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Eyragon Eidam

Web Editor

Eyragon Eidam is the Web editor for Government Technology magazine, after previously serving as assistant news editor and covering such topics as legislation, social media and public safety. He can be reached at

March 23, 2021

Nelson Moe

CIO, Virginia

March 24, 2020

Doug Burgum

Governor, North Dakota

February 13, 2020

Smart City Lessons from 4 Southern California CIOs

Chief information officers from four Southern California communities offered their experiences rolling out smart city efforts. While some offered an optimistic view, others tempered their comments with caution.

May 31, 2019

Optimizing Processes and Systems in Washington State

Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver explains the importance of good governance, repeatable business processes and a move to Microsoft Office 365 that will be a crucial first step toward all-around efficiency.

May 20, 2019

Cybersecurity, Shared Services Among Montana’s 5 Focus Areas

Montana Chief Information Officer Tim Bottenfield outlines five things he wants the State Information Technology Services Division to focus on as they work to expand services for both agencies and citizens alike.

May 16, 2019

Balancing Technology with Cybersecurity Needs in Kansas

Kansas Chief Information Technology Officer Lee Allen explains how, in addition to implementing agency-level security, he gives his CISO the autonomy he needs to protect the enterprise at large.

May 15, 2019

Protecting Privacy in New Jersey: Consistency Is Key

New Jersey Chief Data and Privacy Officer Carrie Parikh explains how she’s working to standardize protocols for keeping citizen data safe across the state enterprise while also incorporating emerging tech.

May 9, 2019

Colorado Chief Customer Officer Aligns Agencies, IT

William Chumley talks about how his work in Colorado IT drives efficiency across the state by ensuring that tech is an effective part of the work agencies are doing to improve the citizen experience.

May 8, 2019

Blockchain, Biometrics: Utah Taps New Tech to Serve Citizens

CIO Mike Hussey talks about how the state is looking to streamline customer-facing processes like the transfer of vehicle ownership, as well as internal methods of screening for potential fraud and identity theft.

May 7, 2019

Confronting Washington, D.C.’s Unique Cybersecurity Challenge

Washington, D.C.’s Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker says running an effective IT shop relies on good people, strong cyberdefenses and an eye toward bolstering the workforce for the future.

May 6, 2019

Breaking Old Habits and Leveraging New Networks in Colorado

From breaking long-held processes to capitalizing on the benefits of faster networks, Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek shared the challenges and opportunities facing her state.

May 6, 2019

Privacy Is Key to Modernizing the Citizen Experience

Maryland CIO Michael Leahy said that while updating the way citizens interact with government is a high priority, issues around keeping personal data secure must also be addressed to make any system truly efficient.

March 26, 2019

Darin Atteberry

City Manager, Fort Collins, Colo.

March 12, 2019

SXSW 2019: A GovTech Editor's Journey Through Photos

It’s garnered international acclaim, draws in the famous and unknown, but no one can really tell you what it is. South by Southwest is best experienced in person, but photos are the next best thing.

March 12, 2019

SXSW 2019: Can Facebook Handle Its Election Security Role?

Misinformation, fake accounts and a host of other issues have emerged out of online platforms once heralded as the saviors of democracy. Now, the companies are having to catch up to bad actors with a variety of agendas.

March 10, 2019

SXSW 2019: Civic-Minded Startups Compete for Mayors' Votes

Innovators got the chance to pitch their tech ideas to mayors from across the country for a $10,000 prize on March 10 during the Civic I/O Mayors' Summit at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

March 10, 2019

SXSW 2019: U.S. Mayors Weigh In, Armed with New Ideas

The collaborative environment offered at South by Southwest has made an impact on local government leaders. They share their thoughts and what they will be taking back to their respective communities.

March 9, 2019

SXSW 2019: Should Feds or States Govern Consumer Privacy?

States have been making more moves to protect consumers from data misuse. But some worry federal blanket protections could do the trick without creating a national patchwork for companies to deal with.

March 9, 2019

SXSW 2019: No Silver Bullet in Election Security Fight

Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, discussed the challenges facing her office and where new tech fits.

March 8, 2019

SXSW 2019: Why Smart Cities Need to Be Inclusive Cities

The push to make cities smarter often disproportionately favors people without disabilities. Experts argue that the dynamic must change so that large segments of the population aren't left out.

March 8, 2019

SXSW 2019: Mayors and the Future — An Inextricable Bond

Body cameras, surveillance, neural implants and more are beginning to pop up in cities. During a session at the Civic I/O Mayors’ Summit at South by Southwest, local leaders considered their roles in a changing world.

November 9, 2018

Where Data Privacy Is Concerned, There's a Lot to Consider

As technology advances, privacy and cybersecurity have become more closely linked. Privacy experts took to some of the core issues around data protection at the Washington Digital Government Summit Nov. 8.

November 8, 2018

How Washington IT Is Shifting to Service Brokerage

Since being tasked with providing IT services across the state, WaTech has had to move thoughtfully into the space. Government Technology caught up with acting CIO Vikki Smith at the Washington Digital Government Summit to talk about it.

November 7, 2018

During Election, Utah's Cyber Center Wards Off Threats

During the presidential primaries, more than a billion “knocks on the door” were blocked by analysts at the newly formed center. Roughly three years on, the cybersecurity hub is still at it and evolving rapidly.

November 6, 2018

Salt Lake City Commits to Ending Digital Access Inequality

Public and private partners gathered in Salt Lake City with Mayor Jackie Biskupski to discuss the future of the city’s connectivity and the introduction of a policy that will formalize the city’s commitment.

September 13, 2018

Alaska’s ‘Disrupter Agent’ CIO Resigns from State Service

Bill Vajda, who was charged with starting the consolidation process for the state’s Office of Information Technology, departed in late August.

August 28, 2018

Contractor Left Maricopa County, Ariz., in an Election Day Lurch, Officials Say

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said county election staff needed to be quickly trained and deployed to open polling sites that had been neglected by contracted technicians.

April 26, 2018

How Government Can Deal with Tangled Webs of Agency Social Media Accounts

From deciding which agencies need their own social channel to figuring out when it's time to call it quits, governments are discovering there is more to pulling the plug than they might have originally thought.

April 25, 2018

Introducing VOST: A Way to Make Social Media Work for Emergency Response

If there’s one thing tech doesn’t need, it’s another acronym, but some are more valuable than others. In the world of social media and emergency management, VOST is one worth knowing.

April 24, 2018

To Succeed on Social, Stick to an Evolving Strategy

Government can no longer get away with pushing out the occasional press release — constituents demand real-time access. The changing paradigm toward immediate online engagement requires more coordination and thought from organizations to keep pace.

April 20, 2018

In North Carolina's Capital, Tech Decisions Aren’t Unilateral

Raleigh is focusing its technology efforts on meeting the needs of a quickly growing city. For CIO Darnell Smith, making the big decisions is a team effort.

April 19, 2018

Technology Could Be the Bridge to a More Equitable St. Paul

For Chief Information Officer Sharon Kennedy Vickers, technology without a mission is not worth the time.

March 28, 2018

Todd Kimbriel

Deputy Executive Director and CIO, Texas

March 1, 2018

California Public Sector IT Academy Lauds Top Leaders

Attendees of the California Public Sector IT Academy gathered to honor their peers during an award ceremony in Sacramento Feb. 28.

February 13, 2018

Emerging Tech Finds Its Place Serving Citizens

Meeting the needs of 4 million residents is no easy task. But its one that IT leaders in Los Angeles accomplish each day with the measured application of technology.

February 7, 2018

Where Tradition Fails, Technology Succeeds in Reaching Angelenos Left Behind

For certain segments of the population, things the average person takes for granted — emergency notifications or even calling 911 — pose huge impediments and risks for the hearing- and sight-impaired.

October 9, 2017

56 Jurisdictions Have Officially Opted In to FirstNet

Energy behind the effort to bring a reliable and unified network to U.S. first responders is picking up, with 50 states, two territories, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the District of Columbia now on board.

October 1, 2017

University Labs Put Cybersecurity Under the Microscope

Three professors who are experts in cybersecurity discuss what's going on in the research field and where it's headed.

September 22, 2017

North Carolina Sets Aggressive Pace to Phase Out 911 Tech from the 1960s

Cellphones have been incredibly disruptive to 911 call centers. From pinpointing caller locations to things like text messaging and video capabilities, many jurisdictions are having to adapt to meet a growing constituency of mobile devices.

September 21, 2017

Innovation League Takes Deeper Root in Rhode Island Government

The state’s effort to start new conversations with what they already have seems to have taken root and is changing the government culture for the better.

September 14, 2017

Experts: Lasting Organizational Change Begins at All Levels

If you thought changing bad habits was hard, try getting an entire organization to move in a new direction. Varying interests within any given group and a reluctance to adapt to new ways of doing business often puts organizations and change drivers at odds with one another.

September 13, 2017

Cloud, Like Any Other Technology, Is Meant to be Used Where It Counts

Seeing beyond the hype is essential to successfully moving valuable data and applications to the cloud. Failing to plan and develop a thorough strategy can lead to more problems without any of the perceived benefits.

September 12, 2017

Government Needs to Adapt to Meet User Experience Expectations

The modern customer, whether internal or external, doesn’t want to be told “no” to or to run a gauntlet so complex that a license renewal or form filing becomes a multi-day process. That means reworking the government/customer relationship and creating a process with “no wrong doors.”

September 7, 2017

Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt to Leave for Amazon

After an ambitious and successful tenure as Illinois' state CIO, Hardik Bhatt has accepted a position working alongside the public sector.

