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May 6, 2012

How States Are Embracing Website Analytics

If 2011 was the year of search-centric websites in state government, then 2012 might be shaping up as the year of website analytics.

April 25, 2012

Salesforce Getting Social in New Government Cloud

Former federal CIO Vivek Kundra, now a Salesforce executive, is readying the company to compete for business in the government cloud space.

April 3, 2012

Chattanooga Claims America’s Fastest Broadband Service

Chattanooga offers 1-gigabit-per-second fiber Internet service to all residents and businesses.

March 19, 2012

Social Media Still Has Skeptics in Government

Thirty-two percent of GovTech survey respondents say they think social media and social networks are of limited usefulness or no value in their government workplace.

February 28, 2012

New York Officials Promise Reforms After Scathing IT Audit

Former deputy CIO linked to possible ethics violations; new leadership promises reforms.

February 23, 2012

5 Issues to Consider Before Deploying Cloud-Based Email for Law Enforcement

Why putting law enforcement and criminal justice email in the cloud isn’t a simple task.

February 16, 2012

What percentage of car crashes in the U.S. involve a distracted driver?

What percentage of car crashes in the U.S. involve a distracted driver?

February 15, 2012

LightSquared’s Plan for a National Wireless Network Is on Life Support

The federal government appears to have killed off LightSquared’s plan to build a nationwide network that would feature the 4G/long term evolution cellular standard.

February 3, 2012

Houston Takes CIO from Phoenix

Charles T. Thompson has begun work as Houston’s CIO after serving in the same capacity since 2007 for Phoenix.

February 2, 2012

Poll Results: GovTech Data on Retaining Qualified IT Workers

Respondents rated their organization’s ability to hire and retain qualified workers.

January 19, 2012

7 Cities Vying for Intelligent Community of the Year

Winner of worldwide competition will be named in June.

January 6, 2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown Puts Technology in Budget Crosshairs

The California Technology Agency would be eliminated and made a department within a newly formed agency merging administrative functions.

December 13, 2011

Feds Call for Nationwide Ban on Texts, Phones While Driving

The National Transportation Safety Board wants all 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban drivers’ “nonemergency use of portable electronic devices” except for in-car GPS navigation.

November 21, 2011

The Top 11 Tech Turkeys of 2011

Half-baked lowlights from the year gone by.

November 15, 2011

CIOs Seek Ways to Replace Legacy Systems

With critical government systems reaching the end of the road, CIOs seek replacement strategies.

October 20, 2011

Los Angeles CTO Defends Embattled Google Apps Deal

The city’s desire to cancel e-mail migration for the LAPD stems from technology outpacing policy, Randi Levin says.

October 12, 2011

How many wireless devices in the U.S. are now connecting to cellular networks?

How many wireless devices in the U.S. are now connecting to cellular networks?

September 29, 2011

How many smart meters have been deployed in the United States?

How many smart meters have been deployed in the United States?

September 28, 2011

What percentage of teenagers and young adults say they've been victims of digital abuse?

What percentage of teenagers and young adults say they've been victims of digital abuse?

September 27, 2011

How many T-Mobile customers are using "jailbroken" iPhones on the company's network?

How many T-Mobile customers are using "jailbroken" iPhones on the company's network?

September 1, 2011

What chain restaurant has proposed opening a branch on the moon?

What chain restaurant has proposed opening a branch on the moon?

August 31, 2011

What percentage of smartphone users in the U.S. carry a device powered by either the iPhone or Android operating systems?

What percentage of smartphone users in the U.S. carry a device powered by either the iPhone or Android operating systems?

August 26, 2011

What milestone number of page views did Facebook reach in June 2011, according to Google?

What milestone number of page views did Facebook reach in June 2011, according to Google?

August 25, 2011

What was the official retail price of the Apple-1 computer for sale in 1976?

What was the official retail price of the Apple-1 computer for sale in 1976?

August 23, 2011

What nation has taken the crown of 'World’s Largest PC Market' away from the U.S., according to data unveiled this week?

What nation has taken the crown of “World’s Largest PC Market” away from the U.S., according to data unveiled this week?

August 19, 2011

What percentage of Americans who use cell phones admit they've faked calls to avoid interacting with people around them?

What percentage of Americans who use cell phones admit they've faked calls to avoid interacting with people around them?

August 18, 2011

How many patents have been issued since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was created in 1836?

How many patents have been issued since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was created in 1836?

August 17, 2011

A study released this week found what Web browser is most effective at blocking malicious software and websites that trick users into downloading malware?

