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Jed Pressgrove

Staff Writer

Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.

January 15, 2021

Texas Agencies Ask for $898M for Cybersecurity, Legacy Risks

Every two years, the Texas Department of Information Resources prepares a Prioritized Cybersecurity and Legacy Systems report for state legislators. The latest report includes a request for just under $900 million.

December 21, 2020

Utah Chief Information Officer Mike Hussey Announces Departure

After five years of service as Utah's chief information officer, Mike Hussey has announced his plans to step down. His final day will be Jan. 4, the same day that Spencer Cox will be inaugurated governor of Utah.

December 21, 2020

Broadband Funding, Policies May Change in a Biden White House

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to make a difference when it comes to federal broadband initiatives, experts say. The two remaining Senate races in Georgia also hold importance for federal Internet programs.

December 7, 2020

Drones Revolutionize Crash Investigations in Montana

During 2018, the Montana Highway Patrol started using drones and photogrammetry software to examine crash scenes. Officers say the tech has dramatically increased efficiency, safety and accuracy.

December 1, 2020

Swift Shift to Telework Proves Public-Sector’s Agility

Many public leaders long believed that the people’s business could not be done from outside the walls of government buildings, but COVID-19 showed government can function from anywhere — quickly.

November 24, 2020

The InnovateOhio Platform Gains Momentum, Looks Beyond 2020

The InnovateOhio Platform is posed to forever change how agencies handle services and data in Ohio. Although a lot of work still needs to be done, agency CIOs share how the platform has been critical in 2020.

November 19, 2020

Broadband Brings Varied Economic Impacts to Local Areas, States

During a National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, speakers discussed how broadband organizations can influence economic development projects, job numbers, local revenues and more.

November 18, 2020

How New Governors in Utah and Montana Could Impact State IT

Although the 2020 election only brought two new governors into power, both Spencer Cox (Utah) and Greg Gianforte (Montana) could influence the role of IT and their state CIOs in interesting ways.

November 10, 2020

Autonomous Tech Will Transform What We Can Do in Space

As companies like SpaceX and Amazon launch more satellites, space will become incredibly crowded. Autonomous technology will be key to managing all the new traffic off Earth's surface — and more.

November 2, 2020

Mississippi ITS Board Appoints David Johnson as New CIO

David Johnson has been employed by the state for more than two decades. This week marks the beginning of his tenure as the state's chief information officer, taking over for Craig Orgeron who retired earlier this year.

November 2, 2020

Iowa’s Push for a Statewide ERP System Moves into High Gear

Iowa CIO Annette Dunn knew from her time at the Iowa Department of Transportation that a cloud-based ERP system was the clear choice for the state, no matter the technical or political hurdles the project might face.

October 28, 2020

Indiana Citizens, Judges See Benefits of Virtual Hearings

Months into the pandemic, the courts of Elkhart County, Ind., were way behind on hearings. But a month after gaining the ability to conduct virtual hearings, the courts got completely caught up.

October 21, 2020

Experts: For Drones to Work in the Air, Get Buy-In on the Ground

During a National League of Cities webinar on Monday, various state and city unmanned aerial systems leaders provided insight into what needs to be done to advance drone operations of all types.

October 16, 2020

How Should States, Local Areas Prepare for Drone Deliveries?

The Federal Aviation Administration has maintained a dominant say on the nation's entire airspace. When it comes to drone deliveries, this level of regulatory power may have negative ramifications for states and local areas.

October 14, 2020

N.C. Information System Advances Insurance Fraud Investigations

North Carolina's Insurance Crimes Investigation System has eliminated antiquated manual processes and simplified the way insurance fraud data is handled. The changes have helped crack down on insurance fraud.

October 7, 2020

How Will the Latest Wi-Fi Tech Affect Local Areas?

The FCC's decision to open up spectrum for Wi-Fi 6 technology may significantly increase broadband access. However, utilities and public safety are afraid their communications may be compromised.

October 1, 2020

Securing New Jersey’s Courts as Justice Moves Online

Sajed Naseem, CISO of the New Jersey court system, discusses how going remote impacted state courts, what COVID has taught him about cyber and what equity issues might arise in virtual justice proceedings.