September 6, 2017

Brandon Williams, Colorado Digital Transformation Officer, Prepares to Leave for Local Government

The state’s first digital transformation officer has accepted a position with the Eagle County, Colo., Department of Public Health.

September 5, 2017

Beyond the Web: Inaugural Government Experience Awards Take a Holistic View of the Customer

Customer experience takes center stage in new program honoring governments with the broadest possible definition of what it means to be digital. Utah, Oakland County, Mich., and Denver, Colo., honored.

September 1, 2017

Connecticut CIO Mark Raymond on the Governor's Cybersecurity Initiative and Moving to the Cloud Without a Budget

As leader of the state's Bureau of Enterprise Systems, Raymond talked to GT about his approach to IT.

August 31, 2017

Bolstering the Workforce Means a Change in State Government Culture

Embracing the less traditional is part of how to attract the next generation of public servants.

August 30, 2017

What Is Considered 'Smart' Government in the Digital Age?

And where in government is innovation easiest to find?

August 30, 2017

North Carolina's iCenter Reaches Beyond State Agencies for New Ideas, Best Practices

The state's Innovation Center started as a place to test new technology, but it continues to evolve in its role.

August 30, 2017

North Carolina Governor Acknowledges State IT Challenges, But Urges Continued Positive Momentum

Where it comes to issues of cybersecurity and the next generation of IT professionals, Gov. Roy Cooper wants his state to work around the challenges and build on the existing opportunities.

August 29, 2017

Mounting Cybersecurity Challenges Mean New Role for Cities, Regional Partners

The increasing connectedness of things to the Internet certainly poses a risk for government networks, but San Jose, Calif.’s CIO sees it as a call to evolve.

August 28, 2017

San Jose, Calif., Uses Lean IT Resources to Its Advantage

Rather than getting caught up in what they don’t have, San Jose, Calif.’s IT team focuses its energy on running smarter and more creatively.

August 25, 2017

Richmond, Calif., Bridges Connectivity Gap in Underserved Communities

A public Wi-Fi project aims to connect the underserved populations within the city.

August 25, 2017

Tech Debt Is No Different; It Must Be Paid Off

San Jose, Calif., is looking to move ahead after roughly a decade of deficit and rebuild its IT assets smarter.

August 23, 2017

Nevada CIO: State's Major IT Initiatives Are Moving Forward

CIO Shanna Rahming explains some of the key focus areas her team is working on, including FCC-compliant public safety communications infrastructure, a new ERP system and a move to consolidate the state’s email system.

August 22, 2017

Where Is Nevada IT Procurement Heading?

Chief Procurement Officer Jeff Haag is looking to leverage more mutually beneficial relationships with regional and local partners, and to more carefully review the contracts the state already has.

August 18, 2017

Study: Government Should Think Carefully About Those Big Plans for Artificial Intelligence

Looking critically at AI could be the difference between streamlining citizen-centric government services and bogging down the processes and people it was trying to help, according to a new white paper.

August 9, 2017

How the Public Is Helping Turn North Carolina into a 'Gig State'

Rather than relying on federal data, North Carolina is diving into the weeds when it comes to the connectivity of its constituents. A new tool and a focus on connecting local leaders with the right resources is already making a difference in the state.

August 6, 2017

Rural Broadband: Taking a Broad-Scope Look at State Legislation

Broadband Internet access has been a focal point for legislators across the U.S. In 2017 sessions alone, many states have taken their own shot at crafting pro-access legislation.

August 3, 2017

States Take a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Cybersecurity

The National Governors Association has been focused on engaging states when it comes to cybersecurity, and now a multistate compact stands as another positive sign of progress.

August 1, 2017

Arkansas Bolsters IT Agency with Two Key Leadership Roles

The Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS) announced that it filled two key agency IT roles July 31.

July 28, 2017

Legislation Makes Data-Driven Decision-Making Part of Indiana’s Cultural Governance Fabric

New legislation is doing more than outlining the guidelines for state agency data sharing; it’s also strengthening the culture that comes with it.

July 26, 2017

Former Travis County, Texas, CIO Tanya Acevedo Settles in with Houston Airport System

From large county government to a busy airport system, Acevedo isn’t squeamish about a change of pace or a completely new set of challenges.

July 25, 2017

Interagency Data Sharing Agreement Helps Mississippi Feed Its Schoolchildren

The Mississippi Department of Education turned to hard data to put a stop to a trend that had been occurring for as long as the lunch program existed.

July 19, 2017

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

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

July 19, 2017

Alabama Acting CIO Jim Purcell Is a Man on a Mission for Smarter State IT

Purcell has a lot on his plate — and he wasn’t expecting any of it.

July 10, 2017

Connecticut's New Cybersecurity Strategy Takes Holistic Approach

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a strategy in which the state will focus efforts on education and inclusion around cybersecurity, building a more skilled workforce, and bolstering resources to the public and private sectors.

July 7, 2017

Washington County, Ore., Adds Facial Recognition to Suite of Investigative Tools

Facial recognition tech was previously seen as something only the CIAs and FBIs of the world would have access to. But now, in 2017, smaller jurisdictions are deploying it as part of an everyday suite of crime-fighting tools.

July 6, 2017

New Mississippi Law Takes Strategic Look at Cybersecurity, Pushes Past Status Quo

At a time when the words “federated model” carry an almost negative connotation, Mississippi has taken an honest look inward and embraced a cybersecurity solution to fit the overall environment.

July 3, 2017

As CIOs Grapple with Shadow IT, a New Attitude Emerges

Officials move past traditional "kill it with fire" approaches and focus on the unmet business needs that are breeding shadow IT.

June 27, 2017

Affront to Florida's Agency for State Technology Officially Dies by Governor’s Veto

The legislation that took aim at the autonomy and authority of the relatively young Agency for State Technology was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott early this week.

June 27, 2017

New York City Doubles Down on Tech-Focused Jobs, Plans Launch of Virtual and Augmented Reality Hub

In keeping with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for more good-paying tech jobs, New York unveiled a center dedicated to bolstering innovation in the augmented and virtual reality sectors.

June 26, 2017

IT Applicants Increased Tenfold During Hawaii's Pilot Partnership With LinkedIn

The island state's Office of Enterprise Technology Services has been struggling to find qualified candidates, so it turned to a professional social networking platform for help, with considerable results.

June 22, 2017

Oklahoma CIO Raises Concerns About Duplicative Cybersecurity Efforts Stemming From Federal Mandates

During his June 21 testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Cybersecurity Regulations, James "Bo" Reese discussed the disjointed nature of federal cybersecurity regulations and the impact they have on day-to-day operations.

June 21, 2017

Chicago's Procurement Modernization Seeks to Better Collaboration Across 29 City Departments

In early August, the city will advertise for requests for proposals to modernize the systems used by the Department of Procurement Services.

June 9, 2017

New York State CIO Talks Strategy as New Executive Team Takes Shape

Acting Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Snyder and former state CIO Brian Digman are among the staff joining the New York Office of Information Technology Services under CIO Bob Samson.

June 8, 2017

2017 Best of Texas Awards Spotlight Tech-Driven Innovation in Government

With new technologies and skill sets within their reach, state and local government agencies are seizing the opportunities before them. Texas is no exception.

May 31, 2017

With the Real ID Act's Limited Deadline Looming, Some States Make Progress Toward Compliance

A tug of war has been quietly raging since the federal government decided states needed to overhaul the identification they issue to their citizens.

May 25, 2017

New York City Data Analytics Czar Moves to Private Sector

Esri, the company known for mapping and analytics, has claimed the City of New York’s Chief Analytics Officer Amen Ra Mashariki for its own.

May 24, 2017

Mayors Weigh in on Priorities, but Where Does Tech Fall?

A National League of Cities panel discussion focused on mayors' key issues, and while usual suspects like economic development and public safety made the short list, technology was a lesser priority than in years past, according to an NLC report.

May 22, 2017

IT Legislative Lookback: Where Are They Now?

Supposition about upcoming tech legislation is one thing, but looking back at which bills are succeeding and which aren't paints an interesting picture of just where states stand on big IT issues.

May 19, 2017

NYC Chief Digital Officer Departs Amid Tech Reorganization

After less than one year in the post, Sree Sreenivasan has departed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in the midst of a tech team reorganization.

May 18, 2017

FCC Takes First Step in Net Neutrality Reversal

The controversial rollback of the 2015 Open Internet Order took a step forward after the Federal Communications Commission members voted 2-1 in favor of the reversal.

May 17, 2017

N.Y. County Court Turns to Tech to Beat Distracted Driving

With distracted driving becoming an increasingly popular target of state law, one New York county is giving drivers a chance to wipe the bad marks from their record through in-car technology.

May 15, 2017

Illinois Sheriff Pushes to Protect Citizen Data from Third-Party Sale

It’s not unusual to see a county sheriff go after a suspected drug dealer or address a public safety issue. It is, however, unusual to see them dive headlong into the convoluted world of technology legislation.

May 12, 2017

State IT Officials Talk 'WannaCry' Ransomware Attack That Disrupted Critical Services Worldwide

Dozens of countries are still reeling from the after-effects of a May 12 ransomware attack targeting public and private institutions.

May 11, 2017

Tech Will Require Continued Adjustment and Definition Within the Law, Experts Say

From early cases of wiretapped bootleggers in the 1920s to modern surveillance of smartphone communications, the American legal system has had to adapt to the changing environment. Emerging technologies promise to further complicate this discussion.