A study released this week found what Web browser is most effective at blocking malicious software and websites that trick users into downloading malware?

August 8, 2011

Q&A: Greg Franklin, California’s Point Man for Health IT Standards

Greg Franklin, deputy director of health information technology for the California Technology Agency, talks about his role and why it’s important health IT is considered in statewide GIS and next-gen 911.

August 3, 2011

On this day in 1987 the FCC voted unanimously to rescind a rule that required broadcasters to present all sides and opposing views on controversial issues. What was the rule called?

On this day in 1987 the FCC voted unanimously to rescind a rule that required broadcasters to present all sides and opposing views on controversial issues. What was the rule called?

July 20, 2011

U.S. Releases Data Center Death List

The federal government unveils the 373 federal data centers that will close by end of 2012.

July 7, 2011

Washington State Shrinks IT Department’s Head Count

Washington state has cut a portion of its IT staff before the completion of the state’s new 50,000-square-foot data center.

June 28, 2011

Carlos Ramos Appointed State CIO of California

Gov. Jerry Brown stays local by appointing an experienced public servant, Carlos Ramos, to become state CIO and secretary of the California Technology Agency.

June 13, 2011

Obama Knocks Unneeded Government Websites, Enacts Freeze

Vice president Joe Biden will lead governmentwide campaign to cut unnecessary and wasteful spending on websites.

June 8, 2011

Industry Q&A: How to Start Migrating to IPv6

Blue Coat Chief Scientist Qing Li shares his insights on IPv6 adoption methodology and the potential hidden costs of the new protocol standard.

May 23, 2011

Hawaii’s New IT Office Moves Closer to Reality

The Hawaii Legislature has approved $1.2 million annually for the state’s new IT office, and the bill has been sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s desk for his signature.

May 17, 2011

Yuma County, Ariz., CIO Neal Puff Makes Hard Choice to Leave Public Service

Neal Puff, the county’s IT chief since October 2005, has decided to accept a new job as a security architect with Verizon.

May 16, 2011

New York City to Redesign Web Portal, Add More Wi-Fi

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne announce new strategy intended to strengthen digital media.

May 16, 2011

Michigan Suffers Big Computer Outage, Quickly Restores Service

Michigan computer outage was one of the biggest, longest and most widespread in the state’s history, according to Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Budget and Technology.

May 13, 2011

State CIOs Go Local

More former state-level CIOs are finding a home in local governments.

May 3, 2011

U.S. Should Consider Earthquake Early Warning System, FCC Chairman Genachowski Says

FEMA forum examines America’s IT and communications infrastructure in light of the devastating tsunami and earthquakes in Japan.

April 26, 2011

Lawson Software Going Private in $2 Billion Deal

Lawson Software has agreed to be acquired by Infor and a private equity firm in a deal valued at $2 billion, company officials announced Tuesday, April 26.

March 29, 2011

iPad Apps That Government Workers Use on the Job

Government officials share their favorite practical iPad applications.

March 3, 2011

Help Wanted: California Searching for a State CIO

The state will pay $175,000 to the leader who will manage the state’s IT strategy and policymaking.

February 15, 2011

Audit: Human Error Partly to Blame for Virginia Computer Outage

Human error when repairing a storage area network caused data loss and delay, concludes audit of August 2010 computer failure that hampered more than two dozen Virginia agencies.

February 8, 2011

California Court Management System Takes More Heat

Office in charge of beleaguered statewide case management system didn’t control costs and the project is at risk, audit finds.

February 1, 2011

IPads Are Likely the Device for the Next Decade (Opinion)

IPads and other touchscreen tablets are already finding their way into local governments.

January 27, 2011

States Slow to Pick Tech Leaders

Many new governors are in wait-and-see mode on their state CIO and the structure of their technology bureaucracy.

January 5, 2011

Facebook Modifies Terms of Service for State and Local Government

NASCIO officials say terms of service modifications will result in more usage of Facebook among state and local governments.

December 23, 2010

Year in Review: Government Technology’s Top Stories of 2010

Top stories include cloud-based e-mail and making municipal Wi-Fi work.

December 3, 2010

E-Payment Security Still a Challenge for Government, Expert Says

Most local governments aren’t yet compliant with Payment Card Industry security standards, industry consultant says.

November 28, 2010

24/7 Center to Improve Cyber-Security Monitoring for Government

Will Pelgrin, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security, says a new 24/7 operations center led by the nonprofit Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center will improve information sharing and monitoring of cyber-security threats.

