IT Trends: California Secure IDs, Government IT Investment Plans

Google digitizes Nelson Mandela, customer satisfaction survey.

by / March 31, 2011

Google: Nelson Mandela

In March, Google announced a $1.25 million grant to the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory to help preserve and digitize thousands of archival documents, photographs and audio-visual materials about the life of the former South African president.  

13.9 Million

The number of people still unemployed since losing their jobs at the start of the recession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

California Secure IDs

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently unveiled new drivers’ licenses and ID cards equipped with the latest in document security technology and several features to protect against fraud, tampering and counterfeiting. The new ID features a different layout for persons under 21 and a 2-D bar code on the back that replicates and verifies the information on the front of the card (similar to the current magnetic stripe). But the high-tech IDs, spurred by the 2005 federal Real ID Act, are so complicated that even the company tasked with creating them is having design difficulties.

Source: Contra Costa Times

IT Investment Survey

Government IT decision-makers ranked hardware and mobility solutions as top priorities for 2011, with 55 percent planning to purchase new PCs.
46% of IT decision-makers say IT investment will be a top priority in 2011
32% say that IT investment will continue to be a top priority for the next five years
Source: CDW’s annual Year-in-Review survey


Citizens Satisfied

Citizens showed a 68 percent satisfaction rating with their local police and solid waste management services, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Survey. E-government websites also got high scores, many rivaling or surpassing private-sector sites.


Karen Stewartson

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.