September 29, 2020

West Virginia Quickly Builds Statewide Network for Students

As students and their families wait for better Internet at home, West Virginia has deployed hundreds of new Wi-Fi access points in facilities across all of its counties that any student can use.

September 23, 2020

One Fire Department’s Journey to Sharing Mission-Critical Data

Ever since Henderson, Nev., aspired to be a smart city, the fire department has examined how technology could advance its mission. Easily shareable drone footage is one of the outcomes.

September 17, 2020

The Farms of the Future Hinge on High-Speed Internet

During a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, experts dissected the economic potential of and roadblocks to precision agriculture technology in rural America.

September 14, 2020

COVID-19 Pushed Utah to Meet Government Experience Goals

There were many insights at last week's Utah Virtual Digital Government Summit. One session highlighted the many challenges that come with improving government experience in 2020.

September 4, 2020

Drones Have Earned Their Place in Small-Town Wisconsin

If one uses national headlines as a guide, it's police in cities that utilize drones and navigate all the issues involved with the technology. As such, the drone program in the small town of Linn, Wis., is a distinct case study.

September 3, 2020

Once an Internet Underdog, Satellite Is Having a Moment

Satellite Internet may not have always received the best word of mouth, but the technology continues to advance with big names behind it and a market that has seen significant growth during COVID-19.

September 1, 2020

James Collins, a Staple of Government IT, Bound for Microsoft

For the last six years, James Collins has been one of the most respected leaders in state IT. In a couple of weeks, he will finally step down from his role as Delaware’s chief information officer.

August 27, 2020

Tech Is Valuable to Contact Tracing, But Not How You’d Think

COVID-19 has spread too quickly for local public health departments to keep up with the intricacies of contact tracing. Some experts suggest automation, not phone apps, is the key to moving forward.

August 24, 2020

FAA Announces Drone Line-of-Sight Waiver for Public Safety

In the past, public safety agencies have always had to maintain visual line of sight with any drones that they fly. Last week the Federal Aviation Administration changed the rules on that front.

August 20, 2020

Should State IT Agencies Be Recruiting More Remote Workers?

Remote government work can have many benefits, as the last several months have shown. But whether state IT agencies should recruit more remote workers, regardless of where they live, remains an open question.

August 14, 2020

Massachusetts Program Spreads Blockchain Knowledge to Cities

Massachusetts sees blockchain as a promising tool for governments of the future. The state is now offering a training program to help local leaders wrap their minds around the possibilities of the technology.

August 7, 2020

Buffalo, N.Y., Creates Remote 311 Center in Two Days

Buffalo views its 311 line as a way that it can be a good neighbor to its residents. Here's how the city leveraged partnerships and tech to ensure that citizens could call their government for anything during COVID-19.

August 6, 2020

How States Use Broadband Surveys to Fight for Better Funding

While stakeholders agree that inaccurate federal broadband data is a big motivating factor for starting a state broadband survey, other considerations can impact one's approach to surveying.

July 31, 2020

Municipal Clerks Feel Pressure to Modernize as COVID-19 Persists

In one way, the pandemic has made life harder for municipal clerks across the country. In another, it has helped officials imagine what's possible with technology, both now and in the future.

July 30, 2020

For Drones in Public Safety, Responsibility Is Everything

Drones, for better or worse, have been part of several national conversations in 2020. Public safety organizations must be aware that transparency and accountability are paramount when it comes to the emerging tech.

July 29, 2020

Will Telework Provide Economic Boosts to Smaller Local Areas?

After COVID-19 forced millions to work from home, many have implied that the telework trend can lead to growth in more rural communities. A state office in Oregon, however, advises local areas to temper expectations.

July 24, 2020

How Will Future Policy Affect Citizens' Access to Telehealth?

Policies in response to COVID-19 have brought about awe-inspiring growth in telehealth services. However, there are multiple remaining telehealth issues that all levels of government need to be aware of.

July 22, 2020

Alaska IT Surges Ahead in Response to COVID-19 Concerns

Since 2017, Alaska's effort to consolidate IT had resulted in many dissatisfied state agencies, but the state was able to change a number of minds with its recent advancement in teleworking capability.

