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Government Technology is Governing's sister e.Republic publication, offering in-depth coverage of IT case studies, emerging technologies and the implications of digital technology on the policies and management of public sector organizations.

October 21, 2014

The West, without Water

A new report highlights opportunities to try to improve water management in drought-stricken Western states.
October 16, 2014

How Analytics Can Help Governments Crack Down on Disabled Parking Fraud

New Fraud-Detection-as-a-Service continues to “learn” over time, uncovering emerging fraud methods.
October 6, 2014

California May Soon Have Text-to-911 Capability

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

State and Local Governments Try to Fix the Cybersecurity Staff Problem

The shortage of cybersecurity experts is well documented. So what are agencies doing to fill the gap?
October 1, 2014

The End of the Traffic Jam?

A new computer simulation foreshadows a future where 90 percent of vehicle traffic is eliminated.
October 1, 2014

Cybersecurity Worries of State Governments

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

What Predictive Policing Can, and Can't, Do to Prevent Crime

As analytical tools have become more sophisticated and data sets much larger, the ability to forecast crime has grown more nuanced.
September 18, 2014

San Francisco Will Try Again on Airbnb Law

Issues over insurance, enforcement and taxation spur supervisors to revise short-term rental legislation proposed.
September 12, 2014

Critics Cite Safety Concerns as Uber Introduces BYOD for Drivers

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 Best Tech States

The 2014 Digital States Survey grades states on how well they use technology to serve their citizens.
August 28, 2014

California Legislature Passes Law to Regulate Drones

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

Georgia Teenagers Create Police Rating App

Inspired by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., a family of teens releases an app to try to keep police accountable.
August 5, 2014

Minnesota Made a Technology Overhaul Pay Off

Minnesota's IT renovation saved the state $27.4 million.
July 31, 2014

How San Francisco Put Entrepreneurship in City Government

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

Will Nationwide Wi-Fi Start in Los Angeles?

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

Cities to FCC: Remove Barriers to Broadband Competition

Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., want the FCC to axe restrictions on expanding municipal broadband networks.
July 9, 2014

How San Francisco Is Using Technology to Measure Neighborhood Sustainability

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

New Technology Helps States Monitor Troubled Bridges

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

Pennsylvania Cops Might Finally Get Radar Power

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

Public Libraries Will Bring Bring Wi-Fi Hotspots to Communities

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

What Would You Change About Government?

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

Oyster Bay, N.Y., Clamps Down on Social Media

Officials in the Long Island town will restrict what information employees and vendors can release without official consent.
June 16, 2014

The Top Technology States

A report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked states based on economic and technological trends.
June 16, 2014

More States and Cities Have Data Officers

Which places have chief data officers? Ranks of government CDOs grow as agencies implement analytics.
June 12, 2014

San Francisco Is a Wi-Fi Hotspot, If You've Got the Code

San Francisco becomes the first U.S. city to offer encrypted Wi-Fi.
June 10, 2014

Wyoming's New, High-Speed Internet

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

High School Students in Los Angeles Win Hackathon for Homeless Shelter App

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

8 States Agree to Promote Electric Vehicles

Eight Governors Sign and agreement that could boost deployment of charging stations and other EV infrastructure.
May 30, 2014

California Considers a Bill to Require Warrants for Electronic Snooping

The Golden State may restrict state cooperation with federal agencies seeking data on Californians without a valid warrant.
May 21, 2014

In Emergency Situations, Privacy Becomes Less Important

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

Florida to Create an Agency for State Technology. Will It Work?

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

IT Staff Too Expensive? Just Replace the Workers with Student Interns.

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

Authentication Technology is Not Really a 'Driver’s License for the Internet'

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

How Much Should States Be Outsourcing IT Projects?

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 Are Using Social Media to Help People Find Their Stolen Stuff

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

State Governments Increasingly Making Use of Online Authentication Tools

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

How to Get Entrepreneurs in State Government

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

Is it Time for Community Broadband?

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

How Palo Alto, Calif. Used Apps to Cut Wait Times for Construction Permits

Officials put building permits and inspection process online using a civic cloud platform and innovative apps.
April 11, 2014

Why Are Governments Publicizing Jobs on Twitter?

Some government officials are finding Twitter a fast, cheap and easy method of advertising new job openings in their agencies.
April 9, 2014

The End of Government Transparency?

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

New York City Awards Fiber-Optic Networks to Some Businesses

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

Can Data Analytics Reduce Infant Mortality?

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

Free Neighborhood Wi-Fi? Easier Said Than Done.

One Washington, D.C., neighborhood learned that launching a free public Wi-Fi network was not as easy as initially anticipated.
March 31, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla., Creates Scorecard for Government Services

The city has published on online scorecard to promote better transparency.
March 27, 2014

How Does Ponca City, Okla., Have the Fastest Free Wi-Fi in America?