November 16, 2010

IPad Bringing Business Value to Government

Apple’s hottest device has government CIOs dreaming big about the possibilities.

November 11, 2010

Tech Advocacy Group Touts Business Transformation to Transition Teams

TechAmerica briefing paper recommends that new administrations in state government consider overhauling business processes beyond IT consolidation.

November 4, 2010

New Governors to Bring Big Turnover of State CIOs

Time will tell how newly elected governors shape IT consolidations and other enterprise projects in progress across the country.

September 16, 2010

Michigan CIO Ken Theis Steps Down

Ken Theis, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, is leaving state service for a position in the private sector. Theis will be replaced on an acting basis by Phyllis Mellon.

September 9, 2010

California CIO Teri Takai Touts Successes, Says Much Work Remains

In what could be her last speech as California’s CIO, Teri Takai celebrates achievements of the past two and a half years, says there’s much work left to be done by the next administration.

September 8, 2010

Washington, D.C., Extends Free Wi-Fi Coverage to the National Mall

Free Wi-Fi hot spots include Smithsonian and National Air and Space museums.

August 27, 2010

Virginia Fixing Computer Outage Affecting State Agencies

A failed memory card in a storage area network knocked out the computers of 24 state agencies; the Virginia Information Technologies Agency says problem at data center should be fully fixed by Monday.

August 24, 2010

Stimulus Fuels Innovative Digital Divide Initiative in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., CTO Bryan Sivak says strategy will address cost, availability and education challenges that typically face communitywide broadband projects.

July 28, 2010

North Carolina Considering IT Outsourcing

North Carolina the newest state to explore IT outsourcing for technology services and management.

July 26, 2010

Google Announces Apps for Government and Security Certification

Google's government cloud will house the data of government customers that use Apps for Government on dedicated servers within the continental U.S.

July 20, 2010

Broadband a Key Part of Michigan's Shared Services Push

Chief Data Officer Eric Swanson is overseeing a new information management program that will bring together Michigan's resources.

July 19, 2010

Utah Finishes Data Center Consolidation

Utah's consolidated data center will help the state advance its government cloud.

July 15, 2010

Bad Economy Will Trigger Shared Services Wave

IT consolidation is the movement of today, but shared services will be the necessity of tomorrow.

July 12, 2010

Seattle Exploring Point-of-View Cameras for Cops

The Seattle Police Department could become one of the first to try head- or body-mounted video cameras on police officers.

June 18, 2010

E-Discovery of Social Media Continues to Challenge Organizations

Deloitte Forensic Center survey finds one-quarter of respondents said their business was unprepared to handle e-discovery records requests related to social media.

June 17, 2010

California IT Security Chief Mark Weatherford to Leave Post

Mark Weatherford hopes California will unveil statewide IT security policy refresh by the end of the year.

June 16, 2010

Texas Law Enforcement Agencies Initiate Mobile Tech Makeover

Panhandle counties move forward with tech project that includes upgraded computers in squad cars and a portal to state and federal criminal databases.

June 11, 2010

Pennsylvania Conquers Reporting Data for the Stimulus

Q&A: Naomi Wyatt, Pennsylvania secretary of administration, says adding on to an existing SAP platform helped the state meet the Recovery Act's reporting requirements.

June 10, 2010

Maine CIO Dick Thompson to Retire

Maine CIO Dick Thompson, the country's third longest-serving state CIO, to step down this summer for private-sector job.

June 7, 2010

Colorado CIO Mike Locatis Named Chief Deputy CIO of California

Mike Locatis could soon become Teri Takai's successor as CIO of California.

May 26, 2010

Recovery Act's Data Reports Improving, States Say

But the U.S. General Accountability Office says continued vigilance is required to ensure accuracy of data uploaded to

May 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning Can be Time for Optimizing the Data Center

CDW-G's checklist for a springtime optimization of the data center suggests that consolidation continues to be a priority for state and local governments.

May 11, 2010

California CIO Teri Takai Lays Out Her Wish List for State's IT

There's no timetable for California CIO Teri Takai's departure, says it's possible she could be on board until the end of the gubernatorial term in November.

May 7, 2010

Android Comes First for Smartphone App from Washington Secretary of State's Office

Washington believes it's the first state to offer a business and corporation lookup app on the Google Android operating system.

April 30, 2010

Q&A: Orlando CIO Conrad Cross Sees Big Savings in Cloud E-Mail

CIO Conrad Cross is interested in cloud computing for other functions for Orlando, Fla.'s city government.

