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Bill Lucia

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Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia is the former executive editor for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He joined the publication as a reporter when it launched in 2015. Bill previously covered Seattle city government for the Washington state-based news outlet Crosscut. He holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
Emerging Tech

Fish and Wildlife to deploy drones in battle against invasive plants

To protect native plants and reduce equipment impact on the environment, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will deploy aerial drones to spray invasive plants with herbicides.

Emerging Tech

The places seeing growth in the semiconductor sector so far

With a major federal push underway to boost production of microchips in the U.S., a trade group for the industry highlights over 40 major projects nationwide.

Cloud & Infrastructure

State chief information officers are handling much more than just tech

In state government, the role of the CIO has evolved to center on the business of IT, rather than the nuts and bolts of computers. It’s something that new governors will have to keep in mind.

Data & Analytics

The basic questions bedeviling how states manage data

States have tons of data. But much of it is redundant and it’s sometimes hard to know where it is stored, who can access it and how it can be used.


How volunteers can support government cybersecurity

Michigan was the first state to launch a volunteer cyber corps about a decade ago. The trend is catching on.


How one state is trying to prevent a cybersecurity workforce shortage

They’re moving ahead with a set of new programs and working closely with colleges and universities to get more people into a field where jobs can be tough to fill.

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.

Public Safety

Cities can apply for free monitoring of sewage for signs of monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

State & Local

New data show a major gender gap in local government leadership

Fewer than one in three top appointed local officials are women, according to the analysis. Curious how your state stacks up? Tools released with the research allow users to look at trends and comparisons across the country.