Hires Maury Blackman, Preps for Expansion in U.S.

Plus, Berkeley, Calif., wants to pioneer the blockchain muni bond, fighting the flu with data, and more.

February 9, 2018

Berkeley, Calif., Plans for First Muni Bond Issued on Blockchain

Elected officials in the city are working with a startup and university faculty to try to revamp the municipal bond issuance process.

February 6, 2018

How Three Gov Tech Startups Found Market Success

Plus, Vermont city tests blockchain for real estate transactions, Columbus, Ohio, releases major smart city RFP, and more.

February 6, 2018

Maury Blackman Takes Leadership of International Data-Gathering Startup

The company, Premise, has a worldwide network of contributors it pays to gather data, as well as machine learning capabilities set up to vet the data as it comes in.

February 5, 2018

Vermont City, Real Estate Startup Try Out Blockchain for Recording Property Transactions

Examples of local government using blockchain are pretty hard to come by, but one city is testing the technology on property transactions.

January 30, 2018

Exclusive: Y Combinator Startup Tackles California's Notorious Housing Prices

Plus, Accela hires experts to advice local government in emerging areas, thread response company Centrallo raises $1.5M seed round, and more.

January 26, 2018

Exclusive: New Startup Working on Software to Help Government Fix Housing Problems Enters Y Combinator

The startup, Statecraft, is in its early stages — but it's got some very big ideas.

January 25, 2018

Marijuana Regs Top List of Challenges for Accela Expertise Center

The center is designed to help government address the tech issues in emerging areas such as environmental health and the regulation of legalized pot.

January 23, 2018

Maury Blackman Jumps into Investing

Plus, it's time for an UrbanOs, pairing cities with startups, and more.

January 22, 2018

2018 Gubernatorial Elections Likely to Reshape State IT Efforts

A lot of statehouses will be changing hands after this year's elections, and with them will come a new wave of IT leaders.

January 17, 2018

Former Accela CEO Maury Blackman Jumps into Investing

Blackman has made investments and taken positions on several company boards since leaving Accela.

January 10, 2018

Anne Roest Retires, NYC Hires Atlanta CIO Samir Saini as IT Commissioner

The city is trading one Top 25 winner for another.

January 9, 2018

The Launch of the 2018 GovTech 100 List

Plus, Martin O'Malley joins ClearGov's board of directors, and Mapzen shuts down.

January 9, 2018

Martin O'Malley Joins Startup ClearGov's Board of Directors

The former Maryland governor made a name for himself with data. Now he's going to help lead a startup built on data.

January 8, 2018

2018 GovTech100: Raising the Profile

Three years in, more signs emerge that upstart tech companies see government as a legitimate market.

January 8, 2018

Blockchain Voting Startup Raises $2.2M

The money will help Voatz continue to test its mobile voting system in new places.

January 2, 2018

GIS Company Mapzen to Shut Down, but Users Can Still Grab the Open-Source Code and Data

Mapzen's API and services will stop running on Feb. 1.

January 2, 2018

The Top Biz Stories of 2017

Making marijuana legal, a new spin on predictive policing, and more.

December 20, 2017

After Raising $43M, Passport Jumps into Tolling and Eyes International Expansion

It's going to be a busy 2018 for Passport.

December 19, 2017

Nextdoor Raises Gargantuan Fundraising Round

Plus, White House report ignores some of Oracle's key complains, Connecticut estimates half-million-dollar savings from open data, and more.

December 14, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal: Government IT Officials Respond with Trepidation

Public IT leaders worry that the end of net neutrality will harm their constituents, and are searching for solutions.

December 12, 2017

Startup Pulls in $3M to Help Prisoners Assimilate Back into Society

Plus, Dallas eyes city-county partnership on public safety radio modernization, with net neutrality vote looming, cities look to publicly owned internet options, and more.

December 11, 2017

Startup Aiming to Help Prisoners Return to Society Pulls in $3M Seed Round

Acivilate's funding round includes money from a public-private venture firm that the state of Georgia has capital invested in.

December 5, 2017

Filing Shows GovTech Fund Raising Second Capital Pool

Plus, NEOGOV acquires online training company, legislators press for answers, Minnesota hires FAST to work on troubled system, and more.

November 28, 2017

Neighborly Angles for the Big Fish, and Preps for Blockchain

Plus, Seattle uses SADA systems software to streamline construction work, Rhode Island, Tech companies work to bring the Caribbean online after hurricane, and more.

November 22, 2017

Neighborly Launches Effort Aimed at Big Bond Investors, Tinkers with AI and Blockchain

To lead the new Neighborly Investments effort, the company has brought in financial-sector veteran Christine Todd.

November 21, 2017

After Three Years and 200 Cities Served, Transit Startup Optibus Raises $12M Series A Round

Plus, new transit fare systems sweep the nation, New Orleans data leader heads to Socrata, and more.

November 16, 2017

Ed Winfield Joins Maricopa County, Ariz., as CIO

The former Wayne County, Mich., CIO will start his new position with the U.S.' fourth-largest county in January.

November 15, 2017

Optibus, a Fast-Growing Transit Optimization Startup, Raises $12 Million Series A Round

The company uses machine learning to suggest the most efficient use of resources. But it wants to offer more.

November 14, 2017

Peer-to-Peer Website Aims to Connect Governments as They Evaluate Tech

Plus, Virginia police collect crime tips through mobile app, cyberinsurance is gaining steam in state government, and more.

November 7, 2017

Startup Launches Peer-to-Peer Tech Solution Network for Local Government

Govlaunch will ask local government officials to verify what technology they're using and submit use cases.

November 7, 2017

AI Chatbots, Government Mobile Apps and How to Approach IoT the Right Way

Plus, traffic accident prediction startup pulls in $2.3M seed round, Cubic wins half-billion-dollar contract for NYC transit payment overhaul, and more.

November 3, 2017

How Government Can Avoid Rushing into IoT

If the Internet is going to creep out into the nooks and crannies of the world, there are some questions government will need to answer.

November 1, 2017

Will AI Chatbots Replace the Government Mobile App?

A look at where the emerging technology of artificial intelligence-powered chatbots is headed.

October 31, 2017

Agile Gov Tech at the Local Level, Minus Procurement Reform

Plus, traffic accident prediction start up raises $2.3m seed round, constituent engagement startup finishes $10k crowdfunding round, and more.

October 26, 2017

Constituent Engagement Startup ePluribus Raises $10,000 Through Crowdfunding

The company is in very early stages, but now it has some money to move forward.

