Data & Analytics

Math could help crack forensic genetic cases 10x faster

Using a mathematical probability theory, forensic scientists can match DNA to unidentified persons and their relatives more efficiently.

Cloud & Infrastructure

StateRAMP expands roster of participating states

More than a dozen more government organizations will be participating in the State Risk and Authorization Management Program, a shared service that certifies the security of cloud products and services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Telemedicine increases health equity for inmates

Colorado’s Department of Corrections is providing medical treatment via remote video consultations and connected scopes over fiber connections, which not only improves health outcomes but also minimizes the security and staffing needs required to transport prisoners to specialists.

Cybersecurity

Federal cyber grants could foster greater cooperation between state, local governments

States can provide cybersecurity services to local governments in lieu of cash funding, DHS said, while required planning committees can comprise many stakeholders.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NTIA updates broadband funding site

The changes will help state, local and tribal governments tap into federal funding opportunities to expand and improve internet access within their communities.

Data & Analytics

Department of Transportation investing $160M for tech-centric projects

Two programs, SMART Grants and ATTAIN, will dole out millions over five years as the Biden administration plans a U.S. transportation overhaul.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware task force outlines threat response

The Joint Ransomware Task Force is designed to unify efforts and identify ways to leverage the federal government’s unique authorities and capabilities to disrupt ransomware.

Cybersecurity

Cyber modernization too complex for quick fixes, in-house solutions, report says

State and local agencies feel pressure to quickly overhaul their technologies and processes to stay ahead of adversaries and meet growing IT demands, but they first need an in-depth assessment of strategic costs and other implications.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NYC plan would connect public housing residents to free broadband

Dubbed “Big Apple Connect,” the citywide proposal for more than 200 developments owned by the city’s housing authority looks to connect 300,000 residents by the end of 2023.

Data & Analytics

Charm City steps up digital initiatives

Baltimore aims to improve delivery of core city services and bring the city in line with established best practices in civic technology.

Cybersecurity

Justice officials release framework for policing crime in crypto space

Complimenting the new national digital asset framework, law enforcement is planning similar steps to combat crime in the crypto marketplace. 

Data & Analytics

Local gov keeps project knowledge from walking out the door

eProject eXpress tracks energy project information and verified savings, keeping all the important data, pictures and documents throughout the performance period and beyond.

Cybersecurity

DHS unwraps $1B state and local cybersecurity grant program

Each states will each receive a minimum of $2 million for FY 22 for a planning committee and a cybersecurity plan that details how it will reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NJ Courts’ IT modernization streamlines processes for staff, litigants

The pandemic helped New Jersey Courts modernize its processes and technology, which helped the state’s legal system become more open, equitable and efficient.

Data & Analytics

White House looks to government and community data collaboration to promote equity

The administration wants to hear how best to encourage collaborations that facilitate producing, accessing and using equitable data.

Emerging Tech

Feds prepare to open new $500M program for transportation tech

States and localities are among those eligible for the grants, which are aimed at funding projects focused on innovations like autonomous vehicles and roadside sensors.

Emerging Tech

What is proof-of-stake? A computer scientist explains a new way to make cryptocurrencies, NFTs and metaverse transactions

Proof-of-stake as a consensus mechanism may be more energy efficient for blockchain systems, one expert says.

Public Safety

Crash data analysis gets $1M infusion

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will use the funding to improve reporting on commercial motor vehicle accidents.

Emerging Tech

Utah readies mobile driver’s license rollout

While the technology for the mDL is ready, the challenge is creating an ecosystem of partners who accept the digital ID.

Data & Analytics

The national broadband rollout has a blind spot: Lack of accurate, transparent data about internet access speeds

Because there are no federally set standards for measuring broadband service speeds, there is no clear way to tell whether customers are getting what they pay for.

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