Tech & Data

Data’s Role in Measuring Program Outcomes and Preventing Fraud, Waste and Abuse

COMMENTARY | The American Rescue Plan has shown a spotlight on government use of funds. Here are strategies state and local governments can use to ensure their programs generate positive community results.

How One State Tech Agency Strives to Attract and Retain Great Workers

A "culture of public service" is key, but initiatives like "no meetings Thursday" can also help, officials said.

National Cyber Director: Liability Should Be Part of the Equation for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber leaders’ plan to emphasize collective defense over offense hinges on industry’s willingness to share information with government in real time.

More Emphasis Needed on OT Security to Quash Cyberattacks

COMMENTARY | Utilities should take the same track as data centers because not much is going to stop the attacks from scaling.

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Eliminate Manual Processes Route and Approve Invoices from Anywhere

Today’s finance teams carry a heavy burden, supporting everything from growth strategies to long-term planning – all while continuously delivering monthly and quarterly numbers and keeping cash flowing. But even as demands on finance departments grow, many still spend excessive time using paper, spreadsheets, and e-mails to process vendor invoices, approvals, and payments.

3 Strategies for Advancing Facial Recognition Technology in Policing

As more agencies launch FRT programs, standard best practices should be discussed regularly to ensure this technology protects citizen’s privacy and civil liberties, according to a recent report.

Most and Least Fashionable Cities in the U.S.

New York City ranks as the most fashionable city while Wichita, Kansas comes in last, according to a recent report.

States Move Towards Embracing Artificial Intelligence Technology

Processes that are labor intensive, and that involve high volumes of information are among the areas where it could prove useful.

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Bill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will study the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations to assist schools in facing those challenges.

The Top Issues for State Government Tech Leaders

A new survey sheds light on priorities and concerns for state chief information officers, over a year after their work was radically affected by the pandemic.

Tesla to Move Headquarters From California to Texas

CEO Elon Musk cited housing affordability and commute times in announcing the relocation, which follows a clash between the billionaire and California officials last year.

Survey: 46% of US Organizations Will Institute Vaccine Mandates

Tech companies are among those taking the lead following federal guidance on vaccine mandates.

A Practical Case for Prioritizing Utility Cybersecurity

COMMENTARY | Utility leaders are behind the curve in cybersecurity policies and practice that will protect states and localities. It’s time for that to change.

Prioritizing Breach Prevention Over Mitigating Cyberattacks

COMMENTARY | Government is more secure when hackers are stopped before they can touch critical data and systems—when a breach is blocked, not abated.

Congress Weighs Cyberattack Reporting Legislation

Proposals under consideration would require the owners and operators of critical infrastructure, potentially including state and local governments, to report cybersecurity incidents to a federal agency.

To Pay or Not to Pay? What Citizens Think Governments Should Do When Responding to Ransomware Attacks

COMMENTARY | Although some local governments have paid ransoms when under cyberattack, residents oppose this approach.

How Artificial Intelligence Technology and Data Can Increase Resilience in the New Pandemic Era 

COMMENTARY | While we can’t stop crises from happening, we can find ways to use technology and data to anticipate impact and help with recovery.

Ford to Invest Billions in Electric Vehicle Production in Two States

One governor is describing a planned facility as the largest economic development project his state has ever seen.

Sports Gambling Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

COMMENTARY | Betting on Tom Brady’s next completion may sound like harmless fun. But it’s not.

How State and Local Agencies Can Better Protect Mobile Devices from Hackers

COMMENTARY | Devices like smartphones and tablets can present extra cybersecurity risks, a significant concern as more public employees work remotely.