State and Local

DHS gets new intell chief

Caryn Wagner started today as head of the DHS office that uses information technology to share homeland security-related data with state and local authorities.

Washington's snow response GIS mapping system gets a workout

D.C.'s Snow Response Reporting System lets users type in an address and see which surrounding streets have been plowed or salted within a specified date range.

Defense Department chooses CIO

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Teri Takai, chief information officer for the state of California, will become DOD's next CIO.

Ballmer forecasts cloudy future for public safety

The next step for public saftey managers is to move applications to cloud-based computing infrastructors, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer told attendees at company's Public Safety Symposium.

FEHBP beneficiaries won't face higher health care tax...yet

Pressure from federal employee unions pushed lawmakers to give rank-and-file feds same deal on health excise tax as state/local counterparts.

Social media swings tight Mass. Senate race

Scott Brown skillfully used social media to give his candidacy legitimacy and to make his supporters feel personally connected to his campaign.

Maryland wants to be cybersecurity epicenter

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants Maryland to be recognized as the leading state for cybersecurity.

Jim Duffey

Former EDS exec Duffey to be Virginia's next technology secretary

Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has nominated Jim Duffey to serve as his secretary of technology, according to announcement today from the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

States and local agencies take to clouds, report finds

State and local governments will adopt cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented architecture, open-source software and geospatial technologies at an accelerating rate over the next five years, according to a new Input report.

'Sexting' at work: Can employees expect privacy on government equipment?

Supreme Court gears up to decide whether review of police officer's racy text messages was an invasion of privacy.

DHS, Michigan team on cybersecurity

The DHS Computer Emergency Readiness Team will identify possible abnormal activities on Michigan’s networks under a new agreement between the department and the state.

Public or private, the cloud makes its business case

The Defense Department and Arlington County, Va., chose different paths to cloud computing.

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