May 8, 2017

Arizona Security Leader: Identifying the Threat Is Essential to Meeting It

As cybersecurity has evolved, the conversation has moved away from attacking threats to how to address them methodically — even tactically.

May 4, 2017

Florida’s IT Agency Faces Down Reorganization Threat

Despite the threat of nearly complete reorganization, the Florida Agency for State Technology has been funded and maintains its authority through the next fiscal year.

May 3, 2017

Law Enforcement Agencies' Requests for Facebook Data Continue to Rise

A recently released biannual report details just how interested U.S. law enforcement agencies are in the data Facebook users create on a daily basis.

May 2, 2017

Alabama Office of IT Is One Signature Away from Autonomy

After months of working under the umbrella of its Department of Finance parent agency through an interagency agreement, the Alabama Office of Information Technology is expected to soon be a freestanding agency.

April 28, 2017

3 Moves California's Utility Authority Is Making to Fluidly Meet Agency, Public Demands

California's Public Utility Commission CIO discusses staying current in a changing and increasingly challenging environment.

April 27, 2017

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Partners With Nextdoor for Enhanced, Targeted Outreach

Through a new partnership, the state of Maryland and social network Nextdoor are focusing on getting better information out faster and more efficiently.

April 26, 2017

How California's Public Utility Commission is Using Mobile to Bolster its Workforce

The authority tasked with regulating public utilities in the state is looking toward mobile as a means of extending its reach and effectiveness.

April 19, 2017

Cincinnati Retrospective on Data-Driven Efforts Shares Methodologies, Successes

After diving headlong into the world of performance-driven local government, Cincinnati officials have released a retrospective on their experiences for other jurisdictions to draw on and learn from.

April 17, 2017

4 Tips for Using Social Media to Address Social Division and Civil Unrest

Preparation and trust are key to positive outcomes around civil unrest. A new report out of the Ohio State University's Divided Community Project offers insights into how governments at all levels can prepare for and manage civil unrest through social media channels.

April 13, 2017

Florida House Votes to Strip Agency for State Technology of Oversight, Authoritative Functions

Despite a landslide vote in favor of legislation to completely retool the agency, officials said there is still work to be done when it comes to the language and scope of the bill.

April 11, 2017

Law Enforcement Says Video Is Integral Part of Social Engagement, Informational Strategy

The Arlington, Texas, Police Department is using video to humanize its officers and combat what officials see as heightened scrutiny and sensationalized media coverage.

April 11, 2017

Facebook Steps Up Its 'Civic Products,' Remains Committed to Video

At the Government Social Media Conference and Expo in Dallas, Facebook executives said that video and civic outreach continue to be a focus for the social media network.

April 10, 2017

10 States Take Internet Privacy Matters Into Their Own Hands

Just days after President Donald Trump signed legislation into law allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to sell the personal data of customers, several states moved ahead with legislation to protect the data of their constituents.

April 5, 2017

Rhode Island Innovation Officer Richard Culatta Departs, Heads to Education Nonprofit

The man behind Rhode Island’s push to innovate government is leaving state service for a job with an international education nonprofit.

April 5, 2017

Florida House Committee Moves Forward with Bill to Terminate the State IT Agency

The fate of the Agency for State Technology, the latest iteration of Florida’s enterprise IT office, should be known within the coming weeks.

April 4, 2017

Auditor General's Report Adds to Case for Centralized Illinois ERP

Despite some political controversy, IT officials point to the latest statewide audit as support for the ongoing ERP project.

March 31, 2017

Florida’s Agency for State Technology Faces Legislative Threat to Autonomy, Authority

If one Florida lawmaker has his way, the agency could be in for another sweeping reorganization — when it is arguably at its strongest point in years.

March 29, 2017

Christopher Hughes

Assistant Director, Utah Division of Purchasing

March 28, 2017

FirstNet Board Votes to Progress with Contract Award, Decision Expected Within the Next Week

After now-resolved litigation stalled the award of the multi-billion-dollar national public safety broadband network, the FirstNet board voted unanimously to approve the award March 28.

March 24, 2017

Study: Social Media Content Credibility Comes from Sharers, Not Creators

The credibility of online content is strongly linked to the people or organizations sharing it, a recent study found. For government social media-philes, the news means building trust and rapport with followers should be top of mind.

March 23, 2017

Illinois Doubles Down on Cybersecurity Amid Contentious ERP Upgrade

At a time when the state is turning its energy toward bolstering its cyberdefenses, the comptroller's office is tightening the purse strings on key tech upgrades.

March 21, 2017

5 Tech-Centric Legislative Trends Coming to Your State

A slew of new legislation proves that technology is at the forefront of the collective legislative mind at the state level.

March 17, 2017

Roanoke, Va., Launches Dedicated Office to Bolster Citizen Engagement

Roanoke, Va., a city well-known for its social media prowess, has upped the ante on citizen engagement.

March 14, 2017

How Three Bills Are Poised to Dramatically Alter Oregon's IT Operations

Oregon CIO Alex Pettit discusses what unifying informational security personnel, establishing a state Department of Information Technology and creating a state chief data officer would mean.

March 9, 2017

After Three Years as South Carolina's CISO, Marcos Vieyra Resigns

It remains unclear just why the veteran information security professional has stepped down.

March 6, 2017

Coordination, Communication Equal Better Outcomes Following Cyberattack

While California cybersecurity officials agree that speaking out after an incident can be a disheartening experience, they also agreed that it is essential to communicating a potentially active threat and coordinating an appropriate response.

March 6, 2017

Video Analytics Is Ripe for Automation, But Is Government Ready?

From finding criminals or rioters in a crowd to metering toll traffic on busy bridges, the minds behind the technology say it won’t be long before a medium created by humans for humans is all machine.

March 3, 2017

Rhode Island 'Innovation League' Mimics Google’s '20 Percent' Initiative

A new approach is putting agency representatives in a room with new voices and new ideas in hopes of addressing some of Rhode Island's most pressing issues.

March 2, 2017

California IT Leaders Honored for Their Lasting Impacts on State Government

During the California Public Sector CIO Academy Awards ceremony held March 2, more than 30 individuals were recognized for their contributions to state government — and three leaders were given top commendations for their efforts.

March 2, 2017

How a Digital Transformation Helped 3 Agencies Become Infinitely More Effective

In California, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Franchise Tax Board, and the Department of Health Care Services have tackled the move away from analog processes — and it's done wonders for their organizations.

March 1, 2017

Good Governance Depends on Better Use of Resources, Improved Accountability

The benefits of good governance extend beyond the organization and into the relationships with external partners and constituents, California IT and industry leaders say.

March 1, 2017

State and Federal Customers Evade Cloudbleed Bug

Questions about whether Cloudflare's breach had an effect on public-sector data have been answered — officials say no signs of foul play are evident.

February 27, 2017

Governors Discuss Better Coordination, Establishing Protocols to Improve Cybersecurity

Governors from several states discussed what is at risk and the steps being taken to defend their systems during the National Governors Association winter meeting.

February 23, 2017

Keeping the Lights on During a Major Move: Long Beach, Calif., Preps for New City Hall

The iconic City Hall's days are numbered, to be replaced by more modern digs. But the upgrades come with challenges for the city's busy IT department.

February 17, 2017

Florida CIO Jason Allison Leaves for the Private Sector

Gov. Rick Scott names CTO Eric Larson as the state's interim IT leader.

February 16, 2017

RSA 2017: Cybersecurity More Vital for Localities Than Ever

Including local government partners in the larger cybersecurity conversation is extremely important, federal and state officials said.

February 16, 2017

RSA 2017: Poorly Constructed Laws a Danger to Research, Cybersecurity

A panel of subject matter experts took to the problems of legislating in the cybersecurity realm and what can happen when lawmakers don't properly understand the tech.

February 15, 2017

RSA 2017: National Drone Rules Remain Unsettled

Methods for determining the cases where agencies can make corrective decisions, or might need a warrant, have yet to be ironed out completely.

February 14, 2017

RSA 2017: Unified Front Necessary for Sufficient Cyberprotection

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe discussed some of the challenges present in the cybersecurity space; his state's cyberstrategy; and that cooperation, education and a united front are necessary for the U.S. to ensure sufficient protection against cyberattacks.

February 14, 2017

RSA 2017: We Are Losing the Cyberdefense Battle

Barriers to success continue to plague the cybersecurity space, according to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul.

February 13, 2017

4 Hurdles Facing Local Government Techies (And What to do About Them)

Public-sector technologists discussed the ins and outs of thriving in the government space during Laserfiche Empower.

February 9, 2017

Minnesota Governor Proposes $125 Million IT Upgrade, New Tech Committee Forms

The state has seen a flurry of tech-centered activity in recent weeks.

February 7, 2017

Trials and Tribulations of the Chief Privacy Officer

In a handful of states, chief privacy officers work to guard against the misuse and loss of constituent data. But their jobs are far more intricate than you might imagine.

February 3, 2017

4 States Where Elections Caused Changes in the C Suite

With governor's races decided, changes to the C suite have been taking shape in recent weeks.

February 2, 2017

Washington Privacy Modeling Tool Goes Live

The platform meant to help agencies build privacy protections into their programs is set to exit beta stage on Feb. 3.

January 31, 2017

West Virginia Governor Taps John Dunlap as CTO

One of Dunlap's first orders of business will be to look at how to optimize efficiencies through potential consolidation efforts.

January 27, 2017

Tennessee Officials Rally Behind Connectivity Legislation

Lawmakers are focusing their efforts on legislation that would boost incentives to service providers and reduce the regulations facing untapped partners.

