Lucas Ropek

Staff Writer

Lucas Ropek is a staff writer for Government Technology. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and writer in Massachusetts and New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in Ohio. He lives in Northern California.

March 22, 2019

Funding Alone May Not Save Minnesota’s Troubled Licensing System

A recent influx of funding was meant to fix the state’s struggling Licensing and Registration System. Now, lawmakers are grappling with whether to pull the plug and start from scratch.

March 13, 2019

Company Pushes Controversial Contractor-Monitoring Legislation

Legislation being lobbied for by tech company TransparentBusiness would mandate contractor monitoring to ensure work/time verification. Critics contend it would cause unnecessary security risks to government data.

March 8, 2019

Maine Names Longtime University IT Leader as New State CIO

After Maine elected a new governor in November, longtime IT leader Jim Smith stepped down as CIO. Now the state has a new CIO in Fred Brittain, who spent more than two decades with the University of Maine system.

March 5, 2019

Connecticut Governor Wants Big Investment in Technology

Ned Lamont has put forward several initiatives that would make the state more digital, smarter and more responsive to residents. The effort could also reduce state costs by 75 percent in certain areas.

March 1, 2019

San Diego, USMC Partner on Regional Smart City Initiatives

The California city and the U.S. Marine Corps will work together on a number of projects designed to enhance security and services for residents.

February 26, 2019

California IT Leaders Share Strategies, Lessons Learned

During the 2019 California Public Sector CIO Academy in Sacramento, technology leaders gathered to discuss the future and how best to transform citizen-facing services.

February 26, 2019

Florida Legislature Seeks Answers to Blockchain's Potential

New legislation would create a working group to assess the technology's potential applications and possibly recommend policies and state investments to help make Florida a leader in blockchain technology.

February 20, 2019

Hawaii IT Bills Would Create CDO, Unify Data Management

A new series of bills would create a position for a chief data officer, as well as an associated task force to help develop, manage and implement state data policies.

February 19, 2019

Newark, N.J., Names Former State CIO Emanuel as IT Chief

Steve Emanuel, who formerly served as the CIO for the state of New Jersey, now returns to the public sector to helm operations for the state's largest city. Emanuel has decades of public and private IT experience.

February 14, 2019

Police Hope Software Can Help Avoid 'Losing' Sex Offenders

Continually improving information sharing, mapping and content management systems have allowed law enforcement agencies across the country to keep better watch of some of society's most dangerous criminals.

February 11, 2019

N.D. Cybersecurity Bill Seeks Unified Approach, Centralized IT

A bill newly passed in the North Dakota state Senate would overhaul the state's cybersecurity strategy, emphasizing unity and greater centralization.