April 27, 2010

Microsoft Introduces Social Media Directory for State and Local Government

Microsoft launches website to aggregate social media platforms and projects coming from state and local governments.

April 22, 2010

Adrian Farley to Lead California Office of Technology Services

Since 2008, government IT mainstay Adrian Farley has served as the chief deputy for Policy and Program Management for the Office of the State Chief Information Officer.

April 21, 2010

Survey: 45 Percent of Local Governments Using Cloud Computing

An additional 19 percent of local governments plan to implement some form of cloud computing within the next 12 months, according to a Public Technology Institute survey.

April 18, 2010

Is a National Dashboard for Open Data on the Horizon?

Government agencies have eagerly embraced open data and transparency. This newfound abundance of data has spawned new questions and challenges about how to organize the information so that citizens and policymakers can use it.

March 31, 2010

States Cope with Security Implications of Growing Smartphone Use

Survey shows 14 states have enterprise smartphone policies; 10 states forbid the devices.

March 24, 2010

Virginia Rep. Samuel A. Nixon Named State CIO, Replacing George Coulter

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell names Nixon state CIO. Amid Virginia's troubled IT deal with Northrop Grumman, Nixon becomes state's third CIO in nine months.

March 23, 2010

Federal IT Officials Grilled on Data Quality

Sen. Tom Coburn tries to pin down Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra on a timeline for accurately collecting "sub-award" spending data.

March 11, 2010

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver Signs IT Consolidation Bill

Legislation gives Gov. Chet Culver the power to appoint a CIO with expanded powers.

March 2, 2010

Vermont Adopts Open Source Software Policy

Vermont CIO David Tucker says open source solutions that come with vendor support are especially attractive to government.

March 1, 2010

New York City IT Review Spurs Data Center Consolidation Plan

New York City IT Commissioner Carole Wallace Post develops strategy that will lead to data center consolidation, stronger shared services and other improvements.

February 18, 2010

Los Angeles Making Progress With Gmail Pilot (Video)

L.A. CTO Randi Levin talks with Government Technology about its contract with Google that has IT departments nationwide watching.

February 17, 2010

FCC Chairman Previews National Broadband Plan

"100 Squared" initiative will set target of 100 million U.S. households at 100 megabits per second.

February 15, 2010

State and Local IT News in Brief

Steve Edmondson becomes Cook County, Ill., CIO; Seattle applies Google ultra high-speed broadband.

February 11, 2010

Official: California IT Consolidation's Estimated Savings Near $3 Billion

California Chief Deputy CIO Adrian Farley says IT executive order establishes firm deadlines for agency consolidation.

February 10, 2010

All Eyes Are on Los Angeles as City Deploys Cloud-Based E-Mail

CTO Randi Levin discusses city's adoption of Google Gmail and other hosted services.

February 8, 2010

California Crowdsources Ideas for Replacing Legacy Systems

P.K. Agarwal, director of the Office of Technology Services, launches a crowdsourcing tool where users can submit ideas for improving and replacing California's legacy IT systems.

February 5, 2010

Open Source Policies in San Francisco and California Take Different Paths

In a world with few examples, San Francisco and California forge ahead with policies for using open source software within government.

January 28, 2010

Nobody in Charge of IT in Atlantic City, N.J., Comptroller Report Says

For the past five years, Atlantic City has outsourced its IT maintenance and operations to a subcontractor.

January 7, 2010

Jim Duffey Named Virginia Secretary of Technology

Virginia Gov.-Elect Bob McDonnell appoints Jim Duffey, IT consultant and former vice chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

December 30, 2009

Carole Wallace Post Named New York City's IT Commissioner

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg names replacement for the retiring Paul Cosgrave.

December 22, 2009

Iowa CIO John Gillispie Resigns

John Gillispie says decision to leave unrelated to proposed IT consolidation.

December 17, 2009

Los Angeles Takes Risk as it Adopts Google Apps (Opinion)

Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin convinces City Council to Use Google Apps citywide.

December 15, 2009

L.A.'s Google Contract Is Open to All California Cities

CSC providing system design and integration, plus end-user services, through a standard pricing model.

December 15, 2009

Year in Review: Recovery Act Spending Prompts Call for Government Transparency

Stimulus funds mean stringent reporting for state and local agencies.

December 14, 2009

Nixle CEO Craig Mitnick Talks About His Twitter Alternative

Public safety agencies have flocked quickly to the short messaging service because of its security.

December 11, 2009

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and Lawmakers Proposing IT Consolidation as Cost-Saver

Elevating state CIO to a Cabinet-level position also suggested.

