LA controller debuts data-driven youth development strategy
His plan would use wellness and achievement data to better understand the risks that Los Angeles youth face on a day-to-day basis.
Procurement reform can help states transform in 'smaller chunks,' says California CIO
California Chief Information Officer Amy Tong says digital transformation should focus heavily on business needs to be effective.
How to reduce IT friction and better serve first responders
For police, fire and other emergency management personnel, IT and communications systems need to work fast, be interoperable and free of IT friction. The most urgent IT needs facing public safety officials today include streamlining data access, increasing productivity of the workforce and improving access and connectivity for first responders, according to state and local officials in a new report. Produced by StateScoop and underwritten by VMware, the report profiles…
Deborah Acosta wants to show Silicon Valley how women run things
Deborah Acosta knew making San Leandro, California, stand out among other San Francisco Bay Area communities would be a challenge when she became its chief innovation officer in 2013. The city of about 90,000, just south of Oakland and across the water from ritzy Silicon Valley cities like YouTube home San Bruno, was still trying to move on from its past as a decaying manufacturing hub and poster child for the restrictive covenants…
Meet PAIGE, San Francisco's promising young IT procurement chatbot
San Francisco city procurement officials are experimenting with a new chatbot for internal use that is expected to clarify one of government’s most confusing processes. After a soft launch on Jan. 1, the Office of Contract Administration is now honing a digital assistant designed for use by workers across the city-county government who want to buy IT products, but aren’t sure how. Her name is PAIGE. She speaks with a…
Students build simple swipe system for county workers to borrow government vehicles
Through a new university partnership, Los Angeles County parks department will soon be completing its vehicle operations paperwork — a tedious task for many employees — with the swipe of a keycard. The solution? Outfitting each of the department’s 600 vehicles with RFID reader- and GPS module- attached Raspberry Pi microcontrollers, enabling automatic user, location, mileage and timestamp data input. And that’s just the beginning, parks and rec CIO Mohammed Al-Rawi told StateScoop. When Al-Rawi was late for a…
With open source pivot, government is poised to innovate business practices
The use of open source technology is not new in state and local government, but the potential to dramatically change the way agencies operate could bring the concept new life. With an ever-increasing demand for better services coming from citizens, state and local government agencies are finding a need to change the way they operate internally in order to move toward creating a more seamless experience of working with technology.…
Sacramento wants to become the next big tech center
A new initiative called the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab is the California capital's bid to become a global influencer in the emerging technologies market.
Startup in Residence expands nationally with aspirations of a civic network
Organizers are now setting their sights on economies of scale as the program grows.