July 16, 2020

Leaders Say Black, Tribal Colleges Need More Than Broadband

High-speed Internet can certainly help students and faculty at HBCUs and TCUs, but experts during a recent webinar discussed how cyberinfrastructure is a multi-faceted challenge for 21st-century educational institutions.

July 14, 2020

Michigan CISO Jumps from State Service to Presidential Campaign

After more than a year as Michigan's CISO, Chris DeRusha is now working for the Biden presidential campaign. DeRusha has served a number of high-profile organizations, including the White House and Ford Motor Company.

July 9, 2020

Arizona Sees Successes with Modernized Grant Management System

For several years, Arizona has sought to improve how it manages federal dollars across agencies. This work is especially critical now given that COVID-19 is disrupting the economy and could continue for some time.

July 6, 2020

Nolan Leatherwood Tapped as Permanent Arkansas CISO

Leatherwood, who previously served as the acting chief information security officer for the Arkansas Division of Information Systems, has been elevated to lead cybersecurity operations permanently.

June 24, 2020

Does the Federal Broadband Definition Reflect Real-World Need?

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of broadband in response to growing Internet demands. Experts differ on whether the COVID-19 crisis calls for another definition change in 2020.

June 19, 2020

Virginia Lottery Website Saga Is a Lesson in User Experience

What can go wrong if a public agency makes its website cleaner, more responsive and more personalized? Plenty. The Virginia Lottery shares why users should always guide the development of a new site.

June 17, 2020

Syracuse Data Chief Sam Edelstein to Depart City Service

The New York city's first chief data officer is heading to the private sector. He and Chief Innovation Officer Adria Finch shared their thoughts about how the public CDO position defies neat categorization.

June 16, 2020

Dallas, Texas, Hires CIO with Roots in Federal Tech

Early in 2020, Dallas appointed Gloria Lopez Carter as an interim CIO after the departure of Hugh Miller. Last week, career federal employee Bill Zielinski started his tenure as Miller's permanent replacement.

June 12, 2020

The Future of Remote Public Meetings Rests with Good Policy

Before COVID-19, many governments wouldn't dream of having remote proceedings. That reality has changed. What guardrails should be in place to prevent abuse of tech-driven meetings?

June 8, 2020

Is a ‘Broadband Revolution’ Brewing in Rural Mississippi?

In 2018, Mississippi ranked near the bottom of the country in terms of broadband access. Today, evidence suggests a 2019 law could forever change the status quo of high-speed Internet in rural Mississippi.

June 3, 2020

Predator Drone over Minneapolis Stokes Surveillance Fears

A large drone flew over Minneapolis last week during protests about the death of George Floyd. The drone belongs to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but it's unknown who requested the aircraft.

June 1, 2020

Fog-Generating Product May Limit Mold, Bacteria, COVID-19

Years of research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have produced an airborne substance that can eradicate harmful microorganisms, including COVID-19.

May 27, 2020

Bill Could Block Federal Money for Drones Made in China

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is leading the latest push against drones manufactured in China. Her proposal would prevent state and local agencies from using federal money to buy or operate such technology.

May 26, 2020

Drones to Help Texas Railroad Commission with Efficiency, Safety

The Texas Railroad Commission believes its drone inspection team offers multiple advantages, including quality investigation of areas that humans can't reach and reduced person-to-person contact during COVID-19.

May 21, 2020

For Gonzales, Calif., a Unique Path to High-Speed Internet

Years ago, Gonzales, Calif., couldn't get a good broadband deal for its residents. After aggressively taking initiative in a variety of ways, the city can now connect any household to high-speed Internet.

May 20, 2020

Tech Versus Staffing: What Ultimately Drives States' UI Woes?

Because some unemployment insurance cases require human intervention, even states with updated technology can barely keep up with the surge of unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19.

May 15, 2020

Uncertain Times Fueling a Shift in State Broadband Efforts

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has inspired the birth of new state broadband programs, but it has also raised questions about funding and the longer term future for other programs aimed at bolstering connectivity.

May 14, 2020

Crises Present Opportunities to Modernize State Government

Just a few years ago, the business processes of the Texas Department of Insurance were slow and outdated, but a response to Hurricane Harvey moved the agency forward and prepared it for COVID-19.