January 27, 2017

North Carolina CIO Steps Aside, Looks to Private Sector Following Leadership Change

After assisting with the transition of power to a new administration, North Carolina CIO Keith Werner is proud of what his team accomplished and is looking to new opportunities in the private sector.

January 25, 2017

The Leading Edge: 3 Legislative Trends You Can Expect to See in 2017

States look to new proposals for technology guidance, bringing fresh ideas to the lawmaking conversation.

January 19, 2017

Inauguration Tech: Confronting the Security Challenge Around Large-Scale Events

Law enforcement agencies have more data to contend with than ever before, but the technology they use is also increasingly capable.

January 18, 2017

What to Do When a Social Media Star Collapses

The death of Vine spurs questions about what to do when the platforms we love fail. For government agencies, the answer is rooted in policy and public records law.

January 13, 2017

Georgia Rallies Partnerships Around Cyber Initiative

The state is launching into a $50 million partnership with academic, federal and business partners to bolster the state's cybersecurity standing.

January 12, 2017

Report: Law Enforcement Must Consider, Adapt to Potential Technology Issues

New technology is shaping the types of data that is sought by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. While it holds tremendous value, citizens' rights must be considered carefully.

January 11, 2017

Using Tech to Make Las Vegas More than Just a Tourist Destination

If CIO Michael Sherwood has his way, new technologies and the companies behind them will flourish in the glitzy jurisdiction.

January 10, 2017

Long Beach, Calif., Embraces Next Stage in Open Data Evolution

Providing context to open data sets through GIS mapping aims to make the city’s information beneficial for everyone.

January 5, 2017

New Archive Offers 'Unprecedented Access' to Obama's Social Media Presence

The whole of the Obama administration's online presence — around 250,000 posts from more than 100 accounts — is now available for public searches through a tool launched Jan. 5.

December 27, 2016

Long Beach Looks for Next Stage in CISO Evolution

The California city is on the hunt for a new breed of cybersecurity professional: the cyber-risk officer.

December 20, 2016

Tech Transitions in 2016

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

December 15, 2016

Vincent Hoang Named First CISO of Hawaii

Despite a lengthy IT career in private industry, Hoang says he is taking a measured approach to his new responsibilities.

December 14, 2016

Better Late Than Never: Twitter Finally Jumps on the Livestream Bandwagon

Government social media experts are hopeful it will mean more eyes on their material.

December 12, 2016

Program Opens the Door to Kids with a Drive for STEM

Students and volunteers gather around high-tech projects to apply a semester's worth of theory to real-world problems.

December 9, 2016

Ohio Takes Page from 18F to Launch Inclusive Procurement, Attract New Bidders

Ohio is pushing ahead with an RFP meant to broaden the state's access to smaller startups for data and analytics projects.

December 8, 2016

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

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

December 7, 2016

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

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

December 7, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., Police Launch Real-Time Crime Center

A newly announced crime center gives officers in the field real-time, tech-enabled intelligence during large events and critical incidents.

December 6, 2016

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

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

December 6, 2016

Clark County, Nev., Confirms Permanent CIO

The Clark County board of commissioners approved the appointment of long-time Deputy CIO Michael Lane during a commission meeting Dec. 6.

December 5, 2016

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

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

December 1, 2016

Washington Launches Beta Privacy Portal, Seeks to Thwart Data-Use Conflicts

The tool can help agencies and businesses build privacy into initiatives with a modeling platform that allows them to "look before they leap." And it could catch on across the country.

December 1, 2016

2016: The Year in Tech

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

November 30, 2016

Illinois Doubles Down on Blockchain Promises

The state announced its commitment to growing blockchain business and implementing the technology wherever possible.

November 30, 2016

Cloud Procurement Guide 2.0 Tackles Security, Encryption

After two years of heavy use in government circles, the Center for Digital Government has released updates to its Best Practices Guide for Cloud and As-a-Service Procurements.

November 28, 2016

Arkansas CTO Mark Myers Resigns

The details surrounding Arkansas’ abrupt IT leadership changes are few, but what is clear is that a recent forced resignation signals a potential shift in the state’s direction.

November 22, 2016

3 Ways Illinois IT is Preparing for the Future

With an eye for partnerships and a passion for his work, Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt is looking ahead to new opportunities for his state.

November 18, 2016

Keeping Bias Out of Big Data (And Other Key Considerations)

Experts weighed the benefits and potential pitfalls of the aggressively expanding big data movement during a Council on Foreign Relations panel in Washington, D.C.

November 15, 2016

Indiana Launches Predictive Crash Tool for Citizens, First Responders

A new Web-based tool allows drivers and first responders to play a more active and calculated role in avoiding and predicting traffic accidents.

November 15, 2016

New York Makes Massive Public Investment in Drones

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York would be playing a substantial role in a one-of-a-kind drone testing corridor in the heart of central New York state.

November 14, 2016

Adult Websites Hack Uncovers Government Users, Highlights 'Lazy Password-Makers'

A large-scale breach revealed .gov and .mil credentials used to log into and the family of websites.

November 11, 2016

IT Leaders Must Maintain Ability to Direct Despite Obstacles, Opposition to New Tech

Transformation, disruption and collaboration took center stage during the TechWire California Industry Forum, Nov. 8.

November 10, 2016

Phoenix Names New Award-Winning CIO

After several months of searching for former CIO Debbie Cotton's replacement, Phoenix is drawing from Virginia Beach, Va.'s talent pool.

November 9, 2016

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

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

November 9, 2016

Gubernatorial Races Promise Changes to the C-Suite

The presidential election Nov. 8 undeniably shifted the national political power structure, but changes at the state level remain unclear as the impacts of governors' races continue to play out.

November 8, 2016

California Tech Leaders Plan to Develop IT Procurement Road Map

California CIO Amy Tong and Deputy CIO Chris Cruz aim to help navigate procurement challenges and opportunities.

November 7, 2016

Warrants in the Digital Age: Courts Face Evolving Frontier

Magistrate judges must question the scope and validity of each warrant application that crosses their desks.

November 3, 2016

Encryption Policy in the Modern Age: A Not So Simple Debate

Stanford University researchers shared the fruits and frustrations of their efforts to clarify the government's current practices around the encryption of electronic devices during a Crypto Policy Project event Nov. 2.

October 26, 2016

Facial Recognition: Policy Outpaces Tech, Puts Certain Communities at Risk

As facial recognition systems advance and become more widely used by police agencies, the need for policy and will also grow.

October 25, 2016

Big Apple Claims SF's Miguel Gamiño as New CTO

Gamiño, currently the CIO of San Francisco, is leaving the West Coast to become New York City's chief technology officer.

October 21, 2016

Evanston, Ill.'s Inaugural CIO Focuses on Melding of Technology and Community

As the city's first CIO, Luke Stowe leverages a unified model for one-point access to all city IT services.

October 19, 2016

Delaware Unveils Collaborative Data Project, Portal

Delaware is officially launching access to an open data portal that will allow users to view more than 30 data sets and access mapping capabilities.

October 18, 2016

States Feel Pressure to Comply With Real ID as Stiff Consequences Loom on Horizon

States have struggled to meet federal ID requirements since stiffer regulations were passed in 2005; now, as deadlines loom, extensions on compliance are getting more difficult to come by.

October 14, 2016

North Carolina Chief Technology, Innovation Officer Eric Ellis Moves to the Private Sector

Ellis logged his last day as a state employee and is moving on to work at hardware and software reseller SHI International.

October 12, 2016

New Body Cameras Aim to Remove User Error, Improve Documentary Evidence

The Stockton, Calif., Police Department is upgrading its older body-worn cameras with new units that promise less risk of officer error and more comprehensive coverage during critical events.

October 11, 2016

Workplace by Facebook Goes Public

After several months behind the wheel of Facebook’s latest product offering, now called Workplace by Facebook, the first state government to pilot the tool is seeing big potential for social networking-themed tools in the public sector.

October 10, 2016

Hawaii Marks Digital Records Day, Makes First Deposit into Digital Archive

Hawaii has embraced electronic signatures and plans to expand the efforts to other areas of state government.

October 7, 2016

3 Ways Georgia Is Using GIS Mapping to Chart its Path Forward

Improving technology is offering government new opportunities to meet a range of service needs. In Georgia, officials rely on GIS technology for everything from luring businesses to the state to major initiatives like NextGen 911.

October 6, 2016

Presidential Adviser: Critics Are Mistaken, U.S. Cybersecurity Framework Already In Place and Working

Hacks and breaches pose more of a risk to national security than ever before, but a top Obama adviser says deterrence measures are in place.

October 4, 2016

Necessity Dictates One Rapidly Growing Jurisdiction's Smart City Transformation

Atlanta's overwhelming success is behind a substantial push to transform city operations at all levels. From gathering data in new ways to piloting smart streets, officials hope to identify strategies that will help them deal with explosive population growth.

October 3, 2016

Georgia Focuses on Statewide GIS Strategy

Georgia has big plans for GIS across many areas, including improving emergency response.

September 29, 2016

Georgia’s Data Experts Lean on Good Governance to Protect Digital Assets

The challenge of balancing data protection and business needs: Over-regulate and you risk holding back valuable innovations. Under-regulate and you potentially put constituents’ information in harm’s way.

September 28, 2016

What Obama Did for Tech: Data Center Consolidation

Slashing the number of federally run data centers from 2,100 to 1,300 was an efficiency move intended to reduce the $600 billion spent by the federal government on IT infrastructure in the past decade.

