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Brian Heaton

Brian Heaton was a writer for Government Technology magazine from 2011 to mid-2015.

June 19, 2015

Online Tool Helps Iowa Communities Assess Health

The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative worked with public and private entities to develop a comprehensive assessment that businesses, government agencies, communities and schools can use to get healthier.

June 17, 2015

Georgia Expects Better Tech Oversight with Multisource Service Integrator

The Georgia Technology Authority has partnered with Capgemini to coordinate technology services for the state.

June 4, 2015

Charlotte, N.C., Launches Revamped Public Safety Communications Network

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Fire Department and other responders now have access to 4G wireless speed in the field.

June 1, 2015

Body-Worn Camera Legislation Spikes in State Legislatures

States are considering a high volume of new proposals about police use and retention of body-worn camera video.

May 29, 2015

Should Governments Trademark Twitter Hashtags?

As public-sector agencies continue to invest more heavily in the marketing benefits of social media, they may want to consider legally protecting their slogans.

May 27, 2015

Free Law Founders Make Strides for Open Government

Elected officials, nonprofit organizations and developers have united under one banner to change the way laws are drafted and accessed in the U.S.

May 22, 2015

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto Talks Data Security, Tech Education

Gatto, a Democrat representing communities in the Los Angeles area, has a number of technology-related bills moving through the California Legislature this year.

May 20, 2015

Will New State Health-Care Mandates Stifle Telemedicine Progress?

Texas has joined Arkansas as the only two states that require patients to meet in-person with doctors before assuming a telemedicine relationship.

May 19, 2015

Baby Data: California Bill Seeks to Secure Newborns' DNA

Assembly Bill 170 strengthens notification standards on parents’ ability to opt out of the state keeping blood samples of their newborn children.

May 15, 2015

New York City Fights Fire with Data

Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.

May 14, 2015

Maryland Revamps its Public Information Law

Legislation will enable disputes over public information requests to be handled by a state board, as opposed to the Maryland court system.

May 11, 2015

How Crowdsourcing, Ride-Hailing Apps Are Reshaping NYC

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos continues to sponsor legislation that solves local problems with high-tech answers.

May 8, 2015

California Looking at New Drug-Detecting DUI Technology

AB 1356 authorizes law enforcement to use a new device to check drivers for use of pot, cocaine and other drugs.

May 6, 2015

Comcast Launches Plan to Take on Gig Internet Providers

Comcast has announced plans for a 2 gbps fiber network in Chattanooga, Tenn., and other select markets in the U.S. But experts are skeptical about its impact.

May 4, 2015

California Bill Takes Aim at Home-Sharing Websites

SB 593 enforces data reporting and tax collection requirements on online vacation rental businesses such as Airbnb.

May 1, 2015

Will Legislation Cause a Decline in Texas’ Renewable Energy Use?

A measure shutters two key renewable energy programs in Texas, which could stir up the regulatory environment in the state.

April 29, 2015

Should the FCC Protect Broadband Consumer Privacy?

Providers, academics and privacy advocates discuss the way high-speed Internet has impacted privacy expectations for users, and the government’s ability to protect it.

April 27, 2015

Will California Mandate Local Government Data Inventories?

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would force cities and counties to conduct inventories of the systems used to collect and store government data.

April 24, 2015

Iowa Broadband Legislation Rolls Ahead

Gov. Terry Branstad’s “Connect Every Acre” measure has passed the state’s House of Representatives and looks for ratification in Senate.

April 22, 2015

Los Angeles Deploying Smart Streetlight Network

The city’s grid of LED streetlights are being fitted with remote monitoring controls that keep officials apprised of their condition.

April 21, 2015

Luzerne County, Pa., Officials Iron Out Details for Criminal Intelligence Database

Local cops in Pennsylvania will soon be able to electronically share and compare data on criminals -- but the data available may vary depending on the uploading agency.

April 15, 2015

Tennessee Lawmakers Halt Debate on Broadband Expansion

Legislators have halted progress on two bills that would have enabled utilities to expand Internet connectivity outside current service areas in the state.

April 14, 2015

Connecticut Cops May Need Warrant to Use Drones

State legislation would require state and municipal police to get legal permission before using a drone for criminal surveillance.

April 10, 2015

Smithtown, N.Y. Adopts Model Geothermal Energy Code

The Suffolk County Planning Commission's model code for geothermal energy system use has found its first taker – and more Long Island towns will likely follow suit.

April 7, 2015

Bloomington, Ill., Eyes 311 App

City staff are beta testing a mobile app to allow residents to file repair requests and complaints.

April 2, 2015

Will ‘Techno-Populism’ Undermine Innovation?

A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is critical of those using emotion and personal opinion to drive and affect technology policy.

April 1, 2015

Minnesota Debates License Plate Reader Data Retention

Lawmakers from the state are considering a bill that would enable law enforcement agencies to retain data obtained from license plate readers for up to 30 days.

March 31, 2015

FCC Explains Decisions on Broadband, Net Neutrality

In a webinar, the FCC briefs state and local governments on its decisions to vacate state laws and preserve an open Internet.

March 26, 2015

Can Maryland, Utah Help California Use Tech to Boost Engagement?

The Little Hoover Commission's March 26 hearing focused on transparency, open data and ways to make California a leader in IT service delivery.

March 24, 2015

Sam Blakeslee

Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy

March 24, 2015

Bryan Sastokas

CIO, Oakland, California

March 24, 2015

Stephen Elkins

CIO, Austin, Texas

March 23, 2015

Can’t Find Your Car? NYC Wants an App for That

The New York City Council is considering legislation that would require vehicles towed because of temporary parking restrictions to be reported online and through 311.

March 19, 2015

Sunshine Week: Experts Discuss Open Data Tech in California

Federal, state and local government officials discussed transparency projects and shared their thoughts on the future of open data at Data Summit 2015, in Sacramento, Calif.

March 18, 2015

Will California Soon Have a Chief Data Officer?

New legislation from Assemblymember Phil Ting calls for hiring a state data czar and establishing a new Web portal for public information.

March 17, 2015

Increased Smartphone Use Equals Lower GPA Among College Students

A new study from Kent State University found that the relationship between cellphone use and grade point average is “statistically significant and negative.”

March 16, 2015

Florida Lawmakers Debate Bill to Allow Virtual Medical Visits

Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner is optimistic that her telemedicine measure will pass after deleting controversial payment rules.

March 13, 2015

Mandating Transparency

Open data legislation shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s where new laws can be expected in 2015.

March 12, 2015

FCC Ruling on Community Broadband a ‘Relief’ for Supporters

The commission’s decision to vacate North Carolina and Tennessee state laws restricting municipal network expansion has supporters relieved and encouraged about the future.

March 11, 2015

Will Net Neutrality Be Short-Lived?

Many organizations and individuals are upset with the FCC’s reliance on Title II of the Communications Act to regulate the Internet and think it may be overturned.

March 10, 2015

South Carolina Considers Social Media Ban for State Workers

A new model code of conduct prohibits personal use of social media by state employees in South Carolina.

March 6, 2015

Osceola County, Fla., Invests in Smart Sensor Research

The Osceola County Commission has authorized up to $67.5 million in bonds to help fund a research center to develop smart sensors.

March 4, 2015

Maryland Legislation Would Encourage Release of GIS Data

A new proposal recommended by the Maryland Council on Open Data would remove fees associated with access to state GIS information.

March 2, 2015

Putnam County, W.Va, Launches Online Records Portal

Land records and other documents associated with Putnam County can now be accessed via the Internet.

February 26, 2015

FCC Votes for Net Neutrality, Expanded Local Broadband Choice

The Federal Communications Commission reclassified Internet connectivity as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act on Feb. 26, preserving an open Internet. The commission also vacated state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict expansion of local broadband networks.

February 25, 2015

California Lawmakers Want Better Communication on IT Projects

State agency CIOs and private-sector companies were encouraged to speak openly and often with California legislators at the 2015 California Public Sector CIO Academy.

February 23, 2015

Connecticut Eyes Encryption Mandate for Vendors

State senate leaders are pushing for legislation that requires companies to encrypt data if they want to do business with Connecticut agencies.

February 19, 2015

Will Federal Lawmakers Start Working From Home?

Two lawmakers have introduced a resolution that enables Congress members to vote and participate in committee hearings via the Internet.

February 17, 2015

Jacksonville, Ill., Seeks Enhanced Fiber Connectivity

The southwestern Illinois town is forming a committee to look at ways to expand broadband in the region.

February 12, 2015

Is Portland’s New Paperless Building Permit System Doomed?

Portland, Ore., is all-in on using technology that enables contractors to apply for building permits online. But the sheer complexity of the project and difficulties with the vendor are delaying its completion.

February 10, 2015

Minnesota Awards Broadband Grants

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development is investing $19.4 million to help expand connectivity in Minnesota.

February 9, 2015

Texas and Amazon Unite on Cloud Services Contract

The Texas Department of Information Resources has negotiated a contract with Amazon Web Services to provide further cloud technologies to state agencies.

February 5, 2015

Oklahoma IT Consolidation Uncovers Potential Network Abuse

Facebook was found to be most visited site by state employees in Oklahoma, triggering an investigation.

February 4, 2015

FCC Chairman Backs Strong Net Neutrality Rules

Tom Wheeler opts for strict regulation of Internet service providers to maintain an open Internet.

February 3, 2015

What Impact Will the Community Broadband Act Have?

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s legislation that would give cities and counties the right to build municipal broadband networks makes a broad statement for the future of connectivity, according to experts.

February 2, 2015

New York Doubles Down on Broadband Expansion

New program leverages both public and private resources to expand high-speed connectivity in the state.

January 30, 2015

Washington State May Consolidate Tech Agencies

House Bill 1391 would combine all technology operations into the Consolidated Technology Services Agency and under the purview of Washington State CIO Michael Cockrill.

January 28, 2015

North Dakota Considering Enhanced Drivers' Licenses

State would become one of just a handful to issue identification to cross borders.

January 26, 2015

Texas Expanding Telemedicine Use for Inmates

A partnership among three Texas agencies is enabling the state to save money on prisoner health-care costs through telemedicine visits.

January 22, 2015

New App Latest Move in Sacramento, Calif.’s Parking Overhaul

Parkmobile will enable Sacramentans and visitors to California’s state capitol to pay for parking more efficiently using their smartphones.

January 21, 2015

Feds Eye Expanded Tech Commercialization

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., plans to reintroduce a bill that would make it easier to consumerize government-created technologies.

January 20, 2015

Will Obama’s Support of Broadband Competition Matter?

Experts weigh in on the impact President Barack Obama’s remarks on broadband may have in state legislatures and the marketplace.

January 15, 2015

Is Live-Streamed Video Really That Valuable to Cops?

While many law enforcement officials are dabbling with real-time video feeds during investigations, experts believe still images are more effective for decision-making.

January 14, 2015

How to Overcome Public Broadband Restrictions

A new report provides local governments with guidance on how to address legal obstacles to establishing or expanding community broadband networks.

January 13, 2015

Frederick County, Md., Launches Mobile Ticketing App

Commuters in Frederick County, Md., can now buy bus fare on their smartphones, and present the ticket on-screen to a driver.

January 8, 2015

Will Open Source Security Be on the Federal Agenda in 2015?

A bill introduced late last year could be a precursor of things to come, as lawmakers wade into more cybersecurity issues.

January 7, 2015

Mobile Line Placeholder App Paying Dividends for Michigan

Mobile application enabling customers to reserve an appointment for vehicle and licensing activities using a mobile device has been a hit for both the state and residents.

January 6, 2015

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Will Try Again on Broadband

Branstad will unveil plans to enhance broadband connectivity throughout Iowa, even though a similar proposal failed last year.

December 18, 2014

Searchable Legislative Video Archive Gets Funded in California

Former California Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s “Digital Democracy” platform will receive $1.2 million to launch in 2015.

December 17, 2014

10 Drivers of Smart City Planning in 2015

A government advisory firm presents its top 10 imperatives and predictions to help local governments stay abreast of smart city business and technology requirements, the Internet of Things and resilience among them.