October 25, 2017

Agile at the Local Level: New York Town Tries a New Approach with Tax Software

It was a new twist on what started as a traditional procurement process.

October 24, 2017

Exclusive: OpenGov Acquires Peak Democracy

Plus, CivicPlus buys BoardSync, Mark43 announces system for body cam video, plus more.

October 23, 2017

Mark43 Announces Digital Evidence System for Body Cams, Other Recordings

The company says the product will automatically match digital evidence with crime logs and case files in other systems.

October 20, 2017

Exclusive: OpenGov Acquires Peak Democracy, Aims for Citizen Feedback Across Product Lines

OpenGov had a lot of tools to help government work better with itself. Now it wants to bring citizens further into the process.

October 17, 2017

Online Voting Has a Security Problem. Is Blockchain the Answer?

Plus, Oracle's federal comments draw tech community criticism, DigitalTown makes sixth acquisition since 2015, and more.

October 16, 2017

Exclusive: New York City Hires Quiessence Phillips as Deputy CISO to Help Lead New Cyber Command

Phillips brings a decade of information security experience to the job.

October 13, 2017

Hackers May Have Breached System Containing Government Email; Deloitte Says None Were "Impacted"

Many details of the hack remain unclear.

October 12, 2017

Oracle's Federal IT Modernization Comments Draw Fire from Tech Industry

A company leader railed against open source coding, custom software, 18F and the U.S. Digital Service in comments to a White House council.

October 9, 2017

BuildingEye Launches Fire Department Inspection Map in San Francisco, Looks to Expand to Other Cities

The company was already mapping permit and inspection data from other departments, but this is the first time it's worked with a fire department.

October 2, 2017

NIC Expands Gov2Go to All 50 States

The platform, which emphasizes mobile devices, offers reminders and one-tap payment for government services.

October 1, 2017

Can Blockchain Bring Voting Online?

Blockchain has the potential to bring online voting to the mainstream, but some experts worry security concerns outweigh its potential benefits.

September 29, 2017

Ask Joe: Five Common Mistakes Marketers Make When Targeting Government

Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, writes about pitfalls people make when trying to market to the public sector.

September 28, 2017

Private Equity Firm Acquires Accela in What May Be the Biggest Gov Tech Deal Ever

The move likely means rapid growth for Accela, starting with expansion into the European market.

September 26, 2017

Deloitte Admits Email Hack, Says No Government Clients Impacted

The scale, timing and nature of the attack remain unclear.

September 25, 2017

App Aims to Provide Police with Cheaper Alternative to Body Cams

The 10-21 Video service aims to bring police video recordings to cellphones, without the burden of storing it.

September 21, 2017

Ohio Turns to Private Sector Data Analytics for Smarter, Safer Transportation

A contract, awarded to Inrix and StreetLight Data, will extend out to multiple state agencies and local governments, streamlining information sharing and improving the state's transportation network.

September 19, 2017

Four Companies Working to Fix the RFP

Plus, DigitalTown offers "stock" in websites to city residents, Henderson, Nev., develops a smart city strategic plan, and more...

September 15, 2017

DigitalTown to Offer Stock Market-Style Shares in Web Portals to City Residents

This share transaction system, which would enable people to buy and sell digital stakes as they wish, will run on a blockchain.

September 12, 2017

How Artificial Intelligence Fits into State and Local Government

Plus, how to win at gov tech, no more secret surveillance in local law enforcement, and more...

September 7, 2017

Ask Joe: What Does it Take to Win in Gov Tech?

Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, talks about what winning looks like when selling to the public sector.

September 1, 2017

Automation Beyond the Physical: AI in the Public Sector

26 ways artificial intelligence is, or could, help government do its job.

August 31, 2017

To Build a Better Way to Talk to Elected Officials, Startup Turns to Crowdfunding

Two brothers attending Stanford University are launching a civic engagement startup together.

August 29, 2017

Splunk's Public-Sector Expansion Will Lean on the Smart City

Plus, an app that clears parking tickets is under legal scrutiny, Colorado is named the top state for online businesses and more...

August 17, 2017

CityBase Acquires Department of Better Technology

Both companies work on digitization for local government, especially in the field of back-end automation, an area that has been underserved by gov-tech startups.

August 16, 2017

Survey Looks for Gov-Tech Startup Insights

Plus, a company explores whether roads can pay for themselves, Granicus makes its first acquisition since merging with GovDelivery and more...

August 16, 2017

Startup Seeks Cities to Test Bonds that Put a Twist on Pay-for-Success

Neighborly wants to try a kind of risk-reducing bond to finance infrastructure projects that have an element of uncertainty to them.

August 14, 2017

Roads that Pay for Themselves: Startup Nears Two Smart Pavement Pilot Project Contracts

Integrated Roadways is close to securing contracts for projects where they could test out "smart pavement" aimed at making roads financially self-sufficient.

August 11, 2017

To Benchmark Gov-Tech Startups, Investment Firm Surveys the Field

Urban.Us wants to paint a clearer picture of the gov-tech startup ecosystem. So they're going straight to the source: the companies that make it up.

August 10, 2017

Granicus Acquires Agenda Tech Company Novusolutions

It's the first acquisition Granicus has made since merging with GovDelivery last year.

August 8, 2017

The Rise of the Government Chatbot

Plus, Munetrix sues Socrata, FiscalNote buys advocacy-focused firm VoterVoice and more...

August 3, 2017

Munetrix Sues Socrata for Allegedly 'Screwing' it Out of Michigan Contract

Munetrix alleges in a lawsuit that Socrata went back on an agreement to work together to build a data system in Michigan.

August 1, 2017

San Francisco's Gov Tech-Focused Startup Program Is Looking to Expand

Plus, a Texas marketing agency creates platforms for cities to launch Alexa skills, the Montgomery County, Va., Sheriff's Department tests smart bulletproof vests, and more...

July 25, 2017

All About State and Local Government Contracts

Plus, data startup LiveStories raises $10 million, Chattanooga launches a Socrata data mapping application and more ...

July 21, 2017

Ask Joe: So I Got on a Government Contract ... What Now?

Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, discusses how companies should proceed once they've gotten onto a government contract.

July 20, 2017

Ask Joe: How Do I Get on a Government Contract?

Joe Morris, vice president of research for e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company, discusses differences between RFPs and state- or county-wide contracts, and offers tips for companies looking to get their foot in the door.

July 19, 2017

Digital Counties Survey 2017: Winners Focus on Knowing When, How to Introduce New Tech

The first-place winners in this year's survey don't deploy technology for technology's sake.