May 11, 2020

Flexible Tech Helps Cowlitz County, Wash., Respond to COVID-19

Since being forced to go remote by COVID-19, governments have grappled with various issues around information sharing and collection. Cowlitz County officials explain their response to the unprecedented challenge.

May 7, 2020

Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel to Retire from State Service

Kimbriel has been a staple of the Texas Department of Information Resources for more than a decade. Ahead of his retirement tomorrow, he shared several observations about the potential of Texas IT.

May 4, 2020

Public Concern Grounds COVID-19 Drone Pilot in Connecticut

Police in Westport, Conn., thought they had found a viable method to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in the form of a new drone, but public comments inspired the local department to abandon the technology.

April 30, 2020

Boston Constructs Telehealth-Capable Facility in Seven Days

Boston officials realized COVID-19 could overwhelm even the high-class hospital system of their local area, so they created a new facility, Boston Hope, with help from state and private partners.

April 27, 2020

FCC Commissioners Sharply Disagree on U.S. Broadband Report

A new Federal Communications Commission report suggests U.S. broadband deployment is trending in the right direction, despite flawed mapping data and a lack of tech neutrality in the analysis.

April 24, 2020

States Lean on Cloud as Unemployment Claims Skyrocket

Unemployment insurance claims have easily surpassed 26 million in just a few weeks. Cloud-based applications and call centers are taking some of the pressure off exhausted state UI systems.

April 22, 2020

Drones Become Part of Local U.S. Responses to COVID-19

A number of U.S. police departments have utilized drones as part of their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, though public safety agencies differ in the way they employ the emerging technology.

April 16, 2020

Louisville Data Officer Departs for New Nonprofit Role

Michael Schnuerle made history as the first chief data officer of Louisville, Ky. A long-time maker of open-source tools, he will join the Open Mobility Foundation later in April.

April 16, 2020

Can Technology Prepare Us for the Next Big Crisis?

Earlier this month, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report outlining numerous tech-driven stimulus proposals to help the United States be better prepared for pandemics in the future.

April 6, 2020

Local Governments Work Out Kinks for Virtual Public Meetings

Local governments have an obligation to keep conducting business and engaging the public during the global pandemic, but there can often be more to virtual public meetings than meets the eye.

April 3, 2020

Learning Institutions Find Benefits, Downsides to Digital Shift

COVID-19 has brought about a sea change in the way college educators have to think about courses, students and technology as they hunker down to finish an unprecedented academic year.

March 27, 2020

Unemployment Claims Surge Nationwide, Testing State Systems

States have never seen the volume of unemployment insurance claims that they have received in recent days. Although some online systems are doing better than others, states urge citizens to utilize virtual services.

March 26, 2020

‘White Space’ Internet Could Connect the U.S.’s Isolated Places

In some of the most remote areas of the country, neither wired nor current wireless solutions seem like viable connectivity options. But with a few more regulations lifted, white space could be the answer to this problem.

March 24, 2020

Michael Pegues

CIO, Aurora, Ill.

March 23, 2020

Students, Schools Navigate the Inequity of the Digital Divide

With schools closing across the country due to the novel coronavirus, digital learning seems like the antidote. On-the-ground in urban and rural districts, however, there is a more complicated story to be told.

March 20, 2020

Do Drones Have a Realistic Place in the COVID-19 Fight?

Desperate times sometimes call for new measures, but U.S. policy and experts suggest that drones will not be used in advanced operations related to COVID-19 without further testing and discussion.

March 18, 2020

This Drone Company Wants to Put Police Helicopters Out of Work

Based in Santa Clara, Calif., Impossible Aerospace is bringing a drone response system to the market later this year, but such innovation won't come without economic risk and lessons to be learned.

March 17, 2020

Pennsylvania’s First-Ever CDO Must Adapt to an Evolving Crisis

IT veteran David Partsch has taken over the newly created chief data officer post at a time when agencies and the public are looking to data to better understand the threat posed by the COVID-19 virus.

