A recent report by the NGA (National Governor's Association) Center for Best Practices reiterated the need for Governors to have strong, effective CIOs to manage their IT infrastructure. You might think this is a foregone conclusion, but some states still wonder, and each new wave of Governors struggles with the right mix anew.
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MassPort, the Massachusetts agency that runs Boston's Logan Airport, is demanding that Continental Airlines shut down its free hotspot. Airport officials say the Wi-Fi radio in Continental's customer lounge poses an "unacceptable potential risk" to police and other security transmissions, according to a News.
Thomas Jarrett, CIO of Delaware and president of the National Association of State CIOs, testified to Congress recently that federal homeland security planning woefully ignores the importance of cybersecurity in state and local preparedness.
Red Herring has a story about the Department of Defense funding three teams to create the mother of all decoders to monitor and recognize data sources of all kinds (text, audio, video) in multiple languages and translate the relevant info (with 95-percent accuracy) into a language the U.S.
FCW.com reports that the House is seeking new technology to better reach Spanish speakers.
Successful IT management at the state level requires the application of robust IT management frameworks, the National Association of State CIOs emphasized in a research brief (PDF) released yesterday. The report pointed to four successful frameworks - one from a state, one from the private sector, and two adapted from the federal government - that state CIOs and IT managers may wish to use for their planning, budgeting and operations management.
This week, the Dept. of Justice released the national sex offender public registry, a compilation of sex offender registries from various states.
The National Governors' Association has issues a press release expressing unhappiness with the Real ID act, a requirement included in the recent military appropriation that requires states to turn drivers' licenses into national ID cards, within three years. The governors say the law "contains unreasonable burdens and unfunded mandates that are unworkable and counterproductive to its goals.
The many activities related to trials and other court hearings in state and federal courts could be massively streamlined if courts could adopt publicly available hardware and software that support the Global Justice XML standard. The National Institute of Justice, the R&D arm of the US Justice Dept has issued a request for information about such systems, FCW.
The cost of building the National Health Information Network will run approximately $156 billion over the next five years, according to a paper published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper's abstract states: To achieve an NHIN would cost $156 billion in capital investment over 5 years and $48 billion in annual operating costs.