July 19, 2017

Civic Data Startup LiveStories Pulls in $10M Series A Round

The company is looking to stand out in a competitive niche.

July 18, 2017

Public Safety Venture Capital Firm Is Raising Money for Its First Official Fund

Plus, DropCountr raises a $600K seed round, Nextdoor teams up with NOAA and more...

July 13, 2017

Public Safety Investors at Responder Ventures Pursue First Official Fund

The firm thinks now is the time to be investing in public safety technology. One of the big reasons why? FirstNet.

July 12, 2017

Dropcountr Raises $600k Seed Round, Launches Spanish Version of Product

It's the first time the company has turned to venture capital since its founding four years ago.

July 11, 2017

Las Vegas Awards First Pilot for Startup's Traffic Accident Prediction Software

Plus, FAST wins a contract to modernize Oregon's DMV systems, Colorado's education transparency site garners mixed reviews and more...

July 10, 2017

Las Vegas to Pilot WayCare's Accident Prediction Artificial Intelligence Software

In its first U.S. pilot, the startup plans to use AI software to predict accidents hours before they happen.

July 7, 2017

Oregon DMV Buys FAST Software to Replace Systems Older than Mark Zuckerberg

It's a huge contract that will quite literally bring the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles into a new century.

July 5, 2017

One Startup's Quest to Help Local Government Find Its Own Citizens

Plus, California's agile pilot project awards a key contract to CivicActions, Louisville offers its data through the IFTTT app, and more...

July 3, 2017

California's Agile Child Welfare Project Awards Bid to CivicActions

The company will serve a central role amid other vendors working to set up a new child welfare system for a project the state is watching as a possible new way of approaching tech.

June 27, 2017

GovTech Fund Quietly Doubles Its Portfolio

Plus, Chicago looks for new procurement tech, titans of local gov pursue 911 texting and more...

June 20, 2017

Govtech Fund Quietly Doubles the Number of Companies It's Investing In

The fund has added seven new companies in a relatively short period of time.

June 20, 2017

When It Comes to 311, Cloud Solutions Now Dominate the Field

Plus, ShotSpotter beats IPO expectations, Pondera receives private equity backing and more ...

June 13, 2017

Socrata FedRAMPs Up

Plus, ShotSpotter hits the public market, Court Innovations secures a $1.8 million seed round and more ...

June 7, 2017

Socrata Clears FedRAMP, Embraces Non-Open Data

The company is moving past its roots as an open data company.

June 6, 2017

Who Are the Big Cloud Players for State and Local Government?

Plus California sets up three marijuana licensing systems, tips for designing with government employees in mind and more...

June 1, 2017

California Department of Technology Coordinates Integration of 3 Separate Cannabis Licensing Systems

When voters in the state chose to legalize marijuana in November, they also gave the government a deadline by which they needed to start licensing cannabis businesses: Jan. 1, 2018.

June 1, 2017

Cloud Players: Who’s Who in the Government Market

An examination of the industry’s big players in the state and local government market.

May 30, 2017

ClearGov Builds Comparative Data Portals for...Everybody

Plus, ShotSpotter sets IPO targets, San Francisco's new and improved RFP, and more.

May 26, 2017

SAP Launches Cloud-Based ERP for Smaller Cities and Counties

The company has retooled one of its existing products to meet government’s functionality and reporting needs.

May 23, 2017

OpenGov, Neighborly Continue Hot Streak for Gov Tech Funding News

Plus three things election tech officials are looking for, the transformational power of blockchain, and more...

May 19, 2017

Twitter, Uber Plan to Further Evolve Their Civic Engagement Strategies

The tech companies aren't political, but they're most definitely getting involved in elections.

May 17, 2017

3 Things Election Tech Officials Need Right Now

The opportunity to build tech for elections is growing.

May 16, 2017

OpenGov Raises $30M in Series C Round, Plans More Product Launches

The company has been growing fast.

May 16, 2017

2 Tech Startups Rake in the Cash

Plus CIOs talk cloud and procurement, states pilot a digital driver's license, and more ...

May 10, 2017

Remix Raises $10M, Sequoia Leads Series A Round

The transit planning company plans on using the money to help expand internationally.

May 9, 2017

Solar-Powered Bench Maker Raises $2.5M in Seed Round

The makers of Soofa are growing.

May 9, 2017

3 Pieces of Advice for Success in Gov Tech

Plus, a Gov Tech 100 company goes public, Los Angeles sets up an AI chatbot, and more...

May 8, 2017

3 Pieces of Advice for Setting Up a Successful Gov Tech Company

At TiECon 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif., some gov tech leaders parceled out advice on how to successfully sell to the public sector.

May 2, 2017

Kansas Picks Startup to Lead Digital Citizen Service Initiative

Plus, a Silicon Valley tech conference embraces gov tech, a purchasing co-op signs a cloud access security broker and more ...

April 27, 2017

TiECon Tech Entrepreneurship Conference Embraces Gov Tech Market

The conference is offering a free track on gov tech for the first time.

April 27, 2017

Kansas Chooses PayIt to Build Digital Citizen Services

The company has a contract, but isn't saying much about what its work will be at the moment.

April 21, 2017

Young Startup Wants to Train AI Better, Faster Using Synthetic Data

Automated DL is going through an accelerator program right now, focusing on cybersecurity. But that's not the only thing the company is thinking about.

April 19, 2017

APPCityLife's AI Chatbot Could Help Computer-Less Immigrants Access City Services

The team is working on the project for its submission in the 2017 NYC BigApps competition.

April 14, 2017

Federal Certification for Encryption Software Could Help Government Use Legacy System Data, HPE Says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has won a first-of-its-kind validation for format-preserving encryption.

April 12, 2017

Cupertino, Calif.'s Buildingeye Launch Puts Apple's Construction Permits on a Map

The Bay Area city makes the 15th government the startup has a contract with.

April 10, 2017

ClearGov Launches Stat Dashboard for School Districts

The company is appropriating a tool for local government to use at the K-12 level.

April 6, 2017

How Government Is Reforming IT Procurement and What it Means for Vendors

The way state and local government buys technology is changing. But how?

March 30, 2017

ProudCity Offers Free Websites to Small Cities, Builds API for Digital Benchmarking

The company is shifting its business model as it grows out its product offerings.

March 29, 2017

Team Urban.Us

Co-Founders Stonly Baptiste and Shaun Abrahamson

March 27, 2017

How Long are State and Local RFPs On the Street?

A look at the pace of the market.