September 27, 2016

What Obama Did for Tech: Cloud by Default

Obama's explicit cloud-first policy for federal agencies directed them to consider cloud options for new projects and migrate one existing system per year to a hosted environment.

September 27, 2016

Presidential Debate 2016: Cybersecurity Highlights Significant Differences in Policy, Understanding Between Candidates

During Monday night's first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred on a number of issues, but their stances on cybersecurity and defense drew striking differences between the campaigns.

September 18, 2016

How Digital is Your State?

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

September 16, 2016

Improving Transportation Safety and Service in Boston

Boston’s Chief of Streets discusses the role of technology in improving city transportation services and the overall safety on Boston roadways.

September 15, 2016

Shaping IT Transformation in Massachusetts Government

Former Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates talks technological transformation in government and the importance of executive leadership in this process.

September 12, 2016

Massachusetts Aims for Better Access, Efficiency in State Tech

Massachusetts is putting renewed energy into its IT operations and pushing to meet public demand for easier access to government, according to the state IT leader.

September 9, 2016

The Role of Data Analytics in Predictive Policing

The exponential escalation of mobile computing and analytics has given officers intelligence on the go and greatly improved their chances of being in the right place at the right time.

September 8, 2016

Clinton vs. Trump: What Do Their Tech and Innovation Policies (or Lack Thereof) Mean for Jurisdictions?

A new study highlights the differences between the technology and innovation policies of the two main candidates jockeying for the Oval Office.

September 7, 2016

New Jersey Unveils Text-to-911 Capabilities

New Jersey officials unveiled new text messaging capabilities to their 911 system in hopes of boosting response times, safety and the on-scene intelligence available to first responders.

September 6, 2016

3 Cornerstones to Cultivating the Workforce of the Future

Public service may not have the lure of shiny, new private-sector jobs, but some in government are leveraging new tactics to draw in fresh talent.

September 1, 2016

Gamification: A Tool that Government Should Not Ignore

Some argue the teaching and learning tools of gamification not only have a place in education, but in government, too.

September 1, 2016

2016 Best of the Web Winners Demonstrate Technological Innovation, Service Delivery Improvements

This year’s best government websites shared in common a simple vision of user-centric content, a desire to iterate and collaborate more quickly than in years past, and to watch the market for the latest trends and standards.

August 31, 2016

North Carolina IT Agency Restructuring a Gradual, Calculated Transition Toward 'OneIT'

Overcoming IT challenges and laying the foundation for more effective governance is the focus of a sweeping initiative to transform the state's technology agencies.

August 30, 2016 Function Trumps Form in the Quest to Shine Light on State Policymaking

Often the lack of modern search tools and Web best practices make getting to critical information on state legislative portals a challenge.

August 26, 2016

Considering Privacy in the Age of the Camera

Surveillance cameras offer a powerful tool for law enforcement, but there are implications to consider for privacy, footage retention and public safety.

August 25, 2016

Digitization Saves Maine State Library's Historical Assets

The state of Maine is getting a much-needed infusion of grant dollars to digitize and ultimately save the institution's historic newspaper collections — which will available through the institution’s cloud-based repository.

August 24, 2016

Study Offers Insights that Could Help Quell Recruitment of ISIS Supporters on Twitter

The Islamic State has used social media to effectively spread propaganda and connect with like-minded individuals, and researchers are still looking at what can be done to head off the radical threat.

August 19, 2016

Should Government Clean Up Its Twitter Feeds?

There could be implications for the public sector hiding in Twitter's new feed management features.

August 18, 2016

Surviving Social Media as a Government Entity: Tips from the Pros

Social media holds great promise for government, but can run aground if left unchecked. Two social media pros discuss the issues they've seen and how to handle them gracefully.

August 16, 2016

Analytics: Turning a Flood of Data into Valuable Information

At a recent event, state and local officials discussed insights to be gained from the exponential increase of data and where teams should focus their energy.

August 12, 2016

California Lottery Plots Course for Growth through Data Analytics

Data analytics is driving the agency's daily business decisions as well as helping the agency pursue its strategic goal of being No. 1 in the nation.

August 10, 2016

Study Spurs Discussion of State-Level Police Body Cam Legislation

In a study aimed at the state legislation across the country, the Sunlight Foundation found that the overarching theme of legislation could largely be described by looking at four main points.

August 9, 2016

Cincinnati Predictive Analytics Project Takes Aim at Emergency Medical Services

By identifying and predicting when and where EMS calls are likely to occur, the city will be better positioned to improve its offerings.

August 5, 2016

Biometrics: Reliable, Quick and Efficient — but Not Foolproof

The growing popularity of biometric technology has the attention of those looking for another layer of security, but as with anything else, there are implications to consider.

August 5, 2016

New Jersey Preps for Bedrock IT Change to Compete with Industry

In late June, Gov. Chris Christie tapped Dave Weinstein as the state’s CTO and set into motion an aggressive course of action that will no doubt become a model for other states in similar positions.

August 2, 2016

Scorecard Highlights Need for Body Camera Policy Improvements

A recently released scorecard shows that many local jurisdictions are behind in their policies around police body-worn cameras, according to civil rights and policy experts.

July 29, 2016

The Struggle to Innovate: Government, Industry Team Up to Ease Cloud Purchasing

Unique public-private partnership develops contracting language to help make the cloud work for the public sector.

July 27, 2016

A Clinton Presidency: What Might It Mean for Technology and Innovation?

During the Democratic National Convention, a panel of experts touched on the need to not only educate the next wave of technology workers, but also pave the way to innovation.

July 25, 2016

Cyberattack Compromises Unknown Number of Voter Records in Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Elections is recovering from and assessing the damage following a cybersecurity breach on July 12.

July 25, 2016

Is Data the Answer to Getting a Handle on Prescription Drug Abuse?

Unintentional overprescribing is contributing to the rise of opioid addition, but state and national monitoring systems are helping public health agencies keep a pulse on the situation.

July 22, 2016

What Would a Trump Presidency Mean for Technology and Innovation?

Though there is often the unrealistic expectation that a new administration will change all that ails industry or government, American voters and companies should come to the table with measured expectations.

July 20, 2016

Digital Counties Survey 2016: Winners Make Collaboration, Innovation, Civic Engagement Top Priorities

In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 55 counties that understand technology's value, empower their tech leaders, and implement new ideas to make life better for those who live and work there.

July 19, 2016

States Take Varied Approaches to Regulating Body Camera Footage

State and local governments are taking a variety of approaches to how they regulate police body camera footage. While some aim for protecting the rights of citizens, others want to limit access altogether.

July 15, 2016

Senator Calls on Facebook, Instagram to End Gun Sales on Social Sites

In a July 13 letter, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., questioned whether the companies were doing enough to curb “deadly weapon” sales between users.

July 14, 2016

Social Media in the Workplace: Where Does It Fit In?

With more organizations trying to mitigate the negative impacts of worker's use of social media on daily productivity, researchers are moving to better understand all of the effects — positive and negative.

July 13, 2016

Which Twitter Accounts Are Influencing State Lawmakers?

A recent study offers insights into who catches the attention of state lawmakers across the country.

July 11, 2016

Report: Drone Legislation a Priority for States Across the U.S.

The popular new technology has the potential to generate considerable economic activity, but there are some very real safety and privacy concerns that have yet to be fully worked out.

July 6, 2016

New Jersey Names First Director for State’s Lead Cybersecurity Collective

New Jersey homeland security officials appointed Mike Geraghty as head of the state's Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, and as acting chief information security officer for the state.

June 30, 2016

Florida Buttons Up Major Data Center Move in a Mere 100 Days

More than 2,000 servers containing the critical applications for 12 agencies were moved to meet legislative orders and protect the IT infrastructure from worsening mold conditions.

June 29, 2016

Arizona Department of Administration Pilots 'Facebook at Work' Platform

Though Facebook has been testing and gathering input on the product from more than 450 companies around the world, Arizona represents the first government to test drive it for public-sector input.

June 28, 2016

States Band Together for Large-Scale Cloud Purchasing Agreement

In an effort led by Utah, final details will soon be ironed out on a cooperative agreement that represents a clear path to cloud services for more than 30 states.

June 24, 2016

Is There a Role for Artificial Intelligence in Local Government?

Adaptive systems that track changing consumption patterns could help local government find value in AI.

June 24, 2016

North Carolina Takes a Look at Blockchain-Friendly Legislation

The North Carolina Money Transmitter Act would clarify the state’s language and requirements relating to the currencies like bitcoin, blockchains and distributed ledger businesses.

June 23, 2016

Social Media Fills Gaps in C-SPAN Coverage During House Unrest

When C-SPAN went dark in the midst of a congressional sit-in protesting the lack of new gun control legislation, members of the U.S. House of Representatives took to social media platforms to cover the happenings in a less traditional way.

June 20, 2016

Florida CIO Jason Allison Talks Cybersecurity

Allison recently discussed how agencies manage and coordinate in the face of evolving threat vectors.

June 15, 2016

Digital Assistants: Governments’ Newest Public-Facing Opportunity?

The idea of having an Amazon Echo tied to government offerings may seem more like a novelty than anything else, but in Mississippi and Utah the technology is adding real value to the voice-activated devices.

June 15, 2016

State Lawmakers Mull Range of Tech-Centered Legislation

From the police use of Stingrays to the recognition of notarized blockchain tech, lawmakers across the U.S. have trained their sights on a range of IT issues.

