Gov 2.0 News
September 6, 2012
Data-driven tools, real-time feedback hold great promise for helping teachers and students, but obstacles stand in the way, Brookings report says.
September 4, 2012
Bikers are everywhere in Copenhagen. And now the city is building new, high-speed routes into the city that will make it easier to commute, even from the distant suburbs.
Portland's progressive urbanism - from its smart growth restrictions, to its revived historic Pearl District and bicycle infrastructure - are the envy of cities across America. Could the city's new sustainable public toilet be its next export?read more
August 31, 2012
The SSA adopted an internal training model to build more effective program managers.
August 30, 2012
The Mayor of Somerville, Massachusets, Joseph A. Curtatone launched New England’s first Socrata-powered open data cloud. Socrata already powers open data portals in some of the nation’s largest cities including San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. The Somerville portal follows roughly the same format as other open data portals but has been plagued with [...]
State CIO association urges states to make better use of big data, warns of challenges in implementing programs.
August 27, 2012
Whether loyal to the red or blue, voters can use two new semantic search sites to get straight answers on candidates' positions on the issues.
Police in Calif. town patrolling waters of nearby lake with paddle boards.
A new report details the growing adoption of Complete Streets policies in locales across the United States, despite the removal of a Complete Streets provision from the recent federal transportation bill.read more
August 24, 2012
From paying for the Catskill forests so they can filter water to building rain gardens to slow run-off, 'green infrastructure' is in demand from Seattle to SwedenIn Puget Sound, one of America's great estuaries, killer whales, seals, and schools of salmon swim not far from more than 3 million people who live in the Seattle region. The presence of such impressive marine life, however, belies the fact that the sound is seriously polluted. When it rains, storm water washes into the same system of underground pipes that carries the region's sewage, and 1 billion gallons a year overflow into the ...
HIGH-SPEED car chases, shoot-outs, dealing with politicians: life for a Los Angeles police officer can be trying. Yet for sheer stress little can compete with the ordeal of the Compstat meeting. Every seven weeks bureau commanders are grilled by a senior panel, often including the police chief himself, on the whys and wherefores of crime in their jurisdictions. They are expected to have an on-the-spot grasp of the statistics: if there has been a spike in burglaries from vehicles, the captains interrogators will want to know what is being done about it. There is no hiding ...
August 23, 2012
No this isn't about a gathering of "Knight Rider" enthusiasts. Rather than speaking to their leather jacket-clad drivers, the cars being tested in Michigan communicate with each other, with the goal of improving safety on the nations highways.read more
August 22, 2012
For the last year, whistle-blowers have been dishing dirt on their employers under an SEC program. The SEC has issued its first payout to a tipster under the program. NEW YORK — They've called from pay phones. They've had furtive meetings at hotels and even a church. On internal government documents, they go by code names like Mr. X.
The development of an online database to record the daily purchases of the state's pawnshops and metal dealers took a major step forward Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a funding bill.
August 21, 2012
IN THE summer of 2011 a 16-year-old girl called Dayana Vazquez-Buquer arrived at the reception desk of Roncalli High School, a nice private school in the south side of Indianapolis. Her parents were Mexican immigrants who could not afford the $8,030 tuition fees. Yet Miss Vazquez-Buquer felt Roncalli would be better for her than her current public school and said she had heard about a new school voucher scheme that would pay most of the fees. She was correct. Today she is a student at Roncalli and on track to attend university. The voucher scheme, potentially the biggest in America, was set ...
Drones are being put to benign use in skies across several continents to track endangered wildlife, spot poachers and chart forest loss.
A new school superintendent in New Britain, Connecticut, is trying to stop truancy by fining parents $75.
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