May 8, 2015
AB 1356 authorizes law enforcement to use a new device to check drivers for use of pot, cocaine and other drugs.
May 1, 2015
A measure shutters two key renewable energy programs in Texas, which could stir up the regulatory environment in the state.
April 17, 2015
Legislation is on the table that would expand use of programs that incentivize customers to use less power during high demand times.
April 8, 2015
The Bay Area city will light-up SL Wi-Fiber in a four-block radius that encompasses the core of its downtown area this summer.
March 27, 2015
Automatic vehicle location and passenger counting systems create data that can fine-tune the running of a transit system.
March 13, 2015
The information is out there somewhere. Now, can governments find and use it?
January 29, 2015
The state would become one of just a handful to issue "enhanced driver's licenses" to cross borders.
January 19, 2015
Yelp and Socrata have partnered to make the results of restaurant inspections public.
January 13, 2015
Health IT firms are urging Congress and federal agencies to clarify and simplify several aspects of regulation, and to more frequently update their guidance.
January 8, 2015
CityCamp will bring together citizens, hackers and officials from four cities to discuss ways civic tech partnerships can address community challenges.
January 6, 2015
Many best practices are commonly overlooked in the development of government social media policies.
December 31, 2014
Here's what technology experts are saying - along with my naughty and nice labels.
December 22, 2014
New York City and Asheville, N.C., have both adopted private clouds to provide disaster recovery services, with promising results.
December 16, 2014
The Iowa Department of Transportation expects to have a working prototype within six months.
December 8, 2014
Veniam, a new civic tech startup in Mountain View, Calif., aims to supply cities with affordable and infrastructure-friendly hot spots using public transit.
December 4, 2014
Maggie Miller, former CIO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, will make New York state her eighth CIO position.
November 21, 2014
Hawaii learned a few lessons from its efforts to "gamify" government. Government work is serious business – but maybe it doesn't have to be a no-fun, no-thrill zone for consumers.
November 20, 2014
This city and others are using the Internet of Things and sensor data to more efficiently plow the roads during winter storms.
November 17, 2014
Climate change seems nearly impossible to solve. But simplifying the bureaucratic process for solar permitting is something that local and state governments can start doing today.
November 13, 2014
OpenGov Foundation gets $750,000 to pioneer open lawmaking tools to citizens.
November 12, 2014
Last week, service was disrupted for 18 voting information websites serving citizens around the nation this midterm election. But the nation may have bigger problems when it comes to voting technology.
November 10, 2014
Back in the spring of 2014, speculation was already growing about the significant impact that technology and cybersecurity might have on the 2014 midterm elections.
November 6, 2014
A federally run nutrition program for women, infants and children is complex and difficult to use. But now there's an app to fix all that.
November 3, 2014
A host of private-sector companies are offering unlimited vacation time to employees, but public-sector CIOs aren't sure the practice is feasible for technologists in government.
October 21, 2014
A new report highlights opportunities to try to improve water management in drought-stricken Western states.
October 16, 2014
New Fraud-Detection-as-a-Service continues to “learn” over time, uncovering emerging fraud methods.
October 6, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1211, which requires the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to develop a timeline for a statewide next-generation 911 emergency communications system.
October 3, 2014
The shortage of cybersecurity experts is well documented. So what are agencies doing to fill the gap?
October 1, 2014
A new computer simulation foreshadows a future where 90 percent of vehicle traffic is eliminated.
October 1, 2014
The 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity study shows with words in pictures what many state chief information security officers already know -- the landscape is fraught with evolving challenges.
September 22, 2014
As analytical tools have become more sophisticated and data sets much larger, the ability to forecast crime has grown more nuanced.
September 18, 2014
Issues over insurance, enforcement and taxation spur supervisors to revise short-term rental legislation proposed.
September 12, 2014
Controversy over ride-sharing companies continues as Uber allows drivers in San Francisco, Boston and Charlotte to use their own smartphones instead of company-provided devices.