March 27, 2017

Accela's New CEO: Focus is on APIs, Gig Economy Tools and Faster Product Implementation

The company has named its new permanent chief executive.

March 20, 2017

Exclusive: Predictive Policing Startup Publishes Code Online, Seeks to Address Bias

CivicScape, now in the pilot test phase, thinks it can answer concerns about predictive policing.

March 17, 2017

SeamlessDocs Project Offers Free Web Analytics Dashboard to State, Local Government

The company wants to bring a Web analytics portal created at 18F and the U.S. Digital Service to state and local government — no coding required.

March 13, 2017

State and Local IT Spending Forecast: Education, HHS Top the List

A look at where governments will open their wallets in 2017.

March 10, 2017

Exclusive: OpportunitySpace Engages Y Combinator, Rebrands and Launches New Product

Goodbye, OpportunitySpace; hello, Tolemi. And BuildingBlocks. And Y Combinator.

March 8, 2017

Pre-Seed Startup Begins Collecting Pilot Cities, Hopes to Build Seamless Citizen Services

Simple Connect is just getting its feet on the ground, but its ambitions are large.

March 6, 2017

Governments with an Eye on the Cloud Participate in Cooperative Cloud RFP

Combining data sets to see which of the states that signed onto a cooperative cloud RFP have shown room to grow in buying cloud services.

March 6, 2017

Making It Legal: The Tech Implications of Regulating Recreational Marijuana

Legalizing recreational marijuana has a broad range of policy implications for government. Do jurisdictions have the IT systems in place to deliver on the will of the voters?

February 28, 2017

How One Startup Thinks it Can Enable Cities to Use Drones

AirMap thinks cities can use unmanned aircraft for a lot more than they are.

February 17, 2017

To Test Accident Prediction Software, Startup Aims for Three City Pilots

An Israeli firm that hopes to predict traffic accidents is expanding to the U.S.

February 9, 2017

Procurement Startup Raises $1.8M with Eye Toward Serving Cities

Vendor Registry thinks it can make procurement less painful.

February 8, 2017

STiR Startup Binti Rapidly Signs California Clients with Foster Care Software

The company seeks to streamline the foster application process through automation and better process tracking.

February 6, 2017

Five Questions with New Granicus CEO Mark Hynes

Plus, resolution on what the name of the company will be.

February 3, 2017

GovTech Business Watch: SunGard Acquisition Closes at $850M, NIC Plots 2017 Growth

Plus, end-of-year earnings for Amazon Web Services and a new government support unit at Verizon.

January 27, 2017

GovTech Business Watch: Startup Working on AI for Police Body Camera Video, Itron Seeks App Functionality for Smart Meters

Plus, a digital security and privacy-focused investment from the Omidyar Network.

January 20, 2017

For Civic Tech, Hope and Fear in the Age of Trump

Will government tech advancements progress under President Donald Trump? Few answers, many questions.

January 20, 2017

GovTech Business Watch: Long Beach Signs $12 Million ERP Contract, AngelList Partner Names Gov Tech as Sector to Watch

Plus, a new vice president at mySidewalk.

January 19, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: GovLab Pushes Data Collaborations, Trump Names Federal Chief Digital Officer

Plus, a sneak peek at the new federal Web design standards and further efforts to encrypt government Web domains.

January 17, 2017

Demystifying Civic Data Through Song, and 10 Other Civic Tech Finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge

One organization's quest to pair data with a banjo.

January 13, 2017

GovTech Business Watch: Knight and Omidyar Fund Ethical AI, Aclara Acquires Smart Grid Firm

Plus, Taser receives approval to launch a new police body camera.

January 12, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: U.S. CTO Becomes Permanent Position, BigAppsNYC Winner to Gain Access to Wi-Fi Kiosks

Plus, a new data visualization partnership within federal government.

January 9, 2017

New Asset Management Platform Plugs Machine Learning into Transportation

The product, Atom, can “learn” how to transform data on its own, and draw on Google’s proprietary traffic data taken from user’s mobile phones.

January 6, 2017

GovTech Business Watch: $100B Tech Fund Sets Sights on AI and IoT, Taser Sells Thousands of Body Cameras at Year's End

Plus, Socrata signs its first Alabama open data customer and Tyler Technologies wins an ERP bid in Texas.

January 5, 2017

What's New in Civic Tech: AI Compiles Database of Trump's Words, Crowdsourcing App Leads to Policy Change in Chicago

Plus, data storytelling at the Department of Defense and a conversation about civic tech under the president-elect.

December 22, 2016

Can 18F’s Experimental Tech Procurement Make Its Way to State and Local Government?

The federal agency wants to work quicker and more iteratively.

December 21, 2016

How CIOs and Other New Roles Help Government Address 'Wicked Problems'

If a problem exists across departments or groups of people, collaboration is key to getting things done.

December 20, 2016

Tech Transitions in 2016

Take a look back at the major career changes of the year.

December 16, 2016

GovTech Business Watch: Using Cloud-Based Analytics to Manage Stormwater Runoff, Oracle’s Cloud Business Grows

Plus, Boston is on the hunt for smart city ideas.

December 15, 2016

What's New In Civic Tech: Tech Workers Say No to a Muslim Registry, U.S. Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

Plus, San Francisco releases a Startup in Residence playbook and Long Beach, Calif., welcomes a new innovation director.

December 9, 2016

GovTech Business Watch: Tech-Centric Waste Company Chooses First City Partner, Omidyar Invests $4.5M in Three Groups

Plus, new state police orders for TASER and 20 governments begin using new budgeting tool from OpenGov.

December 8, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech / Spotlight on the Gov Tech Scene

In the fourth quarter of 2016, an Accela departure, major merger in the gov tech space and the general election outcome took center stage.

December 8, 2016

What's New in Civic Tech: Federal Agencies Struggle to Meet DATA Act Requirements, Los Angeles Releases Web Analytics Dashboard Guide

Plus, meet the new round of Congressional Innovation Fellows.

December 7, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech / States and Counties Get Smart, Digital

In the third quarter of 2016, winners of the Digital States and Digital Counties surveys were announced, among many other things.

December 6, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech / Tackling Social Media and Increasing Civic Engagement

In the second quarter of 2016, social media, public-private partnerships, broadband and police data took center stage.

December 6, 2016

Six Years and $23 Million Later, mySidewalk CEO Steps Down

Nick Bowden has left the company he started, and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Hardy is taking his place.

December 5, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech / Breaking Down Barriers to Data, Access

In the first quarter of 2016, innovation, open data, Wi-Fi and the GovTech 100 list took center stage.

