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Julia McCandless

Contributing Writer

Julia McCandless is a journalist passionate about finding the story and telling it well. She currently works as a freelance journalist and communications expert in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

February 13, 2018

The Learning Accelerator Tackles Blended Learning Challenges

The nonprofit organization is launching innovative projects to improve access to actionable knowledge about blended learning work that’s being done around the nation.

October 11, 2017

2017 Cybersecurity Awards Honor Agencies Keeping Up with Evolving Threats

Agencies and individuals at both the state and local level were cited for their abilities to leverage, communicate and collaborate to create strong cyberprograms.

October 1, 2017

Are Vets the Solution to the Cyberstaffing Gap?

As need grows for a strong government cybersecurity workforce, veterans offer a blend of discipline and technical experience.

September 1, 2017

Washington Bridges the Gap Between IT and Business

The Technology Business Management Program helps the state look at IT through a business lens to effectively communicate the services it provides.

June 1, 2017

Citizen Service Center In-A-Box Makes Pasadena, Calif.’s 311 Phone System Mobile

A grab-and-go mobile communications set-up ensures that one California city can be there for residents during an emergency.

December 13, 2016

Educators Face Familiar Challenges in Increasing Tech-Enabled Student Collaboration

Similar challenges appear in both traditional and digital learning environments when it comes to collaboration.

December 5, 2016

Automated Lightning Detection System Keeps 17 Parks in Cape Coral, Fla., Safe

The system is powered by a lightning network that includes more than 1,200 lightning sensors across 40 countries.

November 23, 2016

Rock Hill, S.C., Deploys Cloud-Based One-Stop Performance Management Shop

While the solution’s ability to support planning across all departments was a major selling point for the city, the cloud-based software is also key.

November 8, 2016

Predictive Fire-Mapping App Helps Los Angeles Fire Department in Battle

The WiFire app is meant to support experts by providing key information in a matter of minutes.

October 14, 2016

Open Data Dashboard Helps Track Sustainability in Austin

Funded as part of the Austin Office of Sustainability’s operations, the dashboard served as a tool to unify sustainability efforts.

August 19, 2016

Website Accessibility: Why There’s Still Work to be Done on Government Portals

Despite major tech advances, many organizations still struggle with digital accessibility.

August 15, 2016

Innovative Open Data Initiative Helps International Trade Administration Enhance Accessibility

The open data project has enabled businesses to use ITA information to improve compliance with trade regulations and requirements.

June 27, 2016

BallotReady Website: A Valuable Data Source for Government?

The elections information website can play a significant role in filling the information gap for voters.

June 17, 2016

Northeastern University Launches STEM Graduate Program

A pilot program trains students in high-demand fields and connects them with companies that need workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

June 10, 2016

UT Austin Offers Teachers Free Computer Science Certification Course

Designed for teachers who have prior experience in programming or coding, the course covers key topics across software design and development, programming language, and technology applications.

June 6, 2016

Alaska Launches Virtual Stakeholder Process to Drive ESSA Decisions

The Alaska State Board of Education has implemented an innovative virtual stakeholder process that uses technology to seamlessly connect community members for key discussions and decisions on the Every Student Succeeds Act initiative.

May 23, 2016

How Miami-Dade County, Fla., Updated Complex Legacy Systems

The county worked to quickly streamline systems, targeting 60 applications, including more than 1,000 forms and 1,300 reports to be modernized, rewritten or retired.

May 18, 2016

5 Strategies to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse

A new report suggests that using modern technology like predictive analytics, behavioral economics and collective intelligence can help to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in a holistic way.

May 17, 2016

Technology, Engineering Literacy Report Card Measures Student Performance in 6 Categories

The National Assessment of Educational Progress' unique assessment uses scenario-based tasks on computers to measure how eighth-grade students understand the use and effect of technology in their personal lives.

May 3, 2016

New Mexico's Preventive Analytics Strategy Keeps Unemployment Insurance Fraud at Bay

Since the state's Workforce Solutions Department launched a strategy that marries predictive analytics with behavioral science techniques, it has seen a 40 percent reduction in the likelihood to commit fraud.

April 27, 2016

Colorado Overhauls Assessment of Early Childhood Education and Care

The state's Office of Early Childhood recently began the second phase of a software system for rating Colorado's early childhood education and care programs.

April 22, 2016

Louisiana Saves Big with Levee Inspection System Overhaul

Faced with an outdated, non-functioning legacy system, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development turned to a new system to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage the inspection and reporting process for levees in the state.

April 15, 2016

Idaho Sells Home-Grown Unemployment System to Iowa and Vermont

In a unique move, Idaho's Department of Labor has licensed and begun to roll out its self-built unemployment benefits system to Iowa and Vermont, with hopes that other states will join the consortium of users.

April 8, 2016

Santa Cruz, Calif., Deploys Fiber-Like Wireless Gigabit Internet Through Public-Private Partnership

The city's fiber-like wireless proof-of-concept project may very well drive the movement to municipal fiber.

March 23, 2016

App Connects Voters with Short Polling Lines in Texas’ Collin County

The Voter Line Wait Application provides a simple way to show voters their polling location options in an effort to help them avoid long lines.

February 18, 2016

For New Cybersecurity Pilot Program, Collaboration Is Key

The goal is to develop advanced technology to identify, defend and prevent cyberattacks more efficiently and effectively — and deliver a working prototype by 2018 that other institutions and industries, such as banks and government agencies, can use.

January 11, 2016

Washington Lawmakers Take Aim at Cybercrime with Washington Cyber Crime Act

Rep. Chad Magendanz said he hopes the act will eliminate barriers for law enforcement and create a clear path to defend against diverse cybercriminals.

January 7, 2016

HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Google Chairman Talk ConnectHome Initiative's National Implications

The ConnectHome initiative will not only provide support and resources to residents of HUD-assisted housing, but also will give insights into the power that technology can have on an individual’s success.

October 21, 2015

Sharing Economy Helps to Re-Think Education Landscape

Shared services empower classrooms and open up doors for higher education organizations.

August 21, 2015

Introducing the World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant

This type of renewable energy has been shown as three times more stable than solar or wind power -- it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

July 8, 2015

Navigating the Path to Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

As the technology continues to move forward, it raises important questions for governments about how they will prepare for and regulate high-tech vehicles.

July 7, 2015

Oakland, Calif.’s Real-Time Crime Map Uses Data to Drive Community Engagement

Users can view the latest criminal and emergency activity on a map as it is filtered through the Oakland Police Department’s 911-dispatch system.

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