December 8, 2009

Kundra and Chopra Want States and Locals to Embrace New Openness Directive

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra hope state and local governments make similar transparency and collaboration measures.

November 18, 2009

2010: NASCIO's Top 10 Priorities for State CIOs

Stimulus and recession drive priorities in NASCIO's annual list.

November 17, 2009

Dozens of Governments Interested in Google Apps, Los Angeles Official Says

CTO Randi Levin says more than two dozen governments in California alone have inquired about the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency's plan to implement Google Apps.

November 13, 2009

Texas Releases Recommended Fixes for Data Center Consolidation

Study commissioned by the Department of Information Resources cites bad morale, ineffective governance, data backup problems, among other issues -- and suggests Texas renegotiate its contract with IBM.

November 5, 2009

New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish Touts Google Apps in Cost-Saving Plan

Budget proposal says using Gmail and other Google productivity tools could save $1.9 million annually.

November 3, 2009

Adobe Announces New Version of Connect Pro Web-Conferencing Solution

Web-conferencing tool used by various federal, state and local government agencies.

October 29, 2009

Q&A: Former Executive Steve Cakebread Sees Big Move to Cloud for Government

Economics ultimately will drive government CIOs to adopt cloud computing, says former President Steve Cakebread.

October 27, 2009

Los Angeles City Council Approves Google E-Mail Plan

Microsoft and Google made final arguments in three-hour discussion.

October 26, 2009

Analytics Saves Money for San Francisco Bay Area County's Social Services

Alameda County expects tenfold ROI from implementation of IBM business intelligence system that integrates data from various social services.

October 22, 2009

Watchdog: No Quick Fix for Stimulus Data Quality

Better quality recovery spending data is expected for subsequent quarterly reports.

October 20, 2009

Can Sustainability Software Cut Carbon Emissions?

Léo Apotheker, CEO of SAP, says company will produce a sustainability software suite for use by U.S. business and government.

October 12, 2009

States Receiving Long-Awaited Funds for Enhanced 911

A $40 million federal grant will address switching to an IP-based network and quicker service for wireless calls.

October 6, 2009

Study: IT Improving Citizen Engagement and Accountability, but Analysis Lacking

New Accenture report sees progress in how government uses technology to improve service, but there's much room to improve alternative delivery methods.

October 5, 2009

IBM Announces Cloud-Based E-Mail Service

LotusLive iNotes -- a Web version of IBM's Lotus Notes -- joins growing list of hosted e-mail apps.

October 1, 2009

Stimulus Recipients Begin Sending Spending Data to OMB

Uploading data to continues through Oct. 10.

October 1, 2009

Brian Rawson Steps Down as Texas CTO

Karen Robinson, director of administration and technology for the Office of the Governor, will serve as interim director.

September 30, 2009

Arizona's Refreshed Web Portal the Start of Innovation Push

Arizona CIO Chad Kirkpatrick says state's Web 2.0 initiatives are evolving.

September 28, 2009

GovDelivery Acquires Social Network GovLoop

Partnership reasserts importance of state and local market.

September 28, 2009

Department of Labor Boosts Funding for Unemployment Insurance Technology

More than $164 million will be distributed to state unemployment insurance departments for improvements to IT, cyber-security and system modernization.

September 24, 2009

Feds Unveil Draft of Smart Grid Interoperability Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will form panel to oversee smart grid standards.

September 23, 2009

Transportation Departments Burn Rubber on Twitter

But is it a contradictory message about the danger of distracted driving?

September 21, 2009

Indianapolis Extends IT Services Deal With Northrop Grumman

Indianapolis CIO Glen Baker says the new agreement is cost conscious.

September 17, 2009

George Bakolia Steps Back as North Carolina Names Jerry Fralick CIO

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announces CIO change a month after signing state budget that includes IT initiatives.

September 15, 2009

Feds Launch Cloud Storefront for Purchasing

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says purchasing system will improve cost effectiveness and cut down on lengthy procurements. Will states and locals use it?

September 8, 2009

Virginia CIO George Coulter Forms Advisory Council

Coulter says new council of state agency IT leaders will give input on decision-making.

September 2, 2009

Government 2.0: Under the Hood

How it works can be as important as whether it works.

August 31, 2009

Northrop Grumman Submits Plan to Fix Virginia's IT Problems

Transition phase for outsourced consolidation and management of Virginia's IT services to be finsihed by June 2010.

August 26, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger's Twitter Idea Sees 'High' Times is indexing tweeted ideas for California state government.

