Data & Analytics

Watchdog: HUD disaster relief could use better data collection, analysis

A GAO report found one of HUD’s aid programs could be more efficient if more accurate demographic information is harvested and referenced prior to distributing funds.

Data & Analytics

Montana builds data-driven broadband coverage map

The state has contracted with LightBox, a real estate information and technology platform, to use its SmartFabric solution that integrates the company's core parcel, building footprint, address file and geocoding data with points of interest, cell phone location and tax assessor details.

Data & Analytics

Data, fines and threats to compel water conservation

California's Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is giving its affluent residents access to their water consumption data to discourage overuse.

Cybersecurity

NIST releases final cybersecurity assessment guidance

The document extensively reviews best practices in security assessments for organizations. 

Cloud & Infrastructure

Citizen satisfaction with federal government services hits all-time low

The American Customer Satisfaction Index 2021 Federal Government Report showed citizen satisfaction in government services in a freefall over the last four years, with declines across all driving indicators of satisfaction.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware to overtake phishing as top cause for data compromises, report says

A new report says 2021 set a record for data breaches, but increasingly notifications to victims and authorities often lack transparency, hindering investigations.

Cloud & Infrastructure

A USAF initiative for the hybrid workplace

The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center in Joint Base San Antonio has been transitioning to a hybrid work environment for two years, shrinking physical facilities by 40%.

Cybersecurity

No easy fix for ID verification for government benefits

While states are looking for turnkey solutions to qualify applicants for government programs, many individuals without the right credentials can fall between the cracks.

Data & Analytics

Mobile apps help community with annual homeless count

Kansas City and Houston are using mobile apps to more accurately conduct their point in time homelessness counts.

Cybersecurity

Agencies still rely on username-password for access management

Even though more secure identity access management solutions exist, 86% of federal, state and local government respondents said that usernames and passwords are their most-used authentication method, according to a recent survey.

Data & Analytics

Data management's role in sustaining digital transformation

As agencies move from the research to implementation phase of their digital transformations, federal data experts say intelligent data management is crucial to better leverage and protect critical data.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA preps for a diverse hybrid cloud environment

The Defense Information Systems Agency is experimenting with using commercial containers in data centers to help prepare for a multi-vendor, multi-capability cloud environment.

Cybersecurity

How the Biden administration is making gains in an uphill battle against Russian hackers

Though government-controlled hackers might persist, and criminal groups might disappear, rebuild and rebrand, the high costs imposed by the Biden administration could hinder their success.

Emerging Tech

Better mental health treatments with synthetic patient data

Synthetic data will allow the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to research mental health treatments without exposing patients' identity.

State & Local

State efforts to close the K-12 digital divide may come up short

Mobile hot spots, free internet subscriptions and digital literacy courses do not permanently address problems as complex as the digital divide.

Emerging Tech

5G is ‘going live’ at Tyndall Air Force Base

Verizon’s next-gen communications capabilities will enable emerging technologies—and enhanced streaming for personnel.

State & Local

States must lay tech foundation for cannabis growth

As states legalize marijuana, they need scalable systems that can handle the complexities of licensing, product tracking and registering buyers and sellers – not just for medical use but for the recreational use that may follow.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Georgia moves voter registration to cloud

The Georgia Registered Voter Information System will be housed on FedRAMP-authorized Salesforce servers and give election officials a more secure and user-friendly system.