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Options for FirstNet opt-outs

States still have FirstNet options

Even though all 50 states have opted in to FirstNet's plans for nationwide wireless first responders' network, Verizon reminds them that they're not obligated.

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CES spotlights smart city innovations

The annual consumer electronics show honored 11 innovative smart city products.

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Do drones have a future in DOTs?

Advances in sensors, mapping system accuracy and data management make unmanned aerial systems a high-value proposition for transportation departments.

Bipartisan Senate bill would help states beef up election cybersecurity

The new proposal would help streamline cybersecurity info-sharing between federal and state officials, authorize grants to replace outdated equipment and develop election cybersecurity guidelines.

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States could wait 9 months for DHS election system assessments

States are being given priority for the risk and vulnerability assessments that provide an in-depth, on-site review of internal and external networks.

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NIST challenge seeks VR display for first responders

The National Institute of Standards and Technology want developers to create tools for a virtual reality-based heads-up display to improve navigation and deliver location-based services.

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The mobile mandate: Congress requires mobile friendly websites

The Connected Government Act requires all new or redesigned federal websites to be mobile friendly.

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Cities tap startups for innovation infusion

With the Startup in Residence program, municipal agencies get a fresh perspective on their civic challenges, and startups get the opportunity to tap into the government technology market.

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All states opt in to FirstNet

The planned national wireless interoperable emergency responder network got 100 percent buy in, but some stakeholders needed some prodding.

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An ounce of ransomware prevention…

With basic hygiene and secure backups, agencies can protect and restore their systems after a ransomware attack.

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In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

At least 39 states are insisting that health professionals use prescription drug-monitoring programs to analyze each patient’s prescription drug use before writing another prescription for highly addictive drugs.

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Year in review: GCN's top tools and tactics for government IT managers

In 2017, we saw plenty of change, with consumer technologies flowing into government offices on one end and fascinating advances on the leading edge of computing.

NYC landmarks interactive map

Mapping NYC's historic landmarks

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission interactive map now includes detailed information on nearly 34,000 historic buildings in the city’s 141 historic districts.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signs bill to make voting easier

NYC to expand online voter registration

New legislation calls for a portal and mobile app that allows residents to submit their information and electronically sign a voter registration form.

Federal 100 winners announced

Last call for FCW's Federal 100 Award nominations

If you know someone doing outstanding work in federal IT, be sure to nominate them by Jan. 3.

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