State and Local


Collaboration project will share code for government apps

The District of Columbia and nonprofit groups debut the Civic Commons organization to enable federal, state and local government to share open-source code.

5 ways to use social media for better emergency response

More people now use social media tools to report emergencies or call for help, and they expect government response agencies to be actively engaged in using the technology, too.

State, local education agencies flunk stimulus law transparency tests

GAO found only 9 percent of the spending descriptions fully met the law's transparency criteria, such as for clear and complete information.

Former New Orleans mayor wasted money with outsourcing, IG says

Inspector general faults former Mayor Ray Nagin for outsourcing technology that increased the costs of recovery after Hurricane Katrina.

Which state is the first deploy a mass mobile alerting system?

The new system – which sends text messages to mobile phones - can target specific geographic areas, which could be as large as a city or as small as a few blocks.

Bedbugs invade file cabinets at SSA offices

The Social Security Administration offices in Queens, N.Y., are under siege from bedbugs.

Five years after Katrina, government IT still feels storm's fury

Five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the region continues to rebuild and the federal government is still trying to fix information technology-related problems that the storm and its aftermath exposed.

State, local health IT spending projected to be $10B by 2015

Spending on state and local health information technology systems is expected to rise by 19 percent during the next five years, according to market research firm Input Inc.

California starts statewide telehealth network

The California Telehealth Network will link 800 facilities statewide.

Top state-level IT projects to be honored

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has announced 33 state-level information technology projects as finalists for that organization's annual awards.

Dead government Web sites haunt the CyberCemetery

Defunct government Web sites can be found at the CyberCemetery, a project of the University of North Texas and the Government Printing Office.

Florida to employees: Keep that tweet (and status update, IM, SMS, etc.)

Florida's state and local government agencies got new instructions this month for retaining electronic communications.