September 3, 2014
The 2014 Digital States Survey grades states on how well they use technology to serve their citizens.
August 28, 2014
A measure that regulates law enforcement use of drones was passed by California lawmakers and now awaits the decision of Gov. Jerry Brown.
August 26, 2014
Inspired by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., a family of teens releases an app to try to keep police accountable.
August 5, 2014
Minnesota's IT renovation saved the state $27.4 million.
July 31, 2014
At the city's conclusion of the city inaugural entrepreneur-in-residence program, departments and startups showed fresh pilot programs, prototypes and fully developed products.
July 30, 2014
In a response to a Los Angeles RFI for citywide broadband, Dutch start up Angie Communications said it would also build and operate a nationwide 4G network and a Wi-Fi network that reaches 90 percent of the population. But some are skeptical of the ambitious plan.
July 25, 2014
Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., want the FCC to axe restrictions on expanding municipal broadband networks.
July 9, 2014
The city's Sustainable Systems Framework -- a collaboration with the University of Chicago -- will help officials gather feedback and make forecasts for urban development programs and construction.
July 9, 2014
Structural monitoring using highly accurate sensing devices can enable objective, precise and timely performance data on the condition of our nation's bridges.
July 2, 2014
Currently Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn't permit local enforcement officers to use radar guns -- but the Legislature is considering proposals that could change that.
June 24, 2014
New York Public Library President Tony Marx said the project is a way to “leak” the Internet in a meaningful and pervasive way.
June 18, 2014
Governments could improve by pushing more information to constituents, entering into strategic partnerships with industry more easily and cooperating more broadly for the betterment of society, to name a few things.
June 16, 2014
Officials in the Long Island town will restrict what information employees and vendors can release without official consent.
June 16, 2014
A report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked states based on economic and technological trends.
June 16, 2014
Which places have chief data officers? Ranks of government CDOs grow as agencies implement analytics.
June 12, 2014
San Francisco becomes the first U.S. city to offer encrypted Wi-Fi.
June 10, 2014
An upgrade to 100 gigabits will benefit state agencies and schools and is supposed to act as a catalyst for economic growth and development.
June 3, 2014
Four high-school students split a $3,000 prize for their app that allows homeless shelters to report what they need so restaurants and volunteer groups can donate the appropriate items.
June 2, 2014
Eight Governors Sign and agreement that could boost deployment of charging stations and other EV infrastructure.
May 30, 2014
The Golden State may restrict state cooperation with federal agencies seeking data on Californians without a valid warrant.
May 21, 2014
As governments learn to do new things with their data, new solutions to old problems are found -- and the public wonders if having a Big Brother might not be entirely a bad thing.
May 19, 2014
State agencies, local governments and the companies that provide services to Florida are waiting to see what will emerge from new legislation that aims to create an agency to replace the defunct Agency for Enterprise Information Technology.
May 14, 2014
As the City of Angels prepares to lose 60 percent of its IT staff within the next five years, management looks for new ways to fill the gap.
May 7, 2014
The term “driver’s license” is only useful if people are thinking of it as an optional authentication tool, not as a permit to do something.
May 6, 2014
In response to the Cover Oregon health exchange fiasco, the Beaver State has placed tighter restrictions on outsourcing IT projects. The effort could signal the start of a national trend.
May 1, 2014
Police departments recover all sorts of stolen goods. Increasingly, officials use image hosting services to get the property back to its owners instead of just auctioning it off.
April 28, 2014
The White House is leading efforts for a new authentication system that would have users prove their identity with a single ID across the Web. And states are starting to pilot the system.
April 22, 2014
A bill by California Assemblyman Ian Calderon would create an entrepreneur-in-residence program within the governor’s office of Business and Economic Development.
April 21, 2014
Bills have popped up in 5 state legislative sessions that would both restrict and expand certain aspects of broadband connectivity and infrastructure.
April 16, 2014
Officials put building permits and inspection process online using a civic cloud platform and innovative apps.