December 11, 2014

NYC Considers Taxi App to Compete with Uber and Lyft

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has introduced legislation to create a universal electronic hailing app that would level the playing field with fair competition so that companies, drivers and riders all win.

December 10, 2014

California CIO Discusses State's Cloud First Policy

CIO Carlos Ramos clarifies the California Department of Technology's stance on cloud-based projects and sheds light on the department's plans to reduce project risk, among other things.

December 9, 2014

10 Policy Principles to Unlock the Internet of Things

The Center for Data Innovation has released recommendations for policymakers to maximize the benefits of the Internet of Things.

December 8, 2014

New California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Plans Tech Overhaul

The former senator and technology champion has big plans to use technology to engage voters and increase transparency.

December 5, 2014

Hawaii Adopts ‘Cloud-First’ Policy for IT Projects

Hawaii is prioritizing cloud-based technology for all new state government IT projects.

December 5, 2014

Feds Want Flexible Policy to Regulate the Internet of Things

Legislators see the need for regulating the Internet of Things, but are wary of discouraging innovation in the world of connected devices.

December 3, 2014

'Senate Cloud' Spurs Political Engagement in Utah

The Utah Senate is on a mission to help connect citizens with their elected officials on social media.

December 2, 2014

Florida CIO and Tech Agency Making Strides, Experts Say

The Florida Legislature re-authorized the state’s CIO position and technology agency over the summer, but news on the state’s plan to modernize and improve technology has been hard to come by.

November 24, 2014

Hello Cleveland! City Plans 100-Gig Network

Cleveland is partnering with a host of public- and private-sector organizations to build a downtown high-speed broadband hub.

November 20, 2014

David Chiu Bringing Tech-Savviness to California Legislature

The newly elected assemblyman wants to tackle issues such as sharable economies, data privacy and innovation during his time as a legislator.

November 19, 2014

Internet of Things Helps Buffalo, Other Cities with Snow Removal

Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo are some of the municipalities harnessing the power of GPS sensors and machine-to-machine communication to modernize snow removal practices.

November 18, 2014

Tennessee Leaders Call on the FCC to Axe State Broadband Restrictions

Representatives from state and local government, along with private-sector leaders, rallied on Tuesday in support of a petition to the FCC to vacate state laws that prevent expansion of gigabit Internet connections.

November 13, 2014

Law Enforcement Social Media Use Up, But Policies Lacking

Study reports lack of formal training to take advantage of social media as a tool for crime investigation, prevention and anticipation.

November 12, 2014

Michigan Goes Full Throttle on Procurement Overhaul

Former Ford executive Jeff Wellman has been guiding a retrofit of Michigan’s purchasing process. But just what ideas Wellman is adopting from his former employer remain a mystery.

November 11, 2014

Obama and the FCC: A Disconnect Over Net Neutrality?

While President Barack Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appear to be on the same page publicly regarding open Internet rules, separate statements may show confusion between the White House and the commission.

November 6, 2014

Illinois County Uncovers $9.4 Million in Fraud Revenue with Analytics

A high-tech approach in identifying property tax fraudsters is generating millions for Illinois’ Cook County, the most populous in the state.

November 5, 2014

Sterilization Tech Helps Fight Ebola

A Tracy, Calif.-based company’s portable sterilizers are a hit with hospitals and governments dealing with and preparing for Ebola outbreaks.

November 4, 2014

States Confront Digital Life After Death

Florida senator is the latest to grapple with what happens to online accounts after you die.

October 31, 2014

City Leaders Meet to Discuss Social Media Policy for Bremerton, Wash.

The Bremerton City Council met on Oct. 29 to discuss social media best practices and how to best communicate with citizens on various online platforms.

October 31, 2014

Will Government Entice Millennials With Unlimited Vacation Days?

A host of private-sector companies are offering unlimited vacation time to employees, but public-sector CIOs aren't sure the practice is feasible for technologists in government.

October 29, 2014

Will Illinois' New Laws Streamline Procurement?

Illinois is in the midst of modernizing its purchasing rules to help better communicate with vendors and encourage cloud adoption in state agencies.

October 28, 2014

Crowdsourcing the Law

Will online commentary dictate the future of legislative policy?

October 23, 2014

Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Increased state investment in fusion centers may suggest a change of opinion on the information-gathering groups.

October 21, 2014

What Does the FCC’s Authority on Net Neutrality Really Mean?

The FCC’s impending open Internet rules could be based on a variety of sources. Government Technology explains the options and, more importantly, what they mean.

October 16, 2014

Lighting Dark Fiber Could Raise Legal Challenges in Columbia, Mo.

Government officials in Columbia, Mo., want to light and expand the city’s dark fiber infrastructure. But incumbent Internet service providers may raise unfair competition claims if the plan goes forward.

October 13, 2014

Texas Looks to Revitalize Tech Infrastructure

Assessment prescribes a modernization process to make legacy IT systems more nimble.

October 7, 2014

Can We Talk: Creating a Common Language for Cybersecurity

Experts are hopeful that a new framework released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will give agencies a method to evaluate the security of their computing environments against their peers.

October 6, 2014

Kansas Tech Czar Anthony Schlinsog Resigning

The state chief information technology officer will assume private-sector role in the Kansas City area.

October 3, 2014

Will Improved Transparency Facilitate Text-to-911 in California?

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1211, which requires the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to develop a timeline for a statewide next-generation 911 emergency communications system.

September 30, 2014

Los Angeles County to Consolidate Data, IT Systems

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to centralize its technology infrastructure into a single data center.

September 29, 2014

How Cities Can Transform into Hubs of Innovation

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall meeting, President and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said cities must embrace technology in order to move forward.

September 25, 2014

Is the FCC Dragging Its Feet on Net Neutrality?

Although the public comment period on how federal rule makers should view Internet traffic is closed, experts believe the FCC isn't close to making a decision.

September 24, 2014

Will the FCC Vacate State Broadband Restrictions?

Petitions from Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., ask the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state barriers to government-owned broadband networks and could lead to legal challenges.

September 18, 2014

California Innovation Officers Reveal Success Secrets

Experts discuss how public-sector agencies can move the needle on innovation in the state.

September 15, 2014

South Carolina Centralizes IT Oversight

Following a massive data breach in 2012, the state has taken steps to overhaul its decentralized IT governance model, giving the governor more control of technology policy.

September 11, 2014

Uber Introduces BYOD for Drivers, Critics Cite Safety Concerns

Controversy over ride-sharing companies continues as Uber pilots its BYOD program in San Francisco, Boston and Charlotte.

September 10, 2014

Breaking Government's Cloud Procurement Gridlock

Public-private workgroup develops model purchasing language for hosted services that may help more government agencies reach the cloud.

September 8, 2014

Oklahoma Names Texas its ‘Preferred Source’ for Tech Purchases

The two states have agreed to a multi-state cooperative that could serve as template for how public-sector IT procurement is done in the future.

September 4, 2014

New York’s Finest: Thomas Mattox Receives Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award

Thomas H. Mattox, commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, netted the fourth-annual leadership prize for his work to modernize state government for citizens.

September 2, 2014

Bloomington, Ill., Codifies Website Transparency Policy

The Bloomington City Council has expanded the amount of public documents it posts online.

August 27, 2014

Shared MMIS Project is Slow-Going for Michigan and Illinois

The two states have made progress on a shared MMIS over the past year, but full completion is likely years away.

August 22, 2014

DHS Cybersecurity Program Finds Few Takers

Program to share threat information was opened to state and local government last year, but few seem to be aware of it.

August 20, 2014

Uber Hires Former Obama Strategist to Lead Political Affairs

David Plouffe will manage Uber’s global policy and political activities as the company continues to expand its ride-sharing service worldwide.

August 15, 2014

Sharing Economy Advisory Network Seeks to Develop Best Practices

The National League of Cities has partnered with industry leaders to develop guidance for communities facing regulatory questions over ride-sharing platforms and similar companies.

August 15, 2014

Should Governments Bother Archiving Social Media?

While messages on social media platforms are considered public records, local governments aren’t receiving many requests for the information.

August 14, 2014

Retaining the IT Workforce

CIOs modify career paths to boost retention of technical staff.

August 8, 2014

NYC Improves Online Access to City Laws, Procurement Notices

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed two bills to improve transparency efforts in Gotham.

August 7, 2014

Federal IT Purchasing Reform Is Unlikely This Year

Budget negotiations will dominate what little time Congress spends in session the rest of this year, pushing procurement reform to 2015 or later.

August 1, 2014

States Introducing Virtual Currency Regulations

In July, New York released a draft proposal to govern virtual currencies -- and California isn’t far behind.

July 31, 2014

Ride-Sharing Companies Should Accept Taxicab Status (Opinion)

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft need to admit that peer-to-peer rides are commercial transportation services and submit to existing regulatory demands.

July 24, 2014

Cities Petition FCC to Remove State Barriers to Broadband Competition

Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., want the FCC to axe restrictions on expanding municipal broadband networks.

July 23, 2014

Cities Grapple with Regulatory Status of Ride-Sharing Companies

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have given people more transportation options, but municipalities are struggling with whether smartphone-based ride-sharing should be regulated the same as taxicabs and limousines.

July 17, 2014

Can States Legislate a Solution to Ride-Sharing's Insurance Problems?

Companies such as Lyft and Uber are changing the way Americans hail a cab. But the smartphone-driven transportation services come with a risk many riders may not think about.

July 16, 2014

Hawaii Gubernatorial Candidate Talks Obamacare, State Tech Issues

Sen. David Ige, D-Pearl City, says the state needs to revamp its IT job classifications in order to attract young technologists and improve project efficiency.

July 11, 2014

Delaware Considers Fate of Personal Digital Assets

Legislation gives executors legal rights to manage online accounts as a part of a deceased person’s estate.

July 9, 2014

Searchable Video May Bolster Government Transparency in California

The California Polytechnic State University Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy is working on a video archival system that gives residents immediate insight into state legislative committee meetings.

July 3, 2014

Kentucky Strengthens Data Breach Reporting Requirements

The Target data breach in 2013 spurred Kentucky lawmakers to put notification policies in place so that citizens receive timely notice when credit card and other sensitive data is stolen.

July 2, 2014

Is Crowdsourcing the Future for Legislation?

Lawmakers are experimenting with allowing citizens to propose and edit legislation online, and it’s likely to continue.

June 27, 2014

Experts Discuss 4 Major Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

While technology has reached a level where high-quality virtual consultations with physicians can take place, policy issues have slowed the expansion of telehealth practices in the U.S.

June 26, 2014

Will Pennsylvania Arm Local Cops with Radar?

Currently Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn't permit local enforcement officers to use radar guns -- but the Legislature is considering proposals that could change that.

June 24, 2014

5 Tips for Building BYOD Programs for Local Government

Cities and counties considering BYOD should ponder these lessons from early adopters.

June 18, 2014

Will New Jersey ‘Buy American’ Bill Hurt Public-Sector Tech Efforts?

A measure promoting domestic purchasing in the Garden State was modified to exempt most computing technology, but experts fear the legislation may still have a big impact on government IT budgets.

June 17, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants to Quell Big Brother Fears with Open Data

In an exclusive Q&A with Government Technology, Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, talks candidly about legislative efforts to use technology to improve open government and maintain high IT security standards.

June 16, 2014

Long Island Town Puts Brakes on Social Media

Oyster Bay, N.Y. officials restrict what information employees and vendors can release without official consent, and legal experts say it's a good move.

June 12, 2014

NYC Council Members Want Better Access to City Laws

New legislation would post an easily searchable, certified and updated copy of Gotham’s laws online, potentially reducing reliance on subscription-based research sites.

June 6, 2014

Will New York City Embrace Open Source Code?

A new proposal by Council Member Benjamin Kallos would require city agencies consider open source software for projects, and establish a code-sharing portal for the city.

June 5, 2014

Nebraska Senator Aims to Break Down Siloes, Open Up Data

While cognizant of many national technology issues, such as drones and security, Nebraska Sen. Dan Watermeier believes the Cornhusker State needs to concentrate on the basics, like GIS data collection and information-sharing.

