Gov 2.0 News

January 21, 2013

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.

Agriculture Department has been working on program for years. It's become routine for families looking to go out to eat to check the menu online before choosing a restaurant.

U.S. Postal Service pilots an implementation of the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange to facilitate use of government online services.

With bicycling growing in popularity while driving decreases, should a city install "bicycle-specific traffic signals"? Mary Ebeling of State Smart Transportation Initiatives provides guidance and helpful designs from city transportation officials.

January 5, 2013

January 1, 2013

Friday marked a milestone in the effort to bridge the gap between NYC's century-old subway system and emerging technologies; "a leap forward for a service that has lagged behind its peers both at home and abroad in adopting new technologies."

December 28, 2012

Schools are turning to students' smartphones as an instructional device.

December 27, 2012

As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.

In the year since Seattle launched the Safe Parking pilot project for homeless people living in their cars, just two churches have opened their parking lots, providing a total of seven spaces. But the city is expanding the project and hopes to provide more services.

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