IT Trends: Legislature and Public-Sector CIO Issues, Most Energy-Efficient States

Security trends for 2010, distracted drivers.

by / February 3, 2010

Grappling With Issues

As 2010 begins, there are many tough issues on state legislatures' and public-sector CIOs' plates. While legislatures are dealing with policy issues, local, state and federal CIOs are battling external forces that will affect their IT organization. Below is a comparison of what legislatures and CIOs have identified as their toughest issues.

State Legislatures

  • Balancing state budgets and creating revenue
  • Managing health costs and coverage
  • Lowering unemployment rates
  • Affording higher education
  • Analyzing sentencing and corrections costs
  • Maintaining transportation and infrastructure
  • Balancing and managing state government
  • Developing clean energy alternatives
  • Examining sex offender registration
  • Expanding broadband access

Public CIOs

  • Security
  • Budgets
  • Changes in business model
  • Internal customers
  • Regulatory concerns
  • Technological factors
  • People skills
  • Globalization

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures and IBM's The New Voice of the CIO


CIOs Say ...

In a global survey of 2,500 public- and private-sector CIOs conducted by IBM, 83 percent identified business intelligence and analytics as a top priority. Also of increasing concern are data reliability and security, with 71 percent of CIOs planning to make additional investments in risk management and compliance.


Distracted Drivers

25% of all police-reported car crashes are caused by someone using a cell phone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

41% of cell phone users say they multitask by making phone calls while commuting or waiting, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.


Social Media TV

Can't keep up with Twitter and Flickr?, a Web-based TV service, scours the Web for content you want and combines it into your own live TV channel. The site could serve as a resource for governments to learn what constituents are thinking.

States of Efficiency

Many factors, including the recession, force governments to be energy efficient. Here's a list of 2009's top 10 most energy-efficient states, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy-efficiency policies, programs and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

  • California
  • Massachusetts 
  • Connecticut 
  • Oregon 
  • New York 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington 
  • Minnesota 
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine

Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


iPhone E-Reader

iPhone and iPod touch users who want to sample the Kindle e-book experience can satisfy their curiosity by downloading the free Kindle for iPhone app, which gives users access to nearly 400,000 books on the go.
Pro: Avoid purchasing a $250 Kindle.
Con: Must read on the relatively tiny iPhone screen.


Security Trends for 2010

Security professionals are constantly combating Trojans and malware -- working hard to ensure network security -- and 2010 will be no different. According to Kaspersky Lab, an Internet threat management solution developer, the top six security predictions of 2010 will are:
1. A rise in attacks originating from file sharing networks.
2. An increase in mass malware epidemics via peer-to-peer networks.
3. Continuous competition for traffic from cyber-criminals.
4. A decline in fake anti-virus programs.
5. An interest in attacking Google Wave.
6. An increase in attacks on iPhone and Android mobile platforms.


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.