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America’s aging voting machines managed to survive another election

Elections: Another unsecured enterprise application?

With IT systems underpinning elections infrastructure, state officials are taking different approaches to secure their systems against growing threats.

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Modernizing a benefits program? You need better analytics

Analytics make benefits delivery more efficient by allowing agencies to target services, detect fraud, streamline back-office operations and lower costs.

Esri, Waze partner on crowdsourced traffic data

DOT taps into Waze, GPS data

The federal Department of Transportation announced plans for two pilot programs to integrate its existing datasets with near-real-time data sources to improve highway safety.

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CES spotlights smart city innovations

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

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would help streamline cybersecurity info-sharing between federal and state officials, authorize grants to replace outdated equipment and develop election cybersecurity guidelines.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

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