State & Local

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    Blockchain-based identity for the homeless

    Austin, Texas, is exploring how distributed-ledger technology can be used to help the homeless secure their personal records and access government resources.

  • firefighter using mobile phone (FirstNet/YouTube)

    Advancing apps for FirstNet

    The public safety broadband network's first Hackathon attracted some 200 participants.

  • officer with firstnet tablet (FirstNetGov)

    NIST approves 17 FirstNet devices

    An assortment of smartphones, tablets and rugged handhelds are among the first devices approved for use on the FirstNet public safety broadband network.

  • voting (Barbara Kalbfleisch/

    GAO: Most districts satisfied with their voting machines

    Most local election jurisdictions are pretty happy with the performance of their voting machines and equipment, the Government Accountability Office finds.

  • Alert Reporting System

    FCC plans online filing system for state emergency alert plans

    The Alert Reporting System will standardize the format and terminology of state emergency alert system plans, making it easier for states to update their plans and federal officials to detect problems.

  • people voting (Gino Santa Maria/

    Election security means much more than just new voting machines

    Securing electoral systems across the U.S. is a big problem with high stakes, so the federal money being provided to states must be used as efficiently as possible.

  • connecting dots (pikcha/

    Analytics help city police connect the dots across databases

    Using an SAS solution to merge and manage large disparate datasets, law enforcement professionals in Cary, N.C., can leverage advanced analytical capabilities for their investigations.

  • Hawaii emergency alert

    Lawmakers dig deeper into Hawaii's false missile alert

    During a April 5 field hearing federal officials questioned whether the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was ready to roll out a system to alert residents of an incoming missile attack.

  • bitcoin mining farm (Mark Agnor/

    Tiny towns, small states bet on bitcoin even as some shun its miners

    While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

  • Free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots launch in NYC

    LinkNWK lands on New Jersey sidewalks

    LinkNWK kiosks will provide Wi-Fi, mobile device charging and other services throughout the city.

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    Pennsylvania rolls out risk-based authentication to agencies

    The Office of Administration’s risk-based multifactor authentication service gives commonwealth employees secure access to cloud resources and agency applications.

  • meeting (SFIO CRACHO/

    New Code for America fellowships look to strengthen existing civic tech relationships

    The Community Fellowship program allows local talent already working with government to do more for the vulnerable people they serve.

  • data breach (LeoWolfert/

    Alabama governor signs data breach notification law

    With the new measure requiring residents be informed with 45 days of a data breach, Alabama becomes the 50th state to enact a consumer data breach notification law.

  • blockchain secured mobile voting

    West Virginia tries blockchain-based mobile voting

    Military voters from two counties can cast absentee ballots with the secure mobile application.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Using Software as a Service For Innovative Government

    As state and local government agencies continue their efforts to modernize and update their IT infrastructure to streamline operations, reduce costs, and deliver better citizen services, many are finding the Software as a Service (SaaS) model to be effective. Moving to a SaaS platform reduces the management burden on IT, improves access and scalability, reduces cost, and can actually increase security.

  • Guide to MySQL in Government

    Government agencies are adopting new technologies more than ever, including moving to open source software. MySQL is one of the most popular open source databases. More frequently, there is a MySQL database is driving agency mission critical services and applications. And while moving to open source has numerous benefits and challenges, making the right advance preparations and ensuring in-house expertise is in place can help agencies with their open source adoption; realizing all the potential benefits while mitigating any risk.

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