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October 26, 2015

Twitter’s New Polling Feature May Be Useful for Governments

Twitter’s newly announced polling feature looks like a lot of fun for its throngs of avid users, but could it also bring value to savvy organizations looking for instant feedback from the public?
October 12, 2015

California Requires Warrants for Digital Searches

The signing of a new privacy bill was celebrated by privacy advocates and major technology companies alike.
October 8, 2015

Cincinnati Uses Lasers to Tackle Road Repairs

City officials are taking a new, less subjective look at their roads and how to fund them with a capital acceleration plan and a laser-equipped van geared toward removing guess work and saving money.
September 29, 2015

California's New Problem: Driverless Car Crashes

As the number of companies testing self-driving cars on public roads rises, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog says the public should have more information about the crashes those vehicles are getting into.
September 24, 2015

A Data-Sharing Network to Fix Problems During Super Bowl 50

Several businesses and public entities have banded together to share camera feeds and sensor data in an effort to identify security threats early.
August 12, 2015

California's Very Simple Weapon in the War on Drought

Thousands of black plastic “shade balls” offer an elegant solution to water loss and environmental threats.
July 17, 2015

White House Program Will Bring Broadband to Poor Households in 28 Communities

The Obama administration's digital divide crusade is expanding through a program called ConnectHome and is expected to initially reach more than 275,000 households through increased broadband access, technical training and digital devices.
July 15, 2015

Tennessee Uses Technology to Improve Alcohol Licensing

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has signed a deal to digitize and automate the license renewal process state wide.
July 10, 2015

The Most Innovative, Digital Counties

In this year's survey, the Center for Digital Government recognizes 54 counties as adaptive IT leaders, collaborators and arbiters of the public trust.
July 7, 2015

Oakland, Calif., Uses Real-Time Crime Map to Try to Drive Community Engagement

Users can see the latest criminal and emergency activity on a map as it is filtered through the Oakland Police Department’s 911-dispatch system.
June 10, 2015

Cities Trying to Process Data the Way Utilities Do

Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago are among a host of places attempting to process data within the same framework as water or any other natural resource — and it seems to be working.
May 8, 2015

California Working to Test for Drug-Based DUIs

AB 1356 authorizes law enforcement to use a new device to check drivers for use of pot, cocaine and other drugs.
May 1, 2015

New Legislation May Reduce Texas’ Renewable Energy Use

A measure shutters two key renewable energy programs in Texas, which could stir up the regulatory environment in the state.
April 17, 2015

Texas Legislature Considers Electricity Conservation

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

San Leandro, Calif., Launches Free Wi-Fi

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

How Data Can Improve Transit Efficiency

Automatic vehicle location and passenger counting systems create data that can fine-tune the running of a transit system.
March 13, 2015

What's the Next Stage in the Open Data Movement?

The information is out there somewhere. Now, can governments find and use it?
January 29, 2015

North Dakota May Produce Licenses for Residents to Cross into Canada

The state would become one of just a handful to issue "enhanced driver's licenses" to cross borders.
January 19, 2015

Yelp Moves to Publicize Health Department Inspections

Yelp and Socrata have partnered to make the results of restaurant inspections public.
January 13, 2015

Regulators Can't Keep Pace with Health-Care Technology Innovation

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

Cities Try to Promote Technology Solutions with New Initiative

CityCamp will bring together citizens, hackers and officials from four cities to discuss ways civic tech partnerships can address community challenges.
January 6, 2015

Common Social Media Mistakes Governments Should Avoid

Many best practices are commonly overlooked in the development of government social media policies.
December 31, 2014

Top 15 Security Predictions for 2015

Here's what technology experts are saying - along with my naughty and nice labels.
December 22, 2014

Why Some Cities Are Using Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery

New York City and Asheville, N.C., have both adopted private clouds to provide disaster recovery services, with promising results.
December 16, 2014

Iowa Will Introduce Driver's License App in 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation expects to have a working prototype within six months.
December 8, 2014

Using Public Transportation to Create Wi-Fi Hot Spots

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

New York State Has a New CIO

Maggie Miller, former CIO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, will make New York state her eighth CIO position.
November 21, 2014

Making Government Interaction Fun

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

How Technology Is Helping Buffalo with Snow Removal

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

Fix Solar Permitting to Fight Climate Change

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

Startup Money Will Provides Easy-to-Use Open-Government Tools to Cities and States

OpenGov Foundation gets $750,000 to pioneer open lawmaking tools to citizens.
November 12, 2014

Voting Technology Is Very Outdated

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

What the 2014 Election Means for Security and Technology

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

Now There's an App to Help Poor Moms Access Nutrition Programs

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

Maybe Government Employees Should Get Unlimited Vacation Time

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

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, 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.
August 6, 2013

Military Software Helps 1 City Track Gangs; Bitcoin's Possibilities; and Tech's Role in Charging by the Mile

Government and technology news you should know.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.