August 25, 2009

San Francisco's Won't be a D.C. Copycat, CIO Says

San Francisco CIO Chris Vein says he's exploring the concept of a digital storefront for applications that would be on

August 20, 2009

George Coulter Named Virginia CIO

Virginia CIO George Coulter replaces Lem Stewart.

August 13, 2009

Report: Virginia CIO Candidates Emerge

Replacement for fired CIO Lem Stewart could be named by the end of August, reports Richmond Times-Dispatch.

August 13, 2009

Texas Launches its First Government Blog,

Texas Workforce Commission blog aims to help job seekers and employers.

August 12, 2009 Posts Excel Template for Stimulus Reporting going live Aug. 17.

August 11, 2009

California Wants Shorter IT Procurements, Streamlines Process

California Department of Transportation will begin first IT project statewide Wednesday using new procurement process that officials hope will shorten timelines and improve deliverables.

August 10, 2009

Top DHS Cyber-Security Official Resigns

Mischel Kwon's departure the latest coming from DHS.

August 7, 2009

Survey: Majority of Organizations Don't Fully Measure IT Value

Information Systems Audit and Control Association board member says public sector might be doing a better job than private sector of measuring the value of IT investments.

August 7, 2009

Twitter Outage Raises Concerns for Government

Denial-of-service attack spurs discussion about microblogging's role in the public sector.

July 29, 2009

Number of Twitter Users in Government Increasing Rapidly

GovTwit, an online directory of government Twitter accounts, reports big jump in numbers.

July 27, 2009

Austin, Texas, CIO Gail Roper Quits, to Return to Raleigh, N.C.

Gail Roper leaves Austin after 7 months.

July 20, 2009

States Have 'Full Responsibility' for Recovery Act Reporting, Budget Office Says

The Office of Management and Budget talks about the process and technology of reporting data from the economic stimulus in first of a weeklong series of webcasts.

July 14, 2009

New York Considering Wireless Broadband on Commuter Trains

Massachusetts and San Francisco Bay Area already offer Wi-Fi on rails.

July 13, 2009

Feds to Host 'How-to' Webinars Next Week for Recovery Act Reporting

Office of Management and Budget to give guidance on technology solutions and data quality requirements for the Recovery Act reporting process.

July 10, 2009

California Launches Services Finder for iPhone, Overhauls Mobile Portal

California joins growing ranks of governments with free applications launched on the popular iPhone platform.

July 9, 2009

Free Wi-Fi Could Boost Jury Duty Attendance, Cuts Costs in Houston's Harris County

Wireless network will enable telecommuting, which could mean more people will show up for jury duty, official says.

July 2, 2009

California Launches Data Repository Web Site

State CIO Teri Takai encourages citizens to utilize the data creatively.

June 30, 2009

The Four Pillars of Effectively Using Web 2.0 in Government

Accenture white paper presents a framework for evaluating how to utilize Web 2.0 tools.

June 28, 2009

Smart Electricity Grid Aims to Increase Energy Efficiency

Economic stimulus money will fund smart meters and sensors to replace U.S. legacy electric system.

June 26, 2009

NASCIO Announces Data Transparency Partnership With Feds

The Office of Management and Budget, General Services Administration and NASCIO agree to data transparency pact that would build statewide network of data portals.

June 23, 2009

Report: Virginia CIO Lem Stewart's Dismissal Probed

Assembly launches investigation into Lem Stewart's firing after he criticized Northrop Grumman's performance on a $2 billion contract.

June 18, 2009

IT Contract Terms Stifling Competition, TechAmerica Report Says

TechAmerica says inflexible contracts in state and local government hinder competition and cause high prices.

June 16, 2009

Senate Bill Could Give Smart Infrastructure a Second Chance (Opinion)

The move could spur 'smart' infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems.

June 8, 2009

New York State IT Office Launches Social Networking Strategy

'Empire 2.0' strategy encourages state agencies to use Web 2.0 and new media like Facebook, Twitter, wikis and online public comments.

May 29, 2009

NIC Acquires Texas Web Portal Contract From BearingPoint

TexasOnline's new management contract begins in 2010.

May 29, 2009

National Cyber-Security Report Is a Call to Action

New position of cyber-security coordinator will work on nationwide policy and planning, Obama says.

May 28, 2009

Stimulus Reporting Hatches New Software Solutions

Economic stimulus package's stringent reporting requirements make big vendors see opportunity for profit.

May 21, 2009 Launched by Federal Government

Look up information about smelters, the 10 Most Wanted and earthquakes.