At least the small city claims it does -- and local officials did it themselves.
March 26, 2014

IBM Designates 16 Places for SmartCity Projects

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

San Francisco Is the Best City for Open Data

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

States Instituting More Surveillance over Inmates

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

Can Data Sharing Between States Keep People Out of Prison?

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

Why Not Let Citizens Draft Their Own Legislation?

California experiments with crowdsourced legislation.
March 13, 2014

Will California Really Have Self-Driving Cars by 2015?

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

New App Lets Police Officers Know If They're Too Tired to Work

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

How the National Guard Is Protecting Cybersecurity

The National Guard has a critical role to play in coordinating cyber-resources across federal, state and local governments.
February 27, 2014

The President Announces New Money for Transportation

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 Lobbying Hard to Prevent New FCC 911 Changes

The wireless industry is bristling over the Commission’s proposed rulemaking on wireless 911 location results.
February 20, 2014

Google to Bring Super High-Speed Internet Service to 34 Cities

As the company rolls out Google Fiber, it looks to 34 more communities as the next potential candidates.
February 20, 2014

Will Bitcoin Fail?

Among Bitcoin's challenges are hackers, volatility and regulations.
February 18, 2014

The Civic-Ninja Solution to Municipal Problems

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

What Happens to Riverside's Magic Wi-Fi System?

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

South Carolina Considers New Anti-Bullying Bill

A new bill would require South Carolina school districts to provide an anonymous online form to report instances of bullying.
January 31, 2014

Michigan May Use Drones to Study Unpaved Roads

Assessing dirt roads and roadside features on foot could, in coming years, become a thing of the past.
January 29, 2014

State of the Union Didn't Focus Much on Technology

Obama's annual speech focused mostly on job growth and made and made only brief mentions of technology.
January 29, 2014

Wisconsin Works to Protect Social Media Privacy

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

Arlington County, Va. and Columbus, Ohio Rated Among the Most 'Intelligent Communities of the Year'

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

How Much (or How Little) Do Governors Care About Tech Policy?

Use the interactive map to see how each governor focused on technology in his 2014 State of the State address.
February 8, 2013

5 Cities Accept Citizenville Challenge to Make Tech Transformation

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

Kansas City Joins States, Cities with Chief Innovation Officers

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

States Save Millions Helping Veterans Get Federal Aid

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

Yelp, San Francisco Partner to Publicize Health Inspection Data

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

Pinterest Helps Police Catch Criminals

The widely used, visually-oriented platform is helping social media-savvy law enforcement agencies drive up arrest rates.
December 10, 2012

Texting 911 Option Available Nationwide in 2014

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

New York City Seeks to Reinvent the Pay Phone

The city is asking citizens for ideas on how to reinvent pay phone sites and their surrounding enclosures.
December 4, 2012

Some Health Exchanges to be Paid for with Surcharges Instead of Taxes

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

Predictive Data Fuels Child Support Success in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the only state currently meeting or exceeding all federal guidelines for securing child support payments.
November 16, 2012

Increased Data Analytics Could Reduce Deficit by $220 Billion

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

Program Benefits Veterans, Saves States Millions

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 Invests in Hackers

Boston launched a new hacker space to bring academics, industry professionals and the public sector together to solve problems.
October 24, 2012

Cybersecurity Report: Hackers Look for Easy Targets

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

Rhode Island Names Its 1st Chief Digital Officer

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

NASCIO Website Highlights Government IT Success Stories

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

Cybersecurity Resource Center Created to Help Governors

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

New Jersey Mulls Ad-Powered Websites

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

Fab Labs at the Library

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

Free Wi-Fi Planned for All Chicago Parks

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

Facebook to Cities: Change Page Names, or Else

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

Will Telehealth Flourish Under the Affordable Care Act?

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

Can External Oversight Keep NYC Tech Projects on Budget?

Economic development corporations weigh in on New York City’s plans to outsource management of its costliest technology projects.
September 5, 2012

How Massachusetts is Verifying Health Exchange Users

The state’s new residency check system may be an answer to other states thinking about the same verification issues.
August 30, 2012

Feds Rethink Public Safety Network While Locals Stew

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

3 Ways Tech is Transforming Political Conventions

RNC and DNC 2012 aim to be safer, interactive and continuously connected.
August 27, 2012

‘Give Us a Gig’ Helps Narrow Digital Divide in Gigabit City

Community efforts help Google fiber reach schools, libraries and public facilities in more Kansas City neighborhoods.
August 24, 2012

Best Government Websites Named

First place winners are the state of Alabama, Orange County, Fla., and Louisville, Ky.
August 21, 2012

National Public Safety Wireless Network Starting to Take Shape

Harris County, Texas, rolls out the first pieces of what could become a nationwide broadband wireless network for public safety.
August 17, 2012

Report: State Financial Reporting Has Room for Improvement

Oracle survey finds that states are moving away from manual reporting processes.
August 15, 2012

Cleveland is 1st to Get Sustainable Green Printing Certification

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

Maryland Becomes 10th State with Online Voter Registration

A few hundred residents have already used the system to register to vote.
August 10, 2012

Will Geothermal Solve California's Energy Crisis?