June 4, 2014

Bill Streamlining Solar Permitting Process Advances in California, Faces Opposition

Assembly Bill 2188 cuts the red tape in getting small, roof-top, residential solar energy systems approved. But local governments are wary of the safety impacts an expedited approval process may have.

May 29, 2014

California Moves to Block Illegal Data-Gathering

The Golden State may restrict state cooperation with federal agencies seeking data without a valid warrant.

May 29, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Key Cell Tower Siting Case

The nation’s top judiciary body will decide how thorough local governments need to be when informing telecommunications providers that their cell tower permit applications have been denied.

May 23, 2014

Minnesota Rep. Joe Atkins Discusses Cellphone Kill Switches and Tracking Policy

Atkins shares his view on mobile device issues and other technology policy questions facing the state.

May 21, 2014

States Continue Banning Employer Access to Social Media

Private Facebook and other social media accounts are becoming increasingly off-limits to employers seeking information about current and prospective employees.

May 20, 2014

5 Telehealth Bills to Watch

Federal and state legislation on the use of telehealth has been a hot topic for lawmakers over the past year.

May 15, 2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Vows to Protect Open Internet

New proposed rulemaking would increase transparency efforts about broadband practices and require FCC to review complaints from consumers.

May 15, 2014

Will a Law Professor’s Research Help Clarify Data Privacy Expectations?

Professor Timothy O’Neill will focus on the intersection of technology and a person’s Fourth Amendment rights during a year-long investigation.

May 13, 2014

Q&A: A Tech Exit Interview with California Sen. Alex Padilla

Padilla, who leaves office later this year, takes a look back at the groundwork he laid for building an earthquake early warning system and the legislation that is paving the way for autonomous vehicles to hit the roads.

May 9, 2014

Tablet Policy Puts California City on the Cutting Edge

Rancho Cordova's move to tablet devices has been a rousing success in its first year of implementation.

May 7, 2014

Q&A: Washington Rep. Jeff Morris Talks Drone Legislation, Community Broadband

Government Technology catches up with one of the Washington state’s technology-savviest lawmakers.

May 6, 2014

States Eyeing Restrictions on Technology Outsourcing

In response to the Cover Oregon health exchange fiasco, the Beaver State has placed tighter restrictions on outsourcing IT projects. But the effort could signal the start of a national trend.

April 24, 2014

Meet the Tech-Savviest Legislators in the U.S. (Interactive Map)

These 13 state lawmakers are leaders when it comes to tackling technology policy and legislation.

April 18, 2014

5 States to Watch in the Community Broadband Fight

A handful of bills have popped up in current state legislative sessions that would both restrict and expand certain aspects of broadband connectivity and infrastructure.

April 17, 2014

State Legislatures Grapple with Biometrics Use in Schools

Florida could be the first state to outright ban biometric data collection in public schools, in what could set a national precedent.

April 16, 2014

Maryland Legislation Creates Council on Open Data

New law continues Gov. Martin O’Malley’s focus on improving transparency in Maryland and establishes an open data policy for the state.

April 9, 2014

Ramos Closer to Reconfirmation as California’s Tech Czar

Thanks to a government agency reorganization last year, the head of the California Department of Technology must be reconfirmed by the state Senate.

April 9, 2014

California Ruling Exempts Personal Devices From Open Records Laws -- Will It Stand?

Experts worry that a recent California appeals court ruling about the state’s Public Records Act could stunt the open government movement across the U.S.

April 4, 2014

TechAmerica Hires Michael Spierto as Cybersecurity Policy Director

Move gives technology lobbying group a fresh boost of federal legislative expertise.

April 3, 2014

CIOs Chime in on Maine Texting Scandal

Some state and local government tech czars believe Maine’s approach to banning text messaging to conduct state business is a mistake.

April 2, 2014

New Bill Pushes for Expanded DNA Testing in California

Legislation would improve access to DNA testing for convicted prisoners seeking exoneration.

March 27, 2014

Expert: California Car Data Privacy Bill ‘Unworkable’

A data privacy expert thinks California legislation that would give car owners more choice in how data collected by their vehicles is transmitted is defective.

March 27, 2014

Should the Federal Government Open a Spectrum Leasing Agency?

One nonprofit thinks the U.S. General Services Administration’s handling of surplus real estate could serve as a model to release more wireless spectrum into the marketplace.

March 25, 2014

Connecticut Local Governments Seek Regional 911 Authority

New legislation would allow three Connecticut towns to consolidate their 911 dispatch centers.

March 25, 2014

California Lawmaker Wants Bigger Emphasis on Tech Education

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, has introduced legislation to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Golden State.

March 20, 2014

Minnesota Legislators Mull Changes to Public Notice Law

A number of local governments in the Gopher State favor new legislation that allows them to post legal notices to their websites, instead of taking out print newspaper ads.

March 19, 2014

Florida Tech Agency on the Fast Track

Legislation that would re-authorize a technology agency and CIO position for the Sunshine State is moving quickly and could shortly be headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

March 18, 2014

California Experiments with Crowdsourced Legislation

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, has used Wikispaces to involve citizens in drafting probate law changes.

March 14, 2014

New Washington Crowdfunding Law Could Aid Startups

Washington state is considering a bill that will enable startups to take advantage of donations from in-state investors and get around complex federal securities regulations.

March 13, 2014

Oregon Establishes Tech Oversight Program

New legislation will require a task force to monitor technology projects in Oregon.

March 11, 2014

Georgia Cracks Down on Cell Tower Siting Delays

New legislation outlines uniform standards for negotiating cell tower lease agreements with local governments in the state.

March 7, 2014

States Evaluating Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation

California, Illinois, Minnesota and New York are at the forefront of proposed laws that would short-circuit stolen mobile devices.

March 5, 2014

Telecom Providers Need to Embrace the Broadband Evolution (Opinion)

Instead of trying to restrict who can build gigabit networks, telecom companies should focus on partnerships and new revenue possibilities.

March 3, 2014

Connecticut Digitizing State Regulatory Process

The state is moving to an electronic system to help better create, update and share agency regulations.

February 27, 2014

Innovative Green Tech Legislation Advances in Washington

Bill would create a self-funded loan account to support emissions reduction technology.

February 26, 2014

5 Ways to Better Engage with State Legislatures

Experts discuss strategies for agency CIOs to interact more successfully with politicians on technology projects.

February 25, 2014

Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

Rep. Jeffrey Brandes, Rep. Richard Corcoran, Rep. Marilyn Dondero Loop, Sen. Alex Padilla

February 25, 2014

Is the FCC Moving Too Fast on Wireless 911 Location Accuracy?

The wireless industry is bristling over the Commission’s proposed rulemaking on indoor horizontal and vertical wireless 911 location results.

February 25, 2014

Tony Encinias -- 2014 GT Top 25 Winner

CIO of Pennsylvania

February 20, 2014

Kentucky Cellphone Users May See Rise in 911 Service Fees

New legislation would raise the monthly emergency 911 services fee on cellphone bills from 70 cents to $1 in the Bluegrass State.

February 18, 2014

Prescription Drug Database Fight Continues in Missouri

Lawmakers want to create an electronic system to monitor who is being prescribed potentially addictive drugs, but critics are concerned with privacy risks.

February 13, 2014

Will Florida Revive its State Tech Agency?

New legislation would re-authorize an information technology agency in the state and give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint a CIO.

February 12, 2014

911 Call Centers Consider Impact of FCC Texting Proposal

The FCC wants all text message providers to support emergency texts to 911 by the end of the year. But call center managers have concerns.

February 10, 2014

Utah Bill Would Kill Fiber Network Infrastructure Expansion

House Bill 60 sets up roadblocks for interlocal agency that helps spread broadband connectivity.

February 6, 2014

Alabama Bill Would Ban Drones from Harassing Sportsmen

Alabama Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, is sponsoring legislation that would ban the use of drones from bothering those engaged in legal hunting and fishing activities.

February 5, 2014

Who's Who in Big Data?

The big data marketplace is evolving rapidly. Here’s a look at some of the players.

February 3, 2014

Is the Future of Kansas' Google Fiber in Question?

Legislation was introduced — and then pulled — that would outlaw community broadband projects in the state. But it could return later this year.

February 3, 2014

South Carolina Eyes Bullying Reporting Mandate

A new bill would require South Carolina school districts to provide an anonymous online form to report instances of bullying.

January 31, 2014

New Mexico Legislature May Get More Transparent

Resolutions would expand webcasting and create a permanent archive of recordings.

January 29, 2014

Feds Consider Overhaul of Tech Project Approval Process

A proposed law would codify the position of chief technology officer and establish a Digital Government Office that would review all major federal technology projects.

January 28, 2014

Wisconsin to Adopt Social Media Privacy Law

Gov. Scott Walker expected to sign bill that would prevent Wisconsin employers from asking for the log-in information and passwords for a prospective employee’s social media accounts.

January 24, 2014

New Hampshire Axes License Plate Reader Bill

Legislation would have authorized law enforcement use of license plate readers in the state.

January 20, 2014

More Money Coming for Technology in Rural States?

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte has proposed legislation to help rural states get a larger percentage of the Universal Service Fund.

January 17, 2014

Does 'Net Neutrality’ Ruling Have a Silver Lining for Local Govs?

Experts say federal appeals court decision affirms the FCC’s power to remove state barriers to community broadband networks.

January 15, 2014

Former FCC Leaders Caution Altering Telecom Law

The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee begins what will likely be a long string of hearings on potential changes to U.S. telecommunications law.

January 13, 2014

Fresno Pursuing Open Data Campaign, Gigabit Network

From the usefulness of code enforcement data to financial savings from plant-level water sensors, the ‘Raisin Capital of the World’ is looking to make a number of tech advancements in the coming years.

January 9, 2014

Feds Draft Legislation to Define ‘Telehealth’

Bipartisan bill defines telehealth and provides principles to guide states considering telehealth policies.

January 8, 2014

Mississippi County Upgrading Emergency Communications

Neshoba County, Miss., will open a state-of-the-art emergency operations center this spring, featuring a next-generation 911 system.

December 19, 2013

5 Tech Policy Issues to Watch in 2014

From phone-tracking devices to giving kids the ability to delete online posts, here are a few pieces of technology legislation you should keep an eye on next year.

December 17, 2013

Controversial Michigan Landline Phone Legislation Advances

Bill would make it easier for telecommunications providers to stop offering basic phone service.

December 11, 2013

Seattle Gigabit Service Delayed Due to Funding Problems

Outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn thinks financing issues may doom Gigabit Squared’s attempt to bring cheaper high-speed Internet to the Jet City.

December 10, 2013

911 Location Accuracy Group Calls Out Wireless Industry

The Find Me 911 Coalition is pushing the FCC to craft stricter regulations to better pinpoint the location of emergency calls made from mobile devices.

December 6, 2013

Portal to Unveil Influence of Public Commentary

Splunk4Good is turning data from into a new real-time analytic interface to give the public and government officials a better understanding of who is commenting on rule proposals.

December 4, 2013

FirstNet Issues RFI on Mobile Apps

The authority in charge of the nationwide public safety network is seeking information on apps, cloud and identity management technology.

December 3, 2013

Los Angeles Fiber Connectivity Plan Mystifies Critics

Experts question the logic of expecting major broadband providers to build a free citywide high-speed network.

December 2, 2013

California Lt. Governor Wants Cloud and Open Data Policies

Gavin Newsom thinks California should be in the cloud and further embracing a culture of transparency.

November 26, 2013

San Antonio License Plate Readers and Video Conferencing Resolve Overdue Traffic Tickets

In-car video conferencing improves overdue ticket collection in San Antonio.

November 26, 2013

Political Contributions Hang Over Seattle Gigabit Efforts

Are Comcast’s campaign funding tactics a sign of things to come in local races where community broadband is involved?

November 22, 2013

Utah Legislature Embraces Voluntary Open Email Policy

Utah will launch a public online database containing the emails of state lawmakers in January.

