State and Local


States launch stimulus-tracking sites

All 50 states are now online with stimulus act Web sites, but they vary in quality and usefulness.

Knowledge retention helps agencies retain employees' expertise

Organizations use knowledge-retention programs to capture workplace wisdom and provide mechanisms for sharing expertise learned from retiring workers.

Cloud computing moves into public safety

Companies introduce software as a service for communications between fire, police and emergency agencies.

Megacommunities: The next big idea

Cybersecurity, climate change and other complex challenges require a new kind of thinking, two consultants say

41 states and DC now publishing tax-expenditure reports

Many states are now releasing tax-break tallies, according to a new report.

OMB: Agencies must pay to upgrade Grants.gov

Grant-making agencies must cover the costs to strengthen the governmentwide grants portal to accommodate the crush of stimulus funds applications.

DHS grants total millions for IT

The Homeland Security Department announces $970 million in state and local grants that include funding for IT items such as port identification cards, truck-tracking systems and the Real ID Act.

FCC preparing national broadband plan

The FCC will take a year to produce a national broadband strategy, but that should not be a problem for stimulus broadband grants, according to one expert.

Group wants government cybersecurity CEO

Private sector executives recommend a single leader at the White House level to align the government's cybersecurity efforts.

Web tools can help agencies collect innovative ideas

Web-based applications for soliciting ideas from workers and the public are only as useful and successful as you make them.

5 secrets of leading-edge technology adopters

Despite the public sector’s reputation as an innovation laggard, there are some government outfits that find that life on the leading edge of technology adoption is the place to be. Their willingness to find and use the latest solutions or existing tools in new ways can give them a jump on delivering benefits to employees and citizens.

States wrestle with stimulus funding

States are trying to figure out how to manage the huge influx of stimulus funds.