State and Local


Which states are the most digital of all?

The 2010 Digital States Survey, which ranks states' IT prowess in eight categories, showed little change at the top from the previous survey in 2008 -- with one exception.

Cybersecurity gets faster with blending of two protocols

The integration of government's Security Content Automation Protocols with TCG's Trusted Network Connect could add automated policy enforcement to scanning and evaluation of security status.

Sewer-band Internet could come to your town

Quincy, Ill., tests the sewers for providing Internet service. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

A battle over public safety radio plans

Seattle officials exchange a blog-based war of words over the region's strategy for first-responder communications.

Group charges State with penalizing officers seeking mental heath treatment

A group of current and former State Department employees say the department's security clearance revocation process unfairly penalizes Foreign Service officers for seeking mental health treatment.

E-voting system failures lead to call for public clearinghouse

A new report calls for creating a national public searchable database of electronic voting systems' defects and vulnerabilities.

California, Boston win awards for best government websites

Portals run by the state of California and the city of Boston were tops among municipal Web sites in a recent "Best of the Web" competition.

Cops, collection agencies turn to data analytics

Some state and local agencies are turning to business analytics software to help fight crime and collect taxes and other payments.

HHS distributes $20M to rural hospitals for health IT

The Health and Human Services Department has announced $20 million in additional economic stimulus law grants to help rural hospitals install electronic health record systems.

Can we fight cyber crime like the Untouchables fought Capone?

Recent successful legal action against the Waledac botnet offers some hope that lawyers might succeed where technology has failed in the war against cyber crime.

Google Apps government reach grows

Google's cloud-based software suite is making inroads with federal and local government agencies.

A cost of consolidation?

Agency officials looking to consolidate their technology operations might want to refactor the risks after the recent meltdown of services in Virginia.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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