November 20, 2013

Lawmakers Clash Over Mobile Medical App Regulation

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss the FDA’s plan to regulate mobile medical apps and whether legislative oversight is needed.

November 20, 2013

Mobile App Tracks Emergency Volunteers

Deploy Pro will help incident commanders manage personnel and information during emergencies.

November 19, 2013

Cops Like What They See with License Plate Readers

The popular tech tool is helping cops become more efficient, but privacy advocates are concerned about data collection.

November 13, 2013

Governments Recover $11 Million in Fraud Settlement

CA Technologies settles claim that it improperly billed public agencies for software maintenance contracts.

November 5, 2013

TechAmerica Lobbyists Jump Ship for Rival Outfit

Four top TechAmerica lobbyists will now spearhead ITI’s public-sector efforts.

November 1, 2013

Tech and Homeless Vets to Improve County Transportation

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts is partnering with a nonprofit organization to put homeless veterans to work in an intermodal transportation center.

October 24, 2013

Building Addictive Mobile Apps for Citizens and Employees

How to build mobile applications that users can’t live without.

October 23, 2013

Louisville, Ky., to Adopt ‘Open by Default’ Data Plan

Louisville’s announcement makes it the fifth U.S. city to formalize its open data policy this year.

October 18, 2013

Ohio County Launches Workplace Virtual Medical Care

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is piloting a kiosk that enables employees to virtually meet with doctors without leaving the office.

October 17, 2013

Mississippi Isn't Waiting for Google Fiber

Mississippi residents want gigabit fiber, and wireless provider C Spire will soon deploy it in communities with sufficient interest.

October 15, 2013

Massachusetts to Launch Online Public Policy Simulator will provide Massachusetts lawmakers and citizens with a closer look at how policies may impact communities.

October 7, 2013

The Legal Implications of BYOD

Experts discuss the legal pitfalls of public-sector agencies allowing employees to use personal computing devices for work.

October 4, 2013

Denver Water Uses Big Data to Improve Efficiency

The public utility has jumped on the machine data bandwagon to maximize internal productivity.

October 2, 2013

FirstNet Finishing Up Active First Year

From planning activities to grant funding, the wheels are moving to provide emergency responders with a high-speed, nationwide public safety network in the near future.

September 25, 2013

Traffic Signal Tech Improves Rescue Response Time

Palm Beach County, Fla., is installing an emergency vehicle priority system that adjusts traffic signal times to help improve traffic flow for fire and rescue teams.

September 20, 2013

Securing the Digital Home Front

New Jersey fights online threats with a dedicated cybersecurity unit.

September 18, 2013

Tracking System Helps County Keep Tabs on Stormwater

Chesterfield County, Va.’s new Storm Water Information Tracker (SWIFT) has streamlined permitting tasks and field work.

September 17, 2013

Michigan and Illinois Forge Historic MMIS Partnership

Sharing a Medicaid Management Information System could lead to millions in savings for the states and federal government.

September 13, 2013

Virginia Seeks Innovative Cybersecurity Startups

Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology has launched a new Cyber Accelerator to help kick-start cybersecurity products and businesses in the region.

September 3, 2013

Smartphones Provide Video Monitoring of TB Patients

Mobile video technology has made keeping tabs on tuberculosis patients a bit easier for health workers in San Diego County, Calif.

August 22, 2013

Usage Policies Key to Successful Mobile Device Adoption

AT&T consultant urges agencies to think less about devices and more about policies to govern their use on government networks.

August 21, 2013

Promising Technology Could Boost Communications in Emergencies

Allows mobile phones to share data and messages with one another over a local area when there’s no active cellular network available.

August 20, 2013

Promising New Technologies Could Boost Communications in Emergencies

Cellular-free mobile phone service and Wi-Fi boosters are part of the next generation of technologies that could make communication during disasters easier.

August 16, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Goes High-Tech

A new software-based dispatch center has made emergency communications easier in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

August 9, 2013

Choosing a Cloud Broker

CIOs are using brokers to find the best cloud prices and help integrate multiple systems from different vendors.

August 8, 2013

Bio-Threat Early Warning System Gets Booster Shot

A North Carolina-based group was awarded an additional $3 million in federal funding to expand its health epidemic forecasting technology.

August 2, 2013

Georgia Saving Millions with Open Source Technology

A switch to Drupal’s OpenPublic and cloud hosting has made website administration more efficient and cheaper for state agencies in Georgia.

August 1, 2013

The Future of the IT Workforce

CIOs are rethinking the hiring process as they seek leaders to replace an aging IT workforce.

July 26, 2013

Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Spur Rise in Recycling

Santa Clarita, Calif.’s use of automated trash and recycling bins has helped the city become more environmentally friendly.

July 23, 2013

Technology Helps Los Angeles Track Energy Use

Even big cities like L.A. don't have the capacity to collect energy data in a timely fashion. But a federal program helps the city’s building owners measure consumption.

July 23, 2013

How Emergency Managers Can Benefit from Big Data

Large volumes of data sets derived from sophisticated sensors and social media feeds are increasingly being used by government agencies.

July 18, 2013

Enhancing Public Access to Legal Data

Using a $600,000 grant, the Oyez Project will digitize legal materials of State Supreme and Federal Appellate Courts.

July 9, 2013

Will the U.S. Embrace Earthquake Early Warning Systems?

California's considering a bill to create a statewide system to alert people when earthquakes are coming. Scientists say the East Coast has just as much to gain from it as the Golden State.

July 2, 2013

New App Helps Emergency Volunteers Collaborate Better

CERTify mobile app enables CERT coordinators to organize and manage the day-to-day activities and data of volunteer emergency response personnel.

June 18, 2013

Tech Helps Arkansas Residents Get Cash Faster

An automated system in the State Auditor’s office cuts the time it takes to issue unclaimed property checks to Arkansas citizens.

June 10, 2013

Waukegan, Ill. City Council Goes Paperless

Chicago’s northerly neighbor is embracing a greener way of doing government business.

June 5, 2013

New Mexico Recognized for Roadway Inspection System

Technology identifies potential commercial vehicle safety risks, allowing officers to stop the right trucks for a closer look.

June 3, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Pest Mitigation

GPS helps the Florida Keys keep the mosquito population in check.

June 3, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Waste Management

Waste collectors find ways to optimize collection routes and reduce emissions.

May 30, 2013

Dirty Jobs in Government: Restaurant Inspection

Cities and counties turn to social media and mobile apps to spread restaurant inspection information.

May 29, 2013

National Archives Goes Google

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration put its email and records management services in the cloud.

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma Cities Collaborate on Mobile Policy

Oklahoma cities set mobile technology and social media standards for government agencies.

May 21, 2013

Interactive Web Portal Opens Door to Energy Research

Government officials now have access to vast amounts of data to help develop state energy policy, assess energy sustainability.

May 17, 2013

Colorado Experiments with Telemedicine for Inmates

The Colorado Department of Corrections has partnered with the Denver Health Medical Center to conduct inmate medical consultations using video conferencing.

May 16, 2013

Richard McKinney Named CIO of U.S. DOT

McKinney will serve as principal technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

May 14, 2013

Sirens Remain Vital to Hawaii’s Emergency Alert System

Hawaii is retrofitting its entire emergency siren network, moving to satellite and cellular control technology.

May 7, 2013

Flash Storage a Win for Delaware, Ohio

Moving to flash-based data storage has led to an increase in computing speed and energy savings.

April 30, 2013

Online Listing Service Maps Available Broadband Sites

New exchange brings together site owners and broadband providers.

April 29, 2013

Editing Tool Cleaning Up Legalese in Seattle

Washington State offices have a new “easy button” when it comes to writing and editing documents.

April 16, 2013

Biometrics Improves Homeless Services in New Jersey

New Jersey is expanding a local program that helps agencies track homeless services more accurately and in less time, increasing their chances of getting the federal funding they need.

April 15, 2013

Are Paper Vehicle Titles Facing Extinction?

South Dakota will lead a national pilot project later this year that will study states moving to a complete electronic vehicle-titling process.

April 2, 2013

Houston Eyes Greener City with All-in-One Recycling

‘One Bin for All’ program will use a state-of-the-art facility and technology to sort and reuse discarded materials.

March 29, 2013

FirstNet Moves Forward, But Hurdles Remain

The national public safety broadband network should let federal, state and local emergency response personnel share data, do their jobs more efficiently and save more lives in the process.

March 25, 2013

Colorado Embraces New IT Security Philosophy

Jonathan Trull is leading Colorado state government into a new era of cybersecurity.

February 28, 2013

Illinois Department of Corrections Heads to the Cloud

Agency aims to go live with the first part of its new cloud-based criminal justice information system in June.

February 28, 2013

What Does Your Lawyer Want You to Know About Social Media?

Online tools have made interacting with the public more convenient, but the legal pitfalls associated with social media have also been exposed.

February 27, 2013

Alex Padilla -- 2013 GT Top 25 Winner

California State Senator

February 21, 2013

Forensics Lab Goes Lean to Jump Start Productivity

In New York, the Monroe County Crime Lab’s Forensic Biology section has streamlined its workflow and increased efficiency by using the Lean Six Sigma management philosophy.

February 19, 2013

Has New Jersey Paved the Way for Voting via Email?

Casting a vote by email may seem easy, but the process was no walk in the park when New Jersey allowed it in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

February 12, 2013

Will FirstNet Move Forward With Local Broadband Projects?

Seven regional wireless networks could soon serve as models for a nationwide public safety broadband communications system.

February 8, 2013

Management Tool Smoothes Tablet Deployment

Pierce County, Wash.’s use of a mobile device management solution helped IT staff better handle security and configuration of iPads.

January 30, 2013

CIOs Discuss Lateral Local Government Career Moves

Successful county IT leaders talk about why they made the jump to the same role with city governments.

January 28, 2013

Virginia Releases Emergency Preparation Smartphone App

A new mobile application from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management should enable citizens to better prepare for the unexpected.

January 23, 2013

Minnesota Lawmakers Eyeing Phone Data Tracking Law

A group of Minnesota legislators is considering a bill to regulate state law enforcement use of devices that grab smartphone information.

January 17, 2013

New Tool Helps Colorado Better Secure Cloud Email Data

Additional authentication gives Colorado confidence that its cloud-based email deployment meets federal data security requirements.

January 15, 2013

Virtual Interns Providing Long-Term Benefits for Federal Agency

Program earns the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Dairy Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture national honors.

January 14, 2013

Former Utah CIO Steve Fletcher Joins NTIA

In his role as associate administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s Office of Public Safety Communications, Fletcher will continue to interact with the state and local connections he's made over the years.

January 14, 2013

Iowa Plans Rapid Deployment of New Eligibility System

The Hawkeye State is ditching its 1970s-era human services eligibility system in favor of a more modern system that prepares them for ACA requirements.

January 9, 2013

Tech Upgrades Spur Bus Ridership Spike in North Carolina

New bus service amenities are a hit with riders in Concord, N.C.

January 7, 2013

Child Sex Trafficking Data Pooled in Texas

Two new online repositories will contain a wealth of information for social workers, law enforcement personnel and volunteers working against trafficking crimes.

January 3, 2013

Will Rural Health-Care Providers Pay More for Broadband?

A new FCC order restructures and expands the Commission’s Rural Health Care program but cuts the subsidy to help pay for high-speed Internet access.

December 20, 2012

Video Chats Improving Police Response in Silicon Valley

California's Redwood City Police Department is connecting better with residents through the use of live video and text chats.

December 18, 2012

IT Directors Go Retro to Improve Workflow in Virginia

Technology workers in two Virginia agencies are using an old-school organizational method to improve workflow and efficiency.

December 12, 2012

2012 Year in Review: Big Data

The way big data has shaped the way we work and live in 2012.

December 12, 2012

Aerial Drone Aids in Chemical Train Derailment Response

Birds-eye technology kept emergency personnel out of harm’s way while delivering photos of accident scene.