May 19, 2009

Aneesh Chopra Closer to Senate Confirmation as National CTO

Committee and floor votes on technology nominees could come this week.

May 14, 2009

Will Smart Meters, High-Speed Rail Be Built in California by 2015?

California green initiatives look hopeful despite budget crisis.

May 13, 2009

Telework Advocate: Swine Flu a Wake-Up Call for States and Locals

Swine flu exposed strengths and weaknesses of governments' continuity of operations plans, according to the Telework Exchange.

May 12, 2009

California IT Consolidation Proceeding as Planned

State CIO Teri Takai says California information technology consolidation plan is in effect.

May 5, 2009

Los Angeles Fights Neighborhood Blight With Online Map

Microsoft Virtual Earth map of L.A. identifies foreclosed homes eligible for purchasing assistance.

May 5, 2009

Nation Can't Afford Short-Sighted ARRA Spending (Opinion)

Fixation on 'shovel-ready' stimulus projects jeopardizes technology initiatives with long-term benefits.

April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: Agencies Scramble to Update Telecommuting Policies

The Office of Personnel Management announces new effort to increase telework in the federal government.

April 28, 2009

Swine Flu: Is Government Ready to Telework?

Government plans for teleworking would be put to the test in a worst-case scenario.

April 21, 2009

Aneesh Chopra Expected to Shine as National CTO

State and local government observers foresee an agenda of innovation.

April 21, 2009

Microsoft Grant to Propel Houston Digital Inclusion, Training

Houston gets $4.5 million grant for broadband Internet, training and equipment.

April 16, 2009

Enterprise Architecture Guidelines Coming to California

State agencies and departments to conduct an "as-is" inventory of their business and technology by June 30.

April 8, 2009

Report: Cyber-Spies Studying U.S. Electricity Grid

Computer spies from China, Russia and other countries are tunneling into the U.S. electricity grid with increasing frequency in order to study America's infrastructure.

March 31, 2009

Can Wi-Fi Be a Moneymaker for Government?

A new Wi-Fi network in Augusta, Ga., may have found the right recipe.

March 27, 2009

California IT Consolidation Gets Green Light From Commission

California CIO Teri Takai says IT consolidation is vital for the state government.

March 26, 2009

GIS Data for California Roads and Landmarks a Goal of Geospatial Officer

Newly appointed geospatial information officer Michael Byrne says GIS data sets will likely be publicly available.

March 17, 2009

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Back to Work

Vivek Kundra reinstated by the White House after four-day leave of absence.

March 17, 2009

Electronic Voting Flaw Eyed by California

Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold) not opposed to withdrawing software version with 'Deck 0' flaw.  

March 13, 2009

Vivek Kundra Takes Leave as Federal CIO; Isn't Probe Target

Kundra awaits details of bribery investigation after the FBI searches his former office, the Washington, D.C., Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

March 11, 2009

Vivek Kundra Says Stimulus Details Coming to

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says stimulus spending must balance competitiveness and timeliness.

March 10, 2009

California CIO Teri Takai: IT Consolidation Will Be 'Federated'

CIO Teri Takai says California will consolidate data centers, e-mail and standardize state networks -- and save $1.5 billion.

March 5, 2009

Vivek Kundra Named Federal CIO

Washington, D.C., CTO Vivek Kundra will take newly created federal CIO post.

March 3, 2009

Dustin Haisler: 22-Year-Old CIO Innovates on a Shoestring

As CIO of Manor, Texas, Haisler redesigned the city's technology infrastructure and re-evaluated all departments' operations, keeping the goals of increasing efficiency and saving money at the forefront.

February 26, 2009

California Technology Plan gets Support from Utah CIO Steve Fletcher

Technology consolidation plan would give more power to state CIO Teri Takai.

February 26, 2009

California Furlough Drives Online Department of Motor Vehicle Transactions

California DMV sees online transactions increase by 20 percent during furlough days.

February 24, 2009

California Information Technology Consolidation Will Speed Procurement, Officials Say

CIO Teri Takai and the Office of the State Chief Information Officer will make procurement decisions in California.

February 18, 2009

BearingPoint Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

BearingPoint operates the Texas Online state Web portal.

February 17, 2009

Stimulus Bill to Boost State and Local Information Technology

President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package on Tuesday.

February 9, 2009

Sam Orth Named CIO of Ohio

Sam Orth replaces Steve Edmonson in Ohio.