June 14, 2016

Can Artificial Intelligence Software Transform Transportation?

Florida Department of Transportation CIO April Blackburn talks about how cognitive learning can help manage infrastructure.

June 9, 2016

Attacking the Big Data Deluge the Smart Way

Big data tools should be viewed as more of a valuable resource than an end product or outcome.

June 8, 2016

Have We Reached a New Era for Digital Identity Management?

In Utah, officials are looking to the future — when employees, businesses and the general public have seamless and secure access to the systems they need, and nothing more.

June 7, 2016

4 Tips for Tackling Citizen-Centric Design and Outreach

How to address the shortfalls in human-centered design has elicited innovative solutions to the all-too-common problems of public service.

June 3, 2016

After 30 Years Since Transparency Debuted in Government, Work Remains

Thirty years ago, C-SPAN introduced transparency in the federal government, but there are gaps at the state level that need to be addressed when it comes to effectively sharing video with the larger constituency.

June 1, 2016

Voting System Overhaul: Improving Election Tech from the Bottom Up

Some in the election administration space haven’t found a lot of other options when it comes to accountable, transparent voting systems — but new options are finally beginning to pop up.

May 26, 2016

3 Ways to Work Through Governance Roadblocks

There are some ways around the governance monster and the roadblocks it carries with it.

May 24, 2016

Cybersecurity Is an Ever-Changing Landscape

The more context officials can add to a certain action, the more they will know about a potential breach.

May 20, 2016

4 Issues Government Should Consider Before Chasing the Cloud

From unexpected costs to unplanned exit strategies, government and industry experts discussed the major concerns impacting a move to the cloud at the Florida Digital Government Summit.

May 19, 2016

Addressing Homegrown Violent Extremists on Social Media

Such homegrown terrorists, along with anti-government militia activity and racially motivated extremism, are often overlooked by the mainstream media, where the focus is largely on the threats posed by outsider groups like the Islamic State.

May 17, 2016

3 Ways Cognitive Computing Can Be Good for Government

Those working in the cognitive space say there is real potential for governments in a range of applications.

May 12, 2016

Florida ROADS Project Wrangles Big Data for Future Advantage

The Reliable, Organized, Accurate Data Sharing project will help the Florida Department of Transportation effectively process, manage and utilize the growing amount of data coming into its systems from districts across the state.

May 10, 2016

Sanders Campaign Wields Social Media to Great Advantage

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has developed a successful presence on social media, which was evident during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, May 9.

May 6, 2016

Federal Pilot Seeks to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Rural Communities Nationwide

Five cities have been named as the testing grounds for the Cool and Connected program, a community-based plan aimed at boosting connectivity and pulling in money for their local economies.

May 4, 2016

Ransomware Attack on Michigan Utility Provider Highlights Organizational Vulnerabilities

On April 25, an attack launched against the Lansing Board of Water and Light proved just how vulnerable organizations can be to this ballooning threat vector.

April 29, 2016

New Jersey Takes Consolidated, Fusion Center-Style Approach to Cybersecurity

New Jersey is perhaps best known for the “Parkway” and former presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie. But some might argue that it should be getting attention for its novel fusion center approach to cybersecurity.

April 27, 2016

Data Gleaned from Next-Gen 911 System Drives Improved Emergency Response

Officials in Manatee County, Fla., now have the necessary ammunition to make life-saving decisions: data analytics.

April 26, 2016

Risk of Data Breaches Rises as Hackers Fine-Tune Their Tactics

Verizon’s latest worldwide report on data breaches outlines some troubling trends that have become more dangerous to our tech-centric way of life.

April 25, 2016

Conversation with a CIO: Florida's Jason Allison Discusses Building on the Past and Moving the State Forward

Allison has set his sights on building lasting relationships with state agencies and meeting the tight deadlines posed by key infrastructure initiatives.

April 22, 2016

White House Police Data Initiative Doubles Police Data Programs in First Year

While the number represents a significant boost in initiative participation, there are still nearly 18,000 agencies unengaged in the process. What is the path forward?

April 21, 2016

4 Tips for Successfully Engaging the Public Across Multiple Social Media Platforms

Roanoke, Va.'s communication and media coordinator shares his strategies to make the most out of social media efforts.

April 18, 2016

Conversation with a CIO: Montana's Ron Baldwin Talks Affordable, Enterprise IT

Since taking the top technology spot in Montana, Baldwin has focused heavily on connecting agencies to enterprise resources and bridging the gaps between state silos.

April 15, 2016

Controversial Anti-Net Neutrality Bill Moves to Senate

The legislation being hailed as an affront to net neutrality took a step forward in the House today against the wishes of consumer rights advocates and interest groups, and would likely face a presidential veto.

April 15, 2016

Cyberthreats in Government Continue to Escalate, Report Says

The results of an annual report centered on the cyberthreat landscape show an increase in attacks across the board.

April 14, 2016

Personal Security Camera Networks Offer Safer, More Connected Cities

Though only a small number of municipalities have efforts to register and utilize privately owned security cameras in their jurisdictions, the movement is growing.

April 13, 2016

Nationwide Network of Urban Chief Data Officers Prompts Collaboration to Address Social Issues

Since the summer of 2015, a handful of local governments and academia have been looking at how to best share their respective data and solutions to problems like homelessness and urban blight most effectively.

April 12, 2016

Facebook Launches Live Video Feature: What Does it Mean for Government?

The new feature could make it easier for state and local governments to get their messages out to the people who already care enough to follow them.

April 11, 2016

Conversation with a CIO: Pennsylvania's John MacMillan Talks IT Strategy, Measured Approach

MacMillan talks about his state’s efforts to recruit talent, bolster the service catalog and protect constituent data from outside threats.

April 8, 2016

Using Social Media to Engage Constituents Where, When It Matters

The city of Wichita, Kan., dropped its time-consuming, in-person budget meetings (with low constituent turnout) in favor of engaging the public online throughout the city’s six districts.

April 6, 2016

Sheriff's Office Sees Positive Results with Collective Engagement Approach to Social Media

A downturn in the economy in 2008 and the need for more control of the information circulating through the community drove positive changes in one California law enforcement agency.

April 6, 2016

4 Factors Agencies Should Consider When Developing a Social Media Policy

As public-sector organizations grapple with using social media effectively, experts won’t hesitate to advise that a strong, comprehensive policy be a part of the discussion. Here are some things to consider when crafting that policy.

April 5, 2016

Official Engagement Stops Viral Rumors from Spreading on Social Media, Study Says

A new study by the University of Washington’s Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory shows that ignoring the problem won’t get you anywhere and that a simple statement from an official can turn the tides on rumors gone viral.

April 4, 2016

Police Use Social Media as Front-Line Tool in Fighting Crime

The prevalence of social media has made it a valuable go-to investigative tool for law enforcement, whether for small-time crimes or more serious cases involving life and death.

April 1, 2016

Pentagon Eyes Deep Machine Learning in Fight Against ISIS

During a recent talk in Washington, D.C., Pentagon Deputy Secretary Robert Work said that the use of deep learning machines will allow for a better understanding of ISIS as a network — and how to target it precisely and lead to its defeat.

March 30, 2016

Shared Services Represent the Future of IT in Arizona's Capital City

Phoenix CIO Debbie Cotton discusses the direction she sees the nation’s sixth largest city moving in the coming years.

March 25, 2016

New Jersey CIO Steve Emanuel Heads to Private Sector

After five years of leading IT for New Jersey, Emanuel's last day in the public sector is April 8.

March 24, 2016

Will 18F Outlast the Obama Administration?

18F is tasked with helping get federal tech projects on track, but many wonder if its innovative momentum will survive the transition to a new president.

March 24, 2016

Conversation with a CIO: Todd Nacapuy Addresses Hawaii’s IT Workforce Gap

Hawaii’s CIO is working toward continuous process improvement to bring the state government into the modern age.

March 23, 2016

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March 21, 2016

3 Ways 18F Makes Tech Deployments Easier for Agencies

The team of roughly 175 people throughout the United States is working to develop and test open source, user-centered solutions.

March 18, 2016

Conversation with a CIO: Mississippi’s Craig Orgeron Discusses Coordinating Efforts Across Silos

In a new series, GovTech is looking for insights from IT decision-makers on the opportunities and issues facing their respective jurisdictions.

March 17, 2016

Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests

Researchers have developed and studied an algorithm to help better predict online protest through the popular social media platform Twitter.

March 17, 2016

Legislation Could Spell Trouble for State and Local Drone Zoning

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved legislation that carries the opportunity for the Federal Aviation Administration to trump state and local drone laws.

March 15, 2016

Hawaii Government, University Partner on Data Center Colocation

Officials touted the mutually beneficial collaboration as a means to address some of the state’s aging data center needs.

March 9, 2016

5 Tips to Help State, Local Governments Combat Cyberthreats

Keeping better tabs on valuable data and leaning on industry partners are just a few lessons Adm. Michael Rogers had for state and local governments when it comes to cybersecurity.

March 4, 2016

RSA 2016: Feds Tackle IT, Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

The stability and benefits in the public sector used to be enough to attract qualified candidates to vital positions in government, but these days, larger paychecks from private companies are luring those qualified candidates.

March 3, 2016

RSA 2016: 4 Data Issues Faced by States, Localities in the Digital Age

Industry experts discussed the risks, benefits and next steps around data in the government space during the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco.

March 1, 2016

RSA 2016: Terror Groups Propagate, Recruit on Social Media Platforms with Greater Efficiency

Extremist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant also are using well-produced propaganda to draw outsiders to their cause, according to a top Department of Justice official.