March 6, 2020

States Look to Improve Upon Incomplete FCC Broadband Data

At best, data from the Federal Communications Commission tells an incomplete story about broadband in the states. Here's what Wisconsin, North Carolina and West Virginia have done to paint a clearer picture.

March 3, 2020

Centralized vs. Federated: Breaking Down IT Structures

Despite a trend in recent years to centralize enterprise IT, not every jurisdiction is ready to make the move toward consolidation. Here’s a look at several governments’ paths to the IT environment that works for them.

March 2, 2020

New Mexico Picks Former Agency CIO as Next IT Secretary

John Salazar, a former CIO of two state departments in New Mexico, is the new IT secretary of New Mexico. Salazar replaces Vince Martinez, who served in the role for a little more than a year.

March 2, 2020

Tennessee's New Digital Services App Will Evolve over Time

The MyTN phone app represents Tennessee's effort to put all of its government services on one platform. Development for the app will be continuous as IT reaches out to more and more state agencies for buy-in.

March 1, 2020

Kansas City, Mo., Merges Police and City IT Efforts

To avoid redundant services and boost resources on both sides, Kansas City IT is merging with its law enforcement tech department. The sensitive nature of police work means the move is no small feat.

February 28, 2020

Next-Generation 911 Spreads to Local Departments in Florida

Local 911 departments tend to use technology that, while old, is comfortable and familiar. But a trio of Florida counties seems to represent part of an emerging movement toward next-generation 911 and the cloud.

February 26, 2020

Pregnancy-Related Deaths Are Up. Could Broadband Help?

Maternal deaths have recently increased in the United States as rates fall in other developed countries. A new bill suggests broadband, or the lack thereof, could be a critical factor for the health of pregnant mothers.

February 24, 2020

DoD Agency Suffers Data Breach, Potentially Compromising SSNs

The Defense Information Systems Agency first learned about a data breach to one of its systems in summer 2019. Earlier this month, it notified potential victims of identity theft with a letter.

February 24, 2020

Is Blockchain the Answer to Education's Learner Record Issues?

A new blockchain-focused initiative with the American Council on Education suggests that the emerging technology could transform the world of learner records, though many questions remain.

February 13, 2020

Upcoming Product Promises to Detect Weapons Via Wi-Fi

Canadian company First Responder Technologies seeks to give schools, places of worship and other institutions an inexpensive and accurate method of identifying deadly weapons before tragedy strikes.

February 10, 2020

FCC Mapping Rules Draw Fresh Criticism Amid $20.4B Disbursal

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares $20.4 billion aimed at fixing broadband access challenges, stakeholders have voiced both optimism and concern about how the funds are being distributed.

February 7, 2020

Software May Help States Capitalize on Sales Tax Ruling

New software tools could help states collect sales tax revenues on all products purchased online thanks to a Supreme Court ruling. The change will generate billions in new revenue.

February 4, 2020

Dallas Names Longtime Civil Servant as Interim CIO

Gloria Lopez Carter, who has been a public servant in the city for more than 30 years, will be the city's interim CIO until a permanent replacement is found. The city's last CIO, Hugh Miller, left the position in January.

January 29, 2020

Local No-Cost Broadband Program Takes Aim at Digital Divide

NextLight, the municipal broadband service for Longmont, Colo., offers a community-driven program that puts low-income families with school-age children on a path to high-speed Internet for no charge.

January 24, 2020

Vermont Taps Kristin McClure as Second Chief Data Officer

The first state CDO, Andrew Laing, left his station for the private sector in September. Kristin McClure, a data scientist with about 20 years of experience, recently filled this increasingly critical position.

January 21, 2020

Can a Contract Fix What’s Wrong with the Internet?

Cyberattacks, Internet shutdowns, online bullying, and other types of behavior threaten the rights of citizens. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web, offers a contract to regulate Internet norms.

January 16, 2020

Massachusetts Pursues Its Own Route to Broadband Expansion

Since 2016, more than a dozen rural communities in Massachusetts have gained high-speed Internet with state support. Mount Washington and Montgomery, with populations under 1,000, have unique stories to tell.

January 14, 2020

Colorado Taps Former Oregon CIO as Chief Technology Officer

Pettit, a familiar figure in the government IT space over the last 20 years, is now Colorado's CTO. He comes to the position after a search to replace David McCurdy, who left the role in October last year.

