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Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter writes about the business of government technology. He covered local and state governments for newspapers in the Chicago area and Florida, as well as e-commerce, digital payments and related topics for various publications. He lives in New Orleans.

Versaterm CEO Warren Loomis, fresh off a new acquisition, talks about building a public safety ecosystem and why specific tools are not always enough. Versaterm is among the most active acquirers in gov tech.
It’s still early, but federal guarantees for deposits have eased some anxieties in the gov tech space. More “ripples” seem almost certain to hit suppliers, potentially slowing growth in a fast-evolving industry.
So-called “TASER drones” have been proposed as one way to secure schools. An interview with the CEO of public safety tech vendor Axon illustrates how the situation is more complicated than deploying armed robots.
The feature uses artificial intelligence to help craft budget books, including the text narratives that accompany spending changes. The tool could save time and hassle during the hectic budget process.
With the pressure of the pandemic finally easing, state officials are working to upgrade the technology underpinning outdated unemployment offices and prevent fraudulent claims.
A new Zencity tool uses artificial intelligence to help PIOs and other city officials create and structure not only releases but social media posts and other communications. The general idea is to save time.
Recent financials paint a picture of how gov tech suppliers will move past COVID and embrace rising concerns about public safety. A “moonshot” goal and the labor market will also play roles in the months to come.
Transparency, efficiency and citizen input are among the main ideals of the post-pandemic government landscape. Dashboard technology offers a way to do that but must overcome historical challenges.
The deal brings two relatively small companies together: a provider of government surveys with a seller of budget simulation tools for residents. The move follows a recent funding round for Polco.
Government technology companies, along with state and local governments, have a large pool of candidates thanks to workers recently shed by Amazon, Google and others. What are the best ways to approach this opportunity?