December 2, 2016

GovTech Business Watch: AWS Cloud Launches Partner Network, California Counties Embrace Digital Signatures

Plus, Q3 earnings for Itron and a customer signing for Accela.

December 1, 2016

What's New in Civic Tech: Securing the Presidential Innovation Fellows, Open Data as a Bridge Between Parties

Plus, San Francisco crowdsources feedback on tech spending.

December 1, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech

According to our analytics, these are the stories readers most wanted to read in 2016 -- it’s a revealing look into the issues foremost on the minds of public-sector technology decision-makers.

November 23, 2016

What's New in Civic Tech: One-Step Representative Lookup, Mapping Hate Crimes, an Open CIO Position and a Civic Tech Guidebook

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

November 23, 2016

Long Beach Innovation Offices Wave Goodbye to Two Leaders as End of Funding Looms

The California city is preparing to move onto the next phase of innovation.

November 21, 2016

GovTech Business Watch: San Diego County Approves Nearly $1B IT Contract, Mergers and Acquisitions Abound

A weekly roundup of news in the government technology market.

November 17, 2016

What's New in Civic Tech: Government Portals on Facebook, Spreading City-Startup Partnerships

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

November 15, 2016

Boundless Launches GIS Products Based on Open-Source, Data-Rich Future

Boundless is looking to create a license-free model for mapping tools.

November 10, 2016

What's New in Civic Tech: Uncertainty in the Age of Trump, Open Source Projects Abound

A look at highlights and happenings in the world of civic tech.

November 9, 2016

2016 Digital Cities: Winners Focus on Transparency, Security, Infrastructure

This year’s top digital cities know data demands are only going to grow, and they want to be prepared.

November 3, 2016

How to Overcome the 'Bad Story' Fear and Open Up Your Data

How does a city make its data more accessible if the people who have the data are afraid to release it?

November 3, 2016

As Socrata Shifts, OpenGov Competes for Smaller Customers

OpenGov's new open data product is launching for its first customer — the city of Denton, Texas.

November 2, 2016

3 Cities Where User Experience Design Helped Make Services Better

There are often easier ways to do the things that government does.

November 2, 2016

USDS Launches Multi-Benefit Application Prototype, Looks for Feedback

What if people could apply for multiple services in one place?

October 27, 2016

3 Reasons Some Local Governments are Eschewing Big Tech Vendors for Startups

What used to be multi-million-dollar work is now getting broken down at the local level.

October 26, 2016

18F Hasn't Cared Enough About Making Money, Report Finds

The federal digital consultancy hasn't been meeting financial expectations, according to a report from the inspector general.

October 25, 2016

Gov Tech Market Event to Dig into an Evolving Industry

Venture capitalists, government-focused tech companies and nonprofits will gather in San Francisco this Thursday to consider the state of the trillion dollar gov tech industry.

October 25, 2016

Granicus Merges with GovDelivery

The deal is happening with financial backing from Vista Equity Partners, which acquired the two companies within a couple months of each other.

October 18, 2016

Sharing Economy, Marijuana Top Local Government Tech Concerns in Accela Survey

The election, as well as overall technology trends, promise plenty of challenges in the new year.

October 14, 2016

Louisville, Ky., Becomes 12th City to Hire Chief Data Officer

The incoming chief data officer will focus on standardizing data and creating a more centralized system.

October 11, 2016

Ekistic Ventures Brings Government Experience to the World of Tech Startups

On the roster for the newly launched venture capital firm: a former Philadelphia mayor, a former chief data officer from Chicago and a New Jersey attorney general.

October 10, 2016

Inside One of the Most Aggressive Intelligent Transportation-IoT Efforts in the U.S.

Florida's Miami-Dade County is getting ready for connected vehicles and ubiquitous intelligence.

October 5, 2016

Santa Monica Plans High-Tech, Super-Green City Services Building

A look inside a project that Santa Monica hopes represents the future.

October 3, 2016

A Possible IPO, and 3 Other Ways Accela Might Grow Post-Maury Blackman

Maury Blackman is leaving Accela. What does it mean for the company's future?

September 26, 2016

How 100 Local Governments Will Work Together to Speed up Sustainability

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Communities Alliance is aiming to get energy-related programs at the local level off the ground, faster and smarter.

September 22, 2016

Wyoming Governor Names New CIO

Tony Young, the governor's deputy chief of staff, will replace Flint Waters as the head of the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services.

September 20, 2016

U.S. DOT Lays Out Role for States in Regulating Self-Driving Cars

The administration has offered up a model policy for states to follow when regulating self-driving cars.

September 18, 2016

How Digital is Your State?

Results of the 2016 Digital States Survey indicate that the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and aligning their investments with citizens' priorities has never been higher.

September 18, 2016

KC Kiosks Avoid LinkNYC's Porn Troubles, Rollout Going Smoothly

As New York City's Internet-connected kiosk program stumbles, Kansas City's is rolling along smoothly.

September 14, 2016

Welcome to the Age of the Government Business Portal

Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. are both launching Web portals aimed at helping businesses navigate complex systems of regulations. They are only the latest in a trend of business portal launches.

September 13, 2016

National Transit Map Seeks to Close the Transit Data Gap

Transit data has been standardized, but not for everyone.

September 8, 2016

Gas Heaters: The Next Front in the Energy Battle?

Transportation and electricity dominate the clean energy discussion today. But that's not the whole picture.

September 7, 2016

Still Waiting for the Transportation Revolution

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to new transportation technology. But how much has actually changed?

September 6, 2016

Electric, Driverless Freight Shuttle Might Solve Trucking-Related Problems in Texas

The freight shuttle system is slated for its first commercial rollout at Houston's seaport.

September 1, 2016

Predicting the Unpredictable: How Data-Based Forecasting Helped One Town Prepare for Climate Change

An update to a free-to-use tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks to make it easier for local government to prepare for a changing future.

August 25, 2016

Facing Lack of Driver Interest, Lyft Hits Pause on Carpooling Experiment

Carpooling will become part of the company's services eventually, but for now, its pilot project has petered out.

August 24, 2016

California to Test Road Vibrations as an Energy Source

Piezoelectric energy harvesters are unproven at scale, so the California Energy Commission wants to see just how much power they could produce.

August 22, 2016

Massachusetts Sets First-of-Its-Kind Tax on Uber, Lyft

The Bay State will redirect ride sharing money toward infrastructure and taxis.

August 16, 2016

In Kansas City and D.C., Two of the Newest Streetcar Lines Outdo Ridership Expectations

Two major urban streetcar lines are doing more than planners expected.

