From 2011 to mid-2015, Brian Heaton wrote for a variety of e.Republic publications, including Government Technology, Governing, Emergency Management and Public CIO.

December 10, 2013

Making 911 Work for Cell Phones

The Find Me 911 Coalition is pushing the FCC to craft stricter regulations to better pinpoint the location of emergency calls made from mobile devices.
November 19, 2013

Cops Like What They See with License Plate Readers

The popular tech tool is helping cops become more efficient, but privacy advocates have concerns about what agencies are doing with the data they collect.
September 17, 2013

Michigan and Illinois Get Two Medicaid Systems for the Price of One

The partnership is a first of its kind in the country and will save the states millions in start-up and maintenance costs.
May 21, 2013

New Portal Compares States' Energy Profiles

Government officials now have access to vast amounts of data to help develop state energy policy and assess energy sustainability.
April 16, 2013

The Benefits of Fingerprinting the Homeless

New Jersey is expanding a local program that helps agencies track homeless services more accurately and in less time, increasing their chances of getting the federal funding they need.
March 19, 2013

New Clean Energy Program Won't Cost Cities a Dime

A new public-private partnership is similar to existing clean energy programs, but this one doesn't require any financial investment from cities.
February 19, 2013

Battered by Sandy, New Jersey Tries Email Voting with Mixed Results

Casting a vote by email may seem easy, but the process was no walk in the park when New Jersey allowed it in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
January 22, 2013

Virtual Interns Help Solve an Agency’s Workforce Needs

Instead of losing college students when they return to school, one agency has turned to technology to keep those interns year-round.
December 18, 2012

IT Directors Go Retro in Virginia

Technology workers in two Virginia agencies are using an old-school organizational method to improve workflow and efficiency.
December 5, 2012

Collecting and Assessing Storm Damage Goes High Tech

A new Web-based application made incident reporting more efficient and cut down the time it took to compile an assessment report in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
November 21, 2012

Local Governments Pursue Independent Broadband Despite Challenges

Experts explain how municipalities can create a publicly owned community broadband network.
November 6, 2012

Transforming Procurement: Will iPads Replace Binders?

Some states have started to offer vendors the option of submitting their responses to RFPs on tablet devices.