December 5, 2012

Upgrades to Storm Data Application Successful Post-Sandy

A new Web-based application made incident reporting more efficient and cut down the time it took to compile an assessment report in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

November 30, 2012

Eco-Friendly Lighting May Improve Traffic Circle Safety

New concept uses reflective technology and low-level lighting to better illuminate pedestrian crosswalks and traffic flow at roundabouts.

November 21, 2012

Wirelessly Charged Electric Bus Unveiled in Utah

Magnetic field technology transfers enough electricity to power a transit bus for up to 30 minutes.

November 19, 2012

Mississippi Cops Share Data to Fight Crime

Police officers in Harrison County, Miss., use mobile tools to make routine traffic stops safer and more efficient.

November 6, 2012

Transforming Procurement: Will iPads Replace Binders?

While the typical procurement process has been around for decades, three states are breaking the mold when it comes to how vendors can respond to requests for proposals.

November 5, 2012

More Traffic Cameras Planned for Prince George’s County, Md.

The success of portable speed cameras in Prince George’s County, Md., is driving further public safety technology expansion.

November 2, 2012

Behavioral Data and the Future of Predictive Policing

In the future, behavioral data and clues from virtual interactions may help cops stop bad guys before they've even drawn up a plan -- like the 2002 blockbuster Minority Report.

October 26, 2012

Illinois Online Legal Aid a Hit With Residents

A location-specific, self-help website is giving Macoupin County residents convenient access to correct legal forms and information.

October 26, 2012

Mobile App May Help Drivers Outsmart Traffic Signals

SignalGuru crowdsources traffic signal data so drivers know how fast to drive to avoid hitting red lights.

October 19, 2012

Texas Launches Website Accessibility Scanning Program

Reporting tool will help state agencies improve Web page accessibility for people with disabilities.

October 17, 2012

Thomas Jarrett, Delaware’s First State CIO, Passes Away

The former CIO and NASCIO president was one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

October 17, 2012

Virginia Launches Online Public Assistance System

New interactive self-service delivery website allows Virginia residents to apply for public benefits online.

October 12, 2012

North Carolina Embracing Enterprisewide IT Changes

Eight months into his tenure as North Carolina’s CIO Jonathan Womer has the state’s IT program focused on improved efficiency and customer service.

October 11, 2012

Will Private DNA Services Replace State Crime Labs?

New technology may give local police more ownership quicker processing of DNA evidence collected from arrested individuals.

October 8, 2012

Predictive Policing a Success in Santa Cruz, Calif.

City sees significant reduction in property theft thanks in part to predictive crime modeling.

October 4, 2012

U.S. DOT’s Website Gets a Big Tune-Up

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new, more user-friendly Web portal that’s user-centric rather than organized by the DOT’s many operating administrations.

October 2, 2012

Littleton, Colo., Offers Mobile Alert System for Citizens

Residents can now subscribe to a mobile app that notifies them of emergencies in their local areas.

October 1, 2012

California Governor Vetoes Cell Service Shutdown Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes SB 1160, saying the bill’s requirements in order to cut mobile connectivity could divert attention away from resolving conflicts.

September 21, 2012

Digital Maps Assist Emergency Responders

Map application works on mobile devices without a network connection, helping responders in areas of Frederick County, Va., without cellular service.

September 20, 2012

Web App Collects and Maps Storm Data

Norfolk, Va., is using a Web-based system to modernize data collection of storm-related incidents and damages.

September 19, 2012

Buzz Off! New Tech Tracks Pest Inspections in Virginia

Field technicians are using real-time data and mobile technology to increase the number of mosquito and gypsy moth sites they visit in Prince William County, Va.

September 13, 2012

Mug Shot Lineups Leave the Polaroid Era

A new Web application is automating mug shop lineups for detectives in Chesterfield County, Va.

September 12, 2012

DMVs Skeptical of Turnkey Business Operations Systems

Faced with aging legacy vehicle and licensing registration systems, “out of the box” technology is not seen as a viable answer by some state Departments of Motor Vehicles.

September 10, 2012

Will the Affordable Care Act Help Telehealth Flourish?

Experts discuss the viability of telehealth in light of a growing shortage of primary care physicians and increased demand for medical care.

September 5, 2012

Can External Oversight Keep NYC Tech Projects on Budget?

Economic development corporations weigh in on New York City’s plans to outsource management of its costliest technology projects.

September 4, 2012

How Massachusetts Is Verifying Insurance Buyers

People using the Massachusetts health insurance exchange are having their residency status confirmed by real-time identity management technology.

August 28, 2012

Miami International Airport Beefing Up Security

One of the nation’s busiest airports is getting new high-definition video cameras, ground radar and secure wireless networking.

August 27, 2012

7 Tips for Better Social Media Engagement

Local government experts share advice and their experiences in building social media programs.

August 22, 2012

Tracking Tool Monitors Colorado Lightning Strikes

Web-based technology is helping Boulder County, Colo., identify when and where lightning is hitting for more accurate emergency response.

August 21, 2012

OpenStack Developers Collaborate to Deliver Cloud Components

Could open source code spearhead the next wave of government cloud adoption?

August 20, 2012

Federal Mobile App Provides Real-Time Economic Stats

The U.S. Census Bureau’s first mobile app gives users a heads-up on the latest economic indicators and trends.

August 16, 2012

Online Registry Tracks Texas Cash-for-Gold Shops

Those businesses buying and selling gold and other precious metals can now register their permanent and temporary locations via the Web.

August 14, 2012

Virginia Launches Mobile Business Procurement App

The Old Dominion has unveiled a state and local government business procurement app for mobile devices.

August 7, 2012

7 Mobile App Development Tips for Local Governments

Experts from two California cities discuss the do’s and don’ts of mobile app construction.

August 6, 2012

Web Tool Ignites Wildfire Preparedness Efforts

A new Web application developed by Code for America is helping residents of Austin, Texas, better protect their homes from wildfires.

August 3, 2012

Online Park Reservations a Hit in Bexar County, Texas

By moving to an electronic reservation system, residents and park officials are reducing costs and generating more revenue.

August 1, 2012

Washington CIO Bharat Shyam Talks About His Shift From the Private to the Public Sector

Ex-Microsoft manager discusses his transition to state CIO.

July 30, 2012

Virginia Brews Up Interactive Beer Map

Beer lovers now have an online guide to craft breweries in Virginia.

July 25, 2012

Texans Get Back on the Road With Online Service

An application has been used by 100,000 Texas drivers in the past year to pay reinstatement fees and track their driving eligibility status.

July 24, 2012

CIOs Share Career Transition Tips

Public technology professionals discuss the skills needed when moving from IT to government operations positions within government.

July 19, 2012

Flood Early Warning System Keeps Austin, Texas, Prepared

Technology incorporates multiple data sources and predictive modeling to help keep residents safe from floods in Austin, Texas.

July 18, 2012

Texas City Providing IT Support During Child Abductions

The IT department of Bryan, Texas, has volunteered its time and expertise to help better prepare a local child abduction response team for action.

July 17, 2012

Political Ad Database Debuted by FCC

New interface allows public easier access to political commercials being run on TV stations.

July 12, 2012

Best of Texas 2012 Winners Announced

Annual awards program recognized 25 government IT people and projects in the Lone Star State.

July 10, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Complicates Health Insurance Exchanges

Health-care industry executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reigns as states continue to build online marketplaces for insurance.

July 6, 2012

Fraud Tech Uncovers $5 Million in South Florida

Property exemption fraud solution is making fraud detection an automated affair for Miami-Dade County, Fla.

July 3, 2012

Los Angeles Buses Moving to Smart Card Fares

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation adopts smart card technology for its bus fleet.

July 2, 2012

July 4 Festivities in Colorado Will Be Watched Closely

Police departments across the nation are stepping up enforcement efforts on July 4 by using social media and video cameras.

June 27, 2012

Tech Helps End Precinct Voting in New Mexico County

New Mexico’s Doña Ana County was able to condense its 120 polling places into 39 voting sites thanks to a new voter registration computing system.

June 25, 2012

What to Consider When Moving Off BlackBerry

Government agencies thinking about leaving BlackBerry for another smartphone should keep these helpful tips in mind.

June 22, 2012

Feds Look to Cut Prescription Drug Abuse with Health IT

Pilot programs in Indiana and Ohio will measure the effects of expanding access to prescription drug monitoring.

June 21, 2012

Defibrillators in Nevada Tracked in Web-Based Registry

Online database highlights the location and status of life-saving equipment throughout the Silver State.

June 20, 2012

Local Georgia Cops Get Access to Palm Print Database

Crime scene investigators in Richmond County, Ga., are using a new biometric database and equipment to scan and store palm print scans.

June 19, 2012

The Many Benefits of 3-D Maps

Columbia County, Ga., is getting much more than traffic accident data out of 3-D technology.

June 18, 2012

Washington State CIO Leading Agencies on New Path

Former Microsoft software engineer Bharat Shyam is modernizing Washington state’s technology investments and priorities.

June 15, 2012

3 Innovative Federal CIOs Respond to New Pressures

Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Marine Corps CIOs discuss their management approaches.

June 12, 2012

Tablets Help Court Go Paperless in Texas

IPads have made a digital courtroom a reality for the Wichita Falls Municipal Court.

June 7, 2012

Feds Launch Air Pollution Sensor Challenge

Contest offers awards for the invention of sensor devices that measure air pollution and a person’s physiological response to air quality.

June 6, 2012

Mobile Site Driving New Web Traffic for

The Lone Star State’s mobile-specific website is generating a larger online user base for government services.

June 5, 2012

Local Cops Use Mobile Devices to Log Crime Scene Data

Bar code-generating software allows police to record and enter items while on the move.

June 1, 2012

Data Mining Techniques Must Adapt With Web 2.0

A panel discusses how governments need to prepare for a whole new way of processing and using the large volumes of unstructured data available to them.

May 31, 2012

Tech Trends Public Agencies Should Watch in 2012

Deloitte Consulting’s Bill Briggs gives an overview of his technology observations so far this year and how they will shape the public sector heading into 2013.

May 29, 2012

How Jails Customize TV Programming for Inmates

Lincoln County Jail in Oregon has installed a new Web-based system that allows staff to control inmates’ TV programs.

May 29, 2012

Georgia Debunks E-Procurement Myths

An electronic purchasing system may seem like an ideal way for states to save money, but beware of the roadblocks.

May 24, 2012

New 511 Travel Information App Goes Live in Virginia

Next-generation traffic data is providing travelers with detailed real-time roadway conditions, hazard messages and expected travel times.

May 23, 2012

Professional Social Network Connecting U.S. Doctors

Doximity enables physicians to discuss patient issues and medical topics with one another over a secure platform.

May 22, 2012

6 Steps for Jump-Starting IPv6 Adoption in Government

Experts offer tips to help state and local governments move to the new address protocol.

May 21, 2012

‘Heat Map’ Shows Global Influence on North Carolina

Web-based tool combines 53 data points to provide a snapshot of how immigration, foreign-owned businesses and other factors are reshaping the state’s 100 counties.

May 16, 2012

Los Angeles County Uses Analytics to Stop Child-Care Fraud

L.A. County Department of Public Social Services rings up $6.8 million in cost avoidance through the use of a detailed data mining and networking system.

May 15, 2012

Free Tool Gauges Website Engagement Effectiveness

A new Web-based assessment provides decision-makers insight into the community engagement level of local government websites.

May 11, 2012

Citizen Advisers Shape New Palo Alto, Calif., Website

Silicon Valley residents offer their expertise and time to help redefine the city’s Web presence.

May 10, 2012

Ghost Town for Tech Research Breaking Ground in New Mexico

Local officials are looking forward to economic benefits from a fully operational city, minus inhabitants, outside of Hobbs, N.M., for testing innovative technologies.

May 8, 2012

Disciplinary Records of Licensees Go Online in Utah

Upgraded databases and enhanced communication features are giving consumers better access to Department of Commerce information in the Beehive State.

May 7, 2012

IT Leaders, Security Concerns Slowing Federal Cloud Adoption

MeriTalk survey of federal tech professionals reveals potential cloud savings and obstacles to future deployment.

