State and Local


States urged to create data catalogs

State and local governments should ramp up efforts to become more transparent, organization contends.

Recovery.gov gets a facelift

The retooled Recovery.gov Web site for tracking economic stimulus law funding is getting mostly a thumbs-up from visitors, but another test for transparency will come later this month when the site begins adding hundreds of thousands more data points from state and local recipients of the funding.

Stimulus map quest: It’s a long road

Data without context is meaningless to anyone but a specialist. But context without data is not so good either. Such was the dilemma presented by the Obama administration’s revamp of the Recovery.gov Web site, which was unveiled last week.

FEMA falls short on warning systems, GAO says

A GAO official cited FEMA's lack of progress on its public alert systems for disasters, but a FEMA official defended the agency's pace.

DHS establishes office for intelligence-sharing centers

The Homeland Security Department will establish a new office to coordinate its involvement with intelligence-sharing centers that rely on information technology.

DHS intell office to realign IT capabilities

The Homeland Security Department's top intelligence official told a House subcommittee how IT would help share security information.

Stimulus spenders race to the finish line

States and feds rush to meet a reporting deadline — and there is no shortage of obstacles to providing data to the public.

Microsoft, BNY Mellon to help states track stimulus spending

Agencies can use hosted or on-site software to track and manage projects via graphical dashboards, maps and analytics.

DOD opens some classified information to non-federal officials

Some officials working at state and local intelligence fusion centers will have limited access to data on the Defense Department's classified network.

Build a better test for your emergency response systems

There are a variety of techniques and tools that agencies can use to get the most out of the time and money they spend testing their emergency management systems.

Independent evaluations

Eastern Kentucky University independently evaluates how well commercial incident management software meets the criteria of the National Incident Management System standard.

Who is sending mysterious laptops to governors?

The FBI is investigating unsolicited laptop computers sent to several governors’ offices.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Federal 100 awards. Get the details and submit your picks!