Energy producers and experts discuss geothermal and other renewable power sources at the National Geothermal Summit in Sacramento, Calif.
August 9, 2012

New York City Unveils Crime-Tracking Data Software

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

Report: Voting Tech Errors Could Be a Deal Breaker in Swing States

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

Google Unveils Plans for Kansas City Fiberhoods

Three plans offered for Kansas City community to take advantage of 1 GB fiber network.
July 25, 2012

Emergency Sirens: A Dying Technology?

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

Open Data Initiative Launching in Palo Alto, California

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

Flood Early Warning System Keeps Austin, Texas, Prepared

Technology incorporates multiple data sources and predictive modeling to help keep residents safe from floods in Austin, Texas.
July 19, 2012

Child Abduction Cases in Texas Get Help from IT

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

Cars Alerting 911 of Crashes Nearing Reality

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

Florida Can Use Federal Database to Help Scrub Voting Rolls

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 to Join 24 States with Cyberstalking Laws

Arizona is updating its stalking laws to include modern technologies like email and text messaging.
July 12, 2012

Detroit Closes Expensive 311 Call Center

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

Medicaid Expansion Complicates Health Insurance Exchanges

Health-care executives and public officials say complexity and uncertainty reign as states continue to build online insurance marketplaces.
July 10, 2012

Cybersecurity Bill Compromise Could Be on the Way

Latest legislation may represent middle ground in online security debate.
July 9, 2012

New Jersey ACLU App for Recording Police

Video footage will be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union and stored on a secure server.
July 9, 2012

Public Salaries Revealed on New Arkansas Website

Transparency portal features contracts, expenditures and other key financial data.
July 6, 2012

California Tech Agency Reorganization Becomes Law

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

Prescription Drug Abuse Targeted in Health IT Pilots

Pilot programs in Indiana and Ohio will measure the effects of expanding access to prescription drug monitoring.
June 22, 2012

New York City Puts Internet on Wheels

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

Philadelphia Ordinance Ignites Satellite-Dish Debate

Industry and local government groups face off on setting guidelines over dish placement.
June 20, 2012

National Broadband Initiative Draws Cheers and Jeers

What people are saying about the new public-private partnership aiming to develop new applications for ultra-fast networks.
June 15, 2012

Feds, Cities Strike Private Partnership on Next-Gen App Development

The National Science Foundation spearheads plan to create 60 apps for high-speed networks.
June 14, 2012

Cybersecurity Leaders of Tomorrow Train at University of Maryland

Northrop Grumman and the University of Maryland will partner to teach students about the ever-changing and evolving aspects of cybersecurity.
June 14, 2012

Only New York and Vegas Opt for "Dot-City" Domains

New York City and Las Vegas are only U.S. cities to apply for new top-level domain extensions.
June 13, 2012

Phone Service Connects Low-Tech Citizens to Legislatures

Government transparency organization develops phone service for users to call and get updates about state legislatures with Google Alerts-style features.
June 11, 2012

Riverside, Calif., Named World's Most Intelligent Community of 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

Kansas DMV Overhaul Faces Road Bumps

Officials say the state’s massive vehicle title and registration update is finally close to full speed.
June 6, 2012

Maryland Awards Pinterest-ed Entrepreneurs

Business pitch contest yields diverse field of entries via popular social media platform.
June 4, 2012

Missouri Recovers $300 Million in Tax Revenue

Missouri data warehouse unites taxpayer data to maximize yields for state coffers.
June 4, 2012

Bank to Take Over Stockton, California IT Dept. Building

City remains hopeful it can retain tenancy, despite bank takeover.
June 1, 2012

Cities Aim to Cut 311 Costs Without Affecting Services

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 Shaves Time Off Procurement Process

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 Customizes What Inmates Watch on TV

Lincoln County Jail in Oregon has installed a new Web-based system that allows staff to control inmates’ TV programs.
May 29, 2012

Texting Unites Patients with Providers in Oregon

Text messaging has become the backbone behind a new mobile health program in Clackamas County, Ore.
May 25, 2012

New 511 Travel Information App Debuts in Virginia

Next-generation traffic data is providing travelers with detailed real-time roadway conditions, hazard messages and expected travel times.
May 25, 2012

High-Tech Parking Extends Beyond Big U.S. Cities

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

Smoking Ban Upheld by Ohio Supreme Court

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

Who Will Set Up the Wireless Network for First Responders?

Commerce Department issues wish list for board members who will guide a national broadband framework for first responders.