Gov 2.0 News

February 1, 2013

The wristwatch would be equipped with a video camera, GPS and would send texts to authorities and family members in the event of a threat. ->

January 28, 2013

With this new method, students watch lectures at home and spend class time practicing.

January 27, 2013

New Mexico State University will be the first university in the country to offer housing specifically designated for student veterans that isn't dorms or fraternity-style housing, according to school officials.

January 26, 2013

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is using a digital Web-based system to process veterans disability claims, replacing its antiquated paper files in an effort to reduce the backlog of cases.

Some towns are considering offering shop local cards. People can get the card, buy from shops in their hometown, and then they get to accumulate credits against their property tax bill.

January 23, 2013

In his recent State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would be looking at several initiatives to make New York’s finances and public business dealings more transparent. New York has now launched the first step toward that goal with the release of its open budget portal. According to the [...]

In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, the universities hope that those who pass the free courses will pay tuition to complete a degree program.

"My Micro NY" will create a building of 55 micro-units each measuring between 250 and 370 square feet, with 40 percent of the units priced to be affordable, the mayor's office said.

January 21, 2013

Q: At the Pennsylvania Farm Show the other week, while picking up my complimentary state map, I also grabbed a flier about the PA Yellow Dot Program. Seems like a decent idea, but I've never seen a yellow dot on a car. Is this a new program? What's your opinion of it?

Hundreds of would-be homeowners stepped forward in the final two months of last year to claim $15,000 down payment assistance grants from Wells Fargo & Co.'s CityLift program.

January 20, 2013

"America is renewing itself from the bottom up." That is the premise underlying the second annual Innovations to Watch list just released by The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Thousands of Minnesota soldiers deployed in Kuwait woke up to a surprise last spring. Just weeks before the end of their tour, a group of corporate recruiters showed up on base. The visit was part of a new strategy to help returning service members find jobs after they've hung up their uniforms.

The City of Boston in launched a City Hall To Go truck, inspired by the popularity of food trucks. The truck works as a mobile City Hall, offering a menu of services.

January 16, 2013

January 15, 2013

Rather than books, patrons of BiblioTech will check out e-readers for two weeks at a time. ->

The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips.

January 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. government plans to switch to all-electronic Social Security payments by March 1.

January 9, 2013

When it comes to enforcing laws like jaywalking, strictly imposed tickets and fines motivate people to change their behavior. John Cichowski discusses whether light-hearted, even humorous, suggestions can be as effective as heavy-handed prosecution.

In many cities, false alarms from home and business security systems number in the tens of thousands each year, waste millions of dollars of officer time, and detract from attention to reducing crimes. Options are presented on ways to substantially reduce the effects of such false alarms and the police responses to them. We analyzed experiences of Montgomery County, MD; Seattle, WA; and Salt Lake City, UT, which reduced false alarms by 66-90% and saved 10-30 police officer-years annually.

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