August 11, 2016

Better Mapping Helps Federal, State, Local Governments Fight Zika

Geographic information systems are becoming a tool for multiple stages in governments' fight against disease.

August 4, 2016

4 Ways Self-Driving Trucks Could Improve Transportation

Self-driving truck company Otto showed off its automated semi-truck in Concord, Calif., on Aug. 4 while announcing the beginning of a testing program at GoMentum Station.

August 3, 2016

Three Ways Local Governments Can Use Solar Power for Themselves, Part 3: Phoenix

Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?

August 2, 2016

Three Ways Local Governments Can Use Solar Power for Themselves, Part 2: Washington, D.C.

Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?

August 1, 2016

Three Ways Local Governments Can Use Solar Power for Themselves, Part 1: Yolo County

Solar sounds good, but what does it actually look like when a local government decides to set up some panels?

July 19, 2016

Data, Public Perception and the Tesla Crash: Exploring Options for the Self-Driving Car Industry

In order to put self-driving cars on the streets, auto makers must first prove themselves, speakers at an automated driving convention have argued.

July 18, 2016

California Considers Connecting Electric Vehicles, Home Batteries Up to the Grid

The state's system operator has received federal approval to begin aggregating small-scale, disparate technology into coordinated groups.

July 8, 2016

Stronger Together: Could Data Standards Help Build Better Transportation Systems?

The future will have a lot of data, and a number of transportation experts in both private industry and the public sector are pushing for a vast group of stakeholders to collaborate on setting up standards that make that data as useful as possible.

June 29, 2016

In Isolated Alaska, Microgrids Aren't for Emergencies — They're for Every Day

Microgrids are often pitched as a solution to power outages in very specific places. But in rural Alaska, they have an entirely different purpose. And the federal government is now funding research into improving those microgrids.

June 16, 2016

Talking Self-Driving Shuttle Debuts in Maryland

The Olli is ready to roll, and it may be used in the U.S. Transportation Department’s Smart City Challenge.

June 16, 2016

3 Ways Cities in the Same Metro Area Can Benefit from Working Together

At the 2016 Intelligent Community Forum Summit, members explored what it means for cities that are essentially competitors in economic development to work together.

June 14, 2016

3 Ways Ohio Cities Overcame the Telecoms to Set Up Broadband Networks

When government gets into the Internet business, things can get dicey. But Ohio has found a few ways to sidestep the ire of industry.

June 14, 2016

How to Defeat the Endless Cycle of Deferred Maintenance, as Told by Two Southern California Cities

A look at two bold, sweeping approaches to solving local government's infrastructure problems.

June 10, 2016

Going Green Can Help the Poor — and So Much More

Meet the people working to apply the principles of sustainability to poverty.

June 2, 2016

Driverless Car Testing May Spark a Tech Transformation for One California Town

The Concord Naval Weapons Station is today a testing site for automated driving. In the future, its city and county want it to be much, much more.

May 31, 2016

Effort to Build a Smarter Transportation Network Takes a Giant Step Forward

A $50 million prize awaits one of seven cities testing the best ways to deploy intelligent transportation.

May 27, 2016

3 Technologies that Could Transform Water Management

Water use can be more efficient, speakers at a symposium in California said May 23 — not just in terms of conservation, but in terms of doing more work for society.

May 27, 2016

What Role do States Play in the Push to Get Smarter?

IoT projects in cities grab most of the headlines, but there's a place for states.

May 25, 2016

Report: Changing Transportation Means Changing Government's Way of Thinking

In order for transportation to decarbonize, become more efficient and serve more people, an environment advocacy group has said that government must become a manager of systems.

May 20, 2016

Can Batteries Make Solar Work for Local Government?

The town that delivers more solar power per customer than any other in the country used batteries to get the job done. Could the same model work for other small towns and counties?

May 12, 2016

Driverless Car Makers Need to Win Humans' Approval

Researchers argue that if society is going to switch to automated driving, people must first trust the technology.

May 9, 2016

California Pushes for Non-Gas Vehicles in State Fleets

With an ever-expanding market of available alternative-fuel vehicles, one state agency in California is seeing new opportunities to go green.

May 5, 2016

Martin O'Malley Joins MetroLab Network as National Advisor

The government-research collaboration network has tapped the former Maryland governor to help build out its reach across the U.S.

April 29, 2016

City IoT Networks to Launch Across the Country

The first machine-to-machine networks from Ingenu have launched in Texas and California, but the company isn't stopping there.

April 28, 2016

FTA to Fund State, Local Mobility-on-Demand Projects for Transit

Far from acting as competition for public transit, on-demand mobility has the potential to help connect more people with vehicles such as buses and trains. The Federal Transit Administration is looking to fund demonstrations of that concept.

April 22, 2016

Leader in Driverless Vehicles Doubts Cars Will Ever Be Fully Autonomous

Will vehicles ever be able to handle the complex and unpredictable challenges of driving without ever needing humans? One leader in the field is skeptical.

April 21, 2016

California Cities: Plan for Futuristic Transportation One Step at a Time

Even as the world of transportation technology rushes forward, two of the Golden State's largest cities are preaching evolution rather than revolution.

April 20, 2016

U.S. DOT Calls on State, Local Agencies to Help Build National Transit Map

The map will add public transit to the list of transportation-related data available at the national level.

April 19, 2016

Long Beach, Calif., Innovation Team Strikes Up Data-Gathering Internship Program

The city's i-team program will use interns to help speed up its economic development efforts.

April 7, 2016

Startup Aims to Make Auto Cybersecurity Ironclad

Karamba Security has raised $2.5 million from private equity firms to develop software it says can prevent hackers from ever infiltrating a car's computers.

March 30, 2016

Smart Transportation Can't Repeat Yesterday's Mistakes, Says U.S. Transportation Secretary

Emerging technology could mean many things for mobility. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation wants to make sure that technology serves to bring people together rather than push them apart.

March 29, 2016

Kansas City, Mo., Installs First Smart City Kiosks Downtown

The city has put in the first two of its planned network of 25 kiosks meant to help connect people to what's going on around them.

March 23, 2016

Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago

March 22, 2016

The Gas Tax is in Trouble, and the DOT Wants to Help States Find an Alternative

The Federal Highway Administration is planning to fund state efforts to find an alternative revenue source for transportation projects.

March 17, 2016

Alphabet-Backed Company to Provide Wi-Fi, New Analytics Platform to Smart City Challenge Winner

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will use the Smart City Challenge as a means to test out new products like a transportation analytics platform and Wi-Fi hotspots.