April 11, 2014
Some government officials are finding Twitter a fast, cheap and easy method of advertising new job openings in their agencies.
April 9, 2014
Experts worry that a recent California appeals court ruling about the state’s Public Records Act could stunt the open government movement across the U.S.
April 9, 2014
The Economic Development Corp. is working its way through more than 150 applications, giving out fiber connections on a first come, first serve basis.
April 7, 2014
Indiana's new Management and Performance Hub will automate agencies' key performance indicators to try to improve outcomes on individual targets, such as infant mortality.
April 7, 2014
One Washington, D.C., neighborhood learned that launching a free public Wi-Fi network was not as easy as initially anticipated.
March 31, 2014
The city has published on online scorecard to promote better transparency.
March 27, 2014
At least the small city claims it does -- and local officials did it themselves.
March 26, 2014
In previous SmartCities Challenges, the company has helped Syracuse, N.Y., create a land bank that enabled it to reclaim and revitalize vacant properties, and helped Providence, R.I., simplify the process of permit and construction plan applications.
March 24, 2014
More than 30 cities have been scored on their open data efforts, and more will be reviewed and added in the coming months.
March 20, 2014
Officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania are looking to technology to reduce contraband in prisons and keep inmates from illegally receiving unemployment checks.
March 19, 2014
The National Governors Association announced three states that will participate in a program to improve data sharing to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society.
March 18, 2014
California experiments with crowdsourced legislation.
March 13, 2014
Self-driving cars sound like fantasy to many, but regulators in the state are laying the groundwork for the technology to hit the roads next year.
March 6, 2014
A professor and former police officer and others have created an app that alerts cops when they're too tired to continue working safely.
March 3, 2014
The National Guard has a critical role to play in coordinating cyber-resources across federal, state and local governments.
February 27, 2014
Obama introduces a $302 billion transportation Infrastructure Investment and outlined how the White House plans to fill the gap in the Highway Trust.
February 26, 2014
The wireless industry is bristling over the Commission’s proposed rulemaking on wireless 911 location results.
February 20, 2014
As the company rolls out Google Fiber, it looks to 34 more communities as the next potential candidates.
February 20, 2014
Among Bitcoin's challenges are hackers, volatility and regulations.
February 18, 2014
The organization's mission is to move civic hacking's focus toward building solutions and providing ongoing support so those solutions -- primarily in disaster response and recovery -- can succeed in the public sector.
February 5, 2014
Stuck between promises to the public and aging equipment, Riverside, Calif., must determine the best course of action for its free, citywide Wi-Fi network.
February 3, 2014
A new bill would require South Carolina school districts to provide an anonymous online form to report instances of bullying.
January 31, 2014
Assessing dirt roads and roadside features on foot could, in coming years, become a thing of the past.
January 29, 2014
Obama's annual speech focused mostly on job growth and made and made only brief mentions of technology.
January 29, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker expected to sign bill that would prevent Wisconsin employers from asking for the log-in information and passwords for a prospective employee’s social media accounts.
January 27, 2014
The international Intelligent Community of the Year competition showcases communities that use information technology to build prosperity, solve social problems and enrich local culture.
January 12, 2014
Use the interactive map to see how each governor focused on technology in his 2014 State of the State address.
August 6, 2013
Military Software Helps 1 City Track Gangs; Bitcoin's Possibilities; and Tech's Role in Charging by the Mile
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February 8, 2013
Five local governments have committed to taking steps toward building a government for the 21st century, using technology to transform the way government and citizens interact.
January 25, 2013
The list of Chief Innovation Officers in public agencies is growing, as evidenced by appointments at the state and local levels -- Maryland, Massachusetts, San Francisco and Philadelphia, to name a few.
January 24, 2013
Using an existing reporting tool, states are moving vets off Medicaid rolls by connecting them to better federal benefits they may not have known about.