January 14, 2020

Vermont Promotes Scott Carbee from Interim to Permanent CISO

Scott Carbee has served as either deputy or interim chief information security officer of Vermont since January 2018. Late last week, CIO John Quinn elevated Carbee to permanent state CISO.

January 13, 2020

States, Local Areas See Common Tech Challenges for 2021

During a webinar yesterday, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute shared data on the tech issues that will dominate the attention of states and local areas in 2021.

January 8, 2020

Experts: Closing the Digital Divide Will Take More than Satellites

With the recent successes of Elon Musk's company SpaceX, satellite Internet has become a "sexy" new technology. Experts, though, advise against thinking that it is the sole solution to besting the digital divide.

January 7, 2020

Las Vegas Confirms Network ‘Compromised’ in Cyberincident

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the city of Las Vegas became aware of what it is calling a "compromise" of its network. Officials are assessing the situation and hope to have more details confirmed within 24 hours.

December 23, 2019

Minnesota CISO Aaron Call Steps Away from State Service

After helping Minnesota create a security operations center that protects a wide variety of state institutions, Aaron Call has departed from his role as CISO. Rohit Tandon has taken over Call's responsibilities in an interim capacity.

December 16, 2019

Utah County Develops a Fully Online Marriage License System

Utah County plans to release an end-to-end online marriage license system, one of the first among U.S. counties. The full process, which will be demoed Dec. 18, utilizes facial recognition and blockchain technologies.

December 12, 2019

Most States Receive Low Grades for Online Spending Transparency Info

States have made progress with budget portals that allow citizens to see how tax dollars are spent, but a new report shows they remain lacking in online transparency about economic development subsidies.

December 10, 2019

Cities Begin Delving into Drone Regulations for Public Safety

A new multidisciplinary group is hoping to start a conversation that can answer questions about new concerns specific to using drones in the nation's most densely populated metropolitan areas.

December 6, 2019

Drone Operator Group to Address Challenges in Cities

A new multidisciplinary group is hoping to start a conversation that can answer questions about new concerns specific to using drones in the nation's most densely populated metropolitan areas.

December 2, 2019

Minority Broadband Initiative Aims to Connect Rural America

Historically black colleges and universities are closely linked to their surrounding areas, including rural places on the other side of the digital divide. The Minority Broadband Initiative wants to take advantage of these connections.

November 26, 2019

No End in Sight for FirstNet Interoperability Debate

Although more than 9,800 U.S. agencies are on board with the nationwide public safety communications platform FirstNet, a debate persists about the very issue that FirstNet is designed to solve: interoperability.

November 26, 2019

Albuquerque Hopes Data Can Establish Equity for Residents

As an increasing number of cities nationwide work to foster equitable outcomes for residents, Albuquerque has created a new case study for how data can be used in various ways to lift populations up.

November 25, 2019

Albuquerque, N.M., Charts Path to Equity Through Data, Tech

As an increasing number of cities nationwide work to foster equitable outcomes for residents, Albuquerque has created a new case study for how data can be used in various ways to lift populations up.

November 15, 2019

Sen., Experts Say Blockchain App Voatz Needs More Auditing

Election officials in a few states have used the mobile app Voatz to improve voting options for overseas citizens. Critics, however, continue to urge caution and skepticism about the blockchain voting method.

November 14, 2019

State Leaders, Experts Sort Through Federal Broadband Bills

New proposed federal bills address everything from reporting of Internet speeds to a universal broadband definition for federal programs, but different leaders and experts raise points and questions about the laws' potential practical value.

November 11, 2019

Municipal Districts: The Fix for What Ails Rural Internet?

A common issue with rural broadband expansion is small towns not having enough leverage to establish better Internet service. But legislation could turn the tables, giving communities the authority to form a unified district.

November 8, 2019

Carlsbad, Calif.’s New Approach to an Old Government Problem

Cities frequently use RFPs and other traditional procurement methods when looking for technological solutions. But Carlsbad, Calif., has struck out on a new path with its recent request for qualifications.

