Federal Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives will deliver $139m to 38 states over the next four years, according to Input, a government market analyst. One hundred grants will be made to push agencies forward on health care information automation and sharing.
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.
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Telecommunications spending by state and local governments is expected to grow by 70%, from $9.6b in 2005 to $16.4b in 2010, according to analysis firm INPUT.
A study conducted by muniwireless.com in March 2005 found that 29 American cities have citywide public access and another 13 have hotzones within the city limits.
Blogger John Carroll says that a report released by the Working Group on Internet Governance draws several unwarranted conclusions: The United States has screwed up the Internet; government comes first; and, all governments shall have equal weight in Internet governance. "The WGIG's goal," writes Carroll, "is to put the United Nations in the Internet's driver's seat.
In his latest commentary, fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou takes WiMAX by the horns and shakes out several misunderstandings of what the anticipated wireless technology means to Wi-Fi, showing how it shares a common denominator with Wi-Fi bigger than most think. The key differentiator is not range, speed, or security, points out Ou, but rather the ability for WiMAX to operate in both the licensed radio band and unlicensed radio band (Wi-Fi is designed for only unlicensed use).
Gartner draws a clear distinction between e-government and IT strategies, saying that the two serve different purposes, although they are rooted in the same political objectives. However, that doesn't mean they are islolated.
Jim Willis, the chief geek in the Rhode Island Secretary of State's office, has a vision for government data: It is simply unacceptable at...
Earlier this week, CNet News.com reported that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the SEC found that the organization, ironically, did not have effective internal control over financial reporting, pointing to weaknesses in its information security and accountancy practices.
One thing I learned working for government is that if you don't solve your own problems, the legislature will do it for you--and you probably won't like the results. So it was with Sarbanes-Oxley and, perhaps, now with a data privacy and security.
At the May meeting of the National Association of State CIOs, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt had some bad news about Medicaid: "Medicaid expenditures will exceed public education expenditures for the first time this year. If health care begins to push out all other priorities, it throws off the economic equation.