April 27, 2012

Free Community Wi-Fi Coming to an End in Seattle

Online since 2005, the program has served approximately 20,000 users per year.

April 26, 2012

University of Washington Repeats as Cyber Defense Champ

The university’s team scores top honors out of 10 regional competitors in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

April 25, 2012

Twitter Chat Experiment Under Way in the Silicon Valley

Palo Alto, Calif., is conducting question-and-answer sessions through Twitter to expand how residents engage with government officials.

April 19, 2012

Advanced DNA Forensics Lab Coming to Southeast Texas

Harris County is transforming an abandoned bakery plant into a futuristic DNA analysis center.

April 18, 2012

Facial ID Tech Being Tested at Alabama County Jail

Calhoun County sheriff has big plans for facial recognition technology in his jurisdiction and potentially throughout Alabama.

April 17, 2012

New England Regional Tech Collaboration Under Way

New Hampshire leads a multistate effort to address state technology challenges.

April 11, 2012

Mobile Tech Center Ready to Roll in Kentucky

The public library district in Kentucky’s largest county brings Internet access and other services to outlying residents.

April 10, 2012

App Wins Federal Challenge, Aims to Prevent Date Rape

“Circle of 6” program makes messaging friends for help a discreet two-tap process.

April 9, 2012

Kansas State Police Share Data System with Local Cops

The Kansas Highway Patrol is sharing its integrated field reporting, records management, electronic ticketing and court management system with local law enforcement agencies.

April 6, 2012

Cybersecurity Purchasing Alliance Established

Governments can take advantage of a vendor collaboration that will provide cybersecurity solutions and training at lower costs.

April 5, 2012

Cyberbullying Bill Violates Free Speech in Arizona?

Legislation would make it illegal to use electronic or digital devices to communicate using “colorful” language if the speech is deemed annoying or offensive.

April 2, 2012

Crime Analysis Tech Aiding Local Cops in California

The Rialto Police Department in California uses a sophisticated software program that gives officers a heads up on crime trends in the city.

March 30, 2012

Heart Attack Treatment in St. Louis Speeds Up With Wi-Fi

Remote transmission of electrocardiograms from ambulances gives patients a fighting chance to live.

March 28, 2012

Baltimore Water Main Inspected With High-Tech Probe

City uses electromagnetic technology to scan for pipe damage while keeping water service up and running.

March 27, 2012

St. Paul to Jump on Minnesota’s Email Cloud by June

St. Paul will be the first city in Minnesota to share email services with the state under its new Microsoft Office 365 cloud platform.

March 23, 2012

Jeff Uyeda to Join California Office of Technology Services

Recent leadership additions continue in California’s IT services branch.

March 22, 2012

Did Money Influence North Carolina Broadband Bill?

Key legislators received significantly larger donations from telecom groups than their colleagues as controversial community broadband legislation was being debated.

March 21, 2012

High-Tech Ambulance Simulator Debuts in Oregon

Oregon’s Washington County Emergency Medical Services Office and three local schools join forces to put emergency training on wheels.

March 20, 2012

Minnesota Puts State Email Services in the Cloud

Minnesota’s Office of Enterprise Technology upgrades almost 40,000 state workers to Microsoft Office 365, will bring cities into shared system.

March 19, 2012

Parking System Goes Green at San Luis Obispo Airport

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in California has updated its parking payment system to solar-powered automated kiosks.

March 16, 2012

Border Security the Focus of Arizona State University Lab

Arizona State University partners with General Dynamics to focus on border control and homeland security solutions.

March 15, 2012

IBM Names 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners

Eight U.S. cities are among the 33 recipients, with issues on the table such as integrating transportation methods and lowering rates of respiratory illness.

March 14, 2012

State Spending Transparency Improving, Report Finds

Washington and West Virginia get better grades, and California is falling behind, according to new U.S. PIRG scorecard.

March 13, 2012

Washington, D.C., Fire Inspection Reports Go Digital

A paperless records system is giving the Washington, D.C., Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department more accurate inspection statistics.

March 9, 2012

Real-Time Child-Care Data Saving Millions in Oklahoma

Swipe card attendance system keeps day-care center and state financial books balanced in the Sooner State.

March 8, 2012

County Uses Fraud Solution to Unearth $1.5 Million

Relying on information provided by a fraud detection program, Indiana’s Delaware County is billing property owners for unpaid taxes.

March 7, 2012

Tech Helps Transit Authority Rebound in Gulf Coast Area

Transportation management software gives Mississippi's Coast Transit Authority an edge in re-plotting routes to accommodate riders that moved inland after Hurricane Katrina.

March 6, 2012

Cloud Technology Wins in NYC Super Bowl Parade

New York City’s IT department’s use of Microsoft’s Azure successfully handled huge spikes in Web traffic during Super Bowl victory parade ticket sweepstakes.

March 5, 2012

Web Chats Help Streamline Operations at New York Jail

A new Web-based video-conferencing system is helping to better connect inmates with probation officers and attorneys at Niagara County Jail in New York.

March 2, 2012

5 Tips for Managing Successful Vendor Relationships

Experts share best practices on creating and maintaining a healthy customer-vendor relationship.

February 29, 2012

Christopher Mitchell

Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

February 29, 2012

State CIOs Discuss Next IT Priorities

The Colorado, Michigan and Texas IT czars give their thoughts on state IT projects and future challenges facing public technology professionals.

February 29, 2012

Colorado Eyeing ‘No Access’ Broadband Map

Legislation would direct the state’s Public Utilities Commission and Office of Information Technology to identify areas of Colorado without access to high-speed Internet.

February 28, 2012

Balancing Military Service and a Civilian Career Pays Off for These IT Professionals

These IT professionals cite their ongoing and past military obligations as a key to their success.

February 27, 2012

Ohio Local Governments to Explore Shared IT Services

Cities in two Ohio counties look to school district shared services arrangement as a model for potential collaboration.

February 24, 2012

California Bill Would Prevent Cell Service Shutdowns

Proposal stems from Bay Area Rapid Transit turning off its mobile network during protests last year.

February 23, 2012

Satellite-Based Air Traffic Control System Taking Off

Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland is the latest aviation facility in the U.S. moving to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration’s new satellite air traffic control system.

February 21, 2012

Boston Testing App for Auto-Detecting Potholes

Street Bump automatically transmits the presence of rough roads to city workers, helping improve the timeliness of road repairs.

February 18, 2012

Public Safety Broadband Network Wins in Tax Cut Deal

Legislation would provide $7 billion for an interoperable nationwide wireless broadband network to connect emergency personnel. But is it enough money?

February 16, 2012

Inmates Get Access to Web Conferencing Tools

Iowa’s Dubuque County Jail is replacing its inmate video-conferencing system with a Web-based interface that will improve communications for inmates and county officials.

February 15, 2012

Smart Traffic Signals Get a Green Light

Long red lights may be a thing of the past if adaptive traffic control projects such as Ada County, Idaho’s become more common.

February 14, 2012

California Unveils New Mobile Template for Developers

Programmers can now create mobile apps using state GPS and mapping information.

February 13, 2012

Obama’s Budget Cuts Fed IT by $586 Million

The administration’s proposed budget tightens the proverbial belt around technology expenditures, as Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel further encourages agencies to do more with less.

February 10, 2012

New Orleans Looks Online to Combat Blight

With help from Code for America, The Big Easy will develop a website that helps residents report on blighted areas of the city.

February 9, 2012

Oregon Saves Millions with Web Conferencing

Online tool calculates money saved and emissions avoided from less travel due to having video conferences.

February 7, 2012

Will Safety Issues Ground Police Use of Unmanned Drones?

Interest in unmanned aircraft systems may be rising, but the Federal Aviation Administration has delayed its proposed regulations for their use.

February 6, 2012

Wichita, Kan., Reboots Permitting and Inspection System

Wichita’s Office of Central Inspection has moved to a Web-based project-tracking and management system that should make applying for permits easier.

February 3, 2012

New Platform Makes ‘Citizen Sourcing’ Fun and Games

Users compete and earn rewards for their participation on local government websites.

January 30, 2012

With Chopra Gone, Is Open Government in Jeopardy?

Experts weigh-in on the impact former Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra’s departure will have on government open data issues and discuss the future.

January 27, 2012

Virginia to Revamp Transportation Operations Centers

Administrator says no other state’s transportation department has blended management and technology in the way Virginia hopes to.

January 26, 2012

New York City Testing Parking Sensors

If initial test run in the Bronx pans out, the program could be expanded to other Gotham boroughs.

January 26, 2012

Alabama School District to Track Student Bus Riders

Huntsville City Schools is launching a pilot program that keeps tabs on student bus use.

January 25, 2012

Georgia Community Broadband in Legislative Crosshairs

New bill would place far-reaching restrictions on the ability of local governments to create their own high-speed networks.

January 24, 2012

GPS Tracking Case Could Have Wide-Ranging Fallout

Controversial ruling may increase police workload and lead to safety risks.

January 20, 2012

App Helps California Teachers Stay Current With Standards

Smartphone users can keep up-to-date with core math and language standards in California schools.

January 19, 2012

Missouri Courts Stay Connected With Video Conferencing

A five-county judicial circuit has deployed a Skype-like system to allow judges to remotely preside over hearings.

January 18, 2012

Virginia DMV Prepares for 'FACE'lift

A new transaction processing system being implemented at all 74 Virginia DMV offices should improve worker efficiency and the customer experience.

January 17, 2012

Company’s Web Forum Helps Agencies Spot Fraud

LexisNexis has launched a new website focused on educating government officials on how people are defrauding federal, state and local agencies.

January 16, 2012

Emergency Texts Aid First Responders in New Mexico

Text messaging 911 situation info to cellphones is increasing the efficiency of firefighters and rescue personnel.

January 13, 2012

FCC Updates California on Broadband Reform

Commission is eyeing infrastructure expansion in underserved areas and further access to 4G mobile speed in 2012.

January 11, 2012

Campbell County, Va., Unveils Enhanced Website

Changes to the county’s home page are focused on timely communication and improving citizen engagement.

January 9, 2012

New Applications Help Patients, Doctors Battle Cancer

Apps submitted for fed challenge took a broad range of health data and made it meaningful.

January 6, 2012

Austin, Texas, Gets Website Refresh After a Decade

Long delay was due to budgetary problems and continuous personnel changes.

January 5, 2012

Skype Makes Business Personal in Frederick County, Md.

Video-conferencing technology is allowing county staff and contractors to get construction permits issued more efficiently.

January 4, 2012

Paint-On Solar Cells Developed by Notre Dame Researchers

‘Solar paint’ applied to conductive surface produces electricity, although further research is needed before it becomes a commercially viable product.

December 22, 2011

Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles a Reality, Researchers Say

First pilot project scheduled for a campus transit bus in 2012.

December 21, 2011

Election Results Websites Heading to the Cloud

At least a few states are expressing interest in cloud platforms ahead of the 2012 elections.

December 20, 2011

Snowplow App Should Lead to Safer Detroit Commutes

A new application from Wayne County, Mich., shows which roads have been cleared, improving safety and giving drivers the ability to plot alternative routes.

December 20, 2011

Texas Rolls Out TIERS Eligibility System After 8-Year Transition

Texas’ food stamp, Medicaid, employment training and other systems up and running statewide after an eight-year stall.

December 16, 2011

Solar Heats Up in Bryan, Ohio

New two-megawatt solar farm will generate power for about 260 homes in the city starting next year.

December 14, 2011

Pennsylvania Counties Hatch 911 Tech Sharing Plan

Municipalities in western Pennsylvania are establishing a regional emergency services network centered on next-generation 911 equipment upgrades.

December 13, 2011

New Tech Allows Cops to Spot and Cite Tailgaters

Police in Riley County, Kan., target tailgaters with laser gun that measures time and distance between two cars.

December 12, 2011

Financial System Overhaul Under Way in Natchez, Miss.

New accounting software will link city departments and allow residents to make online transactions.

December 9, 2011

Virginia Expands Travel Times Project to Reduce Road Congestion

Interstate 95 will now feature seven locations of overhead travel times to destinations for motorists.

