Karen is a former staff writer for Government Technology magazine.
Localities consider adopting Apple iPad for city council meetings.
San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit considering station and train video feeds, station co-naming rights, ad-wrapped trains.
Creator hopes to ‘make tracking the blues and reds a little easier for armchair pundits’ with new Google map.
Visibility app aims to put air quality monitoring into citizens’ hands.
Indiana online archives includes court and military records.
Citing drastic job losses and mixed results in states that have privatized services, workers union files legal challenge; state claims millions of dollars in savings will be realized.
GIS solution to streamline maintenance system and will be made available on tablet computers for fieldworkers.
Science and art meet to provide alternative waste disposal method, which in turn is powering a gas-burning lamppost.
Online portal for cold cases in Colorado spurs public interest in more than 1,600 unsolved cases.
The creation of an iPad app of New York State Senate business was primarily driven by senators who had just purchased the devices or were using one through a pilot Apple.
Site also features employees' salaries and stimulus funding for Louisville.
Through sharing agreement with the IRS, Philadelphia city government identified 32,000 people who reported business income, including bloggers, but failed to attain a business license.
Nashville is poised to implement a comprehensive security policy this fall, officials say.
Citing infrastructure costs as obstacle, Social Bicycle System founder taps wireless technologies to fuel communications.
From lifeguards to police chiefs, State Controller's Office expands reporting requirements, wages to be posted online this November.
First of its kind in nation, vehicles can charge in 20 to 30 minutes in a local parking garage.
Baggage screening system commonly used by hotel and resort travelers to be remodeled, get new equipment with $23 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
Governments could unintentionally release data to identity thieves if proper measures for software disposal aren't taken.
Just like TV and print ads, Internet-based campaigning should be held to same disclosure requirements, watchdog says.
Patrol officers can file reports from the field via remote desktop; city replaces desktop PCs with cube-shaped devices.
As election primary looms, Maryland "is leading the way for the rest of the country," Facebook says.
Citizens want better website search functionality and social media prioritized by government agencies.
Cell phone lobby group seeks to stop San Francisco from posting radiation levels, says law misleads public. Attorney's Office says right-to-know law informs consumers.
Better public awareness leads to fewer arrests this year of GPS-monitored parolees at California State Fair, officials said.
Online progress reports to be posted quarterly as part of executive order.
In absence of federal or state legislation, more cities start researching ordinances based on San Francisco model.
A $30 million project to unite Monroe County, N.Y's agencies under single digital system.
New Jersey Comptroller's report claims departments lack documentation to justify millions of dollars in phone costs, have renewed contracts for years without legal bidding process.
Part of open data initiative, Seattle-based county to make hundreds of data sets available for citizens, innovators to create apps.
Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood to be home of nation's first LEED Gold-certified parking garage.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger threatens to veto 'distracting' driver bill, says lawmakers need to focus on passing a budget.
While demand for technology services is up, spending is down at urban libraries, closing doors to the neediest.
Popular microblogging site Twitter to create public policy department, hire government liaison, add potential revenue-making services.
With dedicated mobile app developer, agencies make data available on mobile platforms.
City to implement GovDelivery subscription service as one-year pilot.
Public-private partnership would give the state DMV green light to research benefits, address concerns and potentially help plug $19 billion budget hole.
Founders of the popular website nab $350,000 grant to create software for pilot communities to make their own wikis.
Embedded with digital chips, meters to track hourly usage, send e-mail alerts when consumption spikes.
The California Office of the State Chief Information Officer is trying to build consensus among interdepartmental work groups in order to reach target deadlines for IT consolidation.
Starting July 1, first-time and repeat DUI offenders in four big California counties will have to install in-car Breathalyzers.
Expanded Web 2.0 options, user categories are common theme among Alabama, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
Online campaign ID rule would bring clarity to voters, help filter fake accounts.
Bipartisan bill would pave way for law enforcement to tap now-anonymous users' calls, seeks to target drug dealers, terrorists.
CIO Teri Takai says portal is focused on search as opposed to going through traditional portals and links.
Nonprofit partners with California to create comprehensive, interactive site that locates open-space lands.
Air Resources Board plans to enhance website features, add more real-time data.
Draft proposal would set ground rules for the proper identification of political campaigns' social media sites.
Center for Technology in Government study demystifies the ingedients for an effective social media policy.
The statewide cancer map shows diagnosis rates and potentially hazardous sites.
'Grand Challenges' experiment shows social media prompts can be misinterpreted, amplified and taken too literally.
Annual IT Academy Managers' class seeks to develop, hone skills for future CIOs.
Town Manager Thomas Russo says looking at Web design through the customer's perspective resulted in a revamped website that was functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Experts describe questions, key considerations for government agencies thinking about cloud computing deployment.
Efforts to curb 'doctor shopping' can be impeded by some states' lack of monitoring programs.
As part of pilot project, prices will adjust based on demand, drivers can pay with credit cards and stay parked longer.
Move would encourage participation, Northern Arizona University officials say, but students say it smells of Big Brother.
California partners with popular app company in hopes of thwarting drunken driving.
Unlike the federal government, there's no one-size-fits-all approach for states and locals seeking protection when using sites like Facebook.
Franklin County, Ohio, fills its coffers with the help of address verification software.
Florida's caseworkers use digital imagery that stamps the date, time and GPS-marked location.
Innovative thinking, not technology by itself, breaks down silos to enable collaboration and sharing.
MyFloridaCensus.gov could also become a testing ground for a future online platform for redistricting.
Pilot program in City Council President Eric Garcetti's district gives citizens tools to report and combat graffiti, other blight.
Virginia replaces free online tax filing system with public-private solution that charges fees to 'high-income' residents.
Deadline looms Thursday, April 15, for Grand Challenges of the 21st Century.
FasTrak, license plate imaging technologies could replace 35 toll booth collectors on San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Could this move signal a trend?
Open government plan will compare federal agencies' response times, request volumes and grant/denial rates, pertaining to open records requests coming through the Freedom of Information Act.
Scott County becomes the first public-sector user of Amazon EC2 for disaster recovery.
City partners with educational institutions in applying for federal stimulus funds to install 220 cameras.
Developers create citability, transparency tools to meet open governance directive.
Transportation agency launches online forum to solicit public feedback, discussion.
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency adds 14 broadband service providers to menu offered to state and local agencies.
Social networking, research and job hunting among top-ranked uses, according to University of Washington study.
Spotting tax delinquents can add up to millions of dollars in savings.
A panel of government chief information security officers at the Managing Technology conference talk about the risks of cloud computing and the need for background checks.
Steve Fletcher, Utah's CIO, and Kevin Crawford, Los Angeles' assistant general manager of IT, share their experiences on cloud computing implementation.
High-definition cameras attached to communications towers are being used to spot and assess wildfires in California.
Sweeping plan would overhaul U.S. broadband and make it the nation's primary communications network.
200,000-plus new claims expected to be filed as VA recognizes more herbicide exposure illnesses.
Cash-strapped Miami IT department creates online app using Microsoft Azure platform.
Tampa-based county creates Facebook, Twitter pages and blog in hopes of better engaging public in budget cutting process.
The Department of Defense's new policy for using social media comes as states and the Obama administration tackle the same issue.
California Office of the Chief Information Officer issues policy letter on the appropriate use of social media tools like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other popular Web sites.
City officials hope PolicySF.org will help propagate innovative ideas, save city staff time for those who field inquiries.
Citizen Request Tracker iPhone app means less waiting, more interaction with government.
East Coast emergency, transportation responders get 'big picture view' of weather, traffic information.