State and Local

Farewell to e-mail

Some government agencies are taking a step back from e-mail and evaluating other communication tools such as social networks, collaboration software and Web-based conferencing.

Committee approves bill to strip some IT requirements from Real ID

A bill that would remove costly information technology requirements from a secure identification law has been approved by a Senate committee.

Cloud comparison

This table compares the three models officials have when building their IT portfolios: A fee-based public cloud; a shared cost, government-only private cloud; or the traditional buy and manage your own.

The other silver linings

Government outfits like the Army recruiting service, Washington, D.C., city government, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence show that there are other valuable benefits of cloud computing, such as rolling out new applications more quickly, creating functionality that was difficult or impossible to achieve before, and building a common platform to enable better information sharing.

Health information exchanges rise to 57

Fifty-seven community-based health information exchanges are operating, up from 42 the year before, according to a survey by the nonprofit eHealth Initiative.

IG: DHS should get new infrastructure data system

The Homeland Security Department should finish the acquisition process for a new system that will be used to keep track of critical infrastructure, DHS' inspector general said.

DHS another step closer to departmentwide debarments

DHS on July 16 published a new interim rule on suspensions and debarments for nonprocurement-related entities.

IT costs central to Real ID, PASS ID debate

Backers of the Real ID Act and proposed PASS ID Act have been debating the extent to which states need to make expensive information technology investments to improve the security of driver's licenses.

Report: Alaska Native contracting program delivers little benefit to communities

Four Alaska Native Corporations were among the top 100 recipients of contract awards in 2008 and six companies made Washington Technology’s list of the top 100 prime contractors in 2009.

More than half of states moving on Real ID

Although the program is controversial, 27 states are likely to meet milestones.

Senators probe Alaska set-aside program

A Senate subcommittee says agencies are using ANCs to award contracts quickly and avoid competition.

IT central to debate over Real ID, PASS ID

Backers of a new driver's license security program say the current Real ID program's costly IT requirements are unnecessary and won't work for states.

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