December 8, 2011

Beefed Up Cattle Branding Registration Online in Texas

New application cuts the fat on the registry process for livestock marks, brands and tattoos in Collin County, Texas.

December 6, 2011

Congressional Bill Would Limit IT Worker Overtime Pay

An update to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would exempt additional IT employees and job functions from overtime compensation.

December 5, 2011

Palo Alto, Calif., Eyeing New Emerging Tech Program

City’s utility department is seeking to test the latest energy-efficient technologies.

December 2, 2011

Sacramento County, Calif., Cuts Clutter in New Website

Website overhaul includes a ‘Who is My Supervisor’ tool.

November 29, 2011

IPv6 Web Domain Support Up 1,900 Percent in 2011

Domain registrar Go Daddy credited with spike in IPv6 adoption.

November 22, 2011

‘Drive-By’ Thermal Imaging Quantifies Energy Loss

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers develop mobile scanning process that identifies savings from correcting heat loss in buildings.

November 21, 2011

App Points Out Health Scores of Nearby Restaurants

Food app shows Sacramento County, Calif., residents the health inspection reports of establishments that are close by.

November 18, 2011

L.A. Airports Prepare for Biometric ID Security

The airports are replacing their identification card reader systems and prepping security infrastructure for an eventual upgrade to biometric-based identification.

November 17, 2011

San Jose, Calif., Recycles Pavement to Save Money

Recycled streets are paving the way to savings in the capital of Silicon Valley.

November 16, 2011

Rami Zakaria Named CIO of Sacramento County, Calif.

Zakaria was among 79 applicants from around the country hoping to land the job.

November 15, 2011

Indiana Saves Millions on Do-It-Yourself Application Rebuild

Faced with modernizing a vital project management system, the Indiana Department of Transportation leaned heavily on existing staff.

November 10, 2011

3 Lessons Learned from CAD System Migration

Inglewood, Calif.’s CIO shares his experiences in taking a homegrown computer-aided dispatch system off an aging IBM mainframe.

November 9, 2011

Lancaster, Calif., Approves Aerial Surveillance System

Law enforcement will use video surveillance equipment attached to a small plane.

November 7, 2011

California Getting New Registry for Protective Orders

An electronic database of protective and restraining orders gives judges and law enforcement another tool to keep Californians safer.

November 3, 2011

Palo Alto, Calif.’s New CIO to Bring Business Expertise to Role

Jonathan Reichental, CIO for O’Reilly Media, makes the move to public sector.

November 2, 2011

2011 Digital Cities Survey Winners Announced

The 11th annual survey spotlights the municipalities that best show how information and communication technology are used to enhance public service.

October 31, 2011

States Face Health Benefit Exchange Deadline

Information sharing challenges have some states wondering if the health benefit exchange deadline is realistic.

October 28, 2011

Mobile Website or Mobile App? How to Choose

New report critiques current government mobile apps and outlines best practices.

October 27, 2011

Does Privatizing Traffic Cameras Hurt Public Safety?

Study finds some red-light camera system contracts limit government’s ability to enforce traffic regulations.

October 26, 2011

Crash Reports Get Electronic Upgrade in Orlando

New software helps Orlando police speed up crash report availability.

October 25, 2011

Missouri Governor Signs Law Repealing Teacher Social Media Restrictions

Bill is an attempt to reconcile a controversial element of the the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act.

October 21, 2011

Facial Recognition Technology Spurs Privacy Concerns for Feds

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., asked the Federal Trade Commission for a report on the security impacts of facial recognition technology.

October 20, 2011

Technology Helps Iowa Wastewater Plant See a Flood of Savings

Tech upgrades yield an estimated $200,000 saved annually.

October 18, 2011

U.S. Senators Look to Clarify Wireless 4G Speeds for Consumers

New legislation would require wireless carriers to clearly state speed and reliability of mobile phone networks.

October 17, 2011

Cellular Service Being Rolled Out in NYC Subway

New York City now has six subway stations with cell service. More are on the way.

October 14, 2011

Mobile App Improving Officer Safety & Connectivity in the Wilderness

Identifications, license plates, even airplane N-numbers can all be checked almost instantly.

October 13, 2011

Gotcha! MIS Helps Police Catch 911 Prank Caller

911 operators more easily identify calling patterns with assistance from automated data collection.

October 12, 2011

Cook County, Ill. Hopes Open Data Will Rehab Image

Long a ‘dark pool of political corruption,’ county is banking on transparency to regain the public’s trust.

October 11, 2011

Can Smart Transportation Apps Curb Greenhouse Gases?

Mobile apps for traffic, public transportation and parking look to be a big contributor to cost savings and environmental gains.

October 10, 2011

Wireless Industry Challenges S.F. Cell Phone Emissions Ordinance

Ordinance is requiring retailers to post warnings about the potential health risks of cell phone use.

October 7, 2011

California Approves Law Blocking Cell Phone Transmissions in Prisons

A new law that authorizes the use of “managed access technology” to block wireless transmissions in California prisons is now on the books in California.

October 6, 2011

Feds Raise Data Center Consolidation Goals

By 2015, 962 data centers will be closed, up from the original goal of 800.

October 5, 2011

U.S. High-Tech Jobs Down Again in 2010

Michigan surprisingly adds high-tech jobs despite its downtrodden economy, according to a state-by-state analysis.

October 4, 2011

Arkansas Creating Statewide Next-Gen Video and Communications Network

Once known as “The Land of Opportunity,” Arkansas is revisiting its old nickname in embracing mobile-to-mobile video conferencing and bringing scheduling services in-house.

October 3, 2011

S.F. Bay Area Transit Cops Testing Clip-On Cameras

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police are beta testing clip-on video cameras that officials hope will increase transparency, accountability and ultimately protect officers from false complaints.

October 1, 2011

RoboCop Revisited: How Automation Is Transforming Public Safety

From mobile robots to laser scanners, technology is making police officers safer and more effective.

September 29, 2011

Virginia Government Agencies and Schools Honored with Technology Awards

Twenty-four municipalities, state agencies and schools were honored at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium.

September 29, 2011

NIC Adds Delaware to its Stable of Government Web Portals

The e-government services provider now is managing the websites of 25 states.

September 28, 2011

Early Project Management a Key to Successful Moves to Cloud

Carlsbad, Calif.’s IT manager expects HR system’s move to the cloud to be finished later this year. Along the way, lessons were learned.

September 27, 2011

Audience Response Technology Helps Chicago Area Planning

By using wireless keypads connected to a presentation program, people who attend meetings of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning anonymously provide demographic information, vote on issues and provide feedback.

September 26, 2011

Vivek Kundra Gets ‘B’ Grade as Federal CIO

Cloud initiatives have become more desirable to federal IT professionals, but new federal CIO Steven VanRoekel may have to ground the work in reality.

September 22, 2011

Sacramento, Calif.’s Online Records Span the Distant Past

A new public records repository is increasing transparency in California’s capital city and making public information requests easier for city staff.

September 21, 2011

Report Outlines Best Practices for Creating Health Information Exchanges

A new report offers guidance on best practices and sustainability for states that are building Web-based systems where individuals and businesses can compare and purchase insurance plans.

September 20, 2011

Hawaii Seeks 1 Gbps Statewide Broadband Access by 2018

State agencies plan to work together to bring down regulatory hurdles and identify funding for a far-reaching broadband initiative.

September 19, 2011

Jacksonville, Fla., Expects Big Savings from Cloud-Based Financial System

Jacksonville moved its Financial Accounting Management Information System to the cloud in August.

September 16, 2011

Microsoft IT Training to be Offered in Virginia High Schools

IT Academy Program being implemented at all Virginia public high schools and regional career technical centers.

September 15, 2011

Only 9 Federal Websites Found to be IPv6 Compliant

Low IPv6 adoption by government websites no cause for alarm, says ARIN President John Curran

September 13, 2011

25 Percent of Federal Web Domains Unreachable, Analysis Finds

Nearly a quarter of federal websites can't be accessed by Web users.

September 12, 2011

Rule Change Would Improve Access to Patient Records Through Health IT

The new rule would expand the ability of patients to view their health information and lab results.

September 9, 2011

Crisis Communication Needs Spur New Mexico Web Portal Redesign

A new Web portal is making emergency communication between residents and state officials easier and timelier in New Mexico.

September 8, 2011

California CIO Carlos Ramos Announces Reorganization of the State’s Technology Administration

Ramos unveiled the new organizational structure on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the California State Technology Executive Seminar.

September 7, 2011

Philadelphia Named a ‘Code for America’ City for 2nd Time

Philly joins Detroit and Macon, Ga., as 2012 Code for America selections, with more cities to follow.

September 6, 2011

‘Data Games’ Help Improve Situational Response in Charlotte, N.C.

City business units compete using data analytics.

September 2, 2011

Proposal Would Block Cell Phone Transmissions in California Prisons

Aiming to crack down on illegal cell phone use by inmates, a bill is moving forward in the California Legislature that would authorize the use of “managed access technology” to block wireless transmissions in California prisons.

September 1, 2011

Traffic Accident Database Goes Online in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles puts traffic accident reports online, plans detailed incident data beginning in 2012.

September 1, 2011

2011 Best of the Web Award Winners Announced

Arkansas, Seattle and Stearns County, Minn., take first prize in the 2011 Best of the Web Awards.

August 30, 2011

Richland County, S.C., Designs Award-Winning E-Recording Software

Designed by the county’s IT department, the Internet-based Register of Deed e-Recording System has increased efficiency at the county’s Register of Deeds office.

August 30, 2011

Securing Data in the Cloud

Recent cloud computing outages highlight the need for proper backup protocols.

August 29, 2011

New Commission to Advise State and Local Governments on Cloud

The TechAmerica Foundation builds upon federal CLOUD2 Commission and is seeking commissioners who will provide recommendations on a variety of cloud issues.

August 25, 2011

Geocoding Salt Lake City’s 311 App Helps Cut the Middleman

But Salt Lake City official admits the app is so easy to use, it might result in a backlog of 311 requests for existing staff.

August 24, 2011

California Prison Realignment Spurs IT Projects

The number of inmates in California state prisons may soon be dropping, but tech upgrades to keep up with the changes are on the rise at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

August 22, 2011

Missouri Teachers Sue Over Social Media Restrictions

The Missouri State Teachers Association is concerned about portion of new law that will restrict nonpublic usage of social media between students and teachers.

August 18, 2011

Police Investigations Get 3-D Upgrade in Central Virginia

Donated 3-D scanners will give law enforcement the ability to collect millions of data points at a crime scene or car crash.

August 18, 2011

Will Federal IT Change With New Leadership?

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is facing big expectations as he carries the torch for his predecessor Vivek Kundra.

August 16, 2011

San Francisco Muni Buses to Get Security Face-Lift

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will be upgrading existing video surveillance cameras for 358 buses, including adding the ability to have real-time monitoring.

August 15, 2011

Cloud-Based Documents ‘Locked Up’ by Panama City, Fla., IT Officials

The city deployed a third-party software add-on for Google Apps for Government that allows IT administrators to see exactly what users are sharing in the cloud.

August 12, 2011

California Names Army Veteran, Col. Keith Tresh, IT Security Director

Tresh’s main responsibilities will be setting up information security, privacy and data protection policy for the state.

August 11, 2011

EPA Moving to Virtual Desktop Technology

Agency awards Accelera Solutions $25 million contract for virtualization work.

August 10, 2011

iTunes App Store, Android Market a ‘Gold Mine’ of Personal Info

A survey of 100 apps found that many are storing a high percentage of unencrypted personal data, making mobile devices a more attractive target for identity thieves and hackers.

August 9, 2011

Travel Times Project Steers Virginia Traffic Congestion

Billions of data points will be used to compute estimated travel times displayed on new electronic message boards for a busy Virginia freeway.

August 5, 2011

Baltimore Crime Camera System Continues to Expand

Recent camera installations bring citywide total to 538, and Baltimore official says communities want more.

August 4, 2011

Obama Selects Steven VanRoekel for Federal CIO

Former FCC managing director and Microsoft executive to replace departing Vivek Kundra.

