Data & Analytics

Public health data still facing challenges despite previous recommendations, watchdog says

Deficiencies in common data standards, interoperability and public health IT infrastructure across different states made it difficult to collect and work with COVID data, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Becoming a future city

Learn how local leaders from across the country are preparing for the opportunities and challenges at Route Fifty’s third annual Future Cities summit, Sept. 27-29.

Cybersecurity

3 steps to help new CISOs to hit the ground running

To face increasing cyber threats, new chief information security officers must quickly assess the environment, establish strategic objectives and act intentionally on a strategy they have confidence in.

Cybersecurity

Water utility cyber investments stymied by unfunded mandates, fiscal pressures

During a House committee hearing, utility representatives said they need more federal money and partnerships to face down cyber threats.

Cybersecurity

Guidance aims to help critical infrastructure protect against cyberattacks

A cybersecurity advisory will help critical infrastructure owners and operators simplify choices around the security of industrial control systems while allowing flexibility the companies say is needed to their operations.

Emerging Tech

‘Robo-lawyers’ are coming. Are states ready?

Automated legal services are becoming more widely available for routine proceedings, offering possible cost savings and other benefits. But for the emerging tech to thrive, experts say regulations need to be updated.

Emerging Tech

Colorado now accepts crypto for state tax payments

The Department of Revenue has added cryptocurrency as a payment type, allowing residents to pay individual and business tax through PayPal.

Emerging Tech

Metaverse will move the goal posts for ID verification

Agencies should partner with their constituencies to actively explore how Web3 technologies will change today’s approaches to authentication.

Cloud & Infrastructure

How one state is clearing hurdles to centralized services delivery

David Partsch, Pennsylvania’s chief data officer, said residents expect government to provide consumer-grade digital services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Labor Department's approach to modular UI tech for states evolves

An ongoing pilot with the U.S. Digital Service, Arkansas and New Jersey is working through challenges related to identity verification.

Public Safety

Experts: Today’s public health crises are just the beginning

With new and re-emerging diseases on the rise, enhanced innovation and technology to detect, track and monitor public health is essential, two experts say.

Public Safety

Audit reveals why city’s efforts to curb homelessness fall short

Oakland, California, doesn’t have the data to tell if it’s making any progress on reducing homelessness, a new audit shows.

Public Safety

San Francisco police to tap private surveillance cameras

A new rule allows the police to request access to footage from non-city-owned cameras for investigations and to monitor events with public safety concerns.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Can smart streetlights kick-start smart city progress? Yes, they can.

Besides saving energy and reducing costs, smart street lighting can provide a backbone for innovative and cutting-edge IoT city deployments.

Cybersecurity

Cyber mandates too costly for water utilities, experts say

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

Public Safety

One city's proposed e-scooter ultimatum: No sidewalks or no scooting

The new plan under consideration in San Francisco would require all of the transportation devices to have anti-sidewalk technology or to stop operation.

Data & Analytics

Detroit sues the U.S. Census Bureau over alleged undercounts

The Census Bureau contends that Detroit lost 7,100 residents from 2020 to 2021, but Mayor Mike Duggan said that number is inaccurate.

Data & Analytics

Investigators tap data, tech, tipsters to root out fraudsters

While prevention is the best defense against fraud, waste and abuse, the majority of state and local government analysts say they have the tools and resources they need to unravel complex webs of fraud, a recent survey says.

Data & Analytics

Dashboard showcases local-level census data

Data Explorer allows city officials and residents in Takoma Park, Maryland, to explore detailed demographic data on their community.

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