March 1, 2016

RSA 2016: Potential U.S., U.K. Data Deal Would Mean Fluid Data Transactions in Criminal Investigations

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a potential cooperative agreement between the United States and the British government that would provide a reciprocal framework for data sharing between both governments and private industry.

February 29, 2016

3 Challenges Tech Leaders Must Tackle to Increase Efficiency, Meet Constituent Expectations

Public and private officials looked to the future of technology in the public sector, honing in on three obstacles IT leaders face and potential opportunities.

February 26, 2016

Is Collaboration the Cure for the Ails of State IT Projects?

The term 'collaboration' gets thrown around a lot in the tech space, but as California officials on the heels of a massive public safety initiative contend, it's the best way of doing IT in government.

February 25, 2016

California Public Sector CIO Academy Honors Innovative IT Leaders

Judges selected individuals who led effective teams, most faithfully served their organizations and constituencies, exhibited innovative thinking, and promoted information sharing and collaboration across California government.

February 24, 2016

What Should Be Expected from a CIO?

In the ever-evolving world of government IT, California state execs weigh in on what they seek when hiring a CIO.

February 24, 2016

IoT Security: The Time for Governments to Develop Organizational Policies Is Now

As more things connect, experts say security should be a main consideration, especially in sensitive government environments.

February 18, 2016

Boston on the Hunt for New Data Czar

The reliance on data-driven governing has prompted the city of Boston to create a top data chief role and begin the search for the perfect candidate.

February 17, 2016

Apple, FBI at Odds Over San Bernardino Shooter’s Encrypted Device

Apple CEO announces a fight around the court order to aide FBI in unlocking San Bernardino terrorist’s cellphone citing dangerous precedent and potential for misuse.

February 12, 2016

Is Twitter’s New 'Moments' Feature Worth the Hype for Government?

Twitter's new feature will voluntarily move posts to the top of a users' newsfeed, which may be a valuable feature for organizations trying to push a message to its followers.

February 10, 2016

Internet of Things Devices: Intelligence-Gathering Opportunity?

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing held Feb. 9, security officials testified about the threats facing the United States -- and possible opportunities.

February 8, 2016

Cybersecurity Challenges, Opportunities Discussed at Dedication of Expanded National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker noted an increased need for improved communication with private-sector companies, something spurred further by the ever-growing number of devices connecting to the Internet of Things.

February 5, 2016

Feds Launch Social Media Verification Registry

Called the U.S. Digital Registry, the effort aims to provide much-needed verification not only for agencies' social media accounts, but also for their third-party sites and apps.

February 5, 2016

Sacramento, Calif., PD Takes Step into Digital Era of Policing

A portion of officers in the California capital's police force have officially moved to an e-citation system — a growing trend in the law enforcement space.

February 3, 2016

7 Tech Policy Issues to Watch in 2016

States across the country are taking a look at technology legislation and grappling with everything from 3-D printed firearms, to student and employee data privacy.

February 1, 2016

5 California Municipalities Move to Networked Next-Gen 911 System

The joint city networking project — made possible through an intergovernmental agency agreement — will be a vast step toward modernizing a largely unchanged emergency system.

January 30, 2016

2016 State of the State Addresses: Does Technology Matter?

Government Technology’s editorial team analyzes this year’s speeches to see which governors are talking tech.

January 27, 2016

Remote Testimony: Cure for State Democratic Barriers?

Lawmakers in states with a lot of area to cover are steadily moving toward remote testimony for legislative committees. Washington is moving ahead with its own system and plotting a course for statewide expansion.

January 26, 2016

Report: Emerging Technologies Put Jobs in Public, Private Sectors at Risk

Advancing technology and a projected skills gap are expected to take a toll on global employment numbers in the coming years.

January 25, 2016

Should Silicon Valley Be Nervous About Another Tech Bubble?

Reports have said a second bubble is looming in the tech sector, but experts are divided as to whether it will signal impending doom or a new opportunity for savvy business people.

January 21, 2016

Arizona Takes Executive Action on Sharing Economy

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the creation of a special council to examine state regulation of the so-called sharing economy and how the state can better position itself to take advantage of the growing sector.

January 20, 2016

Presidential Front-Runners' Successes, Failures on the 2016 Digital Campaign Trail

The top presidential candidates are charging forward into the digital fray and hoping their approach to wrangling voters online beats the other guy's.

January 18, 2016

Aviation’s New Frontier: How Ohio Aims to Be a Leader in Drone Research

Ohio's director of Unmanned Aerial Systems discusses his mission to see how the state can put drones to work in a region known for its aviation heritage.

January 15, 2016

#YouTubeAsksObama Q&A Touches on Tech in Government

President Obama took to video sharing platform YouTube in a three-part, live-streamed interview Friday afternoon that peaked at around 40,000 real-time viewers.

January 14, 2016

Wi-Fi Hot Spots for Rent: How Public Libraries Are Changing with the Times

Public libraries in cities small and large are helping to close the digital divide by making portable Internet hot spots available to patrons.

January 9, 2016

'Anonymous' Hacker Group Threatens Sacramento, Calif., for Anti-Camping Ordinance

The city of Sacramento is at the center of a video warning presumably posted by the hacker group Anonymous regarding an anti-camping ordinance targeting the homeless.

January 7, 2016

Small, Yet Transparent: Albany, Ore., Shows How It’s Done

The city of 50,000 people is an example that just because you’re a small government, doesn’t mean you can’t be on the cutting edge of technology.

January 6, 2016

California's New Law Affects Search Warrants for Electronic Communications, Data -- But How Much?

Though the California Electronic Communication Privacy Act may slow law enforcement processes that had not previously been outlined, privacy advocates say it is restoring the balance in protecting citizens' digital information.

December 22, 2015

What’s the Deal with the Sanders/Clinton Data Breach?

Recent reports about a Democratic National Committee database breach that allowed staff within the Sanders campaign access to Clinton’s proprietary voter data has sparked concern from both leading democratic candidates about data security.

December 21, 2015

Is Your Election Night Reporting System Ready for 2016?

As media outlets and the public at large pound on the digital front door for the latest poll numbers, results portals nationwide face the strain of hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of hits.

December 16, 2015

Governments Should Approach Internet of Things in Light-Handed, Strategic Way

Government needs to take an active role in not only proactively planning for its own use of the Internet of Things, but also in providing innovators with the regulatory environment needed to move forward.

December 11, 2015

Officials Talk Data, Performance Measures for Better Government

Good data can play a huge role in effective government, but unrecognized barriers often stall progress. Panelists at the Governing California Leadership Forum shared their successes and the challenges facing organizations today.

December 10, 2015

Senate Testimony: FBI Needs More Officer-Involved Incident Data

New priorities were outlined for the FBI in Wednesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the agency’s oversight and show new emphasis on nationwide police use of force data.

December 9, 2015

California Localities Anticipate How to Meet Infrastructure, Transportation Demands

From talking with policymakers in Washington, D.C., to gathering the support of constituents, local leaders talk about funding programs and the anticipated population boom facing the Union’s most populated state.

December 7, 2015

President Calls Out Social Media's Role in Evolution of Terrorism

The discussion of how to thwart terrorism online was reignited following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. President Barack Obama touched on the challenge of technology in the fight against ISIS in an Oval Office address Sunday night.

December 4, 2015

Chicago Plans Body Camera Program Expansion Amid Public Outcry

The Chicago Police Department will be expanding its body-worn camera program from a 29-camera system to a 1,400-camera system, a move that comes as the city grapples with the fallout from a questionable 2014 officer-involved shooting.

December 2, 2015

California State Treasurer Seeks Alternative Procurement Models in 2016

The Department of Justice will also continue its open data efforts and the Department of Technology is prioritizing advancement of CalCloud throughout next year.

December 2, 2015

E-cannabis: California Companies Connect Marijuana with Tech

Silicon Valley is charging into new territory with digital platforms and tools that connect card-holding medical marijuana patients to herbal medications.

December 2, 2015

Year in Review 2015: Innovation Takes Off

In the second quarter of 2015, a few states created digital registries to track medical and recreational marijuana distribution centers, Facebook unveiled verified pages for government and transportation officials in Missouri unveil plans to launch America’s first smart highway.

December 1, 2015

California Announces Vendor Performance Ranking Pilot

At an industry forum on Dec. 1, California CIO Carlos Ramos announced plans to pilot the Contractor Evaluation Performance Scorecard system -- a controversial program that would rate and publish the performance of state contractors.

November 25, 2015

Lawmakers Look to Auto Industry for Insights on ‘Internet of Cars’

Connected vehicles and the prevalence of technology in modern cars prompted a joint congressional subcommittee hearing about the so-called “Internet of Cars,” and what private industry is doing to manage consumer safety and privacy concerns.

November 20, 2015

Privacy, Public Safety Collide as Terror Groups Collaborate on Social Media

Following a coordinated attack in Paris on Nov. 13, some are asking whether law enforcement should have access to encrypted social network platforms, like Telegram, allegedly used for terrorist planning purposes.

November 18, 2015

Center for Internet Security's Updated Critical Controls Equal Improved Cyberhealth

The center has been an outspoken proponent of advancing what it calls critical security controls, which serve as a substantive starting point for organizations looking to beef up their organizational cybersecurity standing.

November 17, 2015

Britain Boosts Cybersecurity, Drone Program as ISIS Debate Swells Worldwide

Cyberdefenses and increased spending are part of the British response to multiple terror attacks launched in Paris, France, last week. With as many as 129 dead in the coordinated attacks, governments are looking at how to deal with the violent militant group known as the Islamic State.