February 2, 2009

California Releases Statewide Five-Year IT Capital Plan

The California Office of the State Chief Information Officer publishes list of 122 projects included in IT Capital Plan.

January 20, 2009

Revamped Launched

Washington, D.C., CTO Vivek Kundra is reportedly a finalist for Obama's federal CTO.

January 15, 2009

New York State Cancels Wireless Network Contract

CIO Melodie Mayberry-Stewart says vendor M/A-COM failed to deliver a reliable network and demands $50 million letter of credit.

January 14, 2009

Security Expert Bruce Schneier: Budget Should be Priority for National CTO

Bruce Schneier, author and technologist, says today's data storage decisions will leave impact for decades.

January 13, 2009

Washington, D.C., CTO Vivek Kundra Wants Apps for Democracy Expanded

CTO Vivek Kundra and Mayor Adrian Fenty eyeing enlarged Apps for Democracy mash-up contest.

January 8, 2009

Austin, Texas, Names Gail Roper CIO

Gail Roper replaces former CIO Pete Collins in Austin.

January 7, 2009

Governments use Twitter for Emergency Alerts, Traffic Notices and More

Agencies help move free microblogging service beyond social media novelty.

January 6, 2009

Reports: Obama to Name Federal CTO This Week

Nation's first chief technology officer likely will impact state and local IT programs.

December 29, 2008

Technology May Play Key Role in Obama Infrastructure Plan

Next-generation networks, broadband and cyber-security could get more attention for new administration.

December 3, 2008

Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Software as a Service Could Dominate 2009

Experts predict governments will focus on budget-friendly technology.

November 20, 2008

Vivek Kundra Rumored Working on Obama Transition

Obama transition team may be interested in Washington, D.C., CTO Vivek Kundra's stock market IT management model.

November 17, 2008

Obama to Tape Weekly YouTube Address

President-elect Barack Obama to also add online Q&As and video interviews to, the presidential transition team's official Web site.

November 3, 2008

Second Life Hosts Web 2.0 Government Discussion Group

The MuniGov2.0 group meets weekly in Second Life, an online virtual world, to discuss issues and share Web 2.0 ideas.

October 31, 2008

Next Government Portals to Offer More Mobility, Personalization and Simplicity

Virginia, Texas, California and others consider how to revamp their Web portals.

October 22, 2008

Twitter is a Continuity of Operations Tool, State Agency Discovers

The Washington State Department of Transportation finds the ubiquitous Web 2.0 app to be a real tweet when Web site traffic is high.

October 21, 2008

Virginia County's LoudounPedia Wiki Proves Popular for Local Organizations and Citizens

Drawing upon Wikipedia's popularity, the LoudounPedia becomes a go-to reference about local government.

October 15, 2008

Ohio CIO Steve Edmonson Resigns

Steve Edmonson, a former health-care executive, leaves after 18 months; Sam Orth to serve as the interim CIO.

October 6, 2008

Palin, Obama Win Junk E-mail Race

Spammers use the presidential candidates as lures.

October 1, 2008

Florida Creates Plan for Statewide Coordination of Geospatial Data

Florida Division of Emergency Management spearheads new statewide GIS coordination.

October 1, 2008

New Technologies Cut Cost of Government IT Deployments

Open source and hosted applications help agencies stretch budget dollars.

September 25, 2008

Wireless Tracking Devices Come to Mines

Micro-wireless tags used in 30 West Virginia mines.

September 14, 2008

Tony Tortorice Named CIO of Washington State

Tortorice is the CIO of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

July 31, 2008

Health Records for the Poor Driven by the Indigent Care Collaboration

Ann Kitchen, executive director of the Indigent Care Collaboration, is driving e-health records for the poor.

July 31, 2008

E-Mail Management Calculator Tallies Return on Investment

Tool uncovers hidden e-mail costs and the toll on government productivity.

June 25, 2008

Work Force: University Helps CIO Bridge IT Talent Gap

Thirsty for interns, the CIO of Los Angeles County's Department of Public Works relies upon a neighborly university.

June 1, 2008

Statistical Analysis Improves Business Performance in Westchester County, N.Y.

Westchester IT department creates statistical analysis unit to provide new insight into county operations.

April 28, 2008

Web Application Lets Users Track State Government Spending

Texas Comptroller offers searchable spending data for all state agencies.

April 15, 2008

Citywide Wireless IP Network Launched in New York

Huge wireless network will cover 322 square miles, supporting public safety and general city operations.

February 29, 2008

Jim Argiropoulos, First Deputy, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications

Jim Argiropoulos, First Deputy, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications

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