Tech & Data

Cloud Solutions Speed Rental Assistance Payments for Governments

New Mexico quickly launched a portal for residents to submit applications and track their progress, and a North Carolina county developed an integrated customer contact solution to better deliver payments and services.

As States and Localities Embrace Cryptocurrency, Problems Grow

While a handful of cities dove in last year, 14 states enacted laws regulating digital currency and many others introduced bills to facilitate transactions while preventing scams.

Transportation Secretary Pushes for Government Support for Vehicle Innovation

Pete Buttigieg doubled down on the government's role in fostering a strong environment for emerging tech like electric cars and buses and automated vehicles. 

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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.

Low- and No-Code Software Increasingly Popular Among State CIOs

As states struggle to find qualified developers, a report says using these quick turnaround applications saves time, money and personnel, but there are some challenges.

Technology Use in Courts Skyrockets, Challenging Those Without Internet Access

Starting in March 2020, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., began offering video hearings, despite having no history of remote civil court proceedings.

How CIOs Can Build a Post-Pandemic Government

COMMENTARY | Chief information officers will play an important leadership role in integrating technology solutions that improve efficiency and the overall experience with government agencies.

Feds Step Up Cybersecurity Support for State Governments

Forty-two advisers have been appointed or are in the process, with eight states still needing federal-level coordinators.

Cyber Vulnerabilities Could Impact Municipal Finance

Municipal bond credit analysts consider governments unprepared for cyberattacks, a recent survey says.

No Puppy for Christmas: Online Pet Scams Proliferate

Pet fraud comprises a third of online shopping scam complaints.

White House AI Initiative Launches Public Research Support Tools

The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office opened a new page dedicated to providing AI researchers with sophisticated tools to bolster research projects.

Cities Should Bridge the Digital Divide Using Federal Funds

A new report from the National League of Cities says while most local leaders are aware of their communities' broadband issues, they may not know how to fix the inequities.

Neighboring States Hit By Ransomware Attacks in Two Weeks

Virginia’s legislature and Maryland’s Department of Health both fell victim to cybercriminals. Although one security expert says the incidents are likely not linked.

Cellphone Bans in the Workplace Are Legal and More Common Among Blue-collar Jobs – They Also Might Be a Safety Risk

COMMENTARY | The deaths of six Amazon employees at a factory hit by a tornado raises concerns over prohibitions on cellphones for workers.

States and Localities Seek Unified Front Against Ransomware Threats

Ransomware attacks can cause serious headaches for governments and their residents. Can greater collaboration between jurisdictions help prevent the cybersecurity breaches?

A Proposal to Block Companies From Using Biased Algorithms

Washington, D.C.'s Attorney General Karl Racine is billing the legislation as groundbreaking and says he wants to prevent artificial intelligence from contributing to discrimination in areas like housing, lending and education.

Cloud Boosts Delivery of Government Services During Pandemic, Other Crises

However, state CIOs say there are barriers to transitioning to the cloud, including financial and workforce issues, according to a report.

5G in Government: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer

There are several areas where 5G capabilities can improve, including bandwidth potential, for governments.

Is Your State Ready To Handle the Influx of Federal Funds for Expanding Broadband?

States have widely different track records on expanding broadband internet access. Here are the ones that could struggle to handle the federal funds coming their way.