November 13, 2015

Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

Danish researchers looked at how Facebook affects the emotions of users and found that people were generally less happy and more anxious than their nonparticipant counterparts.

November 11, 2015

Security, Cloud Top State CIO Priorities in 2016

The latest NASCIO annual state CIO priorities survey outlines where state officials are looking when it comes to IT for the coming year.

November 10, 2015

San Jose, Calif., IT Systems Target of DDoS Attack

A cyberattack affected the San Jose Police Department and inconvenienced city website users until a resolution was reached Monday afternoon.

November 9, 2015

Civil Rights Scorecard Analyzes Police Body Cameras, Governance

Those in the civil rights community are glad to see body-worn cameras embraced as a way of increasing police accountability, but some say without meaningful oversight and thoughtful regulation, the technology poses problems.

November 5, 2015

Aggressive Cybersecurity Strategy Offers Greater Information, Protection

Organizations with sensitive data are having to look more carefully than ever before at how they approach their cybersecurity strategies in the face of more organized threats. One expert advocates for collecting and sharing information to better thwart bad actors.

November 4, 2015

Changing IoT Environment Means New Ways of Doing Business

As companies rush to stake their claim in the Internet of Things marketplace, successes will come and go -- and the way business is done will change forever.

November 3, 2015

Is the Internet of Things Meeting Its Full Potential?

With more devices than ever connected to the IoT, tech experts are hopeful we will soon be able to harness the data they collect and use it for better decision-making for businesses and government.

November 2, 2015

2015 Digital Cities: Winners Experiment with Forward-Thinking Tech Projects

This year’s top digital cities have developed a mature infrastructure that lets city leaders experiment with technology projects that are molded in the image of the average citizen's lifestyle.

October 30, 2015

Ohio Uses Drones to Strengthen Aerospace and Aviation Industries

With some states cracking down on drones, Ohio is looking toward working with academia and industry to support a tradition of flight and business innovation.

October 30, 2015

Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Moves Forward

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed in the Senate by a wide margin, but must still clear the House and President Obama's desk. Proponents say the bill bolsters cybersecurity; opponents say personal privacy is at risk.

October 29, 2015

Nevada Urges STEM Growth with Infusion of Grant Money

Three colleges are set to receive more than $335,000 in grant funds that state officials hope will translate into a much needed boost for workforce training in science, technology, engineering and math.

October 23, 2015

Twitter’s New Polling Feature: Just Fun and Games, or Valuable Tool for Government?

Twitter’s newly announced polling feature looks like a lot of fun for its throngs of avid users, but could it also bring value to savvy organizations looking for instant feedback from the public?

October 22, 2015

Will Illinois Become a National Model for Grant Management?

Illinois’ disjointed grant-making agencies are getting new attention -- and an overhaul that leverages both old and new technology for better accountability.

October 20, 2015

Innovation and Design Course Prompts Learning by Doing

Students at San Juan High School participate in a Career Pathway program that is designed to teach them real-world skills through interactive coursework.

October 15, 2015

Camera-Monitored Traffic-Efficiency Pilot Will Go Permanent

A San Francisco pilot aimed at unclogging public transportation routes became a permanent fixture for the city with the signing of a new state law.

October 15, 2015

Majority of Michigan’s IT Infrastructure Is Headed to the Cloud

State CIO David Behen says that despite some negative perceptions of the technology, the move is exciting.

October 14, 2015

Macomb County, Mich., Struggles to Recruit IT Talent

County officials are expecting a retirement surge that will lead to a shortage of tech workers.

October 14, 2015

Though Less Publicized, Data Leaks Are More Prevalent Than Data Breaches

A new report finds 80 percent of information security professionals have experienced a data leak and call the problem a substantial concern.

October 13, 2015

Michigan Moves Toward Customer-Centric Government

CIO David Behen says the state will utilize data to do it.

October 13, 2015

Glendale, Calif., Takes Head-on Approach to Rumor Control

Rumors get squashed and the relentless voices of online trolls get countered by facts in a new take on government public relations.

October 9, 2015

Macomb County, Mich., Relies Heavily on the Cloud

The county also is working on a data analytics pilot to assess how offenders move through the public safety and courts system.

October 8, 2015

Congressional Hearing Tackles Drone Safety

Government officials and industry experts gathered Oct. 7 to discuss the issues surrounding the growing popularity of consumer unmanned aerial systems and their impact on aviation safety.

October 8, 2015

Technology, Policy Connect Under Michigan IT Strategy

The state's Department of Technology, Management and Budget has been working diligently to implement an enterprise information management program.

October 7, 2015

Cincinnati Tackles Road Repairs with Capital Acceleration Plan, Laser-Equipped Van

City officials are taking a new, less subjective look at their roads and how to fund them with an innovative program geared toward removing the guess work and saving money.

October 1, 2015

Can a Mortgage Titan Teach Government to Run Smarter?

The CIO for Quicken Loans shares her tactics for a functional, successful organization during the 2015 Michigan Digital Government Summit.

September 30, 2015

Future of Tech: Advancements Bring Challenges, Questions

From printable homes to digital human enhancement implants, one industry expert said the blessing of advancing technology will not come without costs of one kind or another.

September 25, 2015

Is Ride-Sharing in Nevada Proof of Social Media’s Political Power?

As the conversation on ride-sharing in Nevada percolated among lawmakers and the ride-sharing industry, the public was engaged in a groundswell of support for their favorite brand. But was their battle cry heard by lawmakers?

September 24, 2015

Santa Clara, Calif., Protects Against Drone-Based Threats During Large Public Events

A new ordinance prohibits use of UAVs over Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50; during sporting events at Santa Clara University; and during large events at city parks and public facilities.

September 23, 2015

Research Sheds New Light on Big Data Breaches

Statistical analysis of a decade's worth of data points to a surprise decline in large-scale data breaches.

September 18, 2015

Volkswagen at Center of EPA, California Emissions Investigation

Officials allege that certain VW diesel vehicles were able to circumvent emissions regulations through advanced "cheat device" software.

September 18, 2015

Reports on North Dakota Weaponized Drone Law Miss Larger Picture

North Dakota took the tech spotlight when a law centered on police drone use allowed implementation of nonlethal weapons. The senator behind the legislation says his state may be the first with a law on the books, but other states don’t need new laws to deploy weaponized drones.

September 16, 2015

Urbanomics Mobility Project Prompts Efficient Urban Growth, a Healthy Economy

This new data analysis platform from Cubic Transportation Systems, its big data subsidiary Urban Insights and MasterCard aims to fuel smarter, more inclusive cities.

September 15, 2015

Data Programs Revolutionize Cincinnati Government

City Manager Harry Black catches up on the successes of data-driven initiatives after his first year in Cincinnati's top administrative spot.

September 11, 2015

Federal Tech Legislation to Watch

Proposed tech-centric legislation tackles everything from smart vehicle safety and consumer drones to police shooting data collection.

September 10, 2015

What’s in the Forecast for Wind Energy?

The renewal of federal tax incentives hang in the breeze, but industry experts point to a policy extension as the cornerstone of continued growth for the green power source.

September 8, 2015

The Hard Lesson Everyone Should Learn from Peoria, Ill.'s Twittergate Scandal

Though the scandal was enough to make any public figure cringe, it highlighted some invaluable lessons for existing in a social media-driven society.

September 2, 2015

Kentucky Unveils Plan to Implement Broadband Statewide

The three-year plan will bring affordable statewide broadband service and give the state a competitive edge in education, health care and industry.

September 2, 2015

Innovative New York Projects, Leaders Honored at 2015 Best of New York Awards

Public-sector leaders, agencies and departments are honored for technology excellence at the 2015 New York Digital Government Summit in Albany.

September 1, 2015

California, Virginia Take Steps to Bolster Cybersecurity Stance

Governors announce new action to improve cybersecurity and risk management plans.

August 31, 2015

Report: What is the U.S. Government’s Role in Cybersecurity?

Mounting threats, new technology and the Wild West mentality of the Web spur discussion on whether the government should assume more of a leadership role.

August 24, 2015

Federal Funding Firms Up Earthquake Warning System’s Short-Term Future

Earthquake warning system funded for now, but long-term funding has yet to materialize.

August 21, 2015

Texas Makes Way for Wave of Tech-Centric Legislation

In September, a host of new tech-centric legislation will take effect in the Lone Star State.

August 20, 2015

Identifying Opportunities, Pitfalls of Future Internet Tech in Criminal Justice

A 31-page report from the Rand Corp. examines the tools, resources and potential stumbling blocks presented by the technologies of the near future.

August 19, 2015

CISO Transitions: Experience Alone is Not Enough

The responsibilities of chief information security officers have had to evolve significantly in the face of the changing technology landscape, and mounting internal and external challenges.

August 14, 2015

California Plans Next Moves for Open Data

Experts discuss the uses of data, data legislation, and the potential for a state data “head honcho."

August 12, 2015

Hawaii Makes Big Push to Support, Grow Tech Industry

The 2015 legislative session bolsters innovation and the state’s energy outlook.

August 11, 2015

California Municipal Water Agency 'Rolls Out' Unique Tool in Drought Battle

Low-tech offers an elegant solution to water loss and environmental threats

August 6, 2015

Study: Government Legislative Websites Not Up to Industry Par

The ever-growing shift away from stationary computing for everyday Internet access underscores the need for websites that can keep up with on-the-go users.

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