November 5, 2019

Waterloo, Iowa, Contemplates Its Broadband Choices

For more than a decade, broadband expansion in Waterloo, Iowa, has been a relatively stagnant issue. But recent support for a feasibility study to evaluate the possibility of a municipal broadband option has put the city in the spotlight.

October 29, 2019

Alaska Names Its Fourth Acting CIO Since December 2018

An IT veteran in Alaska, Benjamin Shier has taken over as acting CIO with the departure of John Boucher. The leadership change is one of several to occur since CIO Bill Vajda’s departure last year.

October 25, 2019

Is Public Finance Ready to Rely on Blockchain Technology?

Governments often contend with many issues when attempting to link public dollars to real-world outcomes captured by data in disparate systems. EY claims its OpsChain Public Finance Manager will reduce those struggles.

October 23, 2019

Investing in Digital Equity: The Case for Broadband Expansion

With society rapidly digitizing and high-speed Internet access fast-becoming a vital utility, government must work to balance the needs of underserved populations with financial realities.

October 18, 2019

Colorado Drone Facility Paves Way for Public Safety Innovations

In Garfield County, Colo., the R&D branch of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control has established the Technodrome, a drone-testing space that appears to be a national first.

October 16, 2019

The Hack Attempt Against Voatz ‘Not Close,’ Officials Say

Recent reports that a hacker had targeted the blockchain-based mobile voting system in 2018 added fuel to the fire about the security of such systems. But the company and governments using the technology seem unfazed.

October 11, 2019

Digital Inclusion: NASCIO President James Collins Weighs In

As part of the internationally recognized Digital Inclusion Week, we talked with Delaware CIO James Collins about how broadband-related ideas like return on investment and digital equity may collide or coexist.

October 11, 2019

Wyoming Continues to Pursue a Future with Blockchain

The state has passed more than a dozen pieces of legislation, creating an unprecedented legal foundation for blockchain business in the United States. Stakeholders sense that much more is on the horizon.

October 8, 2019

Virginia IT Faces Criticism Amid Service Model Transition

Everyone seems to acknowledge that Virginia's IT department faced an uphill battle transitioning to a new multi-supplier service model, but a recent audit raises multiple critical concerns.

October 7, 2019

Ohio Anticipates Statewide Broadband Policy, Plan

Through a request for information (RFI), Ohio was able to confirm major opportunities and challenges as it aims to give all of its residents and businesses the chance to gain broadband access.

October 2, 2019

The Dos and Don'ts of Community Broadband Network Planning

Rural areas face substantial risks in their efforts to provide high-speed Internet to citizens who live in remote places. Here's what local leaders should consider as they plan to expand broadband.

September 26, 2019

How Georgia Made Its Unique Broadband Coverage Map

States, counties and cities across the country have noted the inaccuracy of broadband coverage data from the Federal Communications Commission, but Georgia took a more proactive route.

September 25, 2019

Blockchain in Government Will Boil Down to Policy, Practice

Many questions remain about blockchain, a young technology that interests multiple governments across the globe. Regulations and architectural models will be key to unlocking blockchain's potential.

September 20, 2019

Broadband's Economic Impact Remains Unclear, Contested

Although many stakeholders within the United States suggest that broadband expansion has positive economic impacts, research urges careful consideration of both short- and long-term outcomes.

September 16, 2019

4 Tech Projects Promise to Change Tennessee for the Better

Four technology-driven projects in the state are proof that a centralized IT department can lead, support and promote groundbreaking programs. The projects are proof that successful innovation is about more than the tech.

September 12, 2019

Maryland Tries Fresh Approach with Budget Transparency Portal

The Maryland departments of Information Technology, and Budget and Management applied their respective strengths to develop a modernized website that reports government spending facts and trends.

September 6, 2019

Momentum Builds for Maryland’s Rural Broadband Initiative

In the wake of two recent announcements about Maryland's efforts to connect rural citizens to online services, state leaders dissect the challenge of closing the urban-rural technological divide.

September 4, 2019

Utah County Puts Blockchain Voting to the Test in Live Audit

The Utah County Clerk/Auditor’s Office shared the innovative method for evaluating the authenticity of votes cast by soldiers and other individuals who are not residing within the United States.

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