March 15, 2016

Cybersecurity, Privacy and Safety Among Self-Driving Car Concerns Raised During Senate Hearing

A U.S. Senate Committee heard testimony from private industry and academia on March 15 about potential issues with autonomous vehicles.

March 14, 2016

'Array of Things' Expands to Cities with Research Partnerships

Seattle will likely be the first city in the U.S. outside of Chicago to participate in the project, which involves deploying a network of sensors around urban environments.

March 8, 2016

Boston Uses Big Data to Make Electric Grid Predictable, May Apply Model in Other Cities

By predicting how much power each building in Boston will need during any given hour, the city hopes to transform its electrical grid.

March 2, 2016

5 Startups for Local CIOs to Watch

Security robots, blockchain and other new services are looking for ways to serve government needs.

March 2, 2016

Do Universities, Research Institutions Hold the Key to Open Data’s Next Chapter?

Where government has raw data, professors and researchers have expertise and analytics programs.

March 1, 2016

4 Ways Government Can Support the Transition to Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Electric and hydrogen fuel cell fuel vehicles are coming. How can the government help speed them along?

February 29, 2016

More Reliable Data Means More Accurate Governance

Systems connected: Data-gathering infrastructure, regulation, transportation, freight, state budgeting

February 29, 2016

Decentralized Transit Pickups Improve System Efficiency

Systems connected: Public transit, economic growth, ride-sharing

February 26, 2016

How Cities Can Get Smart: 6 Tips from Local CIOs

Local CIOs gathered in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Thursday to discuss what it means to be a smart city and how to position today's government for the future.

February 23, 2016

10 Places to Watch for Autonomous Vehicle Developments (Interactive Map)

States, counties, cities and universities are all working to put self-driving cars on the road.

February 16, 2016

Defining the Autonomous Vehicle: Black and White or Shades of Gray?

As private industry plows ahead to develop, test and deploy autonomous vehicles, there are differing views on where — and how — to draw the line between those cars and conventional ones.

February 10, 2016

Feds to Google: Software Could be Considered a 'Driver' for Regulatory Purposes

While a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Google suggests that fully self-driving cars could pass safety inspections, it acknowledges that regulatory hurdles still remain.

February 9, 2016

Las Vegas to Launch 'Innovation District' Geared Toward High-Tech Transportation Testing

In the fight to lure transportation companies testing emerging technologies to Las Vegas, the City Council has voted to open its downtown core to testing.

February 3, 2016

San Francisco Looks to Spread Water Reuse Systems Across State, Country

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is working to help other cities smooth out regulations to make it easier for developers and vendors to build systems that reuse water for non-potable purposes.

January 29, 2016

Los Angeles Turns to Mapping to Break Data Silos, Improve Efficiency

Mayor Eric Garcetti met with the press Friday to announce the launch of GeoHub, which he described as one of the most complete municipal open mapping platforms in the country.

January 29, 2016

Solving a Problem with Data: Researchers Build System to Protect Roads in the Spring

Using near-real-time data collection, researchers are demonstrating a way to improve states' ability to protect brittle roads from heavy vehicles at the end of winter.

January 28, 2016

Leading the Charge on Regulating Self-Driving Cars, Will California Take the Fast or Slow Route?

At a public workshop in Sacramento, Calif., the auto industry pushed for the state to allow fully autonomous vehicles as opposed to the proposal that only lets cars drive themselves if a licensed driver is behind the wheel and ready to take over.

January 25, 2016

7 Ways Local Governments Are Getting Creative with Data Mapping

Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it.

January 21, 2016

Will Jet Aircraft of the Future be Powered by Electricity?

NASA and a group of corporate and academic partners are exploring a wide range of technologies that could make aircraft of the future far more fuel-efficient, including all-electric jet engines.

January 15, 2016

Colorado, California Agencies Deploy Data Analytics to Determine Traffic Project Impact

Three agencies in the two states have turned to private company INRIX to learn more about how traffic flows on public roads.

January 14, 2016

Colorado Pushes for Early-Stage Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Test on Mountain Highways

Working with a private company, the Colorado Department of Transportation's RoadX program will test out a pilot project that will deliver early alerts to drivers on Interstate 70.

January 12, 2016

Self-Driving Cars in California Handed Control to Human Drivers Thousands of Times, Reports Show

Mandatory reports released Jan. 12 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from seven companies testing self-driving cars on public roads in the state come amid a debate about whether cars should be able to drive themselves without a human present.

January 8, 2016

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Stormwater Management Easy

A group of government, nonprofit and engineering stakeholders in the Midwest has published a toolkit of "green infrastructure" templates meant to help prevent flooding.

January 7, 2016

California Governor's Budget Puts Rising Cap-and-Trade Money Toward Affordable Housing, Transit

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposes $3.1 billion in cap-and-trade spending, more than ever before.

January 5, 2016

New Mapping Tool Asks: How Can Government Build More Sustainably?

California state government is the first to try out a tool from the U.S. General Services Administration and Environmental Protection Agency meant to give insight into which potential locations for new office space are more energy-efficient than others.

January 5, 2016

RentRocket Aims to Solve Chicken-and-Egg Problem of Rental Energy Efficiency

Bloomington, Ind.’s Web app provides renters with information that they otherwise might not consider, potentially leading to demands for better housing.

January 4, 2016

Online App Moves Institutional Knowledge into the Digital Age in Manassas, Va.

To improve the customer experience, the city’s curbside pickup information goes from Stone Age tech to cutting edge.

December 17, 2015

California PUC Allows State's Largest Utility to Charge Customers More for Joining CCAs

The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 17 to allow Pacific Gas & Electric to charge its customers more when they leave to form renewable energy-focused electricity procurement plans.

December 16, 2015

California DMV Regulations for Self-Driving Cars Earn Mixed Reviews

The draft regulations require a licensed driver to be present in cars while in autonomous mode. Experts said on Wednesday that that move could put AVs on the road more quickly, but prevent their full benefit from being realized.

December 16, 2015

California DMV Regulations Allow Self-Driving Cars with Licensed Drivers Present

Though the regulations would allow autonomous vehicles on the road, they would delay some of the technology's possible uses.

December 15, 2015

Capturing El Niño, Part II: The System that Works Best

Technology can only do so much if the people using it don't operate an efficient system.

December 14, 2015

Capturing El Niño, Part I: The Tech that Harnesses Storms

El Niño will bring much-needed moisture to the Golden State. But how much of that moisture will the state be able to use?