August 3, 2011

Social Media Between Students and Teachers Restricted in Missouri

New law in Missouri forbids teachers from communicating privately with a student using a non-work social media account or website, and online discussions must be public and transparent.

August 2, 2011

Virtualized Desktops a Numbers Game for Pasadena, Calif.

Pasadena, Calif.’s IT brain trust decided virtualized desktops made sense after studying computer usage data from city employees.

August 1, 2011

Obama’s IT Team Tries to Reinvent Systems Development Model

Are expensive standalone systems passé? Federal IT officials favor more flexible and agile delivery models such as cloud computing and open source.

July 28, 2011

Clark County, Nev., Revamping Business Licensing System

Clark County, Nev., and the cities of North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City are designing a one-stop system for business licenses.

July 27, 2011

Web Software Streamlines Elections Work in Anoka County, Minn.

Anoka County, Minn., installed software for elections management a few weeks ago and expects to save money and improve back-end efficiency.

July 21, 2011

Iris and Facial Scan Smartphone Nears Mass Release

With a new handheld system that connects to an “iPhone on steroids,” law enforcement officers can get quick identification through iris, face or fingerprint scans.

July 20, 2011

Pittsburgh’s City Government to Outsource E-Mail

E-mail transition to Google Apps for Government expected in Pittsburgh by November.

July 19, 2011

New App Connects Social Media Users with Municipal Services

Burleson, Texas, one of several cities piloting new app from CivicPlus.

July 18, 2011

Mobile Investigation App Helping Bring Criminals to Justice

LexisNexis app helping Seattle police become better informed while on patrol.

July 15, 2011

What’s in Store for the Next Federal CIO?

Standardization and health information among the key challenges awaiting Vivek Kundra’s successor, state CIOs say.

July 13, 2011

South Carolina Enables Online Ticket Payment System

New statewide case management system connects all South Carolina circuit and magistrate courts.

July 12, 2011

Life-Saving ‘Fire Department CPR’ App Going National

The San Ramon Valley (Calif.) Fire Protection District has created a foundation to help distribute its “CPR needed” notification app to rescue and fire departments across the U.S.

July 11, 2011

Colorado’s Aging Financial Reporting System Could Fail, Audit Finds

Governor's Office of Information Technology officials hope audit of the Colorado Financial Reporting System will make funding for a modernized system a higher legislative priority.

July 8, 2011

Jacksonville, Fla., Ready for Smarter City Services

Real-time video chat with Jacksonville government personnel and improved emergency response among the planned projects in Cisco Smart+Connected Communities partnership.

July 1, 2011

Feds Creating Mobile Government Model for Agencies

"Making Mobile Gov" will be a how-to guide will provide a best practices model for presenting data on smartphones and tablets.

June 30, 2011

Virginia’s New Web Portal Emphasizes Mobile Access, Social Media

The new was redesigned with tablets and smartphones in mind.

June 27, 2011

100 University ERP Systems Headed to the Cloud

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Technology Innovation is migrating the university business school’s SAP enterprise resource planning software system to the cloud.

June 27, 2011

Do State Health IT Coordinators Have an Impossible Job?

As states deploy electronic medical records and health information exchange networks, health IT coordinators juggle multiple responsibilities.

June 24, 2011

4G Speed Could Be Clarified by Congressional Legislation

California Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, introduced the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act earlier this week, which requires wireless carriers to provide detailed information regarding guaranteed minimum data speed, network reliability, coverage areas and pricing.

June 22, 2011

Restrictions on GPS Data Use Considered in Congress

Proposed law would regulate government access to geolocational information.

June 21, 2011

Lawyer: Domain Name Rule Changes Will Cost Governments

Governments could be forced to litigate in order to curtail cyber-squatters, chief counsel of the Software & Information Industry Association said.

June 16, 2011

Wisconsin Public Internet Survives Legislative Judgment Day

Despite industry objections, the Wisconsin state Assembly approved a budget amendment that allows the public broadband network, called WiscNet, to remain online until at least 2013.

June 15, 2011

Roanoke County, Va., Residents to Get Trained on Public Website

While Roanoke County’s latest website has been active since mid-March, it was a small training seminar conducted about the site a few weeks ago that spurred the idea for a larger educational component.

June 14, 2011

Feds Hope Prize Fund Will Be a Health IT Catalyst

Millions of dollars unleashed for programs to help spur app creation in the health-care field.

June 13, 2011

A Great Idea to Improve U.S. Government Could Net You $50,000

A worldwide contest judged by a panel of luminaries is looking for the most innovative, problem-solving and cost-saving proposal that’s centered on technology.

June 10, 2011

New Software Helps Local Governments Unify Operations, Data Analytics

IBM debuts its Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities technology, which connects siloed programs in local government departments, captures real-time data and sends the information to decision-makers.

June 9, 2011

Airline Emergency Communication Goes Wi-Fi

Aircraft can now send and exchange text-based messages across a secure network in the event radio communications are down, or if there is trouble contacting the ground.

June 8, 2011

California Purges Thousands of State-Issued Cell Phones

Gov. Jerry Brown pledges more devices will be slashed in cost cutting during the next 30 days.

June 6, 2011

New Emergency Response System Cuts the Chatter in Texas

Fort Worth/Tarrant County Joint Emergency Operations Center mixes existing technologies into a radio-over-IP package that helps establish user IDs and reduces noise.

June 2, 2011

‘Star Trek’ Sensors Light Safest Route for Evacuations

Sensors that detect heat, smoke and chemicals light the safest evacuation route out of a building.

May 24, 2011

17 State and Local Governments Honored for Web 2.0 and Social Media

The Public Technology Institute recognizes the Web 2.0 applications and social media tools of seven cities, five states, four counties and one city/county.

May 23, 2011

Real-Time Data Helps Iowa Households Lower Their Water Bills

A partnership between IBM and Dubuque, Iowa, is affirming a widely held assumption: Real-time water data actually helps consumers reduce their consumption.

May 23, 2011

40 Percent of IT Workers Could Hold Employer Networks Hostage, Survey Finds

Survey from network and key encryption provider also finds a third of 500 IT security specialists were confident their knowledge and access to encryption keys and certificates could bring a company to a halt with little effort.

May 20, 2011

Oregon Health Authority Names Carolyn Lawson CIO

Carolyn Lawson is a well known IT official in California state government.

May 17, 2011

Social Media Usage Becoming a Free Speech Question for Governments

Governments are challenged by the increasingly blurry line between private and business use of social networks.

May 13, 2011

Open Government Initiatives Evaluated by New Assessment Tool

Microsoft Excel-based tool created by the Center for Technology in Government evaluates open government initiatives and determines their public value.

May 10, 2011

High-Speed Telemedicine Network Gaining Steam in California

Three hundred rural sites will be on a secure, high-speed medical grade network by the end of 2011, as part of the California Telehealth Network’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program.

May 6, 2011

Missouri State Highway Patrol Gets Tech Reboot

The technology overhaul will enable troopers, administrators and citizens to have immense amounts of data at their fingertips.

May 5, 2011

Thirsty? There’s a Drinking Fountain App for That

Google helps develop WeTap, an application that will soon allow your smartphone to lead you to water.

May 2, 2011

Feds Ramp Up Efforts to Consolidate 2,000-Plus Data Centers

Federal agencies are being mindful of security concerns when migrating systems to the cloud, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said.

April 29, 2011

Network-Based Tracking Gives Law Enforcement Alternative to GPS

Technology allows law enforcement officials — without carrying handheld devices or bulky hardware — to pinpoint an individual’s position within 150 feet using data from cell towers.

April 26, 2011

Report: Feds Could Save $14.4 Billion Moving to the Cloud

But VMware / MeriTalk survey finds most federal government CIOs and IT managers aren’t using the OMB’s Cloud First policy.

April 26, 2011

A Suitcase-Sized Portable Cell Tower for Emergency Responders

AT&T’s small-but-powerful Remote Mobility Zone provides mobile voice and data capability in the absence of traditional wireless coverage.

April 21, 2011

Philadelphia Unveils Fraud Reporting App

Philly WatchDog allows citizens to document activities that they believe are wasteful or abusive of taxpayer dollars.

April 21, 2011

Tech Upgrades Save Money, Streamline Operations in Alexandria, Va.

Centralized IT services and cloud computing will save Alexandria more than $1 million over the next six years.

April 19, 2011

Military Surveillance Robot Approved for First Responders

State and local first responders receive FCC approval to use robot that covertly transmitted live video during military operations.

April 15, 2011

Underserved Communities the Focus of New Apps Contest

FCC Apps for Communities Challenge includes an app that can deliver seasonal and contract job postings by text message.

April 13, 2011

Tablets to Aid Fire Mitigation Inspections in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Fire Department believes high-tech inspections will help homeowners comply with regulations on brush clearance.

April 13, 2011

Transparency Bill Ups E-Discovery Pressure on California Cities

City IT officials believe 2009’s e-discovery act prompted more complex public records requests that are now overwhelming some IT departments tasked with producing the archived records.

April 12, 2011

States Seek More Flexibilty to Spend Federal Funds

CIOs hope White House memo leads to better funding allocation guidelines for state and local technology.

April 11, 2011

Microsoft Claims Google Apps for Government Isn’t FISMA Certified

Google shoots down Microsoft’s assertion that Google Apps for Government isn’t FISMA certified.

April 8, 2011

Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel Discusses Benefits of Real-Time 311 Data

Chicago mayor-elect discusses technology initiatives to engage citizens.

April 8, 2011

Experts: Epsilon Breach Could Impact Government Entities

Government IT professionals should be concerned about the intrusion, particularly smaller municipalities that may not have the latest virus and malware protections.

April 6, 2011

Chicago Combines Vehicle-Sharing Program with Existing Fleet

Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City are using a vehicle-sharing company called Zipcar to lower costs and get more environmentally friendly.

April 4, 2011

FCC Commissioner Blasts ‘Anti-Municipal’ Broadband Legislation

Proposed state legislation goes against the National Broadband Plan’s intent, said FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn.

April 1, 2011

Controversial Broadband Bill Moving Forward in North Carolina

The bill, called the “Level Playing Field/Local Gov’t Competition” act, would require communities to alter the way networks are financed and deployed.

March 29, 2011

Houston Goes 4G on City’s New Wireless Broadband Network

In partial operation for more than a year, the network started as a small pilot program between Houston and network provider Alvarion.

March 28, 2011

North Carolina IT Office Might Move in Reorganization

Gov. Bev Perdue’s executive order proposes a series of department mergers as part of statewide efficiency plan.

March 25, 2011

Should Law Enforcement Use Cell Phone Data to Track Citizens?

Legislation mulled that would limit law enforcement’s ability to use cell phone data for tracking purposes.

March 24, 2011

Tech Advances Help Oregon State Police Become More Efficient

Mobile data terminals help police verify identities and share information.

March 23, 2011

6 Health IT Resources You Should Know About

These sites offer information on topics like health information exchanges and electronic health records.

March 22, 2011

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Could Impact Local Government Revenue

But experts are split as to what degree it may affect municipalities’ bottom line.

March 15, 2011

Searchable Webcasts of Miami-Dade Commissioners Took Teamwork

Miami-Dade County, Fla., and the County Clerk’s office collaborated on a searchable, integrated platform for video of commission meetings, agendas and minutes.

March 14, 2011

Detroit Meets Financial Reporting Deadline With New Software

New tool pulls data from Oracle reports and puts the numbers in the city’s financial reporting template.

March 11, 2011

Experts: Data Security Paramount When Retiring Tech Assets

Security issues often arise after government computers’ end of life.

March 10, 2011

New Jersey Audit Uncovers Confidential Data on Auction-Bound Computers

States must adopt better programs for wiping hard drives clean, experts say.

March 9, 2011

IBM Names Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners

Twenty-four cities worldwide to receive $400,000 each in technology and services to improve efficiency and service delivery.

March 8, 2011

REAL ID Compliance Deadline Extended

The National Governors Association applauds the decision, but maintains its stance against REAL ID as written.

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