January 18, 2013
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced on a partnership with Yelp, a popular restaurant review website, to link the city's restaurant health score data and to standardize health score data nationwide.
January 3, 2013
The widely used, visually-oriented platform is helping social media-savvy law enforcement agencies drive up arrest rates.
December 10, 2012
This program is part of the FCC’s Next Generation 911 services, which attempts to upgrade the rules and regulations of the landline era to the current mobile and IP world.
December 7, 2012
The city is asking citizens for ideas on how to reinvent pay phone sites and their surrounding enclosures.
December 4, 2012
Federally-run health insurance exchanges as well as some some state-run exchanges will be paid for using insurance premium surcharges, not separate taxes.
November 30, 2012
Pennsylvania is the only state currently meeting or exceeding all federal guidelines for securing child support payments.
November 16, 2012
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council made recommendations that could help not only the federal government but state and local governments, too.
November 13, 2012
A program in Washington state uses data sharing to help veterans access proper benefits, and saves millions in state Medicaid funding.
November 12, 2012
Boston launched a new hacker space to bring academics, industry professionals and the public sector together to solve problems.
October 24, 2012
Being a victim, the study found, can be avoided by not being an easy target, as most data breaches of public sector information were found to be opportunistic, not calculated attacks.
October 15, 2012
Thom Guertin will launch the Office of Digital Excellence and work with CIO John Landers to increase the number of services available to citizens online.
October 11, 2012
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers launched a new website to promote collaboration across jurisdictions and agencies within state and local government.
October 4, 2012
The new organization will help state leaders create policy to protect infrastructure such as data and communication systems, financial records, banking systems, water systems, electrical grids and energy companies.
October 2, 2012
Two New Jersey state senators sponsored a bill that could generate income for the state, but a few problems have caused the bill to be put on hold.
September 28, 2012
Allen County is one of just a handful of public libraries that have set up multipurpose workshops for patrons who want to share and collaborate in order to create and build things.
September 25, 2012
If Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets his way, all parks and open spaces in Chicago will offer free wireless internet access to the public.
September 12, 2012
Cities may lose access to their Facebook pages if they don't make it clear that it's an official government page.
September 11, 2012
Experts discuss the viability of telehealth in light of a growing shortage of primary care physicians and increased demand for medical care.
September 6, 2012
Economic development corporations weigh in on New York City’s plans to outsource management of its costliest technology projects.
September 5, 2012
The state’s new residency check system may be an answer to other states thinking about the same verification issues.
August 30, 2012
With passage of new public safety broadband legislation earlier this year, the federal government is trying put the brakes on these projects to ensure they fit in with the emerging national network – and in some cases that’s spurring frustration.
August 29, 2012
RNC and DNC 2012 aim to be safer, interactive and continuously connected.
August 27, 2012
Community efforts help Google fiber reach schools, libraries and public facilities in more Kansas City neighborhoods.
August 24, 2012
First place winners are the state of Alabama, Orange County, Fla., and Louisville, Ky.
August 21, 2012
Harris County, Texas, rolls out the first pieces of what could become a nationwide broadband wireless network for public safety.
August 17, 2012
Oracle survey finds that states are moving away from manual reporting processes.
August 15, 2012
The city of Cleveland's Division of Printing and Reproduction has become the first government agency to receive certification from the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.
August 13, 2012
A few hundred residents have already used the system to register to vote.
August 10, 2012
Energy producers and experts discuss geothermal and other renewable power sources at the National Geothermal Summit in Sacramento, Calif.
August 9, 2012
The software is New York City’s attempt to build a truly one-stop shop for crime and counterterrorism data that’s accessible in real time.
July 27, 2012
New report shows how all 50 states fare in technology preparedness if electronic voting machines malfunction on Election Day — a factor that could impact voting results in swing states.
July 27, 2012
Three plans offered for Kansas City community to take advantage of 1 GB fiber network.
July 25, 2012
As technology evolves and standards for radio systems change, are siren alerts for tsunamis, tornadoes and other natural disasters a thing of the past?
