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justice data

The push to make local justice data shareable

As interest in data-driven analysis increases, counties are working to make their criminal justice data available and interoperable.


Is FirstNet secure enough for law enforcement?

Although California eventually decided to opt into the FirstNet national public-safety wireless broadband network, it raised concerns about the network's compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services requirements.

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How agencies should respond to shorter breach reporting statutes

As the increasing number of breaches collide with tighter reporting mandates, agencies must strike a balance between protecting citizens and taking the time required to conduct a meticulous forensic investigation.

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NTIA awards next round of FirstNet planning grants

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's State and Local Implementation Program helps jurisdictions prepare for FirstNet's roll out.

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Parents, staff win with mobile app for child support services

Georgia's Child Support Services Mobile App lets clients make payments and appointments, view their cases and get answers to common questions, making the process more convenient for state employees and users alike.

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Building a modular architecture for first responders

The First Responder SmartHub architecture will allow individual body-worn devices or modules to interact with each other to give responders the capabilities they need.

opioid analytics

Could a national database help the opioid crisis?

A national repository of prescription data and patient information would enable the creation of robust predictive analytics, experts told lawmakers.

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Connecticut agencies hit with WannaCry

The virus made its way onto 160 computers in 11 different Connecticut government agencies, but there are no reports of data loss.


National system to help firefighters quickly locate nearby resources

The National Mutual Aid System combines crisis management software with geocoded data to help fire officials find additional resources -- whether that be personnel, teams, facilities, equipment or supplies -- from across the country.

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Texting trumps phone tag for offender outreach

Case workers using Code for America's ClientComm engage probationers via text message.

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DHS holds classified briefings for state elections officials

The meetings focused on risks states' election infrastructure from foreign adversaries as well as threat mitigation efforts.

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New Orleans opens Real Time Crime Monitoring Center

The command center will use video captured from strategically mounted cameras and license plate scanners to give police real-time assistance during violent crimes.

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Election security a high priority -- until it comes to paying for new voting machines

Local election administrators across the country face new problems and threats. But their budgets for new voting equipment remain inadequate.

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Smart grid research on Chattanooga's muni-broadband network

A partnership between the city's Electric Power Board and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collecting real-time sensor data that will allow the grid to see fluctuations immediately and balance the electrical load.

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Shoring up defenses for the midterm elections

Ahead of the upcoming March primaries, election officials are working with federal authorities to maximize the integrity of their voting systems.

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