December 8, 2015

Cities Should Help Bring About the Smart Car, Transportation Tech Leaders Say

Smart, connected, possibly self-driving vehicles are coming — and leaders trying to make them happen say cities can and should serve as accelerators for their development.

December 3, 2015

New York's Community-Aggregating Power Pilot Passes Milestone

Westchester County, N.Y., is working to show the rest of the state that community-supported renewable energy makes sense.

December 3, 2015

Year in Review 2015: Hefty IT Investments; Fighting (and Succumbing to) Cyber Threats

From smart city investments and use of Bitcoin technology in government to the Ashley Madison and U.S. Office of Personnel Management hacks, news during the third quarter of 2015 didn't disappoint.

November 25, 2015

SF Hackathon Explores Ideas for Citywide Internet of Things Network

Three winners that used sensors and GPS trackers to gather various types of data were named following the 48-hour hackathon.

November 25, 2015

Analytics Poised to Take Guesswork Out of Transportation Planning

Using data from sensors placed throughout Los Angeles, a team of researchers at the University of Southern California have completed an impact study they say breaks new ground in traffic analytics.

November 24, 2015

Researchers: The World Could Go Green by 2050

The technological capability exists for the entire world to be powered with renewable energy, researchers have found. It's the political willpower that's in question.

November 19, 2015

UC Merced: The Sun Can Clean Water, Cool the Air and Pasteurize Milk

Researchers at the university have developed a system to use the sun's heat in a cheap, efficient way and are working on demonstrating its uses.

November 18, 2015

Energy Atlas Offers New Insights into LA's Power Consumption

The atlas lets users compare energy usage statistics across time, location, demographic and other factors.

November 16, 2015

Smart Home Concept Makes Its Way to Renters

A Portland, Ore.-based company called IOTAS hopes to roll out smart apartment technology across the nation in the coming year.

November 13, 2015

Google Autonomous Vehicle Pulled Over for Driving Too Slowly

The incident may be the first time a police officer has pulled over a self-driving car.

November 13, 2015

When It Comes to Climate Change, Texas Is an Impediment — and a Leader

The Lone Star State is pushing against federal efforts to cut carbon emissions, while simultaneously building itself up as an example of a leader in clean power and other greenhouse gas-reducing systems.

November 3, 2015

Emerging Air Quality Mapping Tech Shows Promise for Industrial Cities

A local company won a hackathon in Richmond, Calif., by demonstrating the ability of mobile air quality sensors to give greater insight into local pollution.

October 30, 2015

First Driverless Car Crash Study: Autonomous Vehicles Crash More, but Injuries Are Less Serious

The sample size is still small, but researchers from the University of Michigan have taken on the first public attempt to determine whether self-driving cars are safer than conventional vehicles.

October 28, 2015

'ThingSpace' Aims to Break Down Barriers for Developers Entering IoT Market

Verizon's new platform is looking to jump-start the development and deployment of technology that will connect everyday objects.

October 28, 2015

California Cities Turn to Internet of Things to Solve Parking, Traffic Problems

Palo Alto, Redwood City and Los Gatos will use advanced sensor technology to improve downtown parking and pedestrian safety along school routes.

October 27, 2015

California Seeks to Base Future Growth on Climate Change Adaptation

The Safeguarding California report calls on state agencies to take action to help the state adapt to a hotter climate.

October 21, 2015

California, Texas, Illinois Cited as Most-Improved on Energy Policy Scorecard

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named some of the most populous states in the country as having made some of the biggest strides toward energy efficiency in a new report released Wednesday.

October 20, 2015

Global Partnership Uses Data to Fight Ebola, Halt Flooding

Facing big challenges from the United Nations, more than 70 groups have joined together to solve worldwide problems.

October 16, 2015

Smarter Road Weather Sensor Networks Offer Better Safety, Forecasting

Pennsylvania is installing high-quality roadside sensors that can help guide road safety efforts.

October 12, 2015

California DMV Creates First Public Data Set on Driverless Car Crashes

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has released the details of nine crashes that have happened on public roads since September 2014, and will continue to release reports in the future.

October 8, 2015

Energy Storage Occurs Less in the Places It Would Be Most Useful

According to a new report, installing battery packs in homes and businesses could help prevent blackouts and would save money during peak demand hours — and the feasibility of installing such systems may be increasing.

October 7, 2015

California Governor Signs Climate Bill as U.S. Pushes for Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Senate Bill 350, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, calls for half the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050.

October 7, 2015

5 Tech Tools Governments Can Use to Alleviate Traffic Troubles

Traffic problems are poised to worsen as the population grows and more people gravitate toward cities. But a lot of people in both the public and private sectors are working to find solutions.

October 5, 2015

Google Smog-Mapping Project Offers Alternative Approach to Internet of Things

The small project establishes a conceptual framework for deploying less-precise mobile sensors en masse, with the ultimate goal of allowing scientists to analyze the measurements, detect hot spots and understand trends over time.

October 2, 2015

White House Nudges States Toward Offshore Wind Power

Though researchers have projected huge energy generation capacity potential from offshore wind farms, the U.S. has yet to set up a single turbine.

October 1, 2015

Plans to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Not Enough, Analysts Say

World leaders will head into the Conference of Parties summit in Paris in December with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through 2030, but reports published this week suggest that those plans still don't do enough to limit global warming below a critical benchmark.

September 29, 2015

Will California More Closely Scrutinize Driverless Car Crashes?

As the number of companies testing self-driving cars on public roads rises, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog says the public should have more information about the crashes those vehicles are getting into.

September 25, 2015

World Leaders Pledge Drastic Cuts in Carbon Emissions

Leaders representing cities, states, state-equivalents and one country signed onto the “Under 2 MOU” in New York City on Thursday, along with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

September 23, 2015

Silicon Valley Builds Data-Sharing Network to Mitigate Threats During Super Bowl 50

Several businesses and public entities have banded together to share camera feeds and sensor data in an effort to identify security threats early.

September 22, 2015

USGBC: Green Projects Gaining Ground in the Construction Industry

Environmentally friendly construction has grown consistently in recent years, even through the recession. Green construction advocates expect that trend to continue.

September 21, 2015

California Becomes First State to Open Whole-Building Energy Usage Data

Proponents say Assembly Bill 802, the quieter companion to a controversial climate change bill, will force building owners to compete for tenants on energy efficiency.

September 16, 2015

Obama Places $160 Million Bet on Smart Cities, Internet of Things

Public-sector participants see the White House's initiative as a means of accelerating investment and interest in building smart cities and the Internet of Things.

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