July 23, 2012
On Aug. 1, data.cityofpaloalto.org will go live in an effort to make city data sets more accessible to the public.
July 20, 2012
Technology incorporates multiple data sources and predictive modeling to help keep residents safe from floods in Austin, Texas.
July 19, 2012
The IT department of Bryan, Texas, has volunteered its time and expertise to help better prepare a local child abduction response team for action.
July 19, 2012
Pilot projects are being planned to test technical standards that would allow vehicles to immediately “tell” 911 call centers when there is a crash.
July 17, 2012
The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program is a Web-based database that allows agencies to ensure that only those entitled to benefits receive them.
July 16, 2012
Arizona is updating its stalking laws to include modern technologies like email and text messaging.
July 12, 2012
Noted by Pew Charitable Trust researchers as having the most expensive per-call cost among cities that it recently analyzed -- $7.78 per call -- Detroit ceased operations at its 311 Call Center.
July 11, 2012
Health-care executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reign as states continue to build online insurance marketplaces.
July 10, 2012
Latest legislation may represent middle ground in online security debate.
July 9, 2012
Video footage will be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union and stored on a secure server.
July 9, 2012
Transparency portal features contracts, expenditures and other key financial data.
July 6, 2012
Legislation is under consideration that will address details of the California Technology Agency’s move into a new Government Operations Agency . State CIO to maintain direct reporting to governor on IT.
June 25, 2012
Pilot programs in Indiana and Ohio will measure the effects of expanding access to prescription drug monitoring.
June 22, 2012
The New York City Housing Authority takes an ice cream truck approach to providing computer and broadband access to citizens with its Digital Van program.
June 21, 2012
Industry and local government groups face off on setting guidelines over dish placement.
June 20, 2012
What people are saying about the new public-private partnership aiming to develop new applications for ultra-fast networks.
June 15, 2012
The National Science Foundation spearheads plan to create 60 apps for high-speed networks.
June 14, 2012
Northrop Grumman and the University of Maryland will partner to teach students about the ever-changing and evolving aspects of cybersecurity.
June 14, 2012
New York City and Las Vegas are only U.S. cities to apply for new top-level domain extensions.
June 13, 2012
Government transparency organization develops phone service for users to call and get updates about state legislatures with Google Alerts-style features.
June 11, 2012
The Southern California city was recognized for its fiber network, digital inclusion efforts, technology incubation, IT recycling and several other projects.
June 8, 2012
Officials say the state’s massive vehicle title and registration update is finally close to full speed.
June 6, 2012
Business pitch contest yields diverse field of entries via popular social media platform.
June 4, 2012
Missouri data warehouse unites taxpayer data to maximize yields for state coffers.
June 4, 2012
City remains hopeful it can retain tenancy, despite bank takeover.
June 1, 2012
Budget belt-tightening has put the cost of 311 calls under a microscope. And while few cities would contemplate pulling the plug on these popular systems, many are looking for ways to rein in expenses.
May 31, 2012
Arkansas’ online procurement system cuts paper usage by 117,000 pages a year, and reduces processing time from three months to less than six weeks.
May 30, 2012
Lincoln County Jail in Oregon has installed a new Web-based system that allows staff to control inmates’ TV programs.
May 29, 2012
Text messaging has become the backbone behind a new mobile health program in Clackamas County, Ore.
May 25, 2012
Next-generation traffic data is providing travelers with detailed real-time roadway conditions, hazard messages and expected travel times.
May 25, 2012
Solar-powered parking pay stations in the city of Lake Geneva, Wis., let drivers pay for parking by credit card and extend parking time via text message.
May 24, 2012
Ohio's voter-initiated ban on indoor public smoking, the first enacted in the Midwest and among the strictest in the nation, is constitutional and enforceable, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled.
May 24, 2012
Commerce Department issues wish list for board members who will guide a national broadband framework for first responders.