West Virginia has become the second state to enable SMS messaging for AMBER alerts. Florida was the first.
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
The Dept. of Homeland Security is moving forward with the next phase of testing of its US-VISIT program, a battery of security measures to collect biometric and biographic information from visitors crossing US border ports.
Manufacturers of e-voting machines will have to bear the cost of meeting the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson said last week. Vendors will have to sign contracts agreeing to the stipulation.
The Department of Homeland Security today announed two new programs for how DHS acquires technology, one for services and one for commodities, according to a DHS press release. “These programs, when fully in place, will satisfy the vast majority of DHS information task requirements,” said press officer Scott Charbo.
Wisconsin IT officials are feeling a little heat after appearing in HP's latest Government Solutions catalog (PDF). Department of Administration Marc Marotta appears on the cover and several other IT personnel are shown in a spread profiling Wisconsin's streamlined computer operations, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Government Technology has a long piece explaining ITIL, the framework of IT best practices created in the UK, and why it's only just now catching on in the US. ITIL, or the IT Information Library, is a series of 10 volumes that address service delivery and support across numerous disciplines.
Telework in the public sector is seriously lagging the private industry according to a report from a cybersecurity public policy advocacy group covered on Govexec.com.
State spending will reach $9.4 billion by 2009, and local spending will reach $4.
The latest attack on municipal broadband networks comes in the form of the Broadband Investment and Community Choice Act, a bill recently introduced in the Senate, which, according to an article on O'Reilly Network, would seriously limit local governments' ability to create and deploy public networks.
CIO Government outlines six megatrends that are driving government technology and business strategies. It's not that much different from what is driving spending and pilots in the private sector to gain efficiencies and cost savings.