Tech & Data

How Cities are Using Data to Tackle Key Challenges

More than 50% of cities surveyed in a recent report say data analytics are enabling them to deliver services and expand programs more efficiently, effectively and equitably.

Successfully Implementing Cloud Technology in State and Local Government

Commentary | Here are five steps to help guide the planning and changes needed for states and municipalities to move to the cloud.

How Localities and States Can Prepare for Broadband Expansion

Governments can use American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for broadband infrastructure. Experts say local governments are in the best position to know what initiatives will work to connect residents.

State Data Privacy Bills Growing More Widespread

Ohio lawmakers have introduced legislation to establish “data rights” for citizens. It follows Colorado, which passed a similar law last week.

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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.

How One State Used Technology and Data to Improve Traffic and Reduce Emissions

COMMENTARY | Hawaii’s DOT added artificial intelligence technology across major roads and intersections to reduce per day traffic by seven minutes per person and 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Bipartisan Calls to Regulate Facial Recognition Tech Grow Louder

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have concerns about increased use of biometric technology.

Colorado Becomes Fourth State to Give Residents Control of Their Online Data

The Colorado Privacy Act allows residents to opt out of data collection and gain access to more insight about how their information is collected and used.

70% of Americans Predict Home Prices Will Continue to Rise

That's a record-high percentage, and is up from 40% at the beginning of the pandemic, according to a Gallup poll. 

House Bill Would Require Government to Drastically Modernize Digital ID Verification

The legislation’s text calls for next-generation solutions to address inadequacies of existing digital identity systems that degrade the privacy and security of American consumers. 

A 50-year-old Unemployment System (Finally) Nears an Overhaul

Wisconsin officials have said the outdated computer technology contributed to problems processing claims during the pandemic. Now they’re looking for bids to revamp it.

Better Customer Experience a Priority for State, Local IT Post Pandemic

Experts testified before a U.S. House committee about government digital services, noting the pandemic pushed long-standing information technology issues to the forefront.

Here's Where Buying a Home Won't Eat Up Your Whole Paycheck

The Detroit area is where homes are most affordable as compared with average local wages and Brooklyn, New York, is the least affordable, according to one real estate report.

New Laws ‘Probably Needed’ to Force US Firms to Patch Known Cyber Vulnerabilities

Too many firms are shying away from replacing old gear that is only getting easier for criminals to attack, according to the National Security Agency.

What Law Enforcement Leaders Need to Know About Use-of-Force Data

The results of collecting and analyzing data can provide critical information to minimize unnecessary use-of-force incidents, according to the Police Executive Research Forum.

Wide Digital Divide Persists Between Low- and High-income Households

A Pew Research Center survey shows that people making less than $30,000 have few digital devices and lack internet access, in sharp contrast to nearly all of those making $100,000 or more.

As High-tax States Lose Residents, Low-Tax States Gain

About 20% of homebuyers cite lower taxes as the main reason they move to another state, but there are several other important factors, according to a recent analysis.

White House Official Briefed State AGs on Private-Sector Role Battling Ransomware

The deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging tech emphasized the responsibility of the private sector at home as President Biden prepares to work the White House strategy abroad.

As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back

A report from StreetLight Data found the average daily number of vehicle miles traveled was down 15% overall in 2020 but as of March has started to return to normal levels.

Best and Worst States for City Manager Jobs

The median salary for the highest 10% of city manager positions is $227,000, but not all these executives nationwide fare